With 12th Planet
Fillmore Miami Beach
December 17, 2011
Better Than: All other dubstep productions. Yeah, that's a pretty big statement to make. But, well, we just made it.
"Holy shit. WTF?"
The first words that came to mind when I saw it. Daft Punk had its pyramid. Deadmau5 has his cube. And Skrillex has The Mothership -- a gigantic Transformers-like structure with 3D image projections. So trippy. So rad.
There were dancing Chihuahuas, infinite colors, swirls and shapes, and even a motion-sensing robot man that mimicked Skrillex's every move. It was some acid trip kind of shit.
On Saturday night, Skrillex brought overloaded womps and wobbles to a sold-out show at the Fillmore Miami Beach. It was the last stop on his 48-gig Mothership Tour and the crowd was absolutely insane, an ocean of arms and heads bobbing in unison.
Basically, the audience was an out-of-control cult of dubstep fanatics in neon, metallic, fishnets, and finger lights. And Skrillex was the cult leader, controlling the mob's every move with each turn of a knob or push of a button.
Opener 12th Planet warmed up the candy ravers with a mess of dubstep, hip-hop, and house. The bass literally shook the place. Head-banging babes near the stage threw up peace and love signs on cue. A kid who could not have been older than 10 years old was solid jamming when 12th Planet ripped Kanye and Jay-Z's "Niggas in Paris," all while his mom recorded this jam sesh on her iPhone.
The DJ rocked a supersweet Overthrow tee, reppin' the Miami-based record label and party collective. The peak of his set was a massive stage dive. He swam through bodies and then back to the stage.
Skrillex took his position on The Mothership to a roar of cheers from the audience. Straight madness. His hair whipped in all directions as he raged to his own music, hyping up the hoards of people below him. And the smile on his face let everyone know how much he fucking loves his job.
He added womps and wobbles to a number of classics, including Biggie's "Hypnotize" and Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." He even got a bit romantic, pulling out a lighter for the intro to "Cinema."
But Skrillex's masive finale made the rest of the show seem like a rehearsal. He closed out with the big daddy mash-up of mash-ups, switching back and forth between his three most epic tracks: "All I Ask of You," "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," and his remix of Nero's "Promises."
The night was dubstep brain pulverization. Mad respect.
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The Crowd: The new generation of ravers.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Who gives a shit. Fuck bitches, right?"
Random Detail: Dubstep cures cancer, according to a chick in pink spankies.