When I heard that Zedd and Porter Robinson were going on tour together I was giddy. I’m not proud to attribute that description to myself, but that’s what I was, giddy. At the start of this summer, when I first wrote about what would become the anthem of this past summer, I hadn’t really known any of Zedd’s music for more than a month or so, but I liked it. Slowly his sound
began to grow on me consumed me. And the same goes for Porter.
Well, anyways, back in August they announced this tour and I bought tickets the day they went on sale. As two of Dance Music’s most talented young stars, their show was slated to be epic. With only a few days to go before the show, Zedd announced that the release date of his debut LP would be moved up a week (to October 2) for its iTunes release. Needless to say I was stoked!
To jack up the night, the Posedion Tour picked up Australian producer, and OWSLA label mate, Nick Thayer. Armed with heavy hitting remixes, including one of Eva Simmons “I Don’t Like You,” and a handful of original electro house and trap bangers, Thayer had the Boston crowd desperate for more. As far as openers go, Thayer was without a doubt one of the best I have ever scene. If you don’t know him, check him out – it will certainly be well worth your time.
After a short stint with an empty stage, Zedd and Porter finally arrived at the decks and set the crowd on fire with the Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner Knights Remix of “Spectrum.” From there, Porter and Zedd went back and forth throwing out one hit after another. About thirty mintues into the set when a girl held up a “#Clarity” sign, Zedd jumped into the first track off of his new album for the night, “Clarity.” I wasn’t to excited about “Clarity” going into the night, but after hearing it live – just damn.
As the night drew to a close I was waiting for one song, “Language.” It was the track that first really turned me onto Porter, so finnally hearing the man himself close with it was one of the definitive highlights of the night.
A few months back when I wrote about Avicii’s Le7els tour I mentioned that he played “Le7els” twice. As someone who thinks its one of least interesting hits of 2011, I was disappointed, but not all that surprised. Playing a song twice in one set is just lazy; however, when Zedd threw in “Spectrum” for the second time last Tuesday it was completely different. Zedd didn’t play it because its one of the biggest songs of the summer, he played it because it was just the right song at the right time. And after seeing the set lists from all their other stops on the tour, I respected it that much more. While Avicii played pretty much the same set at every stop, Zedd and Porter have been switching it up entirely. Through out the night the duo kept cutting in and out of their hits with other tracks and accapellas, giving their set an arc that you really just do not see that often. Doubling up on Spectrum simply gave a completeness to the night.
If Zedd and Porter keep up this level of energy and sheer talent, I have no doubt that these two will soon be at the top of Electro House.
Shout out to Tim!