In early September, I was still putting the final touches of Seeking Empire “Caving In” onto the timeline when I was approached by MYX.tv to cover Steve Aoki’s IDENTITY FEST music tour. It was great time and was glad to have AJAPOPFILMS contribute to the Asian-American community.
The following is my unrated report:
It felt like KasKade tore through the Shoreline Amphitheater main stage tent this summer night. In the haze of sweat and body heat you felt the thousands of house music fans, ravers and hipsters dancing as one with you under the Mountain View stars. The bold beats and climaxing crescendos kidnapped your cognitive functions and moving your body was a small ransom to give to get back your control. You are mesmerized by lights and shapes bursting from the stage sometimes reading “Be Still” and “Show Me Love” – you start to feel what all that PLUR shit is all about.
In the sunshine not too long ago the Ultra Records hero was joined by legendary Dim Mak fearless leader Steve Aoki for a surprise tag-team DJ set at the smaller Advent stage. Expressions drawn by the music electrified the crowd which was upon the toes of jubilation and unbridled mayhem. People upon people crowded the small lawn to grab a piece of the moment. Hands, tits and legs were flying through the waning sun dancing with KasKade and Aoki. Through my shades and camera lens the only thing my eyes could register was punlsing skin tones and naked flesh until it was broken by the green of a tree. An emotionally charged crowd praised the duo as they flew 10 feet over greasy Shoreline staff into the loving arms of their audience. Still hungry, they leaped with only faith in hand from the stage twice more to embrace the accepting hands of the fans which have come to celebrate their music. The only God praised here was the 4/4 beat. As the tempo expired, Steve Aoki introduced Astralwerks sweethearts Nervo onto the decks and continued the worship-service.
Identity Festival is a national touring cathedral of the hottest electronic artists and DJs from the worlds of house, electro, dub and techno. Of the many acts this day, Nero, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method also performed.
You can find the FULL SET of IDENTITY FEST 2011 | Shoreline Amphitheater here on FLICKR: