Zedd at The Fillmore
Miami Beach, FL
Sep. 6, 2013
Floral headbands, sun bright tank tops and ring pops. It was like I never left. Almost four months removed from the Miami music scene, I was reintroduced almost instantly when Zedd came to the Fillmore Miami Beach over the weekend.
The electronic dance music (EDM) scene in South Florida has been on the rise with the popularity of the recent Ultra and Winter Music Festivals. And Zedd, the 23-year-old Russian-German disc jockey, was no exception, as he took his Moment Of Clarity World Tour in front of a sold-out Miami crowd.Floral headbands, sun bright tank tops and ring pops. It was like I never left. Almost four months removed from the Miami music scene, I was reintroduced almost instantly when Zedd came to the Fillmore Miami Beach over the weekend.
The pit close to the main stage featured a throng of dance-happy teenagers (and a few watchful parents) and paper cups, as the concert staff kept the general admission paying fans hydrated with cups of water, no charge, throughout the show. Of course, this upset some, as a flurry of prying hands outweighed the cooler-level supply of water.The show started with an array of bright stop-and-go lights, as Zedd’s head seemed like a jack-in-the-box jostled between two main graphic boards. He rolled heads with a few familiar dance tracks, like Tiesto’s “Take Me” and Avicci’s country-inspired “Wake Me Up,” keeping the crowd pulsating between a mix of slow and up-tempo beats.
But unlike the water, the beats kept coming. As I photographed, earplugs in both ears from the deafening sounds, a few fans asked me to take Instragram photos of them in the front row. I gladly obliged, careful to not get any glitter on my hands.
A little past the midnight hour, Zedd put his hit maker “Clarity” on rotation. And there were more than a few remixes beyond the original track. Most of his set was relatively new material, no “Heaven” here.
And much like his performance, he wrapped up into the wee hours of the morning just like how he started, with little conversation and almost all music, as the crowd exited the Fillmore, their ears still ringing.
Review and photos by Anthony Cave