This generation has developed an intense appreciation for electro house music. It can be described as dance music with combinations of bassline, synthesized drums and percussion, electronic effects, and even vocals. I will admit that I am fairly new to this trend, and tend to stray from the norms, but I believe that this music is fantastic! It has developed from an experimental genre in 2000 to its current extreme popularity. I didn’t generate an interest in electro house music until I attended the Steve Aoki show. I highly recommend these shows to anyone, including skeptics because it is important to keep an open mind. As a result, you will find that the performances are enjoyable!
On Monday, October 3rd, Vancouver was lucky enough to welcome a popular electro house artist, Steve Aoki. Not only did he perform at Venue Nightclub, students had the opportunity to see him at the Pit Pub located in the Student Union Building at The University of British Columbia. I was at the show myself, and felt the exhilarating energy and excitement among my UBC peers.
Aoki’s music is fun, great to dance to, and most importantly he is an exceptional entertainer. Aoki is well known for crowd surfing on floatable pool toys and pouring bottles of alcohol out to the crowd of fans. With their permission, Aoki even smashed a cake in a fan’s face at the Pit Pub. My hair was sticky and smelt like champagne when I left, but it wasn’t a burden at all, I am honored that Steve Aoki threw champagne at me!
If you missed out on this concert, it is not too late to experience great live music in Vancouver! Steve Aoki’s show was unlike any concert I have ever been to , and I have already bought tickets to two more electro shows in the near future, Nero and Bassnectar.
Nero is a duo of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray from London, England. Although they perform frequently in Europe, Nero will be performing at the Commodore Ballroom for fans age 19+ on October 27, 2011. They also mix with La Roux, a band well known for their song, Bulletproof. Nero is accomplished on their own as well. Their song, Blinded By the Lights, was listed in The Newyorker Magazine as one of the best songs in 2009. Listen to their new single here, Crush On You.
After Nero, I will be attending Bassnectar on November 18, 2011 at PNE Forum. It is an all ages event where Bassnectar will be joined by other DJs, Bonobo and R/D. At a Bassnectar show you can expect massive crowds, walls of sound, and light shows that will most definitely entertain you. Bassnectar has made a name for himself in the electronic music industry. He has sold 78,000 hard tickets in the first half of 2011 and Pollstar named him the second greatest electronic artist. I enjoy Bassnectar’s music and he has achieved great success in his career, now it is time to attend the show and see if the performance lives up to the quality of music he produces.
“We are so blessed, and so deeply fortunate to be alive and awake right now…it’s a basic truth, but it’s very powerful. I think privilege confers responsibility, and Bassnectar is a reflection of that opportunity to give back; the motion of my cells bouncing back at the world.”
-Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton)
I encourage you to attend one of these events, or any electro house concert for that matter! If you have attended a a show similar to Steve Aoki, Nero, or Bassnectar don’t be shy, leave a comment here and let me know how it went! Add me on Twitter and stay informed about Vancouver nightlife!
Have Fun! Be responsible,