The multiple music genre DJ artist Bassnectar, like hip-hop artist Kid Cudi, really drew a large crowd to his energetic set at the Audiotistic Music Festival at 11:35 p.m. Saturday.
I wasn’t able to catch a lot of his set but he incorporates so many different sounds and styles into his set that kept his audience dancing the entire time. Bassnectar mixed Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirt” with a thunderous bassline that had what appeared to be the crowd throw up their hands and cheer.
A-Trak, who started at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and went until 2:45 a.m., also kept his audience entertained using a variety of tricks and musical skill spinning everything from Justice to Luther Campbell of the 2 Live Crew. While he performed, two large screens to his left and right displayed multi-colored images and lights while behind him an even larger screen displayed the same visuals.
During A-Trak’s performance, the silver painted female dancers in pasties and bikini bottoms from N.A.S.A.’s set all came out to dance during the set and when they left another set of dancers, male and female, came out wearing flashing lights and silver skin tight clothing.
After the flashing lights dancers left, a group of women dancers, with red gas masks on, then appeared with large sticks of fire and danced to the music.
Unfortunately, I missed UK dubstep artist Rusko but audience members I interviewed said he had a tremendous set.
I briefly caught international DJ artist Marco V, whose techno infused set was packed with people and appeared to be the largest, or at least close to the largest, around the 3 a.m. Sunday hour when people started leaving. The Speaker Temple venue he was in featured a lot of spotlights, sweaty bodies dancing around me and people who liked to perform hand dances with fingernail coverings full of flashing lights.
I was also able to catch drum and bass artist TC and from what I saw he put on a great show inside the Bass Frequency room around 3 a.m. and his crowd was definitely into the set but I had to try and get stats on arrests or hospital type incidents so I was unable to stay very long.