Let’s Bang is bringing in the fall with weekly Wednesday night shows featuring up and coming artists. Last week, Naga hosted Aleksander Vinter; better known as Savant. Savant, a DJ from Norway, prides himself on not limiting his music to a specific genre. He enjoys playing big room house, metal, trap, dubstep, and even includes a few video game samples to make our inner geek feel at home.
I entered the crisp, cool back room of Naga, which was reminiscent of an ancient castle with pretty crystalline lights hanging from the ceiling. Within a few minutes the bass started kicking as local DJ Uncle Bob warmed up the crowd with his signature heavy drops and thick wobbles. The room quickly transformed into a smoky cave full of young souls looking for a good time on a weeknight. The music was pumping, the smoke machine was flowing, and soon the entire room was packed. The dark and heavy music got everyone bouncing to the beat. A second local DJ, ABSRDST soon took over with a more mellow approach including some top hits from 90’s rap artists. Then he fired up some fresh hip-hop beats and everyone started to get wild.
Suddenly, the front doors burst open and Savant appeared in a white robe. His face was darkened by the shadow cast from his hood in a way that resembled Boo from Super Mario World. His entrance was merely a taste of the energy and rareness of his imminent set. He started with some unique dubstep slowly easing us in for a wonky ride. He quickly transitioned to some melodic beats that the crowd clearly enjoyed. As he blended familiar sounds from various video games into his music seamlessly, the whole room fell in love. People were spinning, bouncing, dropping low, and just getting all around dirty to his exclusive sounds. He played fresh mixes and included some tracks from his recent album release “Invasion”.
Every person in the room was smiling from ear to ear as the lights came back on. Savant couldn’t stop, he kept playing, and the venue reluctantly dropped down the lights and let him continue for another ten minutes.
As we all exited the building, still grooving to the music reverberations in our ears, I could hear people exclaiming how impressed they were with the performance. I noticed many attendees were walking around dressed as comic characters with various video game symbols tattooed on their bodies. The music was exactly what they were looking for. Even Uncle Bob was awestruck, he remarked; “Music is the most beautiful thing in the entire world”.
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