PHOTOS / RECAP : Caspa w/ Flosstradamus @ The Fillmore 10/25

(Words by Hannah Piccola)
Oh, The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. On this very chilly evening I walked into the spacious venue and enjoyed the scenery: there were a few people wandering around the small bars and colorful mercy tables that were outlining the large wooden dance floor that stretched far in front of me, and the chandeliers were glowing purple far above. Since my previous experiences had gone so well, I was very intrigued to see how the artists would make the place sound tonight.

Sinden started the show off with great tunes. There was about a third of the crowd so far (oddly enough there was a large curtain that was set up in the middle of the floor, cutting the space in half), but this guy threw down some bomb beats which brought energy in all of us; we could move our hips all around town and the crowd grew larger with movement and excitement. He mixed awesome “housey” hip-hop that changed up at just the right times- perfect to get us pumped up and bring us into a straight up dance party. His set was a little too short for my liking because by 8:40 he was thanking us in his interesting accent as he left the stage. Although the lighting was not complicated, I thoroughly enjoyed Sinden’s set, who left me eager to continue grooving.

The temperature was dropping fast, and the room began to fill. I was surprised to see so many tiny halloween costumes already(not to mention it was literally snowing outside), but I began to understand when I heard a member of Nadastrom yell, “..Ready to drop the filthiest bass…” Maybe it was the warm ones that were overdressed for the occasion. Their set began loud and exciting. There were two men mixing on stage- the first guy was reserved and focused on what was in front of him; the second member, on the other hand, engaged the crowd with his hearty voice and bouncing long locks that got us groovin’ the dirty bass beats. Nadastrom introduced a little hip-hop mixed with some “Moombahton” (as some put it), eventually dropping a sternum-vibrating bass that was heavy and bumpin hard. I really enjoyed their sounds yet thought it grew slightly repetitive towards the end. I mean, I was ready for some Flosstradamus shwag.

Oh man those boys were a good time. The lights darkened as Lana Del Ray’s lovely “Video Games” melody filled the space. My smile widened. Not only was this song in my top ten of the week, but the boys walked onstage (wearing badass matching hoods with glowing symbols) and started mixing the already amazing song in an enticing and original way. They raised us high with quickened build-ups, blinded our eyes with strobe lights- which were a little intense for the whole lengthy set, and then dropped the room face first into the magnificent depths of dirty trap. I really liked how Flosstradamus maintained a legitimate hip-hop vibe, with a loud and deep structured bass. They mixed in multiple artists including Drake, Ludacris, and Soulja Boy.The entire crowd honestly bounced and boogied as one from the second they stepped foot on stage until the end. It was really cool to feel their energy and see how both members were getting down as hard we all were. I think it may have been my favorite set of the evening; Flostradamus left me breathless.

I quickly realized exactly how talented Caspa is when he stepped onstage and began mixing with ease. I hand’t kept track of him since highschool when he was releasing tracks with Rusko, and was blown away by his skill and banging beats and sophisticated transitions. Caspa’s set definitely brought us back to dubstep, mixing in artists such as Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, and 12th Planet. Once some house blended in with the different melodies, I scanned the crowd with a grin. In the misty darkness, a pair of glowing fingers could be seen peeking through the bodies; and a single LED lit balloon was floating above. There were some ravers out there, but they were just hiding. My focus returned to Caspa’s face, who had a huger grin plastered. The amount of fun he was having throughout the entirety of his set was contagious.

la Roux’s “In For the Kill” came through the speakers and the crowd went wild then demanded more as he exited the stage. To our delight Caspa returned for his encore wearing a rockstar studded leather jacket. He danced and grooved all around, joining the dance party that he and the other artists accomplished in starting. The lights flashed once more, the stereo blasted our hair back, and it was over. The Fillmore opened the doors and released us back into the snowy reality without a constant bass in the face. it truly brings impeccable musical talent; and tonight’s performance certainly did not disappoint.

October 30, 2012 |  by  |  Photos, Reviews

Joseph Smith is a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as an editor/writer/photographer for LMB CO.

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