Walking through a deep bank of fog we first encountered a massive glittering disco ball. Santos had been transformed, with banks of speakers coming from the front and bass cannons aiming at our sides. Wading through the gyrating 20-somethings donning glowing masks, we approached the stage…
Kodak to Graph had his Launchpad midi controller and leopard midi tilted for us to obverse his creative process. He bobbed and swayed as he blended sweet R&B with bass deeper than the Marianas Trench.
His mix of Doja Cat’s So High set the sensual vibe for his set.
Halfway through, he took his hood down and smiled. Scrolling through lists of samples on the Launchpad, he played a dreamy Gucci remix.
He showed us a bit of his original work as well. This twinkling, trippy melody washed over us in waves, building and crashing as we swayed.
Fans of Kygo or de Hofnaar, should take the opportunity to see Kodak to Graph live before he makes it big.
As glowing purple floor toms were arrange on the ground around a pedestal with strange , I found myself wondering who this man was who claimed to be “everyone’s imaginary friend”.
Slow Magic appeared, looking like he had just stepped out of Where the Wild Things Are. A glowing neon mask reminiscent of a jackal shone out from the darkness. His full coverage head piece that blended down into a shaggy vest further concealed his humanity. He did not speak, instead raising his hands high above his head in a heart. Stepping up to his marble Mac, he put on a soothing jam.
Then suddenly, he began to improvise on the drums in a fit of passion. Everyone went tribal, shaking off the dreary everyday reality and entering a trance.
“He could definitely eat Deadmau5,” murmured the young man next to me.
He used a custom midi controller to apply a stutter affect to his remix of Stand Still by Flight Facilities.
One beat, two beats, three beats. Getting faster and faster his drumming transformed into a percussive synth which built into a auditory earthquake. His drumsticks bounced on the tom’s surface with the power of the bass. Grabbing one of the floor toms, Slow Magic jumped offstage and grooved with us.
Slow Magic raised his hands in a heart far above his head and everywhere tiny hearts sprung up in response.
It was refreshing to see artists make music in front of us with instruments they had customized instead of pressing play on a prerecorded set. Three Cheers to Santos for their excellent sound system. A perfect evening!