Old dog, new tricks at CRSSD

The first day of CRSSD Festival's second run will likely be remembered for the larger-than-life performances from producer/singer Steven Zhu and Oklahoma psych-rock jesters The Flaming Lips. And it should. ZHU's set was fire and his all-encompassing visuals were both gorgeous and sensual. The Lips' set was filled with the band's standard-issue antics, complete with costumed characters, epic visuals, and bandleader Wayne Coyne crowd surfing in a gigantic hamster ball. But the festival's true first-day highlight was Giorgio Moroder. Likely the oldest person at CRSSD (in any capacity), the 75-year-old multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer/producer/performer not only had everyone dancing, he delivered a set that showcased his unfathomable half-century in music. Looking dapper in a black button-down, Moroder took the stage to a nice-sized crowd, despite playing against festival faves Jamie xx and ZHU. With just a cursory listen, it seemed that Moroder's selections of danceable jams like Irene Cara's "What A Feelin'" and Donna Summer's "On The Radio" were merely a nod to the old school hits. But for anyone who knew Moroder's history, it was an incredibly diverse group of songs that the Italian electronic music pioneer produced himself. For those in-the-know, the nine o'clock set transcended its own good vibes and was a testament to the history of EDM as a whole. Although most were just enjoying the overall vibe, it was amazing to hear him mix "Diamonds," a cut from the 2014 LP "Deja vu" (his first in 30 years), with "The Neverending Story," Moroder's 1984 hit with Kajagoogoo singer Limahl from the film of the same name. While the set primarily stuck to a sampling of Moroder's vast contributions to music across multiple genres, he also wasn't afraid to throw in a few wild cards as well. "I Want You To Know" by Zedd and Selena Gomez, and David Guetta's "Play Hard" with Akon and Ne-Yo also made appearances. There was some weirdness during the performance with a multitude of people continually jumping on stage, each taking turns dancing and playing the part of hype man/woman. Emphatically pumping fists in the air and dancing to the beat, it was impossible to know whether these people were part of Moroder's camp or just overzealous fans realizing they could get away with it. But it didn't matter. The veteran DJ took it all in stride and applauded their enthusiasm, clapping along to the beat, seemingly unaffected by it all. The most telling moment of the night came when Moroder transitioned from Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" (the number-one, multi-platinum hit he produced in 1979) into "74 is the new 24" from last year's "Déjà vu." At that moment, Moroder brought both his set, and EDM, full circle. The young may be the most steadfast champions of electronic dance music, but on Saturday, the night belonged to Giorgio Moroder. " ngg_triggers_display="never" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]Source: DiscoverSD
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