CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS HERE: Dada Life @ Ruby Skye
The biggest names in dance music today still take themselves too seriously; the industry is filled with stern faces and exclusive parties. In a world with seemingly no sense of humor, it was time that EDM was punked. There is a Swedish saying that goes: “Allvar och gamman trives gärna samman”. Meaning, seriousness and pleasure should thrive together. DJs like Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Sasha, Roger Sanchez, and even Daft Punk, are about an untouchable image. You’d be hard pressed to find a picture of any one of them out of character. Lets be honest, funny isn’t a word that anybody would find synonymous with dance music. Well, seriousness is something that the red meat toting, Tiesto bashing, Swedish duo lack in full. Every day is about having fun and everything they do or say is done with a smile. With that said, there isn’t a better team of DJs to break the ice than Olle and Stefan. Cue Dada Life. Grinning while mounting the DJ booth with a bottle of champagne in one hand and a bunch of bananas in the other, Dada Life immediately had the audience’s attention. Ruby Skye’s doors were open to an 18+ crowd that night, and the venue was sold out packed to the back of the room. Those who didn’t know Dada Life surly asked themselves, “are these guys serious?” The long and short of it is, no. But that doesn’t stop them from serving up cookies with a smile, nor does it stop them form unleashing the f***ing Dada upon the dance floor. Before Dada Life drops bass and sets sail, let’s back up…
TORQ SF, the Bay Area’s largest event organizer of 18+ EDM parties, certainly spared no expense in bringing Dada Life to Ruby Skye. From the exquisite flyer to the jaw-dropping bill of opening DJs, including Realboy, Dynamics, and Pance Party, it was apparent from the start that the night would unfold into a beat-filled bacchanal.
Dancing Astronaut met up with Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom on the second story of the club in the green room before their set. The door opened, and when we walked in, Olle poked his head out from the stairwell where he was inflating a giant bottle of champagne. Stefan was at the table enjoying a banana looking down on the already packed dance floor. We were warmly welcomed to some Grey Goose and Red Bull before sitting down to ask the guys some questions. After introductions, Dancing Astronaut’s own Senthil, got down to the nitty gritty. Stay tuned to check out the video interview exclusively on DancingAstronaut.com!
After the interview, all of us were feeling much more comfortable around Olle and Stefan. We cracked jokes all the way down the stairwell and through the door on the side of the stage. Dada Life was so nonchalant on their way to the decks you would have thought they were making a beer run to the corner store. The entire team was pretty jolted when the doors opened and the crowd roared when they saw Dada Life step out. We weren’t making a beer run at all. This was the business. A packed house overwhelmed the sound system with cheers of anticipation. Dada Life was just seconds away from serving up some bass with a smile.
Olle slipped in the first CD and the duo began to shred an intro, slamming bass and fuzzy distortion interlocked until their set began to take on a bit of clarity with Afrojack’s Replica. The next track dropped, was a declaration to all things yellow and eatable. Of course, it was time to get things started Dada Life style with a hook from Gwen Stefani: “This s*** is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S!”. Expect to hear this sample on the upcoming album featuring collaborations with Michael Jackson and the Beatles. Don’t believe me? Well… I don’t blame you, but I get my info straight from the source! Their set continued with Damascus (Dada Life Remix) highlighted by the melodic break and throaty vocal samples. The crowd seemed pleasantly surprised with a Deadmau5 drop from the past mixed with Kidsos by their Swedish comrade, Sebastian Ingrosso.
Absolutely everybody in the audience was going nuts. Most of all, the DJs spearheaded a distorted movement of whining treble and low frequency bass. After Kidsos, Dada Life had set up a foundation to go in any direction. An undertone of bass surfaced through Ingrosso’s anthem. Haley’s sweet distinguishable vocals off Kaskade’s new album, Dynasty, left the bass in remission. Stefan looped the lyrics leaving the dance floor pulsing, waiting for a drop. Like a whirlwind, he swirled the low pass filter off. The middle tones dropped off, serving up vinyl break after vinyl break, before falling into a huge bass riff. Just before you thought their set was moving toward a light fluffy style, Dada Life brought the heat with Chuckie & Hardwell, Move It 2 The Drum. And when you thought, it was no laughing matter, it escalated further with Green Velvet’s nitrous oxide induced club anthem, Flash. “Cameras ready prepare to flash!”
The crowd took in the bass like a balloon of happy gas as the Swedes continued to peak with a turbulent grumble. Out of nowhere, the airwaves were disturbed by Lil Jon’s shrill voice, “HIGHER, HIGHER, HIGHER, HIGHER, HIGHERHIGHERHIGHER. WE HIT TURBULENCE!” A dance-floor banger since the first time Laidback Luke dropped Turbulence at EDC, it is still unreleased. Are you ready for take off? The cabin pressure returned to normal just for a minute as a classic house riff dropped in. The house lights pointed upward to illuminate a disco ball, brining the club back 40 years for a momentary rift in time. As the lights scattered, Dada Life cued up their remix of Alcoholic. “Call it what you want to call it, I’m a f***ing alcoholic!” The disco ball throbbed green, yellow, and blue as the bass dropped.
Laidback Luke Feat Steve Aoki & Lil Jon – Turbulence
Dada Life’s set was mixed with tons of new hits and 2011 bangers. Unleash The F**king Dada, Illmerica, Zero 76, and of course Cookies With A Smile. The crowd nailed the vocals, “We. Want. To put it in your mouth! We. Want. To serve you cookies with a smile!”. The Dada had certainly been unleashed. At the front of the stage, a giant gorilla jumped up and chased a kid in a banana suit. Inflatable champagne bottles and bananas were batted amongst the crowd. Some of the more motivated individuals in the audience even tried to surf the crowd, and this never happens at a club like Ruby Skye. Two of the most notable characters that night were the guy in the full body gorilla costume and the kid wearing the banana suit.
1:50 am, and the club was still chock full. Like a shot from left field, Mylo’s house classic, Doctor Pressure hammered through the speakers, “Motherf**kers gonna drop the pressure…” Just past the first drop, everybody recognized the Dada Life hit, White Noise / Red Meat transitioning in. This massive crowd pleaser only dropped February 1st, and everybody already knew it! Dada Life let the crowd have it for the entire length of the song and mashed up the last drop with their remix of Hello. “I just came to say, hello!” was the perfect anthem to end the night on. Or so one would think. It’s hard to stir up so much energy and then just leave the floor hot and bothered. The stage manager leaned over to the duo and said, “You gotta give em one more…” Nobody had left the building, the balcony started chanting “One more song! One more song!” Sure enough, Dada Life dug one out from the back of the CD case and encored with Handguns (Dada Life Remix). Great night, great closer. Next time you see these Swedes, you might think to yourself, Allvar och gamman trives gärna samman!
CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS HERE: Dada Life @ Ruby Skye
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