Although I heard some incredible sets during almost three full days at Mysteryland, it immediately became clear to me as soon as I walked up to the Zeitgeist stage tucked away behind some trees in the way back of the festival for Kill Frenzy’s evening set that it would be the best of the weekend. Underneath bouncing balloons and amongst a small, but dedicated crowd, Kill Frenzy took the decks hot off of Psychemagik’s skillful set. A few people left and even less came, but it was clear the audience were all huge kill frenzy fans, or had at least heard of him, noted by the various Dirtybird merch donned by the crowd. I couldn’t be happier with the size and fan base of the crowd – it was like all us Dirtybird fiends were all getting an intimate, private set by one of the label’s best, and I felt like Kill Frenzy himself understood this.
He didn’t have to play his and the label’s more mainstream tracks to win us over (because he already had), so he was able to play some more secret weapons and lesser played tracks, which we all gladly ate up. He played his own tracks like “All Night Long”, “So Fine”, and the forever crowd favorite, “No Panties”. He even played a beautiful, almost live version of “Gorilla”, holding out portions and building others to drive the crowd even wilder than we already were.
Showing off his DJing skills, he slowly and deceivingly build up different tracks, gently placing in “I’ve Got the Power” before cutting off all sound right before the chorus dropped, proving the control he had over all of us. Even more tactfully, he slowly faded in and out of Claude Vonstroke’s “Dood”, first only dropping samples throughout a portion of the mix, and sneakily building until he dropped the full version, soon after playing one of my favorite tracks eve, Mr. Spock by Justin Martin and Ardalan.
Quite comically, a guy controlling the smoke machine came over halfway through the set and starting blasting it out to the point that no one could see anything – at all. Murmurs rose from the crowd like “Why is there so much smoke”, “What’s going on”, and “I can’t breathe”, but no one left – a true testament to how good the set was. I personally couldn’t stop laughing watching the events unfold, but my lack of visuals allowed me to focus in on the music even more. Unfortunately running from the set to catch Maya Jane Coles, I had a huge grin on my face, knowing what a beautiful event I just witnessed.
Maybe way too obsessed with Dirtybird,