Paper Diamond-House of Blues [Event Recap and Photos]
Paper Diamond 10/13/2012
Paper Diamond recently played Chicago's House of Blues, well 'destroyed' is a better verb. It was an anticipated show for all, since Paper Diamond's set at Lollapalooza was canceled by a 2 hour rolling thunderstorm. His twitter was littered with retweets of his fans the week of the show. I knew what kind of show I was in for when I was standing in line outside the venue, I received a text from my friend describing Clicks and Whistles' opening set, "TRAP SO HARD I NEED A NEWPORT [cigarette]."
In an EDM age where many DJs are realzing 110 is the new 140 [BPM] and running the trap is becoming more common then dropping the bass, it's hard to find as many unique sounding sets. Eliot Lipp doesn't have that problem. He was quick to show to the crowd why he is signed onto the Pretty Lights Music Label by including the always soulful, always multi layered kind of sounds that are prominent on the label. The meaty part of his set consisted of a trap set that was not flooded with snares and hi hats, but rather synth led tracks with a hint of trap. Eliot Lipp is making his mark, slowly but surely.
Colorado native Alex B has been making waves ever since being picked up by the Pretty Lights Music Label. A very much anticipated show by all, the Paper Diamond twitter account was rampant with retweets and replies from Alex B himself on that Saturday. His new LED stage set up looks like a diamond ripped in half, with LED lights and bars covering all of it. The show itself was an adventure through all different genres and BPMs, and it felt almost natural. Dropping some Paper Diamond classic tracks along with some hard hitting dubstep hits kept the crowd moving all night.
It was clear to everyone that Paper Diamond really loves Chicago when he said, "The venue is trying to cut me off in 10 minutes, and that is just not gonna happen." Unfortunately it did. A clearly disgruntled Alex B announced he had two songs left and one bass drop into his new track "The 40 Thieves" absolutely destroyed a speaker, leaving a fuzzy crackle with every bass. Ending his set to a crowd who was not done dancing yet with "Can we go up" he then gave a mini speech thanking everyone and explaining the Paper Diamond Project and promised that, "We Will come back and do this f***king proper!" He left the stage, but left the House of Blues crowd wanting so much more.
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All photos taken and edited by Patrick MeehanGoogle