Liquid Stranger Gets It Poppin’ at Mission Ballroom Night 1

On November 17, 2022 the legendary Liquid Stranger returned to Mission Ballroom for the first day of a 3 night run in Denver, Colorado.

Who is Liquid Stranger?

Liquid Stranger, also known as Martin Staaf of Varberg, Sweden, is a pioneer in the bass music world. With an early background in engineering and producing for jazz and rock bands in the late 90s, he started the Liquid Stranger project in 2003. In his early days, his goal was to fuse different genres of music into intricate soundscapes that encompass all. In 2015, he introduced his new label, Wakaan, which gave free-form bass artists a place to create and release. Liquid Stranger’s sound is ever-changing and incorporates multiple genres, including dubstep, free-form bass, drum and bass, and downtempo. Now in 2022, with a plentiful amount of excellent releases, a successful label, and die-hard fans, it’s safe to say that he is much more than a producer. Martin advocates for free expression, female leadership within Wakaan, and creating a safe space for all.

Opening Support
DRINKURWATER

The first opener of the night was DRINKURWATER, whose been on a quick come-up this year, releasing some heaters! Many were excited to see him on the lineup and have him out in Denver! He played a super high-energy set with hits like WET WET and Ear Tickle that got the crowd prepped for the rest of the night.

Sully

The next opener was Sully, and everyone was ecstatic to have him as opening support! Again, with some of his biggest releases this year, he came up very quickly. Coming in hot, he threw hits like his Tape B collab, Impulse, and other hits like Misfits with Liquid Stranger himself. The energy shot through the roof during his set.

TVBOO

Fan favorite and Denver local TVBOO was the next opener on the support lineup. Known for his hilarious personality and antics, his visuals and set followed suit with the craziness. He played an edit of the viral Youtube video of the Harry Potter puppets singing Severus Snape, and the crowd completely lost it! There were also the most ridiculous visuals of TVBOO himself clad in his famous hillbilly outfits being throw down with some wonky tunes that made everyone go wild. 

Zeke Beats b2b Jantsen

The next supporting act was Zeke Beats b2b Jantsen, and many were excited for this b2b because of how amazing both artists are on their own! Many were curious to see how this b2b was going to play out, and they did not disappoint. Their set had each of their logos projected on the screen side by side, which was super awesome to see! Zeke Beats came in with the dirtiest live scratching, and Jantsen came through with his heavyweight sound. The combination of these two legends was so much fun to experience, and the crowd couldn’t help but go nuts. 

Kill The Noise

The last opener before Liquid Stranger was the infamous Kill The Noise! Many weren’t sure what they would hear in this set because of the different genres he usually plays. What an incredible surprise this set was. As the first song dropped, so did everyone’s mouths as they realized this would be one of the heaviest sets of the night. KTN was throwing down dubstep but not your usual dubstep. It was the type of dubstep that started to evolve in 2018 to get deeper, bouncier, and denser. To be brought back to that time period was a pleasure, and the energy was at an all-time high. We’re thrilled that Liquid Stranger switched things up by adding Kill The Noise to the support lineup.

Liquid Stranger

The last opener before Liquid Stranger was the infamous Kill The Noise! Many weren’t sure what they would hear in this set because of the different genres he usually plays. What an incredible surprise this set was. As the first song dropped, so did everyone’s mouths as they realized this would be one of the heaviest sets of the night. KTN was throwing down dubstep but not your usual dubstep. It was the type of dubstep that started to evolve in 2018 to get deeper, bouncier, and denser. To be brought back to that time period was a pleasure, and the energy was at an all-time high. We’re thrilled that Liquid Stranger switched things up by adding Kill The Noise to the support lineup.

