Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Emaleigh Babeck0
Las Vegas Loves Techno: Bedrock Presents John Digweed and Friends at Lavo LV 6/22/13
It’s no secret that all of the real fun happens after hours. This holds true for the techno lovers, especially for Electric Daisy Carnival week in Las Vegas (6/18-6/24.) At this time last year, our kind had a home after EDC; it was called Drai’s After Hours Club, located on the strip inside of Bill’s Gambling Hall. With Drai’s being under construction this year, the good people of Lavo Las Vegas and Marquee Las Vegas opened up their doors and dance floor throughout the week, letting us all know that Las Vegas LOVES Techno! Quintessential Vegas parties revolve around a mega pool, filled with cabanas and half naked girls covered in champagne; this was not that kind of a party.
Saturday night, during this weekend of powerhouse talent, was the Bedrock Records event at Lavo. Almost immediately after John Digweed’s EDC Las Vegas set came to a close, we made a mad dash for the Motor Speedway exit. Eager for more Digweed, the suspicious party bus we took back flew down Freeway-15 to get us back to the hotel so we can change and get back into action. Upon entering Lavo at around 3:30 a.m. my ears were greeted by the sounds of Kazell, whom I learned has been quite the star with tracks on Global Underground and Bedrock. His unique fusion of dub, tribal, and breaks layered over progressive and techno-house is refreshing, making him the perfect opener for the legend himself, John Digweed, who took over the decks around half-past four.
Ready to be taken on the ride of a lifetime by one of the greatest DJ’s in the world, I wasn’t expecting anything less than brain drilling and fearless from Digweed, especially with his newest compilation out, Live In Slovenia. With the tone perfectly set by Kazell, it was time for Digweed to do what he did best – blow your mind. Instantly the energy in the room lifted as the crowds’ eyes, bodies, and minds were focused on the pioneer leading the show in front of them. Opening with some funky tribal percussion and dub influenced epic-ness, it was clear that the rest of the night would sound equally as jaw dropping and unfamiliar. Each white noise breakdown and dark synth drop dug deeper and deeper into the ground under our feet, taking us into a world of shuffling beats and twisting harmonies. The journey was well underway and the floor was filled with mesmerized fanatics and heavy hitting, never-before-heard fierce bass lines. It was about an hour & a half into his set when he played an aggressive rendition of Toni Basil’s “Oh Mickey,” a classic that we are all familiar with. Not like it came as a surprise to me, well the track selection did, but the rework Digweed managed to pull off was something out of this world. It’s bold moves like that, along with his major talent as a DJ/producer that make him one of the best out there to this day and beyond. If you’ve never had the esteem pleasure of having your life changed by a legend like John Digweed, my strong suggestion would be to do so immediately. There’s nothing more fulfilling than a stimulating musical experience, especially of Digweed’s caliber.
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Emaleigh Babeck New York City resident and electronic music enthusiast spending about 92% of her time listening to and finding new tunes due to her ever-growing love for the deeper and more complex sound. It's safe to say that "passionate" is an understatement.