HTG Events proved last night that they are the top party throwers in the Orlando area. An assortment of lasers and lights lit up the otherwise chill Independent Bar in Orlando, Fl as a whomping sound system physically shook each attendee. After a select group of local DJs hit the stage, Canada’s Downlink came through with his heavy brand of bass music akin to Excision and Datsik.
The machine-sounding dubstep went over well with the younger crowd in attendance, but perhaps not quite as well as the trap selections he delivered towards the end of his set. Downlink, joined by MC Armanni Reign, set the place off particularly hard with Flosstradamus’ “Original Don” remix and Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”. MC Armanni did his thing keeping the crowd in check without all of the corniness of asking them to put their hands up every 5 minutes (although he would appropraitely make that request). The intimate venue complemented the sound system as the self-proclaimed “dance floor punishing” DJ ran through his collaborations, original tracks and dubstep / d&b favorites.
And then there was legendary drum & bass DJ Andy C. Suited with 3 vinyl decks and an old school mixer, the English super-DJ demonstrated how you obtain legendary status within electronic music. The set was precise down to a tee, carefully crafted and never tired. Starting with a talented display of his mixing skills would leed in to some more-liquid tracks and eventually an epic rollercoaster ride of d&b classics. Tracks like Sub Focus’ “Hold On” remix, his own remix to Major Lazer’s “Get Free”, and Loadstar’s remix of Chase & Status’ “Blind Faith” had the best reactions along with bass heavy jungle selections that I wish shazaam could have picked up on. I guess until I’m better schooled I’ll spend time digging through youtube and his live mixes.
Andy C was also joined by MC Armanni Reign who continued to display his hype-man skills as the music kept coming late in to the night. The younger crowd dwindled out as the clock struck 1:30-2am which left room for the older people to bob around to a DJ who can only be described as “a great treat”.
Bonus: Go ahead and stream Andy C’s essential mix on the second half of this stream. Nero on the first half… can’t complain. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/52093306″ iframe=”true” /]