IHF Debuts New Live Set at Your Mom’s House

IHF Debuts New Live Set at Your Mom’s House

IHF (Imagined Herbal Flows) is known to friends and family as Ben Gorvine. This Washington D.C.-based, artist, producer, and DJ has been cultivating his unique melodic sound for almost ten years! His Floating EP, released in 2014, helped him break into the industry while gaining millions of streams online. Since then, he’s released several other albums and EPs, including his most recent EP titled, Soft Fascinations.

Over the years, IHF has toured with various artists, including STS9, Hayden James, and Elderbrook. He’s also performed at massive festivals, including Coachella, Electric Forest, and Lightning in a Bottle. His atmospheric, melodic sound has been compared to the likes of Bonobo, Odesza, Fred Again.., and more.

On Friday, January 20th, IHF traveled to Denver, Colorado, to perform a very special set at Your Mom’s House. Not only was this his first headline show in a while, but it was also his first show of 2023 and the debut of his new live set! Also playing that night were KVO, Honeykill FM, KrYmsun, Flutur, and Ryan Golbus.

Your Mom’s House

This show took place near downtown Denver at Your Mom’s House. The venue is 21+ and has a capacity of 400 people. Getting to the venue is easy; however, it can be quite difficult to find street parking as the venue doesn’t have a parking lot. Because of this, they recommend carpooling or utilizing rideshares like Uber or Lyft.

The entry process was a breeze and the box office is right inside the main doors. Once inside, the first room is complete with a long bar (which was closed for this show), restrooms, and a few arcade games and vending machines. The second room is where the stage is located. Both rooms had plenty of seating, which is awesome.

This super intimate space was really fun and interactive. There is a small bar at the back of the room, paintings and murals on the walls, and the stage up front. Decorations consisted of plants, disco balls, chandeliers, and more. One of the most notorious things about this venue is its crazy mirrored holographic dance floor, which you’ll have to see for yourself. There was also a live painter and a few vendors!

The First Music of the Night

KVO started the night off with some upbeat tunes. His sound is heavily influenced by world travel and Latin culture. Then, Honeykill FM took to the stage. According to his bio on the event page, “Honeykill FM has been successfully impersonating a human since being dropped from the sky by his alien progenitors in the early 1990s.” After that, Krymsun took the audience on a journey through sound with his take on vapor twitch.

Then, it was time for Flutur. This artist was born in Italy and started playing piano at the age of two, then began playing drums shortly after. In fact, he composed and recorded his first song at age fifteen. Flutur donned a tropical print long-sleeve shirt and moved from one instrument to the next. He used a mixer to loop different elements together, including his vocals and instruments, which consisted of a few different guitars as well as a hand pan. Despite admitting to having some jet lag, he played a great set.

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There was quite a lengthy changeover to get the stage set up properly for IHF. The crowd dispersed for 30 minutes to take a seat, order more drinks, and look at the art around the venue. Finally, after some minor technical difficulties, IHF was ready to take the stage!

Beautiful visuals were projected onto the wall behind him throughout his set. Pastel abstract shapes mixed together before the screen would change to a sweeping mountain landscape, which went along perfectly with his music. He was very good at grabbing everyone’s attention and making his show an immersive experience. While interacting with the crowd, he was also very attentive to the art he was performing, which was really cool to see. IHF sang his own vocals, which were either a main part of the song or added to the background. It was clear to see that the crowd really enjoyed his set.

The Night Comes to an End

After IHF, Ryan Golbus played a dynamic, upbeat set to conclude the night.

Your Mom’s House is a small, intimate venue with a great sound system, seating, room for artists and vendors, and an awesome dance floor. If you haven’t been here yet, definitely check it out! Throughout the night, this unique venue held a diverse group of people that were all there to bask in the feel-good music that is IHF. This was such a special night as well, being IHF‘s first set of 2023, first headline set in some time, as well as his debut show for his new live set.

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Malaa Throws Down for His Biggest Show Yet in Denver

Malaa Throws Down for His Biggest Show Yet in Denver

The French producer and DJ known as Malaa has become one of the biggest names in house music. G-house, to be exact. This producer is a part of Tchami’s Confession Label and has been pumping out tracks for the past seven years. On Spotify alone, Malaa has over 1.3 million monthly listeners! Some of his most notorious tracks (see what we did there?) include “Notorious,” “Revolt” featuring Jacknife, and “Made In France” with DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer.

