Last Friday, Control experienced one of its most innovative events yet. The night featured complex live setups and intricate performances thanks to a visit from dubstep heavyweights Minnesota, Koan Sound, and K Theory who brought their cutting-edge live shows to The Avalon.
K Theory kicked off the night with their live show featuring the group's full lineup which included vocalist Malcolm Anthony, sampler and live conductor Dylan Lewman, and keyboardist and sampler Dustin Musser. The group excited the crowd with both their showmanship and musical abilities.
Minnesota took the stage next transitioning from K Theory's set with some heavy trap and gradually moving into his own original music. He played a wide variety of tunes including some of his collaborations with G Jones as well as new songs off his album Voyager. Minnesota's ability to transition between a wide array of genres so smoothly was extremely impressive.
The headliners, Koan Sound, began their set with an entrancing live drum performance on a Yamaha midi drum pad which transitioned into their funky, yet heavy style of music which excited the audience into a frenzy. The performance flowed freely between heavier sounds and more glitchy, funky tunes making for a very dance friendly atmosphere.
Dubstep producer Mutrix recently posted a video on his Facebook in which he discussed dubstep's standing in the current state of electronic music. According to Mutrix and a plethora of other industry veterans he spoke to, dubstep isn't being booked as much as it used to be, therefore it's important for artists to develop their sound and explore new styles to stay relevant. These three artists who performed at Control are prime examples of exactly what is necessary to stay relevant in the ever-changing scene of electronic dance music. The non-traditional approach to a live EDM performance may be exactly what dance music needs to avoid moments like this.
Check out the recap video below:
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