Together As One: The Aftermath

Insomniac and Go Ventures did it again!

Together As One boasted a festival to remember, and it certainly was. The massive event went off without a hitch and each artist delivered a set that was unique, massive, and memorable. Whether you witnessed the giant banana that was passed around when Dada Life Unleashed The Fucking Dada, Laidback Luke‘s 2011 countdown or Rusko smashing the Bassrush Arena, this year’s TAO couldn’t have been more epic.

This year I wanted to get the full TAO experience, so I decided to skip the VIP treatment and throw myself into the sea of people to gain a true perspective of this massive event.

So, this is how my night panned out at Together As One 2011…

Surviving the line, I finally entered the Sports Arena and there was only one thing on my mind…DADA LIFE!
And wow, those Swedes did not disappoint.

Dada Life took the stage with a visual spectacular that was enough to make anyone’s eyes roll into the back of their head. Their song selection… flawless, their execution… perfect. Our GDD homies threw down one of the most intricate and well planned out sets I had ever heard from them (which we all know is saying a lot.) The crowd was enormous and for good reason, the Swedes crushed it and left you only wanting more. Dada Life barraged the crowd with recent smashes like Unleash The Fucking Dada but weren’t afraid to throw down some massive classics such as The Reward is Cheese. It was just what I needed to start the night off.
* Although, I really wish they had ended the night 😉

Standout Tracks:
Dada Life – Unleash The Fucking Dada
Deadmau5 – The Reward is Cheese

Around 10:25 it was time to split and I’m sure all you bassheads know exactly where I was headed… Nero!

Nero took to the stage and turned the Bassrush Aent into rubble. The bass was so intense/massive/driven/beautiful that I truly thought the speakers would blow… thankfully my foolish assumption was wrong. Nero gave the audience a set that was comprised of heavy hitting dubstep and intense drum and bass. During Nero’s colossal display I ran into GDD friend DANL and we found ourselves simultaneously headbanging, singing along and gritting our teeth all at the same time, sound impossible… then you didn’t see Nero at TAO.

Standout Tracks:
Nero – Me & You
Nero – Innocence
N.E.R.D. & Daft Punk – Hypnotize U (Nero Remix)

After Nero and a much needed water break, I went over to watch Laidback Luke give us our 2011 New Years Eve Countdown.

Luke pleasantly surprised me and threw down a dark and groovy set. His perfected style of DJing provided those signature intense build ups and dark beat grooves, in my eyes, a perfect way to start off 2011.

Standout Part:
• The Countdown… duh.

Sadly I could not stay long to watch Luke crush the crowd because I knew that I was missing my boy… Rusko. So I sprinted to the Bassrush Arena to bang my head.

Let me just preface this set review and say that for all you haters that claim Rusko has lost his roots and gone soft… YOU ARE WRONG!

I’m a firm believer in the notion that if you can’t get amped about your own music then how do you expect other people to… well Rusko and I apparently are of the same faith. Bottom line, Rusko flat out killed it, surprisingly my favorite performance of all night. The Brit came out like he was ready for battle, screaming on the mic and dropping bombs. With an unbelievably diverse set that included the newest/heaviest dubstep has to offer, some classic throwbacks like Jahova, and some 90’s French house? Oh yeah, some 90’s French House… which was suprisingly PERFECT.

Standout Tracks:
Rusko – Jahova
Rusko – Your On My Mind Baby
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

After Rusko I was dragging my mangled body to see Wolfgang Gartner to end the night with some dark electro.

No surprise here, Wolfgang’s twisted synths, dark basses and low end grooves were enough to put a twisted smile on my face. Mr. Gartner threw down all the tracks that you wanted to hear. Everything from Undertaker to Illmerica graced the crowds presence and Wolfgang only left you wishing that the event ended at 4 am instead of 2.

Standout Tracks:
Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker
• Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica

• Wolfgang Gartner – Conscindo (Original Club Mix)

Thus, what can I say that I haven’t already said about my experience at Together As One? Honestly, not much. The event was well put together and everyone killed it. Until next time my minions.




9 Responses to Together As One: The Aftermath

  1. Colin says:

    wow, so the first person you got to see was Dada Life.. you missed half the night..
    also "massive classics like the reward is cheese"… dude that song is only like 2 years old.

  2. Tre says:

    Well i actually got there much earlier, but the line took two hours, I also had to sell a pair of tickets which took another half hour.
    You could be different but in my eyes I think that electronic music ages very fast in terms of what is deemed "old" or "new." I consider The Reward is Cheese to be a classic especially considering its widespread popularity…even to this day. Taking in mind that it is three years old(which would probably be considered an "old song" to most electronic music nazis, but hey everyone is different).

  3. jeremy says:

    Ahh you guys most definitely missed out because Jack Beats was by far my favorite set of the night. Wolfgang as well, it was my third time seeing him since edc and he only keeps getting better. One song that stood out though was if you know it plzz its been stuck in my head since. Thats my vid so just comment there and enjoy the others. Keep up the good work! Cheers.

  4. Danl says:

    Tre, it was, indeed, quite the meeting of bass heads at Nero. Thanks for the shout out!
    Great write up!

  5. Danl says:

    I'd also like to add that "Reward is Cheese" was one of the first songs of a genre that has exploded over the last 2 years making it, in my eyes, a "classic."

  6. Andy S says:

    Damn that was almost my night exactly except i didnt catch any of luke i couldnt stand missing any of Rusko. and like u said he brought like he always has and always will. Ruskos production may have softened up but his dj sets are still right down to his roots.

  7. javier says:

    that was probably the worst experience ive ever had in a line though… theyve done better at other event i dont see why they had to make it a huge mosh pit… i saw someone run onto of the porta-pottys and leap feet first into the crowd of people and land on someones head… was messed up

  8. quinny68 says:

    agreed, TAO was amazing.. glad they expanded the venue, but the line def needed work. longest line at any event ive been to in my 6 years of partying. otherwise a great night.
    and i agree, a song def becomes a "classic" much quicker in the electronic music genre.

  9. Alex says:

    looking up and seeing a gigantic banana above my head at dada life took me to a whole new level..tao was ill, but even in vip there was an absurd line to get in

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