If you’ve seen one dubstep show, you’ve probably seen them all. Glow sticks, LED gloves, short shorts, tank tops, plenty of smoke and the ubiquitous dropped bass are all part of the whole EDM scene. And Rusko’s set at the Ogden Theatre on Friday night wasn’t much different.
Amid most of the expected EDM tricks, Rusko upheld his rep as an innovator by keeping it simple for the underwhelming crowd. No elaborate setup, no overwhelming lasers or light show — just beats, howls, screeched samples and high energy. Unlike other DJs, Rusko didn’t need any sort of visual schtick to anchor his show — he’s all about the music.
For a solid two hours, Rusko played behind a simple table setup surrounded by a few monitors on an otherwise empty stage. His trademark bouncing, jerking and dancing proved infectious, too, and he got the crowd into it. He mixed all of his hits into the set, including “Everyday” and “Feels so Real.” This one long song was only interrupted by a few hollas to tell the crowd how much he loves it in Denver.
While the crowd seemed happy, the main problem was with the sound. When the bass dropped (as it so often was), it just didn’t seem as sickly bombastic as usual. Rusko ended the show with a long remix of Cookie Monsta’s “Yo Mama’s Ass,” much to the young audience’s delight.
When all the bass had faded, one question remained: Is it possible that dubstep as a genre is hitting the skids? Judging by the size of the crowd at this show, and their famous attention span, it seems all too likely.
Shannon Shumaker is a Denver photographer and huge follower of the Colorado music scene. You can find more of her work on Facebook.