After the "Liquidfunk Valentine" we decided to lean to the heavier side of Drum & Bass for March 2015. That seemed to include Neurofunk of course as well as jump up, some ragga and anthem / stadium / festival style DNB. Ali Typhon started the night off with a smashing set of neurofunk. He is well rounded as I had only really heard him play power liquid out before. He is cool, calm and collected upon the decks and we were glad to have him out. Next up was Richie Rich. Richie is a really nice guy and a great dj! Everytime he plays out at Torch, he always has something up his sleeve. Delta Heavy - Space Time got me this round! QuickTemper brought out a nice mix of hard dnb, jump up and some cool sample cuts and effect tricks from the mixer. Chris is very skilled, technically and musically, in his DJ'ing. Definitely feeling "High Water Mark" which is what Chris opened with. I know John Sweet was feeling it! :)
Brian Organik took the stage and absolutely lit it up! His mixing skills are 2nd to none! I have had the great pleasure to hang with him a bunch over the last year on his Organik Radio show! I have seen firsthand how he gets down on the decks and it is rapid fire mixing, super precise double dropping madness! #TenToElevenCrew. Trevor Bad Human was up next. Last month we had seen Joana Momo slaughter a closing set, keeping the crowd there all night. We went for the same with Bad Human and delivered as usual. Rapid fire mixing as well, utilizing 3+ CDJs, bringing a well rounded set of DNB, Bad Human did it all. You know you are tearing it up when you can get Chuck Skillz cheering you on! We closed the show running 174mph!
One of my favorite memories from back in the late 90s / early 00s was going to Loretta's the weekend when J.Majik's "The Lizard" came out. It hit the record stores that week and EVERYONE picked up a copy. That show, I heard it out 6 times and it became a question of who mixed it the best. It was awesome. I remember thinking years later that it was a good sign of the health of the DNB scene at that time. That you were guaranteed to heard the big tunes when you went out to a Drum & Bass show. Well in 2015, you have to be living under a rock, if you do not know who Dimension is. He is taking the DNB world by STORM with his releases and none more so that WHIP SLAP. This tune is the dancefloor anthem at the moment, #1 on beatport and an absolute smasher. Well we hear it in 4 of the 5 sets on Friday and each time it smashed! I was so excited, I would run to tell my buddy Zach as we have been going crazy over that tune for the last 2 weeks.
With the sold out show (thats close to 1200+ people) in heaven, the parking was horrible from 10-11:30. I am sorry about this, but its just how it goes sometimes at the Masq with a huge show on the same night as Torch. I STRONGLY suggest taking UBER or LYFT if you are coming to Torch on a night like that. I want to thank everyone for coming out and also a BIG thanks to Chris Skylink, Richie Rich, DTB and Chris Grass for loaning their equipment and helping with setup. Thanks mates!!!