By Sam Hendrick
Kicking off Winter Music Conference 2012 in unique style, EDM enthusiasts ventured to LIV last night for Laidback Luke’s superhero-themed “Super You and Me” party. You may be familiar with Luke’s long-running franchise that’s based on the idea of “saving civilization from mediocrity through music.” At the parties, club patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero, although last night some seemed to have dug deep into the Halloween archives for any random costume they could conjure up. Even bunnies, angels and demons bounced around to some highly energetic sets from Oliver Twizt, Zedd, Madeon and Luke, who headlined the show.
Zedd, sporting a superman costume, roused the crowd early in his set with his recent remix of Skrillex’s banger “Breaking a Sweat.” The young German talent kept true to his signature style of filthy bass riffs throughout, including his originals “Shave It” and “Shotgun.” He also worked in a new mix of “Slam the Door” alongside Skrillex’s “Cinema,” appropriately titled “Don’t Slam the Cinema.”
Immediately after Madeon took the stage, the mood shifted slightly in the room, but certainly not for the worse. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but young Maddy has a certain vibe that not only captures your attention but also makes you just want him to win. Watching his set is kind of like rooting for your little brother, only he has the ability to command the attention of everyone in the room and throw a damn fine party at that. The better half of his set was very true to many other electro-pop French producers, saving the heavier tracks to pass the torch to Luke. As perhaps a literal statement of goodbye, he closed with his rendition of “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand.
After only a few seconds and a few words from his hype man, Laidback Luke took to the tables dressed in an orange soccer uniform and a green masquerade mask (what?!). No stranger to the scene, Luke rounded out the night strong with remixes of Sato Goldschlag’s “Mr. Mister” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Miami 2 Ibiza” as well as his hit single “Speak Up” feat. Wynter Gordon.
Whether dressed in costume or not, attendees will surely remember this high energy showcase as one of the best in the archives of “Super You and Me” history.
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