Brillz at Soundgarden Hall

Brillz rolled into Soundgarden Hall on Saturday, November 28th and twonked the living hell out of the place!

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With support from Party Favor, Ghastly, and Willy Joy, The ‘Twonk DiNation’ tour came strong into Philly and made a lasting impression on the hot, sweaty crowd. From the first bass line to the final twonky trap beat, the show was out of control from the start to finish.

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Ghastly was in great form, as per usual. His deep and dark house vibe was just what was needed to get the crowd ready for the twonking that would ensue during Brillz headlining set.

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Party Favor lived up to his name and delivered an audible party. As fans continued to mentally prepare for Brillz, Party Favor bridged the gap between dark, bassy house to booming, uptempo trap.

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As was to be expected, Brillz was pure insanity. The anticipation for his set inside of Soundgarden Hall was palpable by the time he hit the stage. From the hardcore fans who had lined up on the railing from the beginning of the night, rocking their twonk team gear, to the crowd in the back looking for a little more breathing room and space to dance, the stage was both literally and proverbially set for Brillz to shine.

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For the first hour of his set, Brillz laid his unique style on the crowd: from trap, to fast paced dark, bass laden house, to rap and hip hop. Then came the second half of his set where every opening act joined him in a B2B2B2B onslaught. Twonk team flags flew, stage hopping, and crowd hyping ran rampant. Everything a Brillz show promises, came to fruition.

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All of the acts were clearly happy to bring their show to the City of Brotherly Love, and did not want to stop when the clock struck 2 AM. Each DJ took their turn and they all fed off each other until the very last minute. For those in attendance, it was not a night they will soon forget!

[Photo credit: WRM Photography]

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Interview with Gaspard Augé of Justice

French House duo Justice needs no introduction. They’ve been nominated for 14 music awards (taking home the hardware 5 times), remixed superstar artists from across the musical spectrum, spawned a documentary, and have created some of our favorite dance tracks of all time.

After releasing their second album “Audio, Video, Disco” in October of 2011, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have been working tirelessly on a live stage show to support the album. The reviews from overseas indicate we’re in for a treat when Justice descends on Philadelphia to play a sold-out show at the Electric Factory on March 20th.

We wanted to find out a little more about Justice from the men behind the magic so we spoke with Gaspard about the album, the upcoming tour, and what Justice is all about.

Independent Philly: Who came up with the name Justice? Does it hold any special meaning?

Gaspard Augé: We wanted to have a name that was the same in French and English with a universal meaning.

IP: You won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Remixed Song (MGMT’s Electric Feel). As well known remix artists, how much did it mean to you to win this award?

GA: For us it was great to get this little golden gramophone on our fireplace, it s still the most prestigious award in music.

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IP: You have done remixes for everyone from Daft Punk, to Britney Spears, Franz Ferdinand, and N.E.R.D. Who is an artist you’ve never worked on remixes for that you’d love to add to your portfolio?

GA: We don’t have anybody in particular, we were just doing remixes to get our name on records of artists we liked at the time.

IP: What is your favorite remix that someone else has done of a Justice song?

GA: We love Jackson and his computer band remix of “D.A.N.C.E.”, along with the Soulwax remix of “Phantom (Part 2)”, the Video Village remix of “ON N ON”,  and Rick Rubin’s “ON N ON” remix.

IP: Your music incorporates all kinds of rock, funk, disco, and beyond. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

GA: We don’t have special role models but we like romantic pop music mostly, without any consideration of genre, as long as the melody is touching us. We like emotional music over functional music.

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IP: There has been a lot of speculation about the cross symbol that you use. Is it supposed to be religious or does it have an additional meaning?

GA: We say that if Justice was “The Police”, the cross would be Sting and we’d be Stewart Copeland and and Andy Summers.

IP: It’s now been about 6 months since you released “Audio, Video, Disco”, how has the fan response been?

GA: It’s been great, most of the shows are a sold out and people seem to enjoy themselves with blood, sweat, and tears.

IP: What can fans who have never seen you perform live expect from a Justice show?

GA: Love and violence.

IP: Any plans for any new songs in 2012?

GA: We’ll be touring til the end of this year and then maybe work on some new material, but we don’t plan to over the next few months.

IP: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen at one of your live shows?

GA: People with our logo tattooed everywhere.

IP: Tell us something that would surprise, or even shock, our readers…

GA: “Audio, Video, Disco” means “I hear, I See, I Learn” in Latin.

Stay tuned for our coverage of Justice at the Electric Factory on March, 20th. We hope you’ll be joining us at the show.

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Around Town Concerts

Midnight Conspiracy: Theory For a Great Night at The Barbary

It was Saturday night at the Barbary and the place was crawling with people. Well, not literally crawling. Despite the fact that it was the monthly party known as “Hands and Knees”, most of the people we encountered were walking around on two legs. If you want to get technical about it, no one was really standing. Instead, they were dancing their asses off.

DJ’s JHN RDN, Ian Saint Laurent,  and Jonny Sorber provided more than enough power to get the Barbary bumping, but a very special guest from Chicago, the Electro/House/Dubstep duo Midnight Conspiracy, was what had us ready to rage.

Having never seen Midnight Conspiracy live, we weren’t sure what to expect. Sure, their original tracks and remixes (Crystal Castles, Tiga, and Chromeo to name a few) are spot on, but could they stand and deliver on the 1’s and 2’s?

Just after 11:59pm (come to think of it, it was right around midnight) we got our answer. Was it a conspiracy? You bet it was. The chi-town duo and the packed house at the Barbary were all conspiring together…to have one hell of a time!

We danced, cheered, laughed, cried, laughed so hard we cried some more, and then laughed about it. It is no wonder that Midnight Conspiracy is on the fast track to super-stardom (as both DJs and producers).

Many DJs will simply bow out of the establishment after rocking the crowd, but not this duo. They joined the crowd for the remainder of the night at the Barbary, and then joined the after-hours crowd at a warehouse party in North Philly. As much as Philly loved Midnight Conspiracy, they loved us right back. We even have it on good authority that they flew all the way back to Chicago with some cheesesteaks. We can’t wait to see them again, no matter what time of day it is.

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