Published on June 26th, 2012 | by EDMinsider1
Review: The Freaks Came out for Kaskade’s “Freaks of Nature” Kickoff in Brooklyn
This past Friday Coney Island got freaky as Kaskade, along with Alvin Risk and Fareoh, came to MCU Park to throw it down. The baseball stadium, home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, is right off the boardwalk and has a killer view of the beach and amusement park. This was also my first time to Coney Island, so I had to eat a Nathan’s hot dog, and ride the Wonder Wheel and Cyclone. Raging with Kaskade afterwards made the trip all the better. Kaskade has a devoted following and you could pick out the “freaks” pretty easily, as many were either wearing Kaskade shirts, holding up signs, or sporting butterfly masks and tutus. I saw a mother with her tween son in the crowd, so there were truly “freaks” of all ages. With the summer sun beating down, Fareoh set the stage with his melodic song “Facepaint” that sent waves of joy through the crowd.
Alvin Risk took the stage next, but not in the way you would expect. Instead of a typical DJ booth, he had a small shelf for his computer and mixer along with a microphone so he could sing and dance along with his set. He destroyed it with an interesting mix of dubstep, moombahton, electro, and house. As the sun set, he played Zedd’s “The Legend of Zelda” and game footage from the original Super Nintendo version came up on the screen behind him. Toward the end of his set, Risk dropped his awesome remix of Fun.’s “We Are Young” and the crowd sang every word.
As Risk left the stage and the crew came on to prepare Kaskade’s giant booth, everyone roared “Kaskade! Kaskade!” Suddenly there was a huge fog machine blast and neon circles all around MCU Park were illuminated. A hush fell over the crowd. Kaskade emerged in his signature hoodie and dropped the most amazing intro that I’ve ever heard. It was a gradually building bass that shook every bone in my body. The intro was like an earthquake and Kaskade blended it into “Eyes.” Truly a sign of great things to come.
Kaskade has some of the best production values out there. From the entrancing visuals to the confetti blasts and big white balloon drops, it’s the complete package. To help you visualize: Imagine Kaskade playing his hit with Rebecca and Fiona “Turn It Down” and while everyone sings along, an orgy of lights reveals a projection of both Rebecca and Fiona. The song builds, “Look before you make it beat loud, can you turn it down? “..Confetti starts to fly, Rebecca and Fiona on screen repeat “Can you turn it down?”..People are hitting the balloons as high as they can to make them soar through the night sky..”Turn it down.” Everyone anticipates the drop but then BOOM, Kaskade mixes in Nicky Romero’s “Toulouse.” It was pure magic. Kaskade’s entire performance had this special element to it, one where you could really feel the connection between him and his fans. After playing insane mash-ups like “Fire In Your New Shoes” vs. Swedish House Mafia’s “Antidote” and “Call Out” vs. Sandro Silva and Quintino’s “Epic,” Kaskade ended the night with the peaceful “I Remember,” my personal favorite. Sticking with tradition, he came out from behind the booth to high five everyone in the front row. People chanted “One more song!” but I was wholly satisfied with his performance.