One of the first critiques hurled at electronic music (usually from an individual of the guitar-bass-drums persuasion) is the performers "aren't doing anything."
This is a valid charge. Are you really trying to tell us in between smashing people in the face with cake and washing it off with a water cannon loaded with champagne like some kind of Caligula-Gallagher Megazord, Steve Aoki is doing anything other than combing Pinterest for hipstamatic pictures of fur coats?
Why do you think Avicii brought Madonna out at Ultra last year? Answer: The Material Mom is a Minesweeper world champ and the techno meatball wunderkind was trying to set a new record (on that particular laptop).
We would even postulate the more an e-musician beefs up the live show, the less he or she is doing on stage. Maybe Skrillex chills in a spaceship during concerts 'cause it guarantees you won't catch a glimpse of him playing the free demo version of Snood. Meanwhile, Daft Punk probably just places a CD-R inside of a boom box and presses play.
Araabmuzik, "MVP of the MPC," on the other hand, has the rare virtuosity that transforms equipment into instruments. And while the "MPC" may sound like the name of a new Terminator robot, it's actually the primary tool employed by the Providence-based producer to totally kick out the modern post-bass electronica jams, sourcing everything from popular forms like electro and dubstep to more niche genres like Chicago's post-Ghetto Tech Juke wave.
Araabmuzik. As part of Super Fridays. Friday, November 16. Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-695-8411 or visit mansionmiami.com.
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