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Parade of Bass: A Spectacle

Parade of Bass: A Spectacle

Samantha Williams

June 6th, 2019

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Dillon Francis

What happens when bassheads, a former basketball player, and Dillon Francis convene in an amphitheatre? Answer: a whole lot of tomfoolery. June 2nd, 2019 was an exciting night when Decadon, Spock, Ubur, Blunts and Blondes, Eptic, DJ Diesel, and Dillon Francis joined forces for the first ever Parade of Bass. The above artists showcased various styles of electronic music, ranging from brostep to house. This unexpected mix of talent was a perfect event to kickoff the month of June at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The first acts displayed only the dark and gritty. Decadon and Spock b2b Ubur unveiled classic, American dubstep, with head splitting bass and a splash of industrial soundbites. Then, of course there was the riddim-like Blunts and Blondes. His sound stems from wobbles much like Subtronics, or Ganja White Night; wonky bass and wonky bass only. Later, the dubstep guru Eptic included tastes of bass house, and had a special b2b appearance with SVDDEN DEATH. As the night progressed, dubstep connoisseurs and first-timers alike had no idea what was about to hit them.

Some may know Shaquille O’Neill as a legendary NBA Hall of Famer, but the EDM world now knows him as something else: DJ Diesel. He is, quite literally, the largest DJ in the game. As part of his “Summer League” tour, Shaq performed at Red Rocks for the first time, and he was as lighthearted as he was epic.

His visuals featured lasers coming out of his eyes, and airborne basketballs, while he unleashed full-throttle beats to the crowd. While some may imagine Shaq keeping a tame stage presence, he did exactly the opposite and it was horribly enticing. The energy of Red Rocks was almost at full capacity once DJ Diesel had performed, and it was about to get groovy.

While Dillon Francis is by no means a classic dubstep artist, he was able to get the crowd as rowdy as one. He featured various songs from his newest album WUT WUT, and threw in “Bun Up the Dance,” and “Get Low” from This Mixtape is Fire and Money Sucks, Friends Rule.

Francis’s witty visuals filled the screen behind him, as images of houses fluttered with house music, or when traps were featured during — you guessed it — a trap intermission. Francis was immediately able to switch a mood in a heartbeat, whether it be from sexy to sentimental, and this IDGAF-OS attitude was not only fun, but refreshing.

Parade of Bass was a unique experience. Not only because it was DJ Diesel’s Red Rocks debut, but the festival offered a great variety of talent from the bass music industry. This show provided a taste of EDM that everyone could come to appreciate, and at one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world. As the night ended, there was an essence of enjoyment in the air that was contagious. Now there’s only one more question to ask: when’s Parade of Bass 2020?

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