Axwell at the Ogden Theatre, 4/19/12
Britt Chester Madeon last night at the Ogden Theatre.
All of this, of course, would not be possible without the openers, both of whom deserve equally as much credit for setting, holding and keeping the pace so well last night. Madeon, the seventeen-year-old sensation taking over the EDM world in a strange Justin Bieber-ish kind of way, pretty much had everyone in disbelief that the guy orchestrating the uncontrollable dancing, couldn't even walk up to the bar and order a drink.
On the heels of recent success from a track titled "Icarus," which hit the YouTube and spread like the flu to EDM heads around the world, and with the backing of Swedish House Mafia, Madeon has truly hit the ground running, even getting a nod as one of the top five acts at Coachella this year. With good reason.
Madeon is a chef with an endless pantry of samples that he utilizes to create delicious cuts that not only segue clean, but finish appropriate to the entire set. He runs Ableton like no one I've ever seen, mastering it like a video game, and merely running patterns. It's clean. It's professional, and it's the next level, if you ask me. This kid, if nurtured properly by the right people, will easily be the most sought-after EDM producer in the world very soon.
Britt Chester Ecotek (aka Kostas Kouremenos) last night at the Ogden Theatre.
Ecotek, known locally and among the Triad Dragon circles as Kostas Kouremenos, opened up the evening to a building crowd. His deep house tracks for the most party easily stayed below 90dB, but this worked perfectly as he built the energy for the night. All in all, this was a great show that ran smoothly with no real mistakes. Each act performed according to their skill and set, which meant not playing a Skrillex-esque track at 9:45 p.m., but instead building on the foundation of tracks all leading to a monumental close, and everyone who played can take credit for that.
Personal Bias: Swedish House Mafia tracks are awesome, but I was more pumped that Madeon got moved to the opening slot from his own Bluebird show.
By The Way: Ecotek killed it.
Random Detail: One attendee remarked that the reason it didn't really sell out is because the plethora of other shows going on: Arty at Beta, SexyTime and TwoFresh at Cervantes...valid points all around.
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