Event Review: Ashley Wallbridge & Bass Kleph @ Maison Mercer (Toronto, ON)

January 20, 2014 -

Shayne Gold

Going to Bass Kleph's headlining show in Toronto, ON at Maison Mercer absolutely exceeded my expectations to the fullest. Beforehand, I didn't know what to expect after seeing some clips of his performances and noticing how he spins and interacts live with his Maschine by Native Instruments. But I must tell you that I was quite eager to see him after watching that footage.


IMG_1331The second he hit the decks I knew the night was going to be epic. As more people started to fill in you could tell the atmosphere was going to be full of energy and magical. The Aussie and current Los Angeles resident dropped banger after banger, and would start off mixing on CDJ's then quickly switching onto the Maschine halfway through the track.

As he dropped "Going Crazy", the crowd erupted in a cheer as the smoke went off and lights glimmered over top of him. His newest release, "Less Is More" starts off with a beautiful synth build up which leads into a tremendous drop.

At the end of his set, he was even gracious enough to stand around the bar and shake hands and take pictures with all the fans. I personally got a couple pictures with him and gotta say he is one of the nicest DJ's I have come across.

After Bas Kleph, Ashley Wallbridge took over the decks, headlining from 1:30-3:00. Sadly enough, the longest time, I had thought Ashley was a girl. However, after I got over the rapid sex change, he stepped onto the decks with a bang; dropping crowd favorites such as Zedd's "Stay the Night" and Krewella's "Live for the Night" (both with "night" references, how clever Ashley).


Overall, I was amazed to see how rammed the dance floor still was for Wallbridge come 2:30 (considering booze is cut off at 2:00 here in Toronto). It really goes to show you the kind of love this city has for the EDM scene. The next time either Bass Kleph or Ashley Wallbridge return I will definitely be attending.


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