The leaves are changing, the air is cooler at night. Mmm. Sounds like September. It was a busy month for the music community in Denver while we break into our fall run of events and festivals. Which is nothing new or no surprise considering Denver is home to some of the most amazing venues. From Red Rocks to The Black box it was an eventful few weeks to be a EDM fan and we are here to talk about some highlighted shows. Ladies dominating the scene, up and coming bass artists, legendary house vibes. In the article we are featuring some must see people this fall and in 2020 if you haven’t had the privilege to see yet.
Let’t talk Red Rocks
! The venue it self sits at an elevation of 6,435 feet. This historic venue is where the beautiful Rocky Mountains and Great Plans meet, which explains the amounts of energy residing in this spectacular place. Getting there early is a must if you would like to get in at a decent time to see the openers, but waiting on line has never been more enjoyable. You scale a mountain weaving and winding as you look over the a beautiful view of Denver. Pure happiness is what thousands of people would describe this experience as.
The three artist we are featuring just so happen to be two of the most leading EDM artist in the community and one well on her way of being a legend right beside people like Billy Joel
and The Grateful Dead.
With their music reaching people all over the world, there is no doubt they are not only leading female artist but leading artist in general in todays generation. All selling out one of the best venues in the United States, we all have to give it up to Alison Wonderland, Rezz,
and Tash Sultana.
Bringing people together over female power is something like no other and an experience that only comes from the heart. Which all of these ladies gave us and more.Alison
’s show was on September 12th. Gates opened at 5 pm but the line was well wrapped around the rocks by 4 pm. The stands filled with people eager to see not only Queen Alison
herself but Medasin, Wuki,
also. Smart putting Wuki
first because, that energy. One of a kind. A mixture of house and drum and bass with some of those hard hitting drops of his we all love is more than enough to get the crowd on their feet and dancing before the sun even began to set. The one of a kind unique styles didn’t stop with Wuki.
The night had just began. Medasin
hits the table and wow has the vibe changed. With his progressive, chill, trance style energy he didn’t leave us hanging with mixing classic hiphop in with some heavy drops. Keeping the mood alive and well as we danced into dusk. Our next highlighted artist is someone taking the EDM music community my storm showing up on all kinds of line ups weather it is headlining or support, he is getting his movement out there. Ekali
doesn’t really fit into a genre, he is just full of his own style. He has embodied the music he produces and serves it to us on an emotional roller coaster of a set. If you haven’t seen him yet, you will. He is popping up everywhere. The sun has set and everyone is rambling. Stage producers and light producers are quickly getting their places as we all sit under the giant AW eliminating against the rocks. “I’m Alison Wonderland,
welcome to Temple of Wonderland. I’m here to fuck you up tonight.” As she takes the stage with her cello as she plays us a beautiful ballet. Music is building up behind the cello, lasers and lights are flashing all around. Alison
plays her cello into the drop of her original song “Good Enough.” Floored, is the word I would describe the 9,000+ people in on top of the rocks that night. It was no doubt in anyones mind that Alison
had given her everything into making that set a once and life time type of show and energy. It shouldn’t surprise you that it was basically a full moon too. I feel as for an artist trying to express herself through her music, Alison
does just that. Her energy up on stage while playing her orginals with throughly thought out visuals playing behind her is pure art. The whole time I felt wrapped up by her music and story as I dove through the universe. From her newest song “Time” ft. Quix to her remixes of her originals “Sometimes love” and “cry.” She was there to express, not to us but with us. Finishing with live drummers, she sung her heart out to her original hit “Awake” while thanking everyone for making her what she is today.
Photo by SimplyG (Instagram: @simplyyg)
It might have been a Sunday but that didn’t stop the Rezzbians from coming out to support their lord and savior, Rezz.