Malaa‘s identity is unknown, as this mysterious performer wears a black balaclava on stage and doesn’t speak into the microphone during his sets. On September 30th, Malaa released his debut album, Don Malaa. This 14-track album includes just under 45 minutes of dance-worthy deep house music. The album also contains a handful of collaborations with talented artists, including Fivio Foreign, Jadakiss, Ghostface Killah, and more.

The Don Malaa Album Tour

On Saturday, October 1st, house-heads traveled to the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colorado, to see Malaa for themselves. The Don Malaa tour is Malaa‘s most extensive tour to date and touches down in cities across the United States. Also on the lineup for the show were RC3 and Wax Motif.

RC3

Attendees wasted no time filling the venue to see RC3 kick off the night. This producer and DJ are local to the Denver area. He has played alongside artists, including John Summit, Jauz, and Loud Luxury. In addition to this, he’s also played at Global Dance Festival! During his set, he was able to get the crowd energized and ready for the night. RC3 played some crowd favorites that everyone was familiar with, along with brand-new unreleased tunes. He even brought out Masteria as a special guest!

Wax Motif

Australian producer and DJ Wax Motif, was next to take the stage. Although his style of music can be classified as G-house, he draws inspiration from R&B, disco, UK bass, and more. Throughout the years, he’s had releases on various record labels, such as Tchami’s Confession and Diplo’s Mad Decent. He recently released his highly anticipated 17-track debut album, House of Wax.

During his set, Wax Motif stood behind a DJ booth that had a small screen for visuals in front of it where his logo flashed in bright colors. “Bunda” with Dances With White Girls was one of the first tracks he played, which got the entire crowd dancing. By now, the venue seemed at capacity already. At one point, Wax Motif stopped the music and was overwhelmed by everyone cheering for him, but he deserved it!

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During a brief set change, the crew unveiled brand new production; let us tell you; it did not disappoint. The large set almost mimicked an abandoned building with portions of chain link fence, bricks, and graffiti-looking artwork. Where the windows would be, there were large LED screens that flashed changing visuals throughout the show. Malaa wore his black balaclava, of course, and a red leather jacket.

Throughout the night, Malaa played classic tracks of his, such as “Notorious” along with remixes of other popular tracks like “Drugs From Amsterdam” by Mau P. Additionally, he played a bunch of new tracks from Don Malaa. The crowd went absolutely wild for tracks like “Hypnotic” and “How it is“. Cryo and colorful lights added to the experience. The crowd didn’t even dissipate until his set was about over, and it was fantastic to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Denver Went Deep

The Don Malaa tour was simply unforgettable. Debuting brand new stage production for his largest Denver show yet, Malaa brought the heat yet again. After the show, he even took to social media to share how special the show was. He was super impressed that everyone knew the brand new songs from the album that just came out! Every single artist on the lineup did a stellar job at engaging the crowd and filling the venue with G-house music.

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KAYZO’s New Breed Tour Touches Down In The Mile High City

KAYZO’s New Breed Tour Touches Down In The Mile High City

Hardstyle, dubstep, and metal are a few genres that KAYZO fuses to create his distinctive sound. This Los Angeles-based producer and DJ are an Icon Collective alumni who has been perfecting his craft for over a decade. In addition to touring and performing at world-renowned music festivals, including EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, and Lollapalooza, he founded his label, Welcome Records. He also hosts his own radio show titled Doghouse Radio!

On Spotify alone, KAYZO has over 1.3 million monthly listeners. This summer, he released a brand new full-length album titled NEW BREED. This twenty-track masterpiece contains over an hour of hard-hitting originals and collaborations with artists such as ATLiens and Phase One. If you haven’t listened to KAYZO‘s music yet, we suggest you listen to “Wake Up” with RIOT, “Suffocate” with BAD OMENS, and “The Sickness” with GHOSTKID.

KAYZO’s New Breed Tour

On Saturday, August 27th, headbangers, bass heads, metal heads, and anyone looking to rage gathered at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. Joining KAYZO were SweetTooth, HOL!, Emo Nite, and NETSKY.

As soon as doors opened, attendees wasted no time heading into the venue. This venue holds nearly four thousand people. However, the stage can be moved depending on the expected capacity for the night. This is an awesome way to create the feel of an intimate, packed show, no matter the size. This venue has a spot for everyone between the large floor area, tiered seating in the back, and two VIP balconies. Multiple bars, restrooms, and water fountains can be found throughout the venue, along with food and merchandise.

