by Sam Mendez
Who says Sundays are lazy? Last night at the House of Blues, Datsik and his label mates turned a cool, Cleveland night into a sweaty rager where the music didn’t stop and the crowd’s hands stayed in the air all night, giving the whole nine yards for this show, which included a 50,000-watt PK soundsystem which rumbled the whole venue (and probably all of the other buildings on the block), and having Datsik perform inside the Vortex, a visual-effects set design that projected pretty colors in hypnotizing patterns and metallic patterns (robotic looking and Transformer-esque, if you will) that shifted like a kaleidoscope. And while the crowd was impressed with it all, Datsik was just as impressed with the crowd partying like there wasn’t going to be a Monday afterward. The energy was mutual; at one point, Datsik started crowd surfing, then afterwards he got back on stage and said the crowd was “fucking crazy” with a big smile. His set seemed to be scheduled to end at 1:30 a.m., but he couldn’t pull himself away, and ended up playing for another 15 minutes. Datsik played a good amount of his own tracks, such as “Southpaw,” his remix of Diplo and Lil’ Jon’s “U Don’t Like Me,” “Bonafide Hustler,” and “Swagga,” which got an already hyped crowd even more pumped by chanting “yes I got my swagga back.” He also played a remix of Tupac’s “California Love,” which blew people’s minds, and a song that sampled Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic.”
The show was a long one, but all the DJs who opened did a very good job of compartmentalizing themselves so that no two DJs played a set that sounded alike. AFK played trap music and dubstep that had a lot of hip-hop influence in it. He offered up a remix of Jibbs’ “Chain Hang Low” and was surprisingly well-received, despite how ridiculous a song it is. After him was Bare Noize, who stuck to a lot of his own work, delivering tracks like “Scatta,” a collaboration he did with Skrillex, and his remix of Skrillex’s “Kill Everybody.” Delta Heavy won the gold medal for variance by playing a well-balanced set of dubstep, moombahton, drum ’n’ bass and drumstep. The sound was sharp throughout the sets, and for Datsik’s set at the end, the club cranked the special soundsystem to max power, and the bass generated from his tracks massaged your internal organs.