We live in a world where DJs are rockstars. An electric fever has spread across North America, and we in our generation have found ourselves dancing in the midst of ecstasy. It was only a matter of time before our pop culture invested in what has been all the rave in Europe for years: electronic dance music, or EDM.
A decade ago, the good ‘merican people would have done their best to contain this subculture of bright lights and MDMA to rundown warehouses. But something went haywire. Word got out.
Tuesday night, Oct. 30. Austin Music Hall. Austin, Texas.
Emotions for Justice‘s long-awaited show were free and uninhibited. As if it were some type of neon collection, ravers had been filing onto the doorstep of Austin Music Hall for some time now in the night, waiting to get in.
French electro-house DJ, Busy P, was the initial artist to take the stage for that night. Followed by the artist collective, club night, DJ/production team by the name of Broken Teeth Crew and their underground take on the electronic sound. I honestly didn’t think that either of these openers were up to par considering how high of a caliber Justice is considered to be. Their sound seemed to just not click as well as I, and the rest of the audience, might have hoped.
One unusual aspect about the night was how early everything had been scheduled to take place. The doors open at 6 p.m, Busy P went on at 7 p.m. and Justice took the stage even earlier than I had expected; at just past 8:30 p.m. But regardless, the main act had finally transformed in front of beneath the lights as the cross set in the middle of their set illuminated the tweaked audience.
Justice takes the stage, but for how long?
The French electronic music duo, (consisting of Gaspard Auge’ and Xavier de Rosnay), opened with their substantial single, “G.E.N.E.S.I.S.” As well as touching on songs like “D.A.N.C.E.” and “Civilization” from their symbolically titled album that’s marked with a cross, and their latest album from 2011, Audio, Video, Disco.
Considering how early the night had gone on, I had—in some way or fashion—expected a slightly longer set. Mostly for the reasons of “crowd pleasing.” But the band stopped just past 9:40 p.m. and walked off stage. This had obviously gotten the crowd a little bit riled up since we had all paid our good money to see these EDM deities perform—not even considering how many months we had been waiting for the show to actually happen. The two stayed off of stage for a good five to ten minutes. People had even begun to walk out of the venue assuming that it all been said and done with. Little did we know that Justice had a surprise in store for us…
A three-track encore is usually pretty suitable when considering how high of an expectation the crowd had already set for the artists. Bouncing in between songs like “D.A.N.C.E” and “Genesis,” very similar to the beginning of their set, the dynamic duo made sure that the taste buds of these electronic music chasers were truly satisfied, inside and out. Which, even though it was just now teetering on 10 p.m, we were definitely happy with the outcome. Oh, and the crowd surfing definitely helped to set it off.
All in all, I’m sure a few years ago that Justice would have never expected to be playing sold-out tours like they are or headlining at major music festivals like Lollapalooza or Outside Lands. That just goes to show how steadfast we are set in this electronic dance music genre. It shows that we’re playing with the knives and guns of the future.