The EDM scene is becoming somewhat staid — at least on stage. DJs sit at computers, twisting knobs at a pedestal with all the performance prowess of an accountant filling out tax forms. Thankfully, the Glitch Mob has created a stage show that threatens to change it all.The trio shared the spectacle at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday — the first of a two-night inservice — and captivated the Denver audience for 90 minutes.
The show started with an almost subsonic bass blast that circled the Fillmore as the crowd screamed in front of a stage covered in black tarps. Once removed, the cover revealed three stations – each with midi tablets glowing amber and a pair of toms – backed by four huge Taiko-sized drums tricked out to look like jet engines. The three performers – Boreta (Justin Boreta), Ooah (Josh Mayer) and edIT (Edward Ma) – appeared behind each respective station and proceeded to actually play a set of high-energy Euro-beat and bass-pounding EDM.
Throughout the 90-minute set, their hands flew across glowing machines, tapping out each beat on its surface. Between takes on the pads, the musicians would turn to beat the Taiko drums, all while fluidly bouncing and taking equal hands in sharing a rhythmic tapestry. Explosive, psychedelic visuals played both behind the entire stage and on all the equipment, perfectly timed with the music.
If this style of performance catches on as it had with up comers like Slow Magic, the mad-scientist behind the laptop (ahem, Skrillex and Com Truise) will be a thing of the past. It’ll be nice to see the theatrics come into such addictive music.
Vy Pham is a Denver photographer and a new contributor to Reverb.