After months and months of pain staking anticipation the night had finally arrived for Porter Robinson and Madeon to take their Shelter tour to Los Angeles, and from the first note that floated through the speakers I knew that we were in for a musical journey that would transcend the boundaries of a sold out Microsoft Theater. Arriving late I was unable to catch the opening acts, however much to my surprise manning the decks was San Holo.
Fresh of the release of his new track Light, Mr. Holo took immediate control of the massive crowd that was practically begging for the headlining duo. San’s style of poppy future bass definitely won over and warmed up the crowd as he had everyone moving during his signature songs, We Rise and Fly. By the time his set was over and the dust had settled, everyone was brimming with excitement for what was to come.
With the lights turned down the two made their way to the stage, and the moment they stepped into the crowds’ field of vision the sold out theater exploded in an uproar. The thunderous applause was met instantly with exactly what the feigning crowd was begging months for…Shelter. Opening with the anticipated track gave the rest of the night a feeling of easiness as no longer was the sold out crowd waiting on pins and needles for it.
After shelter the duo brought the funky vibes with Madeon’s Pay No Mind. Taking it a step further they mixed it easy and then into Porter’s masterpiece Language. Playing perfectly off each other the two artists’ sounds mixed perfectly as they transitioned from track to track. Towards the tail end of the set the two surprised everyone and mixed Daft Punk’s Around The World seamlessly into Say My Name. Closing the set was the very melancholy Goodbye to the World; after which the lights stayed off and the crowd called for one more song, and we were not disappointed.
Cast in a spot light the duo stood on the stage with only a piano and a microphone, and began to play the first notes of shelter yet again, this time acoustic. As the live performance continued the feels quickly filled the theater to the melody of Madeon’s voice. And just in the moment that no one could contain those warm fuzzy feelings any longer the piano melody gave way the all but too familiar notes of language and a huge blast of confetti and fireworks. By the time it all was said and done it was a performance that I will easily remember for the rest of my life with a huge smile on my face, and honestly that is what music should be all about.
Porter Robinson and Madeon wrap up their Shelter tour December 10th, grab your tickets here.