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.
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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.