On Saturday, April 2nd, I ventured down south into Los Angeles for what turned out to be quite the crazy and memorable night. Subs that pumped thousands of watts of goodness were spread throughout the Palladium venue located along Sunset Boulevard. When is the last time you set foot in a venue capable of hosting over 4,000 attendees? Insomniac, the innovators of the legendary party massives thrown in California yearly, aimed to throw an enhanced concert series event consisting of Sweden’s Dada Life, Netherland’s Bart B More, Los Angeles’ own PeaceTreaty and Steve Aoki.
I arrived at the Palladium around 10 PM and could immediately feel the vibrations of the fans jumping to the beats and drops of Los Angeles trio PeaceTreaty. After a little exploring of the massive room with a loft on either side of the stage, I knew I would be in for nothing short of a wild date with EDM.
PeaceTreaty comprises members Josh Anaya, Sam Hiller, and Angelo Patroni and recently has gained sizeable attention from house big wigs such as Laidback Luke and Afrojack; the trio released one of their first EP’s on Dimmak called Cal State Anthem. On this particular evening, PeaceTreaty opened with a fade-in of Calvin Harris‘s Awooga of which the crowd took immediate notice. Once the song hit its stride, the crowd went absolutely bonkers through to the end. PeaceTreaty quickly transitioned into one of Kaskade‘s newest mash ups, Angel On My Shoulder Reaver 76, triggering chanting from the crowd; by the time the lyrics “and took me right back down to hell” hit, the whole attendance was singing and PeaceTreaty filtered out the track. By the time Tiesto’s and Hardwell’s, “Zero 76“ kicked in the crowd was on a nonstop rampage – definitely one of the crowd favorites of the night.
Calvin Harris- Awooga
Kaskade- Angel On My Shoulder Reaver 76 (Kaskade Mash-Up)
PeaceTreaty then ended their set with a huge mash up of Sweden’s best in the form of “Together Nillionaire (Sebastian Ingrosso Bootleg)” by Axwell, Ingrosso and coming star Alesso. This one of my favorite big house tracks at the moment and no surprise it rocked the crowd. (check the video out below)
Bart B More
Bart van der Meer Aka Bart B Morehas become one of the Netherlands top producers over the last few years and continues to further his style of booming dutch electro tracks that bring the house down. I was fortunate enough to see Bart in San Francisco back in February where he played a handful of tracks from Afrojack, Boys Noize, and Laidback Luke alongside his own. Bart’s big room electro track “Brap” was played countless times in Miami and has peaked at #14 on “Top Tracks of Miami“.
Saturday at the Palladium, this Dutch star dropped a barrage of dance & electro tunes that had the crowd hypnotized. As PeaceTreaty set was coming to and end, Bart started his set off with an edit of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, which warmed up the crowd and eventually transitioned into Green Velvet’s “Flash (Nicky Romero remix),” a dancing astronaut favorite; the sharp Dutch beats pulsated throughout the room giving the fans a huge rush of excitement. Bart also threw in Mumbai Science’s huge track “Ancova”.
Green Velvet- Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
For the last 30 minutes of his set, Bart threw down some of his newest remixes along with some of his biggest hits. First in line, was his remix of Tai’s “Big Bass Drum” boasting lyrics that echoed throughout the Palladium. From this track Bart slowly mixed in one of his and Harvard Bass’s tracks titled “Listen To This”, which currently stands as one of my personal favorites. Overall, Bart’s style throughout his set consisted of mellow tracks that had huge drops.
Harvard Bass & Bart B More- Listen To This
Nearing the end of his set, Bart eventually dropped some of his most appreciated original tracks. “Brap” was he first to appear of the bunch, which I’ve seen/heard Boys Noize drop back at Electric Daisy Carnival and back in New York on Halloween weekend; all you need to know is that I raged and I raged hard. Suddenly out of nowhere I began to hear random lyrics from Cee Lo Green and sure enough it was Bart’s remix of “F**k You” that filtered in as the crowd starting singing along throwing their middle fingers up. The next drop was “Music, Music, Music” a track Bart B More released with Gilles back in January. The track is mediocre in my opinion, but he opened with it when I saw him last in February and the crowd loved it. Last but not least, Bart threw in my favorite remix of his to date: Drop the Lime’s “Sex Sax”. I like his remix better than the original and, from the looks of it, so did the crowd. Thank you, Bart B More.
Bart B More- Brap
The moment the crowd caught a glimpse of Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom – the two individuals behind the venue-smashing Swedish duo Dada Life – screams erupted in anticipation accompanied by banners that read “<3 Dada Life”. The dynamic duo came stocked with lots of bananas, plenty of champagne, and a barrage of serious dance tunes. The duo were introduced by the crowd screaming “Dada Life” over and over until Stefan & Olle started the party with their set with snippets of “WhiteNoise/RedMeat”, “Cookies with a Smile”, “Just Bleep Me”, and their remix of Kaskade’s “Dynasty”. The medley was played for a solid few minutes until everything came to a screeching halt at the end of the bassline. The crowd roared in eagerness for their fill.
Kid Cudi- Pursuit Of Hapiness (Steve Aoki Remix)
Overall, the electrifying energy in the room from all the performers was excellent and was a truly a mini “massive” event with such huge headliners crammed into a single night. As we left the premises all I could feel was triumph because on this evening we experienced out-of-worldly music that shook the Palladium at its core.