Capping off our first leg of the tour, last night in Austin was possibly the most electrified show yet! Penthouse Penthouse, Ana Sia, and Glitch Mob all played dynamic and seemingly effortless sets, while technical execution behind the scenes went exactly as planned (see: Transparent). A telling sign of a good performer is for the crowd to be moved without being able to explain why (see: Sunset). A telling sign of a good production team, be it sound, lighting, video or otherwise – is for the audience to never even know they are there (see: Ninja).
From the first note of the night, the crowd was hit with a flurry of 8-bit and bit-crushed melodies, cascading through a waterfall of arpeggios, initially ushered through the speakers by Penthouse Penthouse (of Team Supreme) who have supported us as openers throughout the tour. Team Supreme are proteges of Producer-turned-teacher Steve Nalepa of Dubspot; one of The Glitch Mob’s first ever songs was a remix of Nalepa’s “Monday”, adding steam to the theory of band manager Kev Wolff that “It All Lends Itself.”
Penthouse Penthouse perfectly sets the scene for Ana Sia, crate-digging legend of the LA Beat scene, to ignite the dancefloor with her own electric spin. As a DJ who knows her music A side to B, one song leads smoothly into another, the steady pulse of beats and bass breaking just long enough for the audience to catch their second, third, and fifth wind.
The combined force of two consistently solid openers creates the perfect storm for The Glitch Mob to blow open the floodgates, letting loose a maelstrom of melody. This last show in particular – with a hyped crowd and spotless performance – was a great way to close out the first run of the tour to a sold-out room, with well over 2,000 fans lighting up the night. Our first stretch as a team – and the first time TGM has played live in nearly 4 years – has served as a testing ground for The Blade, (pictured below), and the many elements that power it.
Our next run navigates us through a winding landscape of music festivals, each with their own quirks, some tossing slow-balls and others aiming to throw a rock in the machine. However, by sorting through the spontaneous technical challenges in these first few weeks – refining, rethinking and even overhauling our methods, we are all growing more honed in sharpening our skills and – collectively – The Blade.
While we’re only a month or so into the tour, the scope of the new things I’ve learned is hard to put into words. The music I produce as Anoctave (if you’re interested, my Soundcloud) has already adapted, from seeing up-close how masters of the craft apply song structure, balancing different instruments and their roles in the song, while maintaining a moving and cohesive experience throughout a performance that many will retain for a lifetime.
Next up – Ultra Music Festival in Miami, followed by Coachella, Electric Forest, and many dates in between. Aside from festivals, we will be playing venues the West Coast and Midwest, so if you’re near LA or San Francisco be sure to see it for yourself! I’m especially looking forward to The Warfield where I’ve enjoyed life-changing performances from Amon Tobin and Skrillex, one of my absolute favorite venues in my hometown of SF!
If you have any comments/pictures to post please feel free to send – I will continue to update this blog with our next leg (starting with Coachella) and my time on the road. Hope to see you soon!