Published: November 19, 2012
By: Nisa Chavez Taylor
So Halloween came and went again, but Dia De Los Muertos approached this year, not only with Hispanic cultural traditions of Pan Dulce and paying respects to those who have passed away, but also with a tribute on Saturday night to some eerily awesome music. Hard Haunted Mansion's Day of the Dead Festival graced Los Angeles’ LA Historic Park with eclectic sounds, from big house tunes to filthy trap bass lines. People were dancing at every stage, whether Clockwork was killing it at the Hard Stage, or J.Phlip was making the crowd groove to her techy beats. Baauer did not disappoint, especially if you didn’t just love electronic music, but could get down to some booty poppin’ hip-hop and rap. Jack Beats played some of their loved songs like “Get Down” and remix of “Drop the Pressure”. Moombahton was Bro Safari’s forte at Hard Haunted, hips were shaking and feet were shuffling.
In between the stages there were awesome costumes, many skull and skeleton painted faces, appropriate for the theme of the festival, and lots of scary and funny get-ups. There was a Hawaiian shirt and shorts huge crew of dudes; a light switch guy (guess where the light switch was); sexy girls in gypsy, cowgirl, and GI Jane costumes; and a couple of Psys were spotted, most likely dancing "Gangnam Style" when they rocked out to the badass lineup. At the Earstorm Stage, Kill the Noise essentially did kill it, playing a variety of music like dubstep, house, trap, and a fresh to death Fresh Prince of Bel Air remix that the crowd was singing along to having a grand ol’ time. He kept the diverse music coming, threw in some new music, and put on a good show, even when he had to tell people in the crowd to stop climbing the metal structures so the music wouldn’t get cut off (that’s how nuts the dance party it was!) Knife Party played its rough and raunchy songs, people probably wanted to surpass fist pumping and start moshing, the music was beastly good.
Gesaffelstein threw down a steamy set, playing some creepy and sexy buildups before dropping those tech house baselines like “Control Movement” that made the crowd “Oooh! and Aaah!” before they started shaking head, shoulders, knees, and toes. And finally but definitely not least, Justice, Tommy Trash, and Diplo ended the night, making it difficult to leave each fantastic set to catch a taste of the others. Justice played their classic songs with bumping guitar notes, Tommy Trash was shaking his long hair as he played catchy house songs including his own “Future Folk”, and Diplo owned the decks with party music like “Epic” and his own “Express Yourself”. Needless to say, this festival was a lively party with friends, memorable different kinds of music, and a cardio workout from dancing all night long.
HouseDowntempoDubstepHip HopElectroDrum and Bass