The end of concert season draws near at Red Rocks Amphitheater, but not before hosting some of the most sought-after music artists in the world. Slander couldn’t have chosen a better time to debut their newest album, Thrive, in Colorado with two nights of “Thrive On The Rocks.” Excitement brewed as fans poured into the breathtaking venue under the gleam of a full moon. Glowing wristbands upon entry, paired with a heated lineup of talent leading up to Slander, sealed the deal for weekend vibes on a Wednesday night.
Saka kicked off as the opener for Thrive On The Rocks by slathering us with bass and eclectic beats. His energy was contagious, sending us into dancing fits under the moonlit sky. This rising star from Hong Kong is on tour across the nation, supporting artists like Slander, Mersiv, and Peekaboo. You can catch his amazing sound next at EDC Orlando on November 11th!
Next up was Australian DJ Leotrix. Holding nothing back, he unleashed a barrage of heavy hitters and we couldn’t get enough. His signature bass and pulse-stopping drops landed him on festival lineups like Lost Lands and Dancefestopia this year. As Thrive On The Rocks is one of many stops on his tour, it’s clear Leotrix is on a fast track to success!
California-based Moore Kismet was next to grace the stage. Prismatic music from their “Universe” album and delightful stage presence left us reeling! 17-year-old Moore Kismet shows promise in their surging popularity and already boasts an impressive musician’s resume. International festival performances, their Universe album release, and their international tour, Universe, are just a few of their feats in 2022 alone!
Kompany wasn’t originally scheduled to perform, but he did not disappoint and took Thrive On The Rocks by storm. Remixing tracks like “Lockdown” and “Elephant March,” Kompany sent headbangers into a raging dubstep frenzy! His collaborations with producers like Excision, Subtronics, and Wooli have become staples for any dubstep enthusiast. Although Kompany is also on tour, you won’t want to miss his next Colorado appearance at Decadence!
Slander took their place on stage at last while our wristbands glowed in sync like a sea of stars. As an LED stage structure reminiscent of their iconic “eye” came to life, Slander’s set began with a heated remix of their hit song “Back To U.” The contrast of lyrical elements with hard dubstep hit home runs with us all night long. Songs from their Thrive album like, “Love is Gone (Dylan Matthew)” and “Walk on Water,” also brought emotional depth to the experience.
In a drastic change of pace, Slander dimmed the lights in the venue and began dishing out invigorating techno music. Rows of elated shufflers could be seen dancing in the stands. The music then turned toward fan favorites like GUD VIBRATIONS (I shamelessly screeched with happiness) and Potions. Thousands of people could be heard singing lyric-heavy songs like “All You Need To Know”. When the time came for Slander to leave, they charmed chanting fans with an encore and played one last song “Superhuman”.
In short, Derek Anderson and Scott Land are the American DJ duo known as Slander. Their unique integration of melodic music with heavy bass drops has created a large footprint in the EDM scene. It’s not uncommon to witness an entire venue sing along to their chart-topping songs, which carry messages of love and GUD VIBRATIONS. Hosted by some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Slander’s innovative music and global fanbase are a testament to their impeccable talent as a team.
Walking away with more than memories
Overall, the range of different genres at Thrive On The Rocks was incredible. It was pure joy to share these moments with up-and-coming artists and established producers. Slander’s “Thrive” debut in Colorado proved more meaningful than just a concert. Before we traveled home we were reminded to live in this happy moment together, hugging our friends and loved ones around us. “Thrive” seems to convey that, despite the pain and obstacles we may face, it’s okay to hold on to a cherished moment and celebrate it. To enjoy it. To thrive in it.
Thrive On The Rocks 11/9 Photo Dump
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