Liquid Stranger Celebrates His WAKAAN Family At Mission Ballroom

One of the giants in the EDM world, Liquid Stranger brought a plethora of his friends to Denver this past weekend. Martin Staaf is better known by his stage name Liquid Stranger. He launched himself as an experimental EDM artist in the early 2000s.

Following this, he created his own record label Wakaan. Since then, Liquid Stranger has made a name for himself throughout the EDM world with his visual production level and his expert mixing skills.

Recently, Liquid Stranger has signed many prominent artists to his label. Some of his most notable artists include LSDream, Tvboo, and LUZCID. Overall, Stranger and the Wakaan label as a whole boast themselves as a collective. For the first night stop at Mission Ballroom, and even the second night, there was a myriad of artists to choose from.

Liquid Stranger

The Openers

To begin the evening, Kyrol and Banko and Notixx, both played deeper and more down-tempo sets. This slower start to the evening allowed for Mission Ballroom to begin to fill up. Both of the opener’s visuals were minimal. As the night went on, it was clear that Mission Ballroom was almost completely wall-to-wall with people anticipating the king of Wakaan himself later in the evening.

However, the energy in the venue quickly changed as the Mississippi native, Tvboo took the stage. He is known for his goofy persona and wooky beats. Tvboo emerged on the stage wearing nothing but overalls and taking the audience on a wild ride. Playing many of his hit songs, including “Wook Work,” “Skrawberries.” He also brought out a rapper to engage with the crowd. He definitely had the entire venue on their feet. Further, at the end of his set, he took his overalls off in his typical goofy fashion and danced around the stage in his underwear.

Tvboo

Certainly, it was an interesting choice to put Tvboo in between the first two openers and the next two. The dynamic deep bass artists YookiE walked on stage boasting visuals that declared “Yookie Sucks.” They kept that same high energy of their predecessor by playing their standout tune of the year “Bubble Bass.” As the night progressed, the next artist to warm the stage up for Liquid Stranger, was Buku. For his set, he focused more on the psychedelic and trippy side with many visuals that seemed to go on forever. Overall, all of the openers set the stage for what was to come.

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Buku

Finally, as many people noted in the crowd, the lasers not only lit up behind and the sides of the stages but also, next to the DJ stand. As Liquid Stranger took the stage, he explained the lights on stage were a new LED technique, and boy was this technology one that completely changed the mood in the crowd. Not a single person was sitting as the man of the night started off heavy and then moved into some of his throwbacks. Most notably, he played “Don’t Stop,” and his own drop from “Space Boss.” Throughout his set, he spent a lot of time on the microphone shouting out anytime he played a song from someone on the WAKAAN collective. Then, the night ended with him appreciating not only his collective but the crowd as a whole.

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Conclusion

Overall, the first night of Liquid Stranger proved to be a great mixture of both deep dubstep and more of the wook bass that the WAKAAN label is known for. Most importantly, the first night set the stage for not only what was to come on night two, but for the rest of the recently announced tour for 2022.

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San Holo Brings Melody To Mission Ballroom

One of the stars in the melodic dubstep world, San Holo, headlined Mission Ballroom this past weekend. Sander van Dijck, better known by his stage name San Holo, first gained recognition for his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.” Which went viral quickly and had him releasing music on the likes Skrillex’s OSWLA record label. Soon after, San Holo quickly ran with his fame and created his own record label Bitbird. Further, his last album, Album 1, held a myriad of staple tracks in the melodic dubstep world. Album 1 reached #7 upon its debut on Billboard 100’s Electronic/Dance chart.

Recently just a few months ago in June, San Holo released his new album bb u okay? Now, he has brought his new album on tour throughout the United States. Those within the melodic dubstep have been patiently awaiting a new album and tour. Certainly, San Holo did not disappoint.

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The Openers

Brought along on the tour, Rome in Silver and Chet Porter began with a slower start. Rome in Silver in particular started the night off with a lot of low-fi sounds mixed with some hipster buildups. It was the perfect intro into Chet Porter’s set who has many notable remixes of other famous EDM artists including Odesza and Whethan. One of the most notable moments from his set came when he played his collab with Alison Wonderland Bummed.” These two chill sets were a perfect introduction for what the night would move into.

However, the standout set of the openers was Swedish native Kasbo. He began his set by running out onto the stage with a burst of colors to play the drums in tune with his music. The shift from the chill hipster vibes, to a more energetic crowd, was apparent as he drummed along to his music in time with the impressive visuals. Many of his visuals had nature and water themes which played along well with melodic drop after melodic drop. At one point, I went almost all the way up to the rail, and I normally like to stay further back in the crowd, and boy am I glad that I did. Kasbo heavily interacted with the crowd in the front. His visuals were perfect up close and his set along with his visuals left the crowd mesmerized and ready for the headliner.

