Havoc Thursdays is hands down the top EDM weekly club in Orange County. Hosted by White Rabbit Group, Havoc has seen the likes of Ookay, Kennedy Jones, Zomboy, Snails, Slander, Caked Up, and Downlink just in this past year. Thanks to the guys over at Buygore Records we were able to checkout some of the action at their showcase on September 4th.
We started the night off with a techno set by Monofeed on the main stage. Although they usually perform as a duo, tonight we were treated to a more personal set by Connor Crowe. After them my favorite local duo Them Lost Boys hopped on the decks going B2B with Gummy. There was a total of four DJs on stage, each of them bringing on their own attitude as they took turns mixing heavy dubstep.
After catching some sets upstairs in the Skybox with STRYTLLR and SLTR (where are the vowels right?) we headed backstage to wait for JAUZ. Eventually he found us having an in depth conversation with Kennedy Jones and Dotcom about the future of Soundcloud. After parting ways with the DJs, we headed out the backdoor into an alley where we were able to enjoy a bit of silence while we spoke to JAUZ about all of his recent recognition as one of the most versatile producers in dance music today as well as his rising career as a Buygore artist in our exclusive interview.
We talked for about 20 minutes until he realized he had to be on stage. By the time we got inside we found him up on there preparing to spin. He started off with some heavy deep house with tracks from AC Slater, Tchami, and some originals/remixes such as Hella Hoes. He eventually led off into some more heavier genres such as the his unreleased Dum Dee Dum remix that sounded like a mix of hardstyle and trap.
After bringing up the energy he took us a little deeper by dropping his latest hit track Feel The Volume, which was probably my favorite moment. Feel the Volume is currently being supported by some of the biggest names like Skrillex, Diplo, Borgore, Tchami, Mercer, Oliver Heldens and many more. His set went on with a lot of variety in the genres such as trap, dubstep, hard house, and drumstep. At one point Jauz brought Borgore up on stage to help him premiere their brand new collaboration, the crowd went nuts. Jauz definitely has one of the best sets that I’ve seen to date!
Headlining the night we were blessed with the madness that is Dotcom. Expecting a straight dubstep set, I was surprised to hear him jumping all around genres. He opened strong with some heavy electro house that got everyone jumping. He was able to glide back and fourth between trap and house music with ease. One of my favorite moments was when he mashed up Henry Fong’s I Am Boom with Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo’s Boneless. He eventually brought out Borgore, Kennedy Jones, and to my surprise LooKas while dropping the collaborations he did with all of them. His set had many familiar crowd pleasers but the remixes and mashups he dropped kept it unpredictable and dirty.
Overall we had a great night at the venue and we look forward to meeting up with the Buygore guys again at another event in the future!
Photos by Simply G.