Many are familiar with the iconic electronic music trio The Glitch Mob, but what about the individual members and their solo careers? Denver was lucky to have Ed Ma, aka edIT, grace the decks at The Black Box on April 1 for a night of sonic expansion. There was certainly no end to the hype, as the man himself posted a video the day before practicing for the show on his launch pad, as he plays many songs live by triggering samples.
Sub.mission resident DJ Ind33p and Denver local Cacheflowe opened the night with some deep dub, mild drum and bass, breakbeat, and glitch. Cacheflowe actually opened for edIT a decade ago when the two played at the first Sub.mission show; it was awesome to see the scene come full circle. Up next was Sort of Vague, who has gained notoriety in the area by opening for Tipper and Friends at the Fillmore Auditorium 3 night run in 2016. His music and style certainly reflects his growing skills and following. The set was a wonderful progression from chill downtempo and ambient with a gradual crescendo to some faster glitch hop and breakbeat music, even throwing some Tipper in as well. You can catch him opening for Tipper and Friends “The Nocturnal Edition” at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Florida (May 19-20).
I honestly was not sure what to expect from edIT; I had listened to his Low End Theory set from LA that he posted on SoundCloud a couple weeks before and was excited about what he might have in store for Denver. He opened with some downtempo glitch hop, borderline ambient, but this was merely a warm up for the crowd. He soon let loose with a banger from G Jones which always gets the subs flexing and crowd cheering. That was about all I recognized from the night as he continued to throw down a mix of glitch, breakbeat, and some intense drum and bass. Thrown in was some expert launchpad live mixing (like the song he showed in his practice video, Noisia- Tentacles (Ivy Lab Remix), and what I can only assume were some improv beats as well. The set culminated in a frenzy of intense sounds, rhythms, and headbanging. However, amid a cheering audience, a humbled edIT debuted a new song from The Glitch Mob of their upcoming album (much to my surprise and excitement). It was delightfully grungy, and had the signature glitch mob sound. It was apparent that the crowd expected more than a one hour set, as people were screaming his name the entire time and he left us all wanting so much more. He jumped on the mic for what seemed like the first time of the entire night, and proceeded to thank the audience, The Black Box, and Sub.mission. He reminisced on his first performance in the great city of Denver, and was overjoyed to see how far the scene, and Sub.mission, has come.
For those in depression after the event, edIT posted a slightly abridged version of his set on Soundcloud.
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Photos by Juliana Moskow Photography