The warm Arizona sun radiated down upon Phoenix Lights attendees before giving way to warm and pleasantly breezy nights. The Saturday lineup was a slamming success with performances by Will Clarke, Beats Antique, Minnesota, and Justin Martin. The after party featured Green Velvet along with Brownies and Lemonade who bumped house music at the Rawhide.
Will Clarke spoiled The Colony Stage with an hour and a half set. His sound was bubbly, uplifting, and certainly lived up to his motto of “Doing it for the Cuddles”. By incorporating house with bluegrass, Will Clarke creates music that is upbeat yet at the same time calming and relaxing. His set was electrifying, delivering a warm sea of positive vibes that were felt all around the stage. On top of putting out flame beats, Will Clarke rocks one of the sexiest beards known to man. Between rocking the beard and a conductor hat, all I’ve got to say is Meow!
Speaking of Kitties, Justin Martin followed up Will Clarke’s set with visuals bursting with kitties. While it’s tough to tell if this was inspired by one the infamous “Show Me Your Kitties” totem, it is certain that he pleased the totems keeper. In contrast to Will Clarke’s set, Martin Garrix kicked up the tempo and got the audience moving in a frenzy.
Beats Antique performed a DJ set at the Invasion Stage which was specially curated for Phoenix Lights. In true Beats Antique fashion, they sampled the audio and video from the original Phoenix Lights sighting. The set started out with a downtempo beat while telling the story of the first Phoenix lights sighting. The set progressed to incorporate the afro-beat, tribal fusion, and world music sounds that set apart Beats Antique. This was a unique, one of a kind set that will be remembered as one of the funkiest and mysterious sets Beats Antique has ever given.
Sunday kept the energy going with Zomboy, Auris and Bear Grillz each playing a considerable amount of dubstep. Zomboy lifted off at the Mothership stage Sunday night with head-banging rhythms that made everyone’s legs wobble. He brought new life to his classic dubstep tracks by remixing old songs with current tracks. If you missed his set at Phoenix Lights, fear not for he will be at Global Dub Festival on May 12th.
Auris was a duo that we were personally unfamiliar with before Phoenix Lights. We were reassured by a good friend that we couldn’t miss their set and boy are we glad we were there. Despite not being familiar with Arius, we were able to appreciate their remixes of artists such as Flux Pavilion and Adventure club. Auris infused “Gold” with a dub style bringing a new twist to this classic track. With the wild success of Phoenix Lights this year I’m looking forward to seeing what Relentless beats has in store for us at Gold Rush!
By John Miller and Brandon Lopez