Steve Aoki/Datsik’s Deadmeat Tour at The Egyptian Room
By: J. Arturo Contreras
Furry pink boots, guys in black and yellow zentai suits, and a Native American chief hat. Those were some of the eccentricities happening at the Steve Aoki/Datsik’s Deadmeat Tour at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis.
As I walked into the building I could not help but notice the loud electronic music being played by one of the opening bands: Mustard Pimps was in the house! Two DJs playing live accompanied by a friend playing the drums was a combination that you do not get to hear, or see, very often. The music was getting the crowd warmed up, everyonewas jumping and chanting to their songs as more people came into the massive room where the rave was taking place.
Green ambient lights, a bible with the Mustard Pimps’ logo, and broken drumsticks on the ground. That was the aftermath of a great opening act that got the blood running and the ears buzzing in the crowd. A simple, quiet ten minutes came afterwards, where we saw the crew set up for what would be my introduction to good dubstep music.
A Xbox Kinect system, multiple cans of Rockstar energy drink, and the distinct sound of dubstep. Datsik was starting his show, which would make the audience bang their heads to the beat, jump to the lights and scream as Datsik threw the precious refreshments to the crowd to keep them going for what would be one of the most amazing shows I have ever been to.
Five video screens, two cakes, and eight bottles of diverse liquids. Those were his weapons to ignite the crowd and, for what a friend told me, they would soon leave his stage area and become part of our attire. “How you doing Indianapolis!?” were his first words. The crowd, roared, pushed forward and started dancing to the sound of “Steve Jobs,” one of the songs from his new album Wonderland. He continued playing songs like “Emergency,” “Turbulence,” “Cudi the Kid,” and “The Kids Will Have Their Say,” amongst other popular hits and songs from the album.
A swimming pool floating boat, more rockstar energy drinks, and ice. We were screaming for Steve to keep throwing things at us. After the two bottles of orange and cranberry juice were thrown on the crowd, the champagne that showered us multiple times, we still wanted more. We wanted the DJ to throw himself at us; and he did. He called for the crowd to come forward. More. A little more. More people! He backed up, ran 8 feet and jumped onto them, spraying champagne as their reward. When he finally stepped back on stage he brought out the individual presents: two party cakes. Picking a guy and a girl at random, he merged the cake and the person into one entity, throwing it at them as we all celebrated the show.
Amazing electronic music, hundreds of people jumping to the same beat, and a show not soon to be forgotten. That is what went down at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. That is what Steve Aoki, Datsik, and Mustard Pimps gave to us this past Tuesday. That is the world of rave, champagne, and cake.
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