On Friday, June 28th, Toads Place of New Haven CT opened its doors to a small, young audience. Most standing in the crowd with me were not old enough to wear the house wristbands used to buy beers, and several even seemed young enough to have their parents waiting outside in the car. Those of us who were old enough to know what an N64 is seemed to have never heard EDM music before. I found myself dancing alone and wondering if the admission price of $30 was worth it.
Vaski, an EDM DJ from Minnesota, played an eclectic mix of genres in a poor attempt to find the audiences' funny bone and shatter it. He played songs as grimey and intense as Roll Da Beats by Rusko, followed by upbeat, pop-esque songs like IDGAFS by Dillion Francis. It seemed that Vaski was unable to judge his audience, instead giving up and putting on his personal pandora account. The 'covers' he 'performed' were even uncut, without the slightest 'Vaski styling'. Anyone can make a playlist....anyone can press play on iTunes. Where is the Vaski I saw last year that opened for Excision at the Oakdale? Where is the Vaski that melted my face with his progressive, grimy dubstep? Where is the artist that I became quickly obsessed with? I guess I may have backed the wrong horse here. Or does the future hold more for this artist? Time will tell.