Ever hear 100,000 watt speakers in your life before? Even better, have you ever felt 100K watts of dirty, rumbling bass shake an entire ballroom? Well, neither had I until this past week, when I attended Excision’s San Francisco stop on the X Tour.
Excision has been nothing but a tour-de-force in the dubstep world, pioneering and leading the way for the grimiest bass ever heard by man. Combining his top-notch producing and DJ-ing skills with some of the best marketing in dance music just short of another fellow Canadian (see Deadmau5), Excision is no doubt one of the top dubstep powerhouses. Like some of the other big North American dubstep names like Bassnectar, Excision’s X Tour is all about the fan experience. Traveling with busloads of customized speakers and lights, Excision manages full control over nearly every aspect of the show, a proven formula more artists should explore.
Taking place at one of SF’s classic venues, The Warfield, Excision took the whole place over with an elaborate stage setup that showcased a massive tower of lights in the center with the DJ booth perched atop. Before Excision took the stage, two of my favorite up-and-comers opened the show: SF electro prodigy Lucky Date, and one of Phange’s favorites, Liquid Stranger. While neither quite possess the mixing prowess and stage presence of the main attraction, they both performed excellent sets that got the crowd warmed up nonetheless.
Once Excision went on, the whole venue erupted in screams and shouts. For the rest of the evening, it was all about the X…or better yet, it was all about BASS. No joke–the speaker system was so loud that venue started shaking as soon as Excision hit the play button. But the speakers weren’t just loud; they were oh so deep, too. Never had I heard bass so crisp and rich. It was pure dubstep heaven to say the least. Excision has always been one of my favorite live acts for his ability to pick the right tracks at the right time, and mix tempos and rhythms seamlessly. From the first track to the last, Excision had the crowd at its feet, jumping and screaming. The highlight for me had to his drop of Doctor P’s insane remix of Krome & Time’s The Licence. Check out the massive tune above.
Excision’s got plenty of stops left on his North American tour. If you’re a fan of dubstep, and he’s coming to a town near you, don’t miss this opportunity. I guarantee you’ll be happy you went!