Taking the EDM scene by stop she has never stopped to let people take a breathe as she single handedly reconstructed mid tempo, some considering her within her own genre. The Cult Of Rezz
packed out the upper north lot as early as 11 am to get set up for a meet and greet with the space mom herself, Rezz.
With this being the second Rezz
Rocks, it is a loyal tradition Rezz
holds with her fans to come to the pop up and meet her supporters. Last year she surprised everyone, this year it became tradition. With doors not opening till 5:30 pm you can say it was a busy day to be a Rezz
Fan. But before then, the cult had a chance to experiment through the different sounds produced by the wide variety of openers. First to open was EDDIE.
Not knowing what to expect, the crowd found themselves dancing and really enjoying the deep, progressive electronic music he was playing for us. During his set, you could look around and see the diversity within the crowd, within friend groups. It shows the love this community has for different sounds. EDDIE
did a perfect job in giving the crowd the ability to embrace the diversity they were creating while also giving them a trip through his own personal expression. Second up for the night just as the mood is officially getting set and the amp is getting full is Gud Vibrations
With his rise into the spot light Shadient
brought us the best taste of dark experimental bass, giving us his all. By incorporating such different sounds into his music, it allowed him to showcase his ability to play a wide variety of different genres of music, and crazy drops. This definitely makes him an up and coming 21 year old artist to keep your eyes peeled for. So much talent so far, from such different artists. And it has only just started. Third up on the table was the dark and mysterious Black Gummy.
He used embracive progressive beats while also incorporating dark industrial techno, mixing different genres of music into one type of sound. It was something about the way the air felt when he played for us that made us appreciate the technicality he put into his music. Its almost like he embodied his production and put the whole crowd in a trance, it was captivating. Lastly, the set before the set. Was something different and quite frankly the perfect pre Rezz
is her own type of artist, and I say artist strongly. Her ability to perceive herself through her music and her emotions while on stage made it hard to turn your head. It took her awhile to play her so popular and so loved songs Long Is Alive and Sleepy eyes but the crowd was grateful. It was different, her set was something many pondered. But her energy and her ability to use her production to really portray her message to the people open to intemperate it was immaculate. I would say Rezz
did a good job of making sure we feel every single thing before she came on because every single one of her openers had their own since of connection with crowd.
The lights go up and the crowd starts to move in closer. Everyone wants a taste of Space Mom.
Or maybe it’s because she stole our souls and we long for her presence. Rezz
takes the stage and the crowd goes wild. She opens with her song “Kiss of Death” featuring Deathpact,
with all new visiuals and screens Rezz
came to play. Fire goes flying in the air as the drop hits and everyone is grooving. Playing classics like “HEX” and “Spider on the Moon”, Rezz
incorporated the songs that stole our souls in with her latest release “Beyond the Senses.” Letting us all know Our Soul would never get released she continued to melt our faces off with originals like Stress featuring opener, EDDIE.
As well as mixing in songs from top artist like RL Grime
and Champagne Drip
with their songs “Era” and “Oni.” The highlight of the show for many Rezzbians was her debuting her collab with Malaa.
Fans went nuts as she dropped the unreleased open the rocks. Rezz
ended with her remix of “I can be Anything” featuring opener Elohim
by The Glitch Mob.
Shooting fire works up into the night sky it was a magical moment to be a Rezz
fan. Oh but she wasn’t done yet, as she announces there will be two nights next year Rezz
runs back on stage for one more song. She doesn’t do your classic encore with a rager, she switches up and gives us a highly requested more chill rager, her “Clear” by No Mana and Zashanell. Rezz
making history where every she goes. Making memories with her fans they will both remember forever. Cult of Rezz
Photo by Tessa Paisan (Instagram: @tessapaisan)
Hump day for some people, other people it’s Tash Sultana
day. What a good day to hear some amazing musicians play some of the worlds best instruments you can find. Gates opened at 6:30 pm but music didn’t start till 7:30pm. Gave people the perfect amount of time to get up the rocks into the venue, meet up with their crew, grab some grub and drinks, and find their seats. The sun was just setting when The Teskey Brothers,
straight from Australia took the stage. Talk about a band that has it all. Two guitars, drums, bass, organ, trombone, and trumpet to be exact. A band full of talent and song writing, they played with all the soul on top of the rocks and they prepared us for the one man band legend Tash Sultana.
