Review: Insomniac Presents Knife Party w/ Kill The Noise & Codes at The Wiltern

It’s always a treat to see an artist’s first performance in the city in which you reside and last night, Los Angeles welcomed Knife Party with open arms. From beginning to end, it was a bass-heavy and high energy affair, filled with essential tunes and excellent DJing. Read on after the jump for the full review!

After a short cab ride from the West side to The Wiltern, we arrived at around 10 pm to catch the end of the first opener who then led into the madness that is Codes. Although people were still filing in, Codes cut to the chase and really took the crowd to the next level, which established the good vibes for the remainder of the night. I knew he was a versatile producer, but it was great to see that his eclecticism transfers into a very entertaining DJ set.

Kill The Noise took the stage immediately after and the excitement was building during his suspenseful piano introduction, so much so that the crowd began chanting his name. He kick started his set with a massive drop and then he quickly mixed into his new remix of Nero‘s “Must Be The Feeling,” which sounded awesome through The Wiltern’s system. Another highlight of his set was when he mixed out of Deadmau5‘s “Strobe” and then into Firebeatz‘ mix of “Funky Shit.”  This was my second time seeing Kill The Noise and like the last time, he absolutely killed it. Insomniac couldn’t have billed better openers with their complimentary styles and sheer skill on the decks. It was one of those nights that was a sort of crescendo of good times, but things got much louder once Knife Party took control.

Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen played an incredible set that included hits, rarities, VIP’s, and even a brand new track. They played it all and in perfect form. There is a certain, distinct energy that is felt at dubstep-type shows and Knife Party did a great job in inciting that energy, as well as feeding off of it to create that currently highly sought-after sensory overload experience. A trend throughout the night was the mixing of several different tempos, and they continued to keep the crowd on it’s toes with great variety. There has been so much buzz around Knife Party that I had to see what they were all about in a live atmosphere, and it’s safe to say that they exceeded my expectations. If you like heavy dubstep/electro-house, they are a must-see act.

If you couldn’t tell already, I had a great Saturday night at just another quality Insomniac event.