Event in Review: Mad Decent Block Party 2014 (San Diego) Sam WarnerFriday, September 19, 2014Bass MusicEventsNewsTrap0 Comments Thomas Pentz (more formally known as Diplo) is a creative genius and the entire Mad Decent Block Party Tour, particularly the San Diego stop, is direct proof of that. This past Sunday the sun was bright, attendants were fidgeting with anticipation, and the beats.. well they delivered. People say the small things count: whether it was the ample shade, free water, excellent sound, quality, or the massive beer gardens – the whole thing was extremely fun and well organized. The party made large waves on all social media channels; looking like & subsequently becoming one of the best shows to end the summer or start a new school year. Luckily enough, the Electric Sloth team was graciously granted access to cover our native stop and here’s what we got. (SD > All Other Stops) because: 1. From Cashmere Cat to Zeds Dead, this lineup was stacked with some killer artists ranging from a variety of genres. 2. The production company (LED in San Diego) puts on amazing events at regular intervals and this was surely not one to miss. From a double-decker Red Bull bus backstage to massive beer gardens and an array of vendors this event was packed to the brim with huge amounts of positive energy and good vibes. 3. To top it all off, we attended the event last year, and saw the first ever performance of Diplo & Skrillex as JackÜ. In other words we knew we couldn’t miss out on what was sure to be an epic performance this year. We arrived at around 4ish, just in time to catch Cashmere Cat hitting the decks. His slow sounds, combined with intertwined bed squeaks and hip-hop remixes blew everyone away. Playing some of his classics like “Wedding Bells,” “Do You Like Drugs,” and an extended version of YG’s “My Nigga” – this cat was a crowd pleaser. TJR was up next and was immediately ready to get the crowd bouncing. Playing jams like “I Like Big Butts” & R Kelly’s “Ignition” Remix he catered to the crowds expectations perfectly. Even rocking a “Random Bald Dude Be Everywhere” Shirt, TJR seemed as though he couldn’t have been more stoked to be there! If you like bouncing around for an hour, this was the set to be at! The superhero, martial arts master Laidback Luke took the crowd by storm with an epic opening of “Hearbreaker.” We could all tell he was really excited to be at Mad Decent Block Party, clapping and jumping around behind the decks. Dropping tracks with genres ranging from Moombahton, Progressive House, and even Coolio’s “Gangsters Paradise” Laidback was an unbelievable performer as usual! Headlining stages around the globe, he is never an act to miss. Don’t mind Laidback casually throwing up the L’s above. Chris from Flosstradamus took the stage next with his HYDNATION Flag. He started off with Sinjin Hawke’s “Yea Hoe” and once it droppped he immediately turned San Diego into a trap paradise. Moving onto Wiz’s “Hold Up” he had the crowd under his influence with even more tracks from A$AP Ferg,Lil Wayne, RL Grime, Diplo & DJ Snake, he even gave a shoutout to Stitches. The highlight of the set was definitely the drop from A$AP Mob’s “Hella Hoes” into a straight disco beat that made the crowd go wild. With his guest act, Waka Flocka Flame both made sure the crowd turned UP! “Repping a navy blue Padres bucket hat and breaking the ice with a shout out to our beloved Chargers for their win over the champion Seahawks – the master of Mad Decent himself (Diplo) threw down an extremely eclectic and passionate set filled with a spectrum of genres and plenty of new music to keep the eager San Diegans on their toes. Granted he’s one of the most highly sought after & respected names in the business, the amount of sheer stage presence he radiates never ceases to amaze me. Never one to maintain the status quo, as soon as he got into his set the energy in the crowd immediately became tangible. Infusing a number of his originals & remixes including “Earthquake” & “Revolution” into a slew of rap, trap, electro house, unique samples, custom edits and unidentifiable bombs which potentially sounded like new JackÜ tracks – Mr. Pentz unarguably and easily got my vote for best portion of the night. After watching his latest set I’d argue that at this point in his career he’s been able to conjure up so many big records, work regularly with massive names on a regular basis (Madonna’s), hold such a clear grip on the dance music scene in its entirety and ultimately originate and perpetuate a number of original fads (we random) and even his own clothing line (www.pizzaslime.com) that he is the quintessential cultural trendsetter of our generation. Everything the man touches turns to gold, and his set at the final stop of the Block Party tour was absolutely no exception – ending his time with the simple statement: “San Diego you’re ratchet as fuck.” Yes sir, we know. – Dylan Taylor – Electric Sloth Contributing Writer To end the night , San Diego was blessed with the presence of the infamous Canadian duo, Zeds Dead. After taking the stage, without a moments hesitation, DC and Hooks blasted filth through the speakers directly into the face of each and every fan. They must have felt the energy as they took the stage because as the set continued there was not a single break or slow beat emerging. Zeds Dead was in the midst of performing something unforgettable. From almost every song off of their new EP “Somewhere Loud” to “Lies” to “Bassmentality” to “Breathe” to “Kiss the Sky Remix” to “Five on It Remix”…(Yes I could go on, but you get the point…EPIC!) At this point I can imagine you are feeling like you missed out if you did not make it to a Mad Decent Block Party, and you did but thankfully, Zeds Dead has just dropped their official “iHome X Mad Decent Block Party Mix. Take a listen and reminisce, or close your eyes an pretend you were there. Either way, this mix is outstanding much like their set and all those from the show. Until next year Mad Decent!!! Special thanks to Biz3 Entertainment & LED for a great day. Check out the full photo album from Kevin Serrano’s Website.