About the Artists
Born Justin Blau, 3LAU became fascinated with music at age five when he first taught himself to play the piano, and later guitar and drums. Gleaning creative insight from inspirations Sigur Ros and Radiohead, 3LAU aims to bring beauty, melody, and emotion back into dance music. This year marks a fresh chapter for the young 3LAU, as he transitions from mash-up guru to big room house producer. The 22-year-old 3LAU first took the electronic music scene by storm, igniting dance parties and crafting beats to the delight of fans worldwide. Joining the release circuit less than two years ago, 3LAU amassed widespread acclaim with two eclectic collections of bootlegs titled “Dance Floor Filth,” and the term continues to describe 3LAU’s unique sound. [from Beatport]
Receiving support from some of the biggest electronic producers around, including Tiësto, Avicii, A-Trak, Porter Robinson, Paul Oakenfold, and many more, CARNAGE is one of the fastest rising stars in EDM and has been covered by national mainstream media and tastemaker outlets alike, including Beatport News, Dancing Astronaut, HYPETRAK, and Elektro, who featured him in their Freshmen 2013 feature. His live stage presence is unmatched and has driven fans to his sets across all the major music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Osheaga, Spring Awakening, and more. [from Dim Mak]
Night Riot Experience – St. Louis Show
This was my first time seeing a show at Europe Night Club, and I loved it. We decided to throw in for bottle service up in VIP, which was perfect. While being in the pit can be awesome, it’s always nice to be able to escape from it and have some personal space while being able to enjoy the show. And why not live it up for my first time seeing seeing 3LAU & Carnage outside of a festival.
3LAU came on around 11:30, greeting St. Louis by stating that he will always consider it his hometown ever since he attended Washington University for a short period of time. His set started off with his well known “Welcome. You just stepped into 3LAU’s house”. This was my first time seeing 3LAU, and having listened to him for quite some time, I knew he was going to throw down a nasty DJ set. Which he did.
It felt like 3LAU played something from every EDM genre you could ask for, whether it was some grimy trap, heavy dubstep, or some big room house. I can’t recall which edit it was that he threw down of Animals, but I’m sure many of you will recognize it.
He also ventured into some other non electronic genres, playing 90’s hits like All The Small Things by Blink 182 (see video below), a mash up with Clocks by Coldplay, and several others that brought many of the fans back a few years.
I have to say, I expected 3LAU to have a solid set, but he ended up blowing me away with his show in St. Louis. I remember checking my phone for the time, and being pumped that only 30 minutes had passed, even though I felt like I had heard about 15 different songs already. When his set came to an end, it was bitter-sweet. I didn’t want it to be over, but as soon as he gave his farewells to the audience, Carnage immediately took his spot on stage.
My first time seeing Carnage was at Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago. I only caught the last 20 minutes of his set during the day, but I had the luxury of getting to see him at 12th Planet’s after show that weekend, where he played b2b with RL Grime without notice, which was pretty fucking cool considering it was a $20 ticket. Though this was a cool experience, I have to say his show last Friday blew it out of the water.
I have been to my fair share of shows and festivals, and I can confidently say the energy at this show was through the roof. Carnage, who is known for his loud, festival style trap tracks, threw the fuck down this night. After his opening, I don’t think anyone from my group went back to our bottle service booth because of the shit that he was dropping. I usually try to take as many videos as possible during shows so I can share them on YouTube, but I was very selective this night because I knew I wouldn’t be able to remain still very long to get a steady shot.
Towards the end of the set is when the energy in the crowd hit its peak. He dropped some remix of DVBBS & Borgeous’ TSUNAMI that I can’t seem to track down other than my video.
TSUNAMI definitely brought the crowd to the same level of energy. After he dropped this, he played his new track Mara, which I was waiting to hear all night.
When Carnage came back for this encore, people in the pit were going nuts and started a huge mosh pit. After the show, our group ended up running into Carnage and his manager at The Westin, where we were staying, and decided to say whats up. After talking about the show for a couple minutes, Carnage invited us to come and chill up in his room for a while, which was a pretty damn cool way to end the night.
Overall, I expected a great show from both 3LAU and Carnage walking in, and they did more than fulfill that expectation. If you ever have the chance to see either of these artists live, be sure to do it. You will not be disappointed.