What does that even mean? It was on every poster promoting this event. No matter where you stood, whether it was center of GA, the stairs by the entrance or up in VIP, you felt every single drop, beat and wub that Excision had up his sleeve. It was the closest you were going to get to an earthquake in Minnesota. And, even better, every single person in the crowd was eating it up from start to finish. Headbanger is the moniker for an Excision fan.
The quality sounds were accompanied by his signature Paradox production elements and next-level visuals that kept the crowd stunned. Unfortunately, we missed Monxx as he was on early right when doors opened, but we did make it in time for the second openers — Dion Timmer B2B Protohype. They put on a raging set of everything from dubstep to bass house and even sprinkled some Porter Robinson in there as well. Their filthy dubstep went hand in hand with the insane energy they brought on stage. His somewhat downtempo set was the perfect break from the dubstep that otherwise characterized the night giving us some time to chill before Excision set the place on fire. It was fully LED top to bottom. Excision emerged onto the stage, his figure outlined against the vibrant hi-def visuals. The ensuing hour and a half, we headbanged and politely moshed as Excision dropped banger after banger. We almost lost it when he dropped the mashup of his tracks that he opened with during his Friday Lost Lands set. I was so impressed by his entire set music and production wise.
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It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests. Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload.
Dubstep monster Excision is known for two things: dank and dirty bass, and face-melting stages and productions. Excision then upped the ante with the debut of the Paradox , a behemoth audiovisual experience taking stage production to the next level. Prior to all the madness, we chatted with Excision himself about all things Paradox and the future of visuals and production within the electronic world. From where does your fascination with technology stem? Have you always been into technology and gear, in a musical sense? Prior to the Paradox, you had the Executioner. Is there a lot of production or idea crossover between the two stages, or are they two completely separate beasts? We learned a lot from touring with the Executioner in different venues, and some of the big decisions we made for the Paradox were based around wanting to enhance the show experience for everyone in the venue. For instance, one of the core reasons the Paradox is mostly a concave shape, as opposed to the convex design of the Executioner, is because a concave surface looks great at almost any viewing angle.