Last week Logjam Presents brought Missoula’s small, tight-knit electronic music community the gift of an all-night dance party – the Gramatik Re:Coil tour.
Kicking off the show was a set from opener Balkan Bump, warming up the Wilma with a DJ set full of original and classic songs that he accompanied on trumpet. Playing live horn over crowd favorites setting the stage with a fun deviation from the standard EDM formula. By the end of his set, the front of the house was almost shoulder to shoulder — just in time for Haywyre.
Right off the bat Haywyre, paired with flashy house visuals, had the whole audience dancing, seamlessly weaving beats and rippin’ solos into a kickass tapestry of stylistic variation. Standing center stage, using only a keyboard — propped on a tilt so the audience could watch– his presence commanded attention was one of sonic intrigue. As if to prove his expansive musical range, he surprised the wild crowd with a simple proclamation: “Let’s slow it down for this next one.”
“Let’s slow it down for this next one.”
Now I don’t know about you, but we’ve never heard an EDM artist pull the “couple’s skate only” card in the middle of the show. Lulling the audience into a state of false security with his classical piano stylings he pulled a bass face out of even the staff and security when he threw a house-beat curveball into the groove.
Closing his set with a performance of his viral Smooth Criminal cover, the room settled into the familiarity of the community. Everyone felt right at home with each other.
The calm didn’t last long, as Gramatik took to the stage with a lightshow seemingly designed by NASA. The duo had a diverse lineup of live instrumentation — from guitar shreds to keyboard sweeps, they even brought back Balkan Bump to scream some horn lines from the rafters.
The show spanned Gramatik’s discography from his early days in hip hop to unheard dubstep tracks and his more recognizable neo-soul sound. By showcasing two very talented young artists on this tour Gramatik is proving that electronic music has a prosperous future in front of it, so long as he has anything to say about it.
The Wilma was packed, and the high energy dancing was nonstop for the entirety of their two hour set. Gramatik set a high bar — and we’re looking forward to what Logjam brings next.