SweetTooth

SweetTooth did not come to mess around, proven by the experimental dubstep that he played throughout his set. Basic colorful overhead lights set the mood along with his own graphics on an LED screen behind the DJ table. He also played a new remix that he did for one of KAYZO‘s tracks. At the end of his set, he sang a pop-punk track from the band he’s also a part of!

HOL!

HOL! took the stage next. This French producer and DJ had an awesome amount of energy and stage presence, helping to get the crowd more engaged and ready for the rest of the night. He played some brand new original tracks during his set and even started a wall of death and an all-girls mosh pit. Some really cool graphics took over the LED screen behind him as he interacted with the crowd.

Emo Nite

According to Emo Nite, they are “Not a band. Not DJs. We throw parties for the music we love.” This traveling party celebrating throwback pop-punk and rock are almost always on tour. And, they also jumped onto a few of KAYZO’s tour dates! Although this set seemed a little bit surprising and unexpected at first, the crowd absolutely loved it.

Songs from artists like Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 were tastefully mixed with pop and electronic songs while visuals from 2000’s commercials and video clips were played. The two DJs on stage had tons of energy, and so did the crowd!

NETSKY

The final artist to take the stage before KAYZO was Belgium drum-and-bass legend NETSKY. More rows of lights were added to the stage production for this set, and it was clear that the anticipation and energy in the venue continued to grow. NETSKY played many drum-and-bass songs that the crowd knew and sang along to. Meanwhile, trippy, brightly colored graphics swirled around behind him. At one point, he played the Luude remix of Men At Work’s “Down Under” which seemed to be a hit. Then, he finished off his set with his track “Let Me Hold You” with Hybrid Minds.

By this point in the night, the floor was pretty full but not squished. There was more room in the back on the tiered seating, and the VIP balconies were next to empty. Even though the venue looked and felt full, everyone had space to breathe, and there weren’t any lines for drinks or bathrooms.

KAYZO

After a brief set-change to prepare the stage for KAYZO’s headline set, the man finally made his way to the stage. The combination of his music, stage presence, and production truly did transform the venue into another world. In addition to the enormous LED screen behind him, the front of the DJ booth was also LED, merging visuals with what was on the big screen. He also had additional light rigs on either side of the stage, with bright light bars and more lights that shined out into the audience. These moved in sync with the music, creating an effect similar to lasers. And, get this, he also had cryo that joined his other production during the drops.

In addition to bangin’ originals like “Welcome To The Doghouse“, he also played remixes of Shouse’s “Love Tonight,” and Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out“. Then, he played a sound byte saying, “Hey mom, could you pick me up?” that immediately transformed into a crazy dubstep drop. Let me tell you, his graphics were a bit scary and hell-ish, so hopefully, nobody had to call their mom.

KAYZO was so much fun to watch! One thing that stood out about his stage presence was his big, strong arm movements. He took control of the stage and the crowd, which you don’t see too often. He even instructed the crowd to go feral, which everyone seemed to follow through with (LOL). Headbangers took charge of the rail while multiple mosh pits could be seen in the crowd.

Towards the end of his set, he brought out a special guest called “bone daddy”. Enter: CALCIUM. They played a song together before KAYZO brought out his girlfriend, CRAY. They performed their song, “Love Me Hate Me” with De’Wayne together. Couple goals, right? At the end of the night, KAYZO paused the show to bring a few fans up on stage, and the venue got to witness a proposal! What an ending to a crazy memorable night.

Good Night, Ragers

KAYZO’s New Breed Tour was an amazing show from start to finish. Each artist on the lineup played a unique set that interacted with the crowd and got them ready for the rest of the night. Hardstyle, metal, dubstep, and more flooded the venue, with everyone dancing and headbanging. If you love to rage, you should check out a KAYZO show!

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Snow Tha Product Revs Up The Energy At Mission Ballroom

Over the past decade, Snow Tha Product is a name that has reined supreme within the the hip-hop community. However, her rise to fame was no coincidence. From battle rapping locals to pushing her CD’s on street corners; Snow’s come-up is a true underdog story. She continues to prove that both consistency and hard work are key factors to success in any industry.

To begin, Snow faced adversity from an early age. Claudia Alexandra Feliciano was born to undocumented Mexican American Immigrants. Growing up in San Jose, California, she took full advantage of ESL classes that were at her disposal. She quickly became fluent in both English and Spanish, which would later set her apart as the bilingual hip-hop heavyweight she is today. Its no secret that Snow takes great pride in representing both her English and Spanish culture.

