Embrace and The Hoxton kicked off April with a huge booking. The F’ck a Genre Tour featured artists Beat Connection, Shawn Wasabi, Durante, and Owsla’s latest favourite Mija. There has not been a line up this young and diverse in talent to come through the city in a long time.
I arrived just as Shawn Wasabi was ending. The Youtube famous artist is known for his crazy videos of live sampling on custom built Midi Fighters, and sometimes Xbox & Playstation controllers. This guy will make beats with any fun electronic gadget he can get his hands on. I was pleased to hear him play “Burnt Rice” along with a ton of other electro, kawaii, and trap beats. After his set he hovered around the stage wearing an ice cream cone vaporwave shirt and was full of smiles. I think Toronto showed him a good time for his first trip to Canada.
Durante was responsible for most of the house music for the evening. It contrasted the lineup beautifully. He played Paul Woolford remix of Disclosure’s “Lose my mind” along with many other IDs. The tone of his set was very classic and retro in the sense that he picked tracks which had strong melodies, memorable instruments and catchy beats. Mija was seen behind Durante during most of his set jamming out on stage.
The venue went nuts when it was Mija’s turn to begin her set. She wasn’t kidding when she named the tour Fck a Genre because she catered to the crowd by playing everything on the EDM spectrum, including classics like Kid Kamillion’s “Blood Rave” and Emalkay’s famous dubstep track “When I Look at You”, as well as new tracks like “MSMSMSM” by Sophie and “Overthrow” by Boyz Noize. She also played some euphoric tracks like RL Grime’s remix of “The Hills” by The Weekend and a future bass remix of “Cinema” by Benny Benassi & fellow OWLSA artist Skrillex. The highlight of the evening was when Mija let her music roots show and closed her set with Chiodos’ track “The Words ‘Best Friend’ become Redefined”. She came to the front of the stage and headbanged her heart out before announcing a special guest: Rezz.
It wasn’t much of a surprise since they both played on Holy Ship! together, but it was nice to see them both supporting each other. Mija even sported Rezz’s new merch for the show. Rezz closed the night with a small half hour set playing mostly original tracks. You could hear the crowd losing their marbles over every drop was louder than the music itself. The Hoxton loved every minute of it. It was an unforgettable night at such a steal of a price ($15).
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