The halls of Avalon Hollywood were packed to welcome bass music heroes Gent & Jawns , Victor Niglio, Ookay and special guest Butch Clancy last friday and the stacked bill of performers did not disappoint. Moombahton pioneers Gent & Jawns played a set comprised mainly of their moombahton remixes and their newer trap originals and trap remixes, keeping the crowd jumping and the sound system bumping.
Next came Victor Niglio, who's been blowing up recently with the release of twerk anthem "Jiggy" and the electro VIP of the same. His set was more bounce and electro oriented than I had foreseen, with doses of 100 BPM trap and festival trap thrown in here and there. He was clearly having fun juxtaposing hard-hitting house tracks with the occasional rap song, and went so far as to play "Don't Drop That Thun-Thun" to a receptive crowd that went with him every step of the way.
Ookay headlined the night and, as he announced, this was his first headlining show after opening for the likes of LOUDPVCK at the same venue. He proceeded to play an intense trap-filled set and even played a bit of moombahton like openers Gent & Jawns. His set was Porter Robinson-esque in that he played a huge sheer number of songs during his alotted time, unafraid to jump between BPMs and genres, and did so smoothly. This was the first time I had seen any of these DJs play live and I was honestly taken aback at how awesome they all were.
Closing out the night was another trap and bass hero, Butch Clancy. His set was tight and played out well for the scene, but it was the visuals that really had me going. I wish Avalon had implemented the same visuals for the earlier artists to add a bit more flavor to their performances. All in all though, this was one of the best live performances I've seen. Since I come from a trap background as far as concerts go, it was great to see what the trap scene has evolved into over the past few years.