Techibeats, owned by Ricky Zona and Gregory T. Sills (Half of Fista Cuffs), is a relatively new, but rapidly rising record label and blog (techibeats.com). Last Thursday I was invited to witness the first ever Techibeats Showcase at Yost Theater and man was it a sight to see. The line-up featured Techibeats artists AndDrop!, Gummy and the main act of the night, GRiZ.
AndDrop! is a familiar name to any electro-house fan as their “Boogaloo” EP was an overall Beatport chart number one pick for a whole week, beating out the likes of Noisia. This is a massive accomplishment for this newly established DJ/producing group from Northern California. Their opening set was top notch, and did not disappoint. As this was my first time hearing them live, they had clean transitions, and kept their set unique by playing remixes and original productions of their own. In my opinion, it was the best, if not one of the best, acts of the night.
Second up was the trap duo known as Gummy. Trap house has swept the nation like an epidemic. Although heavy hitters like Flosstradamus, Baauer, Carnage and Dillon Francis have been pushing this sound into the general EDM conscious for sometime, it was the massive “Mercy” remix by RL Grime (aka Clockwork) and Salva that really thrust this subgenre into the spotlight. During their set, Gummy dropped their trap remix to the explosive track known as “Joyenergizer” by Sander Van Doorn. The original version had the crowd on their feet, but this trap remix took it to another level. With the hard-hitting triplet snares and off beat kicks, the drop really had me surprised.
The final act of the night was GRiZ. The crowd went wild as he stepped up to the stage. What really caught my attention was when this seemingly normal producer brandished a saxophone that he had hooked up to his laptop. I had never seen such a set up in my life. He had the standard Abelton Live and APC 40 setup like many DJs but really changed the game by adding a live aspect to his set. As he dropped his dubstep, future-funk and electro-soul tracks, he added saxophone riffs to his set that he created live on the spot. This act quickly turned from an EDM experience to a live concert experience. Acts such as GRiZ that bring something new to the table are crucial to the evolving scene that is electronic dance music. Overall the Techibeats Showcase was one of the best shows I have ever been to and I look forward to future releases on this label.