Friday, November 13, 2009
Club Report: HOB & DJ Deadmau5
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I've called those in their 20's the hip hop generation because it seems that's all they listen to. I've had my doubts about techno surviving much longer in the face of the radio domination of hip hop. But those doubts were pretty much quashed last night when an impossibly crowded House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side hosted DJ Deadmau5 (CDN). Nearly everyone in attendance was under 30 yet I've never seen more glow sticks, glow bracelets, glow necklaces and glow pacifiers in one place since the late 90's! Dancing pretty much had to be done in place facing one direction with little opportunity for turning around. If you weren't on the main floor before this began you weren't getting there.
I personally like House music with vocals but very few of Deadmau5' selections fit that. This was mostly Hard House. But WOW, he put it together. The lighting towers on the stage were awesome and really added to the experience. It was a good hour into the set before I even recognized a song (Daft Punk's Harder Better Faster Stronger) but he also played at least 3 of his own hits and those songs generated the most cheering.
The Mouse moves on to Fort Lauderdale and Miami tonight and tomorrow night. If you're down that way, this is really a worthwhile DJ experience! If gimmicks like a mouse head brings younger fans to techno/house, so be it.