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San Holo

Finally, the much-awaited return of San Holo to Denver began. He rushed out onto the stage playing his guitar in tune with his songs. The background visuals were simply bb u okay? in accordance with the promotion of his new album. In addition, he also played many of his crowd-pleasing songs like “Light,” and some of his most popular tracks off Album 1. For anyone new to his music, this set was the perfect mixture of some of his more heavy older tracks and his new album. Most importantly, his stage persona with the crowd stayed on point throughout and he did not miss one guitar solo.

San Holo

Conclusion

Overall, Mission Ballroom proved to be the perfect mixture of an intimate inside venue but with the visual capacity for San Holo’s strong mixture of music and visual experience. The audience definitely loved every minute and there were even some tears shed from those around me. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait long for San Holo to return to Denver.

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Dirt Monkey Brings The Wobbles to Mission Ballroom

Boulder local Dirt Monkey, is no stranger to playing large shows for his dedicated followers. As a native to the Colorado EDM Scene, Patrick Megeath has exploded not only in the Denver community but across the country. Megeath has seen huge expansion in the EDM community since 2018 with releases on Liquid Stranger’s label Wakkan. He fuses wonky wobbles with high-energy beats in order to create sets that keep crowds entertained and on their feet for the entire show.

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The Openers

Starting out the night Shank Aaron and Kumarion, set the mood for the night with some drum and bass and heavier sets. Further, Ravenscoon came out with an electrifying and wonky set with visuals that mesmerized the crowd. However, the energy completely changed when G-Space took over the stage. He started out dark and quickly moved into wobbles to match the vibes of his visuals. Each drop was deeper and filthier and sucked the audience into his set.

G-Space

But, the stand out set of the openers was by far G-Rex. The Detroit native is one who fuses a mixture of trap beats with dark wobbles. With a myriad of releases on Wakkan, he is no stranger to taking audiences deep and wobbly. The visuals mixed with his signature dark horse sound to distinguish his songs kept the audience screaming after each filthy drop.

Finally, the man of the evening Dirt Monkey, came out with colorful visuals and wobbles to keep the energy of the crowd high. No drop was similar and his mixing was flawless and effortless, it was hard to tell when one song ended and another one began. From his more popular songs like “Shut Up” with rap giant Tech N9ne to his more obscure remix of his and Protohype’s “Bop Bop,” each drop kept the audience dancing. Also, he played a lot of unreleased songs and gave previews of many new music that will soon be being dropped. Almost everyone in the crowd stayed until the end and through his encore because of the high-energy and vibes of the sets.

Conclusion

Overall, this set at Mission Ballroom was one that those in the Denver EDM community will not likely forget. The energy and vibes of the night where unmatched and each artist brought their own unique flavor to the evening. The mixture of each individual artists sets with the energy of the crowd was one that will remain a personal favorite at shows I’ve seen at Mission, and by far my favorite Dirt Monkey set to date.

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Blunts and Blondes Hotboxes The Ogden Theater

This past Sunday, Florida native, Blunts and Blondes brought the second stop of his Hotbox tour to the Mile High city. Creating his name from his love of marijuana and women, Blunts and Blondes has clocked over 2.7 million streams on Spotify and over 480,000 followers alone. Last year, the rising star went on a co-headlining tour with the other boy wonder of 2019, Subtronics, with this year marking both of their own first headlining tours. Further, he released his debut EP, “Smoking with Friends” on Zeds Dead’s legendary Deadbeats label. Bringing two other up-and-coming stars in the EDM world as support, Subdocta and Bawldy. All three artists proved to make the crowd rowdy.

The Openers

To begin the night, Bawldy made a quick entrance onto the stage. The native Louisianian focused on the heavier riddim side of dubstep. At one point, he mentioned his love of Denver, and how he hoped the crowd was, “As lit as him.” Bawldy’s visuals were minimal with none of the intensity that was to come from his successor on the stage.

Next, Subdocta took the stage. The visuals intensified with both the background of the screen and the choice of lasers. Subdocta fell into the more traditional dubstep style in his mixing. To end his set, he shouted out his pal, and Boulder local Dirt Monkey. Upon taking his family photo, he encouraged the crowd to yell, “I love Dirt Monkey.” Then, he dropped into their collab “West Coast Wobble,” before dimming the lights in the prospects of Blunts and Blondes.

The Hotbox Tour

Anticipation mounted from the crowd, as the stage crew began to set up the elaborate metal box that had foreshadowed the previous two artists. Before, neither artists used the metal contraption in their production. It became clear it was being saved for the headliner.