This night of the run was the all original throwback set from Liquid Stranger. For many who’ve known and loved Martin since his early days of releasing music, this set was a dream come true. From the moment he stepped on stage from the moment he departed, there was no letting up as banger after banger ripped through Mission Ballroom. The man laid down oldies like Rocket FuelCreatureBurn Like the Sun, and much more. Not only did he play old tunes that many have probably been chasing, but he threw down VIPs of old songs. He played the VIPs of RippleDon’t Stop, and Bombaclaad Star, which he pulled out a Dubstep VIP of that he had forgotten he made! The amount of music he could fit into an hour time slot was amazing! 

Production

This year, the production was seriously top-notch. With Liquid Stranger bringing in the full PK Trinity sound system to Mission Ballroom, it made the biggest difference in the entire experience. The openers are usually quieter than the headliner, but the PKs ensured every artist came in with a bang. Earplugs are always a must at any show, but especially this one because of how penetrating the sound was. Mix the PKs with the incredible laser production and melty visuals, and you’d be sure to transcend. We’re so stoked that Liquid Stranger brought in such a great production and continues to level up!

Conclusion

Overall, Liquid Stranger on the first night of his three-night run at Mission Ballroom was incredible from start to finish. We are so happy to have experienced such excellent opening support acts and a throwback set from him! We can’t wait to see how he will continue to evolve.

Photos by Kyle Brim

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Supertask Leads A Super Concert At Cervantes

Supertask At Cervantes

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom was full of life at the Shift night concert. Last Thursday, seven talented musicians performed on two stages. With headliners Supertask and Sully, it was bound to be a success. 

A Thundering Start to the Night

Before and during the concert, there was plenty of unique artwork and live painting to check out. At eight o’clock, the venue’s resident DJ began. Mikey Thunder set the mood for a fantastic evening. Above all, Mikey is a master of unsuspecting vibe switches in his DJing. He alternated frenetic wubs with ethereal tunes. Then, his mixing became more futuristic and edgy. Truly, an amazing set. As one of the bartenders told me when I asked who was on stage: “Mikey Thunder is THE man!”

The Openers

Coming all the way from Pennyslvania, Tiedye Ky delivered a unique combination of smooth melodies and distorted bass. Check out his latest release, “I Want 2 Fly Away.” The song is dually soothing and energetic.

Then, we heard the intense grooviness of Mport. His latest song “Fearless” was my favorite neck-breaker of the night.

Dual Stages!

Cervantes boasts two stages. The main ballroom and the “Other Side” give the venue its name. Also, it’s charm and uniqueness. The iconic venue has been around since 2003. However, the building itself has been hosting concerts and parties since the 1930s. One can sense the decades-old charm that exists between the two stages.

On one side, fans could dance to Supertask and Tiedye Ky. Then, take a short walk through the venue! The sounds of Sully, Pierce, and Mport bounced and boomed from the other stage. Truly, an outstanding and distinctive experience.

Visual Perfection

It was “Shift Thursday” at Cervantes. Undoubtedly, the music was elite. The aura of the crowd was fun, leaving nothing to be desired. But also, the evening was aptly named due to the visuals on-screen. Any regular EDM patron knows that concert visuals can be just as good as the music. Sometimes, better! The art on the screen can make or break a venue’s vibes. At Shift night, the colors on screen swirled, shifted, and dripped. Certainly, the backdrop complemented the music fantastically.

The Headliners

Supertask and Sully headlined the two stages. Supertask’s top songs are “Get to You” and “Divide”. They each have nearly two million plays on Spotify. Check out his latest EP “Captcha”! It has three fantastic songs. Certainly, the crowd could not get enough of Supertask and his super sounds. 

Simultaneously, Sully performed on the other side of Cervantes. Hailing from Detroit, Sully provided an unforgettable bass experience. I was most excited to finally see his breakout single “Duck Hummus.” Check out his latest song, “How Much Further.” It features G-Rex and The Arcturians.

A Night to Remember

Certainly, this past Shift Thursday was a success. The openers and headliners alike created a superb evening in Denver. This week, Cervantes will feature six artists on Thursday. Be sure to check out the venue downtown!

Photos by Ethan Klement

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