Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has hit the US like it did in the mid 90’s and just as before has come to us from Europe. It has swept across the world at a rate that the music industry was not prepared for. It has claimed major studios in New York and LA, but not only has it consumed the pulsating beats of American nightclubs, it has also spread across to countries making Dubstep artists from all stems of life. It has also made two DJ’s from Australia known as Knife Party, a famous duo in the Electronic world.
Rob Swire, which was a contributor to a track of world renounced producer deadmau5, and Gareth McGrillen make up this duo whose famous track, “Antidote,” has made it in the top 40 dance tracks in charts across the world. They have also worked with Swedish House Mafia, which was a collaborator for this track with a surreal hook and demanding drop. With this they also have remixed a number of tracks from other DJs and producers such as Nero, Porter Robinson, and even Swedish House Mafia. Other than this, not much is known about Knife Party. Their bio on Facebook only states, “Seizure music.”
The duo stopped by Houston on Friday at Stereo Live with some assistance from local DJs Oscillator Z and Surain. The opening acts did get the audience moving making that much more of an experience when Knife Party took the stage. The lights from the large LCD screens that were behind them began to light up as the main lights died down and the audience roared. The initial build’s vibrations were felt through the floor and coursed through to the crowd which was waiting for the drop. Once it arrived the lights flickered and strobe lights turned on showing the truth behind the statement of, “Seizure music.”
They spun a few tracks which they remixed, but the majority of the show was composed of their own songs. The crowd favorite was, “Save The World,” originally from Swedish House Mafia, the Knife Party rendition of this track made the night complete and worth the admission to see this dynamic duo.
It only got better when one of the DJ’s walked toward the crowd and opened a bottle of champagne which sprayed the audience at the front. Large balloons floated around as the sea of people on the dance floor where dancing and pushing them around the venue. Finally, the masses of confetti and explosion of smoke from the machines made one of the final drops a fusion of excitement, adrenaline, and joy as every jumped in unison and danced the remainder of the night away.
This show thus far has been the electronic dance show of this year and will surely be a push in the right direction for this group. With them currently doing a small tour across America, we do not know when they will stop by here once again. Alas though, their show was nothing less than a spectacle of dance, lighting, and surges of adrenaline. We look forward to any coming tracks and cannot wait to see what else Knife Party can produce.