The Identity Tour’s San Diego stop was nothing short of amazing. Perfect summer weather mixed with perfect party people is always a recipe for a good time. Throw in live performances from the likes of Bingo Players, Excision, Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, TJR, RL Grime, Doctor P, Stephan Jacobs, and Paul van Dyk and you’ve got yourself one helluva get down. Whether you were with your girl, a group of your closest friends, or your camera getting shots from backstage, chances are you had one of the better times you’ve had all year. I know I did. I also know most of y’all are fiending for TheMixster.com’s photo coverage of the event (Courtesy of the homie Taylor Trah), so I’ll keep it brief by spotlighting my favorite moments and sets of the night.
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Let’s cut the BS. Porter Robinson threw down the wildest set of the night. The dude can’t even legally buy a drink and yet he’s causing an absolute ruckus in front of thousands of people on a consistent basis. Sliiiightly jealous. Jam-packed with bangers, his set had everyone giggin’ non-stop. The crowd went ape-shit when he dropped Major Lazer- Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix). Yeah everyone seems to drop it now-a-days (I’m guilty of this myself) but it never ceases to get me violently jumping around in circles. Stay tuned for more news about his upcoming tour with OWSLA buddies Zedd and Nick (muh-fuggin’) Thayer!! They’ll be performing at 2 venues in San Diego—The Sports Arena and Voyeur. Looks like we’ll be the only city on the tour with both 18+ and 21+ shows!! Big thangs poppin’ in San Diego!!!
Porter may have thrown down the wildest set of the night, but funkiest set goes to none other than TJR. Props to this San Diego favorite and LED resident DJ for keeping the funk alive. His track selections and choice sampling always provide a breath of fresh air. And he’s the DJ/Producer that re-juiced my liking of Tech House. Hopefully you were able to catch some of his set, but if not don’t fret. He’s a regular at W(R)avehouse and Voyeur events thanks to LED presents. Much love to the very humble and talented TJR. As if one LED resident DJ killing it isn’t enough, Audrey Napoleon brought the early bird Identity crowd into a frenzy with her top notch mixing and unmatchable stage presence. This girl has a flavor to her production like few I can think of, which explains why she toured each show with the ID crew. Having just released her DEBUT EP, Ornamental Egos, we can only expect bigger and better things from this stellar artista.
Eric Prydz threw down a killer set (in its own way) as well with a set-list mostly comprised of songs I didn’t recognize, which was actually quite nice. Makes it a little easier to get lost in the set and not get caught up in critiquing the technicality of the mix as I often do. After seeing Prydz 2x times within the last month, it’s safe to say he’s one of my favorite acts to see live. I can only assume that Prydz will be back in America soon after his Identity Tour experience. The endlessly robust energy displayed by our San Diego crowd that night, should have a large say in that.
RL Grime (aka Clockwork) shut down the LED “Tastemaker” Stage with an absolute bang. His set was the perfect escape from the mainstage. I was craving some “Real Trap Shit.” His stage presence got everyone groovin’ from the get go, then when he dropped his track “Trap on Acid” the crowd went NUTS. As if throwing down a dope set wasn’t enough, he had his tracks under his other alias Clockwork being dropped on the mainstage throughout the night. I specifically remember his last 2 releases on MAD DECENT, “Titan” and “BBBS,” causing a riot as they came down off the mainstage’s towering sound system. This guy is killing the game right now. Catch him perform as Clockwork at HARD’s Day of the Dead (Nov. 3rd).
All in all, Identity San Diego was a complete and utter success. I’m already looking forward to next year’s tour, but there will be plenty of stellar events and big tours coming through San Diego to tie us over till then. I’m sure y’all are as stoked as I am about the upcoming LED presents TRAMPS LIKE US event at the Sports Arena this Labor Day Weekend. The more we show the country that we can throw these massive parties in city after city without causing any problems—as we have done for 2 years now on the Identity Tour—the faster the scene will blow up. Perhaps more importantly, we will be given more leeway when we try and throw even bigger and better events. Spread Love and Good Music.
By: Saro Chalian
All photos by Taylor Trah for TheMixster.com © 2012