Snow Tha Activist

Snow tells it like it is. She is known to be unapologetically outspoken on real world issues both off and on the microphone. Her 2017 bilingual feature on, “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”, addresses the oppression immigrants endure while living in the US today. A snippet from her verse states, “Racists feed the belly of the beast with the pitchforks, rich chores done by the people that get ignored.” In addition to immigration and politics, Snow is an activist within the LGBTQ community. She openly discusses her bisexuality; encouraging her listeners to stay true to themselves, despite opposition they may face from others.

Dale Gas

Although Mission Ballroom fits a capacity of nearly 4,000 patrons, Snow is able to share an intimate setting with her Denver crowd. This performance is for the ride or die fans, the “Product Pushers”.

The surge of energy is tangible in Mission Ballroom the moment Snow steps on stage. She kicks off her headlining performance with the appropriately titled single, “Dale Gas” which was also the inspiration for the “Dale Gas” Tour title. Ironically enough, only a few moments into the track; the music comes to an abrupt stop. Something is off. Snow pauses her performance to address an audio issue concerning the sound levels on the main stage.

She commands the audio engineers to, “Turn up the music on these wedges!”. She explains that she has been on a 2.5-year hiatus from touring, so her fans deserve the best show from her possible. The sound quality was not up to par for the comeback tour Snow was anticipating. A few moments passed and the DJ spins “Dale Gas” back to its intro; returning with a newfound intensity. The sound is on point, the party has officially begun. Snow has all of Mission Ballroom peaking with a revamped excitement for her performance.

Block Party At Mission Ballroom

Snow carried on the party at Mission Ballroom with no reservations. She goes on to perform her chart topping hits, such as “Butter” and “Wassap”. The show’s momentum is in full swing and the crowds excitement cannot be contained. In a blink of an eye, the celebration soon overflowed onto the mainstage! Snow handpicked a group of lucky concert goers to join her and the Dale Gas crew for the remainder of the night.

At this point, the atmosphere of the venue feels like an all out block party with close friends and family. Snow Tha Product’s Dale Gas tour revs up the energy at Mission Ballroom. It’s difficult to determine where the crowd stops and the performers begin. Snow is engaging in conversation with the audience, stage dives into the crowd several times and even took a celebratory shot of tequila or two. A night that will not be forgotten in a hurry for the Denver “Product Pushers”.

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Review and Recap Video of Krushendo’s Take Over of Cervantes

Review and Recap Video of Krushendo’s Take Over of Cervantes

Colorado local Karlyle Walker, aka Krushendo, has been on the rise in the melodic bass scene. Since he opened for MitiS in 2018, Krushendo has been at the forefront in the bass capital. He has truly been crushing it! Last month, on February 7th, Krushendo released a soul-crushing dubstep banger titled, “Dungeon”. As well, just a few months ago, Krushendo released MiTis – TRY featuring RØRY (Krushendo Rekrush). On January 21st and 22nd of this year, Krushendo graced the stage direct supporting Illenium at two sold-out shows in Aspen, Colorado. A few weeks later he played another sold out show in Portland, Oregon with MiTiS again and Crystal Skies.

On March 3rd, Cervantes’s weekly installment of SHIFT Thursdays held one of Krushendo’s largest headlining shows to date. Joining him as support was, Jakattak, NGHTOWL, Prismatic, and Docfunk.

Art And Silent Disco

As soon as Cervantes Other Side doors opened at 8 PM, the floor started filling up. When fans walked in, they were greeted with a bar. While you walk further back into the venue, there was artwork by numerous talented artists. Back on the patio, there was a silent disco hosted by Make Wavs and Longevity Productions.

Starting The Night Off 

Denver local Jakattak kicked off the evening. Jakattak played his unique sound for fans to move to. Jakattak has been on the rise with new releases including just a few months ago, his collab with DeniZen “Creature” through Make Wavs, and his bootleg remix of Big Sean “Moves”. In addition, back in December, he took over a five-hour slot during the Noise for Toys fundraiser over Twitch. As well, Jakattak has graced stages across Colorado such as The Church Nightclub, Your Moms House, and 830 North in Fort Collins, which is an arcade, bowling alley, and venue. To keep up with new releases by Jakattak, follow him on SoundCloud here.

