Together day five was a testament to the diversity of genres under the electronic music umbrella. Attendees left with the stamina to bounce around Cambridge yesterday were rewarded with everything from kawaii beats to forward thinking drum and bass, all united by their collective aim to get people dancing.
To start things off, the folks at Danger!Awesome helped put on a free interactive event where people could learn from their favorite VJs here in Boston and beyond. While the DJ leads the way during a concert, a good set of visuals can make all the difference at a show; just ask Together 2016 performer Giraffage, who is known for his cute, pixelated animations that play behind him onstage.
When your feet are too tired to keep dancing, there’s something for you to sit and learn about at the Mmmmaven recharge lounge every evening. And last night was no exception; weary festival goers and gear aficionados alike listened as Denon DJ Project Manager Jason Stout gave them a walkthrough of the company’s new standalone player and controller, the MCX8000. Because no matter what style of electronic music your DJing, good gear is imperative.
Together’s second night partnering with Clicky Clicky Music Blog brought mellow soundscapes and deep, emotive techno to Inman Square. CYBERBULLY got the show going with his sonic hodgepodge of all sorts of glitchy, fabulous elements. Boston underground heavyweights Strange Mangers played a special, stripped down ambient rework of their usual guitar rock sets that they orchestrated just for Together. And Lychee’s DJ set got the crowd moving to well crafted, emotionally raw techno.
Make It New, a Middlesex Lounge mainstay, amped up its game for Together as resident DJs Baltimoroder, Coralcola, and John Barera warmed the crowd up for a live set by Henrik Schwarz. The German deep house DJ turned Middlesex into what felt like a Berlin club circa the 90’s.
The crowd got crazy (to say the least) a few blocks down from Middlesex, when Giraffage took control of the sound system at Middle East Downstairs. His set was filled with remixes of popular rap songs, bubblegum sweet melodies, and everything in between. His set was complimented by Brooklyn DJ Negative Gemini’s special brand of electronic pop music.
As if this wide range of electronic music styles wasn’t enough, Together brought Ivy Lab to The Phoenix Landing for their east coast debut. They say that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and this trio’s undeniably unique take on drum and bass was the perfect response to Giraffage. At Together, the expression might as well be, “every kawaii DJ has an equally good and opposite grimy DJ.”
The weekend is finally upon us and Together is about to kick things into an even higher gear. Jon Hopkins, Bosq, and more are all warming up as we speak to help you celebrate Friday night the right way.