Since teaming up as Carmada, Yahtzel and LDRU have constantly provided a pulse surging and energetic atmosphere when attending their shows and the Corner hotel did not disappoint. Hot off the being signed to Skrillex’s record label OWSLA and the killer Groovin’ the Moo festival sets, Sydney pair Carmada brought their heavy bass tunes to Melbourne’s Corner Hotel.
Performing as an official duo since Splendour in the Grass last year, it is evident they know how to work well with each other, they have truly learnt how to entertain a crowd with their music. Arriving at the venue with what seemed to be a group of teens waiting for puberty to hit, but all reflecting the excitement I felt for Carmada, as I would be to see any new act.
Their opening act, Kilter, was laying down heavy beats and the crowd was loose and ready to get down. As soon as I walked it was evident that everyone there was ready for a good time. As expected Kilter was full of energy, living off the atmosphere of the crowd. Mixing samples that reminded me of Flume/ What so Not glory or even perhaps Hermitude’s Through the roof. But in doing so Kilter had very much established his own sound through the obvious influence of others.
Kilter played a variety of samples of numerous of genres, showing his roots, even mixing samples of Snakadaktal fame. Although he maintained the energy of the crowd by mixing others he also played fan favorites like his 2014 single They Say, which was a highlight of his set.
As the strong and edgy bass began to play the crowd soon became aware that the Carmada boys were to take the stage, As they greeted the crowd with excitement but very much wanting to maintain their “cool guy” image, they took to the decks playing a variety of genres throughout the night. Their set began with the traditional future music festival like playlist, with the appearance of their own tracks and crowd pleasers like On Fire featuring the live vocals of Maribelle. However the instrumentals of the rest of their set did not reflect craftsmanship of music through the peaceful synthesizing riffs and sublime vocals featured.
As their hour set went on the venue slowly transformed from an almost hipster erotic venue to a crowd at stereo. It was as if the boys themselves were unsure of the what genre they were trying to appeal to by playing hip hop tracks by Jay-Z to the ever popular ‘Shame on Me’ Avicii, which the crowd loved, and then closing the set with the assistance of the Chemical Brothers.
The set list was a display of Carmada’s ability to build the crowd to dance and lose all inhibitions, there is no doubt that everyone in that venue enjoyed themselves (with or without party enhancements) but the boys did not seem to have a fluid path, as if they were the mate sitting shotgun and stuck with the job of picking tunes for the road trip, trying to appeal to everyone tastes.