Major Lazer stops in Toronto on their Get Free Tour [Review/Photos]
Toronto, ON – On February 28th I went to The Sound Academy to cover the first performance by Major Lazer on their Get Free Tour. Even though I’m a big fan of the collective’s music and branding, I did my best to enter the venue with as few preconceived notions and expectations as possible.
I can’t remember the number of times that I have documented concerts at The Sound Academy, but the last time that I had seen the venue that packed was during Drake’s first So Far Gone performance in 2009. I was immediately impressed by Major Lazer’s ability to assemble a group of concert-goers that was comparable to a crowd that Drizzy gathered. Almost every inch of the space was packed with a variety of college and university students from Toronto and elsewhere, representing a wide-array of urban, cultural movements. What’s more, my eyes were nearly blinded by the over-abundance of neon, as I pushed my way towards the media pit and through hundreds of sweaty, drunk and rowdy kids. Pushing through so many people, I soon realized that Major Lazer’s musical diversity was reflected in the group’s fan base. Continue reading the rest after the jump.
In much the same way that Major Lazer’s sounds stem from hip-hop, rock and roll, reggae, dancehall, electronic music, soul, r&b and many other musical genres, I saw hipsters, hip-hop heads, rockers and a multitude of other eclectic guests. After a brief argument with security, I entered the media pit no less than a minute after the performance had started and I was surrounded by utter mayhem and a ridiculous amount of stimuli, including, but not limited to a flurry of lights, screaming fans, confetti, Major Lazer’s beautiful and heavily-tattooed dancers and Diplo, blaring a giant horn towards his adoring fans.
I have been well aware of Mad Decent and Major Lazer’s rise to prominence and Diplo is by far one of the most sought after musicians in the world today. However, I didn’t understand the true influence that Diplo’s brain child has had until I saw it firsthand, manifested in the crowd at last night’s party.
The group played many of their most popular records from their critically acclaimed debut, Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, records from their new Get Free project, as well as a number of unreleased tracks that I had never heard before. Most notably, the crowd exploded in excitement as Amber of The Dirty Projector’s voice rang through the venue, signaling the start of Lazer’s “Get Free” record.
The concert felt like a never-ending climatic moment, as the group seemed to attempt to outdo their previous efforts as each new record would begin. When I thought that Diplo entering a giant, inflated, plastic orb and crowd surfing was amazing enough, the group invited about thirty women to twerk on stage and the group continued in this manner for well over an hour. With that being said, I can say with a great deal of confidence that Major Lazer are one of the most electrifying and influential groups and live performers within the rapidly growing EDM movement. They undoubtedly have the potential, versatility, talent, resources and time to evolve into one of the most respected, loved and experimental musical groups ever assembled (within any genre).
Review written by Ajani Charles for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ajani Charles for HipHopCanada
Photography by Ajani Charles
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