Article By: Gracie Roberts ; Photos By: Mason Trinca
On Monday, the final day of Sasquatch had arrived. However, there was much more fun to be had before concertgoers said goodbye to one of their favorite festivals of the year. As per usual, Sasquatch had fixed up a loaded roster for its attendees, including names such as Feist, fun., The Joy Formidable, and Tenacious D present in the afternoon schedule. Needless to say, fans were given many options to satisfy their listening needs.
was the first electronic name on Monday’s bill. At 5:40 p.m. in the Banana Shack, this Canadian producer and DJ began dropping beats that drew in a hefty crowd to the undersized dance tent. Felix Cartal released his first EP, Skeleton, in 2009 on Dim Mak Records. Since then, he has released two full-length albums, Popular Music and Different Faces. Due to its critical acclaim, the latter album debuted on the iTunes Top 10 Electronic charts in North America.
Cartal’s performance had a club feel to it, and this aesthetic evidently appealed to many members of the Banana Shack’s audience. With a packed set featuring Cartal’s own remixes of Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound” and Avicii’s “Le7els,” this producer knew how to put on the true dance party that the crowd had been craving.
After Cartal’s set ran a bit overtime, the crowd was taken by surprise when LA Riots
appeared onstage just minutes after the preceding performance. LA Riots, comprised of Daniel LeDisko and Jon Pegnato, came together to form the duo on the 15th anniversary of the historic Los Angeles Riots. Known for their rebellious sound that incorporates indie rock and electro music, LA Riots have been winning over fans across the globe since their inception in 2007.
Daniel of LA Riots was the sole performer at Sasquatch’s show. His set was full of megahits, including tracks such as “Titanium” by David Guetta
featuring SIA, “Space Junk” by Wolfgang Gartner
, “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun
, “We Found Love” by Rihanna, and a remix of Kaskade
’s “Turn It Down.” While the sun began to set in the Gorge, the audience went wild for this producer that clearly made his mark on the Sasquatch experience.
The much-anticipated SBTRKT
was next on Monday’s roster in the Banana Shack. SBTRKT is the stage name and project headed by Aaron Jerome, a musician and producer from London. His music is a brew of two-step, UK funk, dubstep, and house sounds. Jerome often collaborates with Sampha, who provides vocals for many of SBTRKT’s better-known tracks. With just one studio album released, Aaron Jerome has swiftly reached a point of stardom in his short time active as SBTRKT.
Jerome appeared onstage with his customary mask, a garment used to support the concept of anonymity in his performances. The crowd beamed in admiration as this talented artist who showcased tracks from his self-titled album including “Hold On,” “Wildfire,” “Ready Set Loop,” and “Something Goes Right.” Carrying on, Jerome showed off his DJ skills by creating funky, tribal beats for the crowd to enjoy. Although his solo performance featured fewer album tracks than his live sets featuring Sampha, Jerome’s mixing skills made for a captivating, danceable hour of top-quality beats.
As the last electronic artists to perform at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival, Nero
had anticipation running high. This British electronic music act also originates from London, comprised by Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray, and vocalist Alana Watson. Nero is best known for producing dubstep, drum and bass, and house music. The group released their debut album, Welcome Reality, on August 12, 2011. Although their time active as producers has been short, their studio album and single releases have attracted a tremendous amount of popularity with both the media and EDM fans.
Daniel Stephens was the half of Nero that performed live at Sasquatch. Stephens didn’t hesitate to lay out all the favorites from Welcome Reality, as he charmed the crowd with “Crush on You,” “Must Be The Feeling,” and the festival favorite, “Promises.” Broadening his performance range, Stephens then went on to include his own remixes of Flux Pavilion’s “Bass Canon,” Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E,” and “C.T.F.O” by SebastiAn featuring M.I.A. Undoubtedly, Nero delivered just the set that the crowd was yearning for, as their dancing nearly reached a point of violence due to excitement. Nero’s set ended at 11 p.m., leaving the enraptured crowd aching for more of their sound.
On the main stage, Beck wrapped up the festival as the last artist of the 2012 Sasquatch lineup. Although the festival itself was over, the lively attitude and sense of community that was formed during the long weekend lives on inside the hearts and minds of each Sasquatch attendee.
Only more opportunities lie in next year’s Sasquatch, where the masses will return for more fun, absurdity, and memories that will never be forgotten.