It’s the summer time! In Los Angeles, that means two things: ridiculous heat and kick-ass day parties. There are loads of weekly events starting up soon, but my eyes are on Mad Decent’s Block Party.
The house that Diplo built has been putting on these things in Los Angeles since 2010. Every year they provide a wicked fun party for minimal cost. I mean, seriously, when was the last time you played dodge ball? Or had a proper watergun fight? That’s the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from these shows with the added bonus of breaking new talent and an incredible amount of ratchet behavior. Ah… I remember my first time… Waaay back in 2010.
Mad Decent Block Party 2010
2010 was the first year I had ever gone and the first time they’d had the Block Party in Los Angeles. First of all, it was free, which was awesome. I had no idea who Maluca was, but she killed it, as did Kid Sister. At the time, Rusko’s remix of her song “Pro Nails” was blowing up along with the entire genre of dubstep. I think this show was the first place I heard Doctor P’s “Sweet Shop” and Emalkay’s “When I Look at You.” Looking back now, it’s easy to see how much of an influence some of these more grimy dubstep tracks have on trap music now. Hindsight is a funny thing.
Also, there was a dancing Gorilla with a monacle. No, I don’t know why he was there. But I’m glad he was.
Mad Decent Block Party 2011
2011 was even more insane. There were more people. The artists were even better. This was the first time I had ever heard of Lunice. His set stood out to me for one reason. When he came on at first, no one was feeling it. But he stuck with it, the crowd found the groove, and people ended up going ape shit. Of course, now he’s a part of TNGHT and busy producing track for Kanye West. Go figure.
Mad Decent Block Party 2012
They changed venues last year from Little Tokyo to just west of downtown. It was for the better, but the lines were out of control. Still, everything that I’d come to love about the MDBP was intact. The people were fun and frequently out of control, the music was good, the cops weren’t outrageous dick bags. It was all good. There was a lot of trap music that year, too. Clockwork (RL Grime) spun a seriously sick set. Remember that trap remix of “Mercy”? Well, that had just hit the internet and was burning a hole in the electronic world’s collective ear drums at the time. Needless to say, people got rowdy. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, last year’s event was way more gully than any year previous. Paul Devro dropped Wocka Flocka in the middle of his set. I mean, that’s as ratchet as it gets, guys.
There was no shortage of weird stuff either. Bonde Do Role thought it was a good idea to drench themselves in milk onstage. I don’t know why. I might’ve been a little tipsy at that point, but I don’t think sober-me would’ve been able to make sense out of it anyway. Here’s a video of them spraying the crowd with milk from dildo water guns in Brooklyn:
So yeah. There’s a chance you might get milked on. Trust me when I say it’s worth the risk.
From the lineup alone, I know that 2013 is going to be an extremely wild show. EDM fans should be pleased by The Partysquad and 3Ball MTY. Between them, there’ll be no shortage of go-hard electro/moombathon/dub/whatever-it-takes to keep people stomping.
Matt & Kim are a welcome surprise. Their music is really energetic and fun rock, but their live shows are just a party. Also, Kim is a strong proponent of twerking on the crowd. This is something I feel we can all get behind. Figuratively speaking. Obviously.
Major Lazer will be making a return to the stage this year as well. That alone is worth the twenty bucks it costs for a ticket. The party is going down September 14th. Get your tickets here.
Mad Decent Block Party LA Lineup:
Matt & Kim
Samo Sound Boy
Sasha Go Hard