Impulse Music & Arts Festival kicked off the first day with a sonic boom. As we arrived on site we were greeted with a state of the art sound system muffling the camping instructions from the staff. With a venue filled with motorcross courses and gorgeus Georgia Pines, it is clear we are in for a special weekend.
While Coachella, Hangout and Bonnaroo have taken the main focus for fest-goers this summer, you can’t deny the beautiful family feel of a smaller festival. With a very friendly crowd and a top notch experimental electronic line up, their was a fantastic vibe in Union Point, Ga. While travel and interviews took up the majority of our day time, we made certain to catch the epic night sets by Eprom, Boombox, Archnemesis and Papadosio.
Portland’s Eprom kicked off the string of music with a bang. Performing on the intimate side stage was the perfect set up for this up and coming producer. Eprom’s loopy, glitchy productions eased the crowd in to the night and set the tone for the Boombox, Archnemesis and Papa D sets to come.
Zion and Russ from Boombox always come with the funk. The 10pm set was the perfect slot for them to construct the dance party that will undeniably continue through today and tomorrow. The duo kept the crowd grooving as they busted out a set of their best material including the personal favorite “Round and Round”. The great thing about Impulse is there is no overlapping headliners and the music is constant. As soon as Boombox hit their last note, Archnemesis dropped their first beat.
The self proclaimed “intelligent electro-crunk” artists had one mission: to blow minds. With their new light rig and fresh song premiers, Archnemesis did just that. The new light display really complemented the music and brought a new level of energy to the live show. The two producers banged through a set of glitch-hop crowd favorites and ended with their bangin’ remix of “Niggas in Paris”.
Following Archnemesis was festival veterans Papadosio. While Impulse’s line up primarily consists of DJs and Ableton producers, it was awesome to have a full band closing out the first day. The jamtronica group absolutely annihilated Impulse-goers. The set was constructed perfectly as they improvised, jammed, bridged songs together and delivered an unforgettable performance. After a strong set of old and new jams, they came out for a elongated version of “Night Colors” which made for an ecstatic crowd.
With day two on the horizon, we are still thrilled for what is to come: great music, great people and great times.