A cloud of smoke surrounded Blunts and Blondes as he entered the stage and began his first buildup. The Hotbox finally lit up a neon green and a sign with an appropriate marijuana leaf and his name: Blunts and Blondes. Then, he dropped quickly into some heavy dubstep and even some deep spacey vibes. Some notable moments were his remix of “La, La, La” and his remix of Zeds Dead’s “Lift You Up.” While Blunts and Blondes and Subdocta both played a similar mixture of deep dubstep, it’s clear that Blunts and Blondes finds his roots in trap music. Throughout his set, he mixed in many rap song tributes and homages to RL Grime. As always, Blunts and Blondes proved why he’s risen quickly in the EDM world.

Conclusion

Overall, all three artists took the stage with their own flavor to make it clear that the Hotbox tour will be making a statement across the US. Subdocta and Blunts and Blondes demonstrated their mutual respect for the varying music in the EDM scene. However, Blunts and Blondes certainly hotboxed the Mile High city with his performance.

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Kai Wachi Breaks Skulls on Friday the 13th

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On Friday the 13th, Kai Wachi sold out the Bluebird Theater in Denver for a Bass-heavy showcase. The 24-year-old producer has continued to rise in the EDM music scene with his first release in 2012. Since then, he has only gained attention with his remixes and Trap-heavy songs. In 2016, he released the single “Demons,” which gained him widespread recognition from the Bass-god himself Excision, even being added to all three years of the Lost Lands lineup. For Kai Wachi’s Denver stop of his DemiGod tour, he brought a mixture of heavy and deep Dubstep. Notably, the lineup included: Sektah, Calvin Hobbes and Sam Lamar.

Sektah

To begin, the night started off deep with Sektah. A Colorado local, he played a deep Dubstep set that was an interesting choice for an opener. Instead of beginning heavy, he experimented with his sound with some Space Bass vibes. However, as his set progressed, and the crowd increased, Sektah began to play a lot more Riddim chops into his mixing style. In particular, this mixture of both genres transitioned well into Calvin Hobbes set. Boasting his own style of “Hobbestep,” the young producer maintained one of the heaviest sets of the lineup. With bass drop after bass drop, the crowd’s energy changed compared to his predecessor. Obviously, it was clear that a large portion of the audience came out to support him with many enthusiastic screams.

As the lights intensified, Sam Lamar took the stage. He took the energy Calvin Hobbes projected and doubled it with his technical mixing. The lights on the side of the stage twisted and turned in a manner that paired well with his dark visuals. Instead of playing mainly Dubstep, he threw in a mixture of Riddim, Trap and Future Bass. His Facebook page boasts “one of the top 40 EDM artists to watch in 2020,” and his stage presence and professional mixing exemplified why. The mood of the audience stayed upbeat in order to set the tone for Kai Wachi.

Ka Wachi

Finally, it became apparent why this show sold out as Kai Wachi took the stage. The Boise, Idaho native captivated his audience immediately with his overzealous stage persona. True to his musical background, he played a mixture of heavy Trap beats off his album DemiGod with forceful Dubstep drops. With each drop, he counted out and hyped up the crowd both with his hand gestures and mic takeover. Further, the demonic background and skulls to accompany his “Skull Team” brand only helped to escalate the stage production of this tour. Ultimately, the crowd engagement that resonated when he played some of his tracks off his album, like “Photograph” and “Break,” demonstrated how he’s risen to become a staple in the Dubstep scene.

Overall, Kai Wachi’s DemiGod show, provided a perfect event for a Friday the 13th night out in Denver. Moreover, he made it clear that he knows how to sell out a venue and keep his crowd entertained with the artists chosen as support for this tour. Sam Lamar kept the night fresh with his multi-genre set, while Calvin Hobbes and Sektah played two varying sets to keep the audience on their feet. Kai Wachi boasts of his “Skull Team” brand, and that’s exactly what he did–break skulls.

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Eptic Melts Faces at the Ogden

Belgium native Eptic, returned to Denver for a Black Friday Bass spectacular. A longtime EDM producer, he has tracks dating back to the late 2000s. He ventures into a myriad of heavy bass genres with themes in space and adventure. Recently, Eptic’s 2016 Overlord EP was released on Zomboy’s label, Never Say Die.

Eptic did not hold back in his return to Denver by bringing a stacked lineup for his Flesh and Blood tour. He brought both local Colorado artists Yoda Popz and Green Matter, as well as heavy hitters AFK and Tynan.

To start the night off, Denver local Yoda Popz came in with a vengeance with a set of all original tracks. A substantial crowd showed up early to head-bang with the up and coming producer. He also played an easy mixture of Future Bass to even out his sound. Green Matter, another Denver based DJ, followed with a set full of deep Dubstep. Green Matter’s team handed out green light toys. The audience immediately became enthralled with this entertainment and managed to add a green hue to her minimal visuals. One of the first songs she dropped, was Blunts and Blondes remix of “Lift You Up” by Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy. Both local artists set the tone for the remaining three artists.