Every member wrote songs that they carefully picked to play in order to tell us a little story. Red Rocks was groovin’ on a Wednesday. 8 pm rolls around and everyone is on there third round of drinks a ready to see the queen. The lights go down and across the rocks all you here is Bob Marley’s
“One Love.” Everyone in the crowd was on their feet dancing as Tase walks out barefoot with the biggest smile on her face. She gave nothing but her purest energy as she ran around on stage playing guitar, flute beat boxing, and singing us her originals like “synergy” and “ can’t buy happiness.” All while jamming out with impromptu 12 string guitar solos and remixing her own songs like “Jungle.” She was there to play with her soul. Giving us her all while everyone danced the night away. It felt like a release of a energy, Sultana
and the whole crowd moving forward into the night under the Colorado stars.
Photo by Dara Munnis (Instagram: @daramunnis)
THE BLACK BOX
Photo By Emily Harvey (Instagram: @basswavemedia)
About 30 minutes east and down in the Valley there is a little gem that sticks out on the streets of Denver. Hanging on the corner of 13th street, you can see the mountains in the distance as the sun is setting, glistening while you approach to the venue. The all black building holds white sign on the side eliminating “MERSIV.” The Black Box
was housing Mersiv’s
two night Denver show special on his Beautiful and Fifthly tour. Considering Mersiv
is from Colorado this event seemed to be quite special for him and his fans. He didn’t disappoint when it came to the music either. September 13th doors opened at 8pm, Security moved swiftly and professionally as they properly ID’d everyone scanning their tickets. For a sold out show, they managed to get everyone in by a decent time. Which was a plus due to the fact that Mersiv
was playing first. Downtempo was the vibe for the first night. Deep and beautiful Mersiv
played out originals over the the sea of blackness within the box. With supporting acts Opalyte, Knat Turner,
and a back to back with Dapalitiks
and Dream Pusha
you could expect a night out of this world. Deep, laser like bass. The type you can feel through your whole body. But that also could have the help from the Black Boxes sound system. Mersiv, Laika Beats,
turner dropping a EP on Wakaan
in August, of course the showed out with an amazing performance of their songs “Dopamine” and “New Kids on the Block.” Which is also the name of the EP. Drinks were all fairly prices as the staff was helpful with what they had to offer, it was easy to go freely from eh crowd to the bar and back in the crowd to enjoy the music.
Night two was a little bit of a different style. Heavier. As we like to call it. Mersiv didn’t let up, same power and energy of the first night except with more bass and filth. With support from Wriza, Killa Nova, Kyral X Banko
, and a back to back with Fiyah
and Patches Omalley.
Some serious underground bass and 808 was getting blasted all night. We got the Pressure from Wriza
and Kyral X Banko
Kill em worth heavy hitter after heavy hitter. It was a Good Friday night full of bass and moon with the Harvest Moon High in the sky. With Black Box
priding themselves with a Basscouch IQ sound System you can guarantee the music to flow right through you. Truly Beautiful and filthy. If you need a break from the indoor madness you can step outside for smoke not he smoking patio. It doesn’t end there with the options for The Black Box
, there is a reason they call it the home of the underground music in Colorado. Offering a full recording studio with some of the top underground producers around. You have a full opportunity to submerge yourself in the culture and in your art; with the help and support of The Black Box Crew
. With a successful two night sold out run, Mersiv
was able to show support to his home while they supported him as well as display some of the lead artist in underground bass music. Long Live the 808.
Photo By Emily Harvey (Instagram: @basswavemedia)
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