Where there’s a Heineken Green Room happening, people will come. At past instalments, the cutting edge, creative music series had the likes of 2manydjs and Filthy Dukes grace the stage, and for its latest series in July, saw dance punk band The Rapture taking centre stage. Backing these NYC headliners were DJ-producer DIM of Boysnoize Records, a special collaborative performance by AraByrd and Tenderfist, LapSap’s new project Litterall and emerging electro DJ Jee Hoe. Put together a fun line-up and throw in sexed up party photog The Cobrasnake to capture the moments with his trusty lens, and you get a fantastic sound and style clash fuelled by buckets of Heineken.
2 thumbs up to Jee Hoe, who was 1st up on the roster. He really got the crowd going with his addictive indie electro-then again, on a night like this, everyone was pretty much all out to party from the get-go. Afterwards, beat magnifier AraByrd and electronic pop trio Tenderfist took to the stage for their 3rd collaborative effort (the most recent one being at JUICE‘s 8th anniversary party last month). Accompanied by visuals with a DIY aesthetic, the chemistry between the 2 artistic forces was magical as always. But we couldn’t stick around to enjoy the entire performance as we had to scurry off backstage to have a quick chat with electro-techno pioneer DIM, who came all the way from Berlin, and finished just in time to catch The Rapture.
The Rapture had just finished recording new stuff for their upcoming album-having already released 2 albums, Echoes and Pieces Of The People We Love-and we were excited to be one of the 1st to preview these songs as well as curious about how they were going to sound live. We must admit, onstage they sounded exactly like they do on their recordings. The whole room went berserk as the band played all-time favourites like ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’, ‘Get Myself Into It’ and ‘Whoo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh’. We even spotted one avid fan in the crowd holding up a Tenori-on (Yamaha’s LED-based electronic musical instrument) with the words “Rapture” on it. But our favourite moment was when The Rapture slowed things down to sing ‘Open Up Your Heart’, accompanied by coloured lights in the background.
After The Rapture’s amazing concert-like performance, it was time for Litterall’s debut; LapSap’s new audio-video endeavour had Sebastian Jurkowski manipulating the lights and Efozy hypnotising the crowd with wacky visuals to accompany Blink and XU’s banging music. DIM, who was the last to perform, expressed his doubts about his slot when we had a chat with him earlier on, “I don’t know how it’s going to be; I really hope that people will stay after The Rapture!” His concerns proved to be unfounded as the crowd was still seen sticking around when he came on. DIM’s dark EDM was the perfect closer to another great night from the Heineken Green Room series and the party will no doubt leave other event organisers green with envy for a long time.
Heineken Green Room pres. The Rapture was held at KL Live on 31 July 2010. More pics, head over to our Gallery.