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Originally, the lineup boasted Oolacile as support. However, Eptic tweeted that there was a delay in his flight to Denver. AFK agreed to fill the slot. Much to the enjoyment of the crowd, the Dallas based producer hit the decks hard with drop after drop. With many throwbacks like Skrillex and Habstrakt’s song “Chicken Soup,” AFK managed to keep the mood both heavy and upbeat. As the sets transitioned into Tynan, the vibes switched back to those deeper undertones. The visuals were kept low as he pushed the crowd to hit the rail with every buildup and subsequent drop.

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Eptic

Finally, the visuals changed to the alien overlord logo signature of Eptic’s brand. The lasers blasted the crowd in a way only possible from the two-leveled viewing at the Ogden. The energy levels only intensified as the headliner played a wide range of benchmark Dubstep tunes. Many trap tracks were thrown in with RL Grime mixed in frequently. Eptic even played his own remix of RL Grime’s “Era.” The visuals were consistent in depicting his space theme, and the decibel level hit the audience with perfect face-melting properties for this type of show.

Overall, Eptic’s Denver stop of his tour did not disappoint for those finding something to do after Thanksgiving. Those Bass fans always in the mood to dance showed their support for both their local talent and some core Dubstep producers. The Ogden proved a perfect backdrop for this event. Eptic once again showed Denver that he knows how to melt faces.

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Flux Pavilion and Circus Records Buddies Bring the Bass to Denver

Recently, Denver celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Flux Pavilion’s and Doctor P’s label Circus Records. With it came a myriad of diverse bass producers to Denver’s newest venue Mission Ballroom. Also, it’s no secret that Flux Pavilion is one of the most recognized and respected names in the EDM scene. This year he has been celebrating his success with Circus by embarking on a 19 show tour. This tour hit Denver on 9/1 to begin the fall show season with a reverberating dubstep bang.

The Bass Music Starts

To begin the night, Chime, the young producer from the UK first took the stage. He mixed melodic bass with heavy dubstep drops to warm up the crowd at Mission Ballroom. Mission holds the perfect setup for both the seasoned show veteran and the energetic newbie, with leveled seating similar to Red Rocks and plenty of room on the floor to dance without care. Following Chime came Conrank b2b DMVU. As soon as the first heavy drop hit, the duo forced the crowd on their feet and hit with one filthy bass drop after the other. Conrank did not hold back in his over the top production style and continuous hype-up of the crowd. Meanwhile, Denver’s hometown hero DMVU mostly stayed at the decks to hit with his buildups. This unique b2b proved a necessary intro for what was ahead in the night.

Funtcase

As Cookie Monsta took over the stage, the visuals changed. From the psychedelic, in-time with the drop visuals of Conrank b2b DMVU, they warped into clown faces and dystopian vibes. Cookie Monsta’s visuals went in perfect cohesion with his deeper drops and trap beat undertones. Earlier this year, he had posted on all his social media facets that he would be cancelling all future tour dates, including the 10 year circus tour. Due to these circumstances, it’s even more special that Cookie Monsta participated by bringing such a heavy set to the bass capital. Later, as long time producer Funtcase followed, the UK legend stuck to more traditional dubstep drops with focus on riddim. He steered clear of his drum and bass roots and stuck to dubstep, making a perfect platform for Flux to close out the night.

Flux Pavilion Closes out the Party

Flux Pavilion at Mission Ballroom
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Following Funtcase and making a stark entrance from his predecessors, Flux Pavilion began his set by playing a whimsical intro on his guitar. This led into a high-energy melodic bass drop to warm the crowd up. Flux then proceeded to showcase his talents by mixing between traditional dubstep and hardcore UK trap drops. This, combined with melodic bass ensured the audience stayed out of their seats the entire time. During his set, he started a throwback block by playing the original “Bass Cannon”. Flux Pavilion kept with this same energy by mixing into “International Anthem” and “I Can’t Stop,” both being pivotal songs that pioneered the EDM sound. He ended the set by switching gears into upbeat future bass, creating the perfect environment for his closing which consisted of intense dubstep and trap fusions.

Flux Pavillion

Overall, the Denver stop of the 10 years of Circus Records tour brought a night of non-stop bass. Mission Ballroom proved the perfect backdrop, with top visual and audio quality to ensure the audience was slapped in the face with every single drop. Denver’s EDM scene will not quickly recover from all the headbanging, but will be left desperately anticipating Flux Pavilion and his buddies next return to the bass capital.

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