October 1, 2014

Tour Blog: Glitch Mob/Ana Sia (Entry 3)

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Sunday, March 16, Heading to Asheville, N.C…

Hey y’all…

The shows on the “Love Death Immortality” tour are gaining momentum, and each one tops the last. Stop 3 was in Philadelphia at Electric Factory, which pretty much feels exactly like a festival, except it’s inside this tight ’80s-rock-style warehouse. Everyone was overlapping shoulders and so pumped…

Not too many raver casualties at these shows, though—people are definitely ready to party. I respect this about their fans, you know? Everyone is pleasantly “turnt.”

Last night, we were playing the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., a pretty legendary spot. Also, a Nando’s in town is a double bonus. Being a fan of East Coast club music, I was real stoked to play some hits from this side of the States, plus I’m legitimately surprised and so impressed/grateful that the tunes that I feel are the weirdest, most un-danceable, but fucking rad ones I have banked to hear on a loud PA system, are the ones that go off the hardest for what is a younger-generation crowd. It’s been a joy to feel comfortable and encouraged to go in, educate, listen to, play and get lost in music with everyone.

Command Center

Here’s a shot of “The Blade’s” command center, The Blade being the fully customized, highly intelligent, Transformer-esque stage production for The Glitch Mob. It’s an intricately woven masterpiece that honestly I barely understand, but I do know that you may be able to control the world from this POV. Using Max for Live through Ableton and a very large human brain to design and create the platform, they’re able to pull off routing 12 iPads, three Livid Instruments MIDIs, and three sets of Taiko drums to exhibit their album truly live. Being an Ableton-bred producer, it’s really exciting to see!

PenthousePenthouse

The duo Penthouse Penthouse has been killing their opening slots—45 minutes of slinky West Coast-scented hip-hop and true instrumentalists dream shit. Their onstage set-up is a Mac, Akai MPC and a Roland SP 404. I love these dudes, as does everyone who is fortunate enough to make it early for their set and get swangin’…

On to the next gig: Monday night at The Orange Peel in beautiful Asheville, N.C…

To be continued…

<3

Ana Sia

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