Madeon @ Voyeur
It is so funny to me when you go to a "gaslamp" type club and there are all these women dressed up like, let's face it, prostitutes. I don't have a problem with that- and I'm not denigrating women for doing it, but it is what it is. What possesses an otherwise sane woman to strap on a pair of six inch heels and a skin tight dress that highlights all your unflattering bulges is beyond me, but that was the story last night at Voyeur. I'm strictly live and let live when it comes to difference in Audience culture but it was difficult for me not to speculate on the mindset.
Mandeon attracts a trainspotter heavy crowd simply because he works at a pace that leaves every other dj in the world who isn't Jeff Mills gasping for air. His sets typically switch between songs every minute or so, with numerous stylistic flourishes that he shares with other similarly succesful djs. This means that people come to watch Madeon in the same way they watch a band, and those people were present last night.
From my position on the balcony I could see a cluster of devoted fans- 100% male- by the way- clustered around the stage for the entire set, pumping their fists in Ecstasy. Madeon has moved away from the mash-up heavy style that brought him to international prominence. His newer material actually sounds more like an old Jeff Mills set- with plenty of heavy techno and electro beats and hardly any recognizable samples. It is a promising direction for a promising talent, and my sense is that Madeon will be a force in the EDM world for years to come.
As for Voyeur, well.... to each his own. There were plenty of trainspotters there last night who were obviously just watching the Madeon headlining set- maybe 50% that and then 50% club trash.