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
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.