Another spooktacular Halloween has come and gone, but the memories will always stay. LessThan3 was at Friday’s festivities at HARD Haunted Mansion in LA, as well as the pre-party in NYC on October 22nd. Needless to say, things got crazy. The festival saw a wide variety of music including dubstep, house, moombahton, techno, and everything in between.
After a somewhat lackluster performance by Laidback Luke, Soulwax took the mainstage at the Shrine Expo Hall in LA performing as their 2ManyDJs act, and boy did they ever bring the energy up. Utilizing perfectly integrated visuals with every single track they played, they really put on a fantastic show. The guys spun everything from hard-hitting house anthems to genres like rock, metal, and hip hop. When they dropped their remix of Metallica’s Master of Puppets, everyone just about lost it. I’ve never seen two DJs go through so many records, let alone genres, and make it sound as good as they did.
The legendary Fatboy Slim took to the stage directly after Soulwax, and ripped open a gate to hell. It became immediately apparent why this guy is a legend. Flawless mixing, incredible stage presence, and that funky big beat sound he’s famous for made for a truly unforgettable set. For a taste of what it was like, check out his smash hit, Ya Mama (Push The Tempo), remixed by Moguai. Halfway through his set, we went to see Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead. These guys blew my mind, plain and simple. Spinning a fine selection of their own tunes with the grimiest of what dubstep has to offer and topping it all off with bits of electro and dnb, Zeds Dead was on fire. The pair was clearly having a good time, too; they were going nuts on the mic saying how much they dug the LA crowd. Tiga finished the night off with his brand of dark, dirty techno. It’s rare to see him in these neck of the woods, thus making for an extra special set. I loved how he let his tracks play out with his extended transitions between songs–no need to rush things when you have mixing skills like Tiga.
New York’s slightly smaller event the weekend before Halloween was one of the most unique lineups Manhattan has seen in a while. With an artist roster that included Skream, Benga, Dillon Francis, and Gesaffelstein, Terminal 5 was definitely popping off that night. Dillon and the dual performance by Skream & Benga were definitely the performances of the night, with Dillon spinning 90 minutes of straight moombahton, and S&B spinning their trademark UK dubstep sound–a sound that helped launch and define the genre. We can only hope that HARD will continue to bring such versatile lineups to the Big Apple.