LessThan3 attended Insomniac’s Audiotistic Festival in San Bernardino, Cali this past weekend. The festival drew a larger crowd than the 30,000 in the past, making it the biggest Audiotistic ever. Four massive stages, including the exclusive Anjunabeats stage, rocked festival goers with twelve straight hours of the finest in EDM. There was something for everybody–dubstep heavyweights Datsik and Benga played at the Bass Frequency stage while The Boombox boasted an eclectic mix of hip hop, glitch hop, and the crazy shenanigans of Major Lazer. Trance fans enjoyed a special treat at the Anjunabeats stage with performances from most of the label’s stars and special guest Showtek. The Treble Frequency stage hosted the show’s main headliners.
The first set we saw was from OC natives Norin & Rad on the Anjunabeats stage. The duo put on a great opening set, utilizing energetic vocal trance and some big drops. I’ve actually heard these two have opened up for Markus Schulz in the past, and from their performance, they seemed to be a promising couple of guys. Denmark DJ Morten Breum utilized a combination of hard-hitting electro and dubstep to get the crowd going at the Treble Frequency stage, while Smog Records’ very own Flinch combed between glitch hop and dubstep to wow fans of the wub at the Bass Frequency stage. Chris Lake, one of the most consistent DJs around, took things up another notch on the mainstage with his hits Colours and Only One. After these great performances, the rowdy crowd was ready for even more destruction as the sun set at the mainstage.
Electro’s hottest up-and-comer Porter Robinson came out on the Treble Frequency stage with guns blazin’. In a demonstration of swag, he proclaimed, “Audiotistic, my name is Porter Robinson, and tonight is going to be a f*cking good night!” From there on the crowd was hit with a fast-paced hour and a half set full of complex drops and crisp, knocking basslines. You could tell that the crowd was loving every second of it–a testament to how quickly Porter has grown since the beginning of the year. But the madness was nowhere near as crazy as the destruction that Doctor P and Flux Pavilion incurred. These guys were so intense that it wasn’t even funny. Drop after drop, wobble after wobble, they layed down one of the most stunning dubstep performances I’ve ever seen. One of the highlights of their set was when they dropped FuntCase’s 50 Calibre from their Circus compilation album. That, combined with favorites like Marmite, Bass Cannon, and Sweet Shop made for the best performance of the night. The last set we saw on the main stage was Mad Decent head honcho Diplo. Diplo’s set was as colorful as always–he switched between UK house, hip hop, dubstep, and his newest foray, moombahton. I gotta hand it to Diplo; not too many DJs can pull off dropping such a diverse set and get away with it. Some memorable parts include Tyler, The Creator’s Yonkers, Laidback Luke’s bootleg of On To The Next One, and Dillon Francis and Maluca moombahton collabo Que Que.
Changing pace a bit, we headed on over to the Anjunabeats stage to check out the legendary Super8 & Tab. Holding true to their Anjunabeats roots, they played a very uplifting vocal trance set. The best way I could describe their set would be clean and polished. One of the highlights had to have been their My Enemy from their Empire album. Just when we thought nothing could top their set, hardstyle legends Showtek blew everyone away in a closing performance full of high-octane energy and epic drops. When I say epic, I mean they were epic! They opened up their set with F*ck The System, having everyone chant along with them and raise their middle fingers to the man. That’s the thing about Showtek–they’re so interactive with the crowd that it makes everyone go that much crazier. People were even flinging their candy bracelets on stage and they were putting them on their wrists! At one point, frontman Walt Jensen told everyone to sit down and wait to jump on his cue. In one huge drop, everybody jumped up and started going nuts as Showtek rampaged on stage until closing.
Audiotistic was another huge success thanks to Insomniac and all of the artists they invited to play at the event. Compared to last year’s festival, this year was noticeably more organized and security was beefed up as well. Insomniac has definitely proven themselves to be a legitimate business that cares about their customers’ festival experience. The only issue I saw was that the crowd seemed to be getting a little bit too big for the venue (what a problem to have), so in the future I think Insomniac may have to move the festival to a bigger location.