Event Review: DJ Snake at The Observatory [03.08.14]

March 17, 2014 -

Fadi AbuZaineh

If I could use one word to describe the whole night of DJ Snake's sold out show, it would be this: insane. Upon arrival, we were expecting to see a super energetic crowd waiting in a long line. Much to our surprise, the long line was there, but the energy wasn't. With a single glance to my photographer, we both knew exactly what we could do to get the crowd ready for the mayhem...video. So without hesitating, we pulled out the video camera and started rolling film. The instant the light turned on, people started going wild. We walked down the whole line with the camera as people started cheering for DJ Snake and Slander. They were definitely ready for the show. Video footage from Jay Wade Photography coming soon!

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It was around 9:30 when the first opener of the night went on, who went by DJ CaliNdaMix. His set was comprised of mostly hip-hop club songs that we all know and love. He also threw in a tiny bit of trap, accompanied by random females from the crowd dancing on the stage. By the end of his set, the lucky people who got in first had their spots in the front for the rest of the night.

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Next up was local duo Slander, who brought along their fraternity brothers from Kappa Sigma for support. They all got down with the crowd as Slander dropped trap remixes of old favorites like Thunder by W&W, and Show Me Love by Steve Angello and Laidback Luke. The trapping did not stop, as they dropped A$AP Ferg's song "Work" and the energy reached another level. They perfectly prepared the crowd for DJ Snake's set. We actually ran into them later into the night in the outside area, and they were covered in sweat from how hot it got during their set. That's how you know it was a good one.

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It was now time for the person we had all been waiting for to go on, DJ Snake. The crowd went wild as he got up on stage and opened with his new rager with Mercer, "Lunatic." It was absolutely insane. The insanity was shot through the roof as "Get Low" started playing. I was looking into the crowd when all of a sudden, the sound cuts. Once I started to think there was a technical issue, I heard a strange voice on the microphone. It did not sound anything like DJ Snake. I turned around and to everyone's surprise, Dillon Francis himself was on stage, telling the whole crowd to get low. As any normal human being would do, the whole crowd got low. Once the middle eastern sounding beat dropped, so did everybody's inhibitions.

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What would a DJ Snake show be without hearing "Turn Down For What" at least a few times. Once the show ended, there was silence for a good minute before the song started playing again. And yet again, after that stopped, the silence was broken with the same song. I stayed inside after the second drop just in case he would do it again, but it was actually over this time. We had a crazy night at The Observatory, and it was all thanks to the performers, as well as the phenomenal crowd! Now if only daylight savings didn't rob us an hour of sleep...turn down for what, right?

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