There was a 15 minute break on the main stage while they removed all Thundercat’s gear out of the way. I had positioned my self at front center for this precise moment.
If your reading my blog and don’t know who Flying Lotus is and consider yourself at the cutting edge of music, I apologize while I assure you that you are not.
Head of the now infamous Brainfeeder record label, Flying Lotus has totally revolutionized the modern hip-hop and glitch hop scene, or as I call it, the Beat scene.
Hailing from California he has injected new life into a genre overshadowed by bro-step wannabe dub-steppers.
Well known for his creativity, originality and intricacy (in the rhythmic department most notably) he became a beacon for those sick and tired of all the shiny, overly safe crap music that surrounds us on a daily basis. And to think he comes from a place where Hollywood isn’t a movie, its a lifestyle!
I nearly shat myself when I saw the monitor speakers they had setup for him at each side of his DJ table, I’ve been to club parties where they have a whole party running off of speakers half the size! As it was a live set, he had his Akai MPD and Laptop setup into a Dj mixer. I was totally excited for this show, evidently so were the people around me, as the crowd seemed to double while waiting to be fed.
And on he came, to a fully packed outdoor dancefloor, sunglasses still on and smiling. His first songs, were not impressive for me, people were jamming around me, but to me it was pretty ordinary (think crunk with a little more detail in the drum sequencing). I kept waiting for something to grab me by the back of the neck and say dance… but nothing.
It was around a quarter way through the set when the sound cut out, the crowd shouted their support as he walked off stage immediately. His tech walked on and fiddled around, I suspect his computer crashed cause they were waiting and looking at the screen for sometime… LOL, mac’s do crash you know ;)
He got back up and running, switching the vibe a bit to something more groovy and swinging, more like what I wanted to hear, more like the sound I knew him for… As time passed though I started getting bored, and the front row was getting crowded so I moved to the middle section as he switched through some classic hip-hop tracks, even a bit of Radiohead!! Respect for that but It was too late for me, I went to get my first beer and food of the day.
All in all, quite disappointing, not at all like the stuff I’ve seen him play live on youtube clips or heard in his records, the sound wasn’t that great as well, was quite soft! Look in fairness, I wanted to hear his crazy experimental stuff, so I really didn’t think he would play it so safe. Its very understandable tho… People were loving what he was playing, no doubt! But you know what they say about hype and how it makes certain people crazy! Well it does the opposite for me…
*added notes: I was totally shocked how expensive a beer was there, €4 for a tiny fucking beer? Insane to say the least, its €1 for a beer triple the size in a shop, at least the food was good!
To be Continued in Part 4….