Sequential Circus 7 in Vancouver
I spent some time in Vancouver recently and have nothing but good things to say. I met some great friends I had been talking to online for years in real life! Had some great times hanging with locals, made some new friends and walked/biked all over the city, beaches and parks. The peak of the trip for me was definitely performing live at Sequential Circus.
We had a very enthusiastic crowd that was really up-for-it and easily the most talented collection of artists I’ve ever shared the stage with. Did I mention this was a LivePA festival and every act performed their set with a combination of analog gear, computers, keyboards, controllers and various bits of technology? Yes, it was a bit of a geek fest, and a real treat to experience 5 other live electronic performances and get an up-close look at how they make it happen.
I’d also like to say that everyone involved; the door staff, organizers, light/sound/video crew and bar staff were a perfect vision of professionalism and dedication. Everything ran on time and felt organized. The sound was phenomenal and the video crew was amazing. Big thanks and support to Drew, Rich, Mike, Krista, Carrie, Ross, Kim, Shell and all the performers (plus anyone I may have forgotten). Getting to meet so many awesome people was one of the best parts of my trip.
So, how was the show itself you ask? Well, the vibes & music were great all night. We kicked off the evening with Kir Mokum dropping some very powerful melodies and intricate beats, his set morphed and shifted in a very pleasing way as Open Studios began to fill up and people were grooving. Jeff Griffiths then took the stage and brought some deep & dark progressive tech house type awesomeness. His grooves were huge and they got me and lots of others moving. Next, Dark Arps stormed the place and brought the hammer down. Kicking up the bpm’s a bit with tons of energy he dropped huge banging progressive techno. At first I was nervous to follow him, but between him and the 1st two acts the crowd was in a great place, lots of cheering and dancing. It was just before 1AM and I hit the stage to a happy audience who couldn’t seem to get enough. Thanks so much Vancouver for the warm welcome! It was a pleasure beyond description to share my music with you! After my set, Jonnay (the only all hardware act of the night) proceeded to bring the RAVE! His set went into all kinds of territory, he blurred genres and bpm’s and left the crowd begging for more. Last, and definitely not least, The Square Root of Evil took the stage kept the party moving.
It was my first time seeing the really fast and ultra melodic techno that’s going by names like chiptune, 8-bit, breakcore, etc. I’m not sure what you call it, but I like it, her set reminded me a bit of the type of stuff one of my favorite acts Slagsmålsklubben is putting out. She was very in control of the music, blending crazy beats & rhythms together with fun melodies, all with a smile , I was definitely moving my feet a good bit during her performance, as was everyone else. Truly an epic night to remember! Thank you Vancouver!