Zedd, Oliver, & Alex Metric Deliver A ‘Moment of Clarity’ to Atlanta
Atlanta — Just in time for his single “Stay In Night” featuring Haley Williams, Zedd kicked off his Moment of Clarity tour last week featuring support from Alex Metric and Oliver. Dance music promoter Liquified brought the tour to Atlanta’s Tabernacle, and we checked out the show earlier this week.
Playing an opening slot at 8 PM would normally be a thankless job, but Alex Metric’s relentless electro house set got the early crowd jumping almost immediately. Much of his performance was defined by bass-heavy pounders, with Gesaffelstein’s “Control Movement” and Jacques Lu Cont’s remix of Boys Noize’s “Ich R U” sending the mostly-teenage crowd into a frenzy. Metric finished with an amped-up dub of “Safe With You,” his collaboration with Jacques Lu Cont and Niki & The Dove vocalist Malin, which injected a throbbing drop to the original.
LA-based production duo Oliver then took the stage, leaning toward a deeper, techno-leaning house set for the early parts of the set. The moments in which Oliver flirted with electro house tracks like Mat Zo’s “Bipolar” generated the biggest response, with the final 20 minutes being an explosion of bombastic drops that drove the crowd into a raucous state.
Following Oliver, there was an extended setup break in almost complete darkness. However, as soon as the opening notes of “Spectrum” hit, the crowd erupted into dance that lasted throughout the entirety of Zedd’s performance. The German producer mostly stuck to anthemic EDM tracks like Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl’s “In My Mind” and Avicii’s “Silhouettes” that the crowd ate up throughout the almost two-hour set. However, the highlights of his performance were the moments when he veered from the expected, like the bootleg of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” that was mashed-up with the drop from DJ Snake’s remix of Duck Sauce’s “It’s You.”
The most jaw dropping of the show was the production, which featured two massive screens that displayed vivid and varied projections and visuals with such—pardon the pun—clarity that it was easy to get lost in them. The graphic design was top notch, with interstellar scenes reminiscent of the Mother Brain from Metroid providing appropriate visual accompaniment. It, along with the crowd response and track selection, made Zedd’s performance an unforgettable experience.