The Death to Genres Tour stormed into Soundgarden Hall on Saturday, March 8th for a night to remember. The Death to Genres Tour features Miami-based DJ group ‘GTA’, as well as DJ group ‘What So Not’, who recently have taken the scene by storm.
The show started off with support from Johnny V and DJ Elvis Suarez. Both of these openers had amazing crowd control and gradually hyped the crowd up in time for the two headliners to take the stage (and cause a near riot). DJ Elvis Suarez’s deep and progressive tunes were a perfect way to lead into What So Not’s set.
When What So Not came on stage, we were slightly saddened to see only one man on the decks, opposed to two. Only one half of What So Not, Emoh Instead, was directing the show for the night. We suspect that the other half, Australian Producer Flume, was off somewhere else around the world handling his busy tour schedule.
What So Not’s set was a roller coaster of emotion. The set opened up with their brand new collaboration with RL Grime titled “Tell Me” which has the softest melodic build, and drops into a frenzy of horns. This got the crowd into a ruckus. The next couple of songs were more relaxed as Emoh Instead threw in some soft Flume tracks, to make up for him not being present. What So Not brought the energy back up for GTA by finishing with their originals “Touched” and “Jaguar”.
After What So Not it was time for the headliners GTA to come on. GTA consists of JWLS and Van Toth and we were proud to see both of them manning the decks. We were excited to see if they would bring more heat than they did last time they came to Soundgarden Hall on May 17th, 2013.
They kept the energy high with Miami-flavored genre defying tracks that reminded us of a combination of moombahton and big room house. Their set touched across pretty much every genre we could think of. All of the tracks played, ranging from ‘Mosh Pit’ by Flosstradamus, ‘El Desaparecido’ by Munchi, and the Ape Drums remix of ‘Bring The Noise’ by M.I.A gave the highest amounts of energy possible.
This show was more than just a concert, it was a showcase of GTA’s & What So Not’s DJ’ing abilities & they made it a point so show Philadelphia that they weren’t messing around. So many good vibes and many fun times were had this night at the Soundgarden Hall stop of the Death To Genre’s Tour. We were very pleased to see the sold out show have such a high level of energy and we hope that this a precursor to next weekend’s Seven Lions event at Soundgarden Hall on Saturday March 15, 2014.
You can view the full set-list and additional photos in the gallery below (click thumbnails to enlarge):