Next up taking the stage was NGHTOWL, who embraces heavy-hitting bass music that embodies emotions. NGHTOWL captivated fans with his extraordinary sound. Just within the last six months, NGHTOWL has released singles, “Skyburst“, “Cloud City“, “nighttime“, and his most recent release, “Deeper.” Click here to keep up with all of his new incredible releases.

Prismatic who has released tracks on well-known labels like, Subsidia and Wakaan took the stage next. He kept the energy strong preparing fans to be ready for the headliner of the evening. Prismatic has released banger after banger, including his three-track “Mystify” EP five months ago. Just last month, Prismatic released heavy hitter “Refresh” through Rude Service. Follow this mastermind here.

The Time Has Come 

While Krushendo was preparing to grace the stage, fans were noticed walking closer to capture the perfect view. Krushendo started off with major heat as he was playing melodic vocals and all of the heavier melodic bass elements with the smooth tempos of slower, heavy-hitting bass music. Everyone was getting down with smiles on their faces and even, some headbanging.

Also on stage, was a guitarist and drummer at certain points, creating a unique experience for fans. To top it off, lasers consisting of numerous colors were going off during each banger. The lasers could be seen even in the back by the art. Above the stage was a visual screen that included his name and other visuals to get lost in. Fans were able to immersive themselves into the whole event, and experience the special evening. In addition, Krushendo announced his upcoming EP. Fans were able to listen to a glimpse into his new music, including unreleased songs.

Ending the night was Docfunk. He kept the vibes high with his Dirtybass house, Drum and Bass with Hip Influences, and Halftime tunes. Keeping the fans dancing with some “booty music” as Docfunk calls it, ensuring fans ended the night perfectly. Check out his popular tracks here, including “Slum Lordz“, Ghetto Funk“, and “In Da House Vol.2 “, all songs to make you lose control.

An End to the Madness

This event was definitely an unforgettable night for fans, with bass, new tunes, and getting lost in the lasers and visuals. Every artist brought major heat with good vibes all around. Be sure to keep an eye on Krushendo, we certainly can’t wait to see where this Colorado local goes! To stay up to date with Cervantes’s weekly SHIFT Thursday for the rest of March, click here

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Recap of Krushendo Direct Support for ILLENIUM @ X Games in Aspen, CO at Belly Up

Our boy Krushendo was lucky enough to be selected for his remix of ILLENIUM’s Story of My Life, he brought his melodic heavy sound design up to Aspen, CO for X Games with the legend ILLENIUM himself for two dates in the most intimate mountain venue in Colorado. The Belly Up is a staple for large acts touring through the US and an absolute must see for yourself.

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Krushendo opened up the first night with some very catchy vibes and finished off strong playing some originals that I believe are not released yet. Night two Krushendo brought out Alexander Cruz on guitar of ZOA and Cheyenne Duba of Silver Siren on vocals. They played a 2020 release that reminds me of old Porter Robinson live, Cheyennes voice was excellent and the tune set the tone for Krushendo to play once of the wildest sets in recent memory.

Catch Krushendo headlining Cervantes Otherside in Denver, CO on March 3rd with Prismatic, NGHT OWL, Jakattak, and Docfunk for a night of eclectic bass music. You might recognize Prismatic, he put out an EP with the legend Au5. He has been making his own waves in Denver for quite sometime.

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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.

Liquid Stranger

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.

Rome in Silver

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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An Emotional Ride Along With Kevin Gates – The Khaza Tour

A journey with Kevin Gates is the only way you can describe his statement driven concert September 25th 2021, at Mission Ballroom with opening acts like DDG and OG Boobie Black. Gates came out showing no rust, from the pandemic with an attention capturing performance.

Starting off the night DDG came onto the stage with a point to prove, that he belongs amongst the stars in Hip Hop. Playing to the crowd, with his smooth playboy like antics, he showcased his talents with the ladies by bringing them onto the stage for a friendly twerk battle. Later on, famous tracks such as “Moonwalking in Calabasas” and “Hood Melody” were played.

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Ending the Night

DDG got the crowd rockin! Next up was OG Boobie Black, who came onto the stage to get us ready to experience the journey Kevin Gates was about to take us all on. Gates slowly graced the stage, feeling the energy of the room and crowd. Gates went through his personal life song by song with musical master pieces like “Fatal Attraction, Plugs Daughter, and Dreka”. The night was finished off with a performance of “Satellites”. For everything Kevin Gates, follow the links down below!

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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.

Ravenscoon

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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