Written and photographed by Anais Perez
Mad Decent Block Party
July 26, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The gates opened up letting hundreds of people into the highly anticipated Mad Decent Block Party. Being able to snag a ticket to this sold out event guaranteed you a day of fun, dance, and music. The line dragged almost past the Museum of Natural History, which was a good sign that this show was to be packed to the brim.
It was roughly around 1 p.m. when the first DJ made his way up on stage: REMEDY, who for being one of the last minute additions onto the MDBP lineup did pretty well. He was confident and definitely didn’t bore the crowd. Next up was the collaborative project by Australian artists Flume and Emoh, What So Not, a duo I was pretty excited to see but was, however, a little disappointed to find that Emoh was the only one on the decks. It was understandable as Flume was scheduled to play soon after. His set was lacking, and didn’t exactly engage with the audience as well as others had done that day. Though I really enjoyed “High You Are” and “Love Theme” his set was probably the weakest of the day.
As What So Not’s set neared its end I heard other people around me shouting for Riff Raff and it became apparent that people were really excited for this hilariously funny white boy rapper. As soon as vine star Riff Raff hit the stage the crowd went wild.
At roughly 4:00 p.m., when Action Bronson had just left the stage, I quickly tried to find a spot near to the front to catch Flume. When you finally saw him walk up to the decks the crowd roared. It was amazing to see that I wasn’t the only one this excited to see him. His music is this seamlessly woven mixture between R&B, ambient pop, with some old school sounding hip hop beats thrown in for good measure. Being able to hear all of my favorites off his self titled album like “On Top” and “Insane” was something magical. My absolute favorite moment of the day was when he dropped his remix of Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and all you saw as you looked around were hands in the air and people shouting along to the lyrics.
Dillon Francis was on soon after and he was pretty fun to see, I was most excited about hearing his collaboration with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs “Without You” and that was pretty fun to dance to. He also dropped a few of his older moombahton tracks too like “Que Que” and “Masta Blasta” which is always fun to jam to.
Lastly, and probably the most anticipated act of the night, DJ Snake came on and he really knew how to get the crowd going. He dropped some of his own tracks which were probably some of this summer’s biggest bangers, “Get Low” and “Turn Down for What.” The crowd, of course, went crazy. The party, however, didn’t end with Snake. He went back to back with Diplo and that definitely didn’t disappoint. It was my second time seeing him and he naturally performed his usual antics including the usual bringing girls up on stage to twerk and getting the entirety of the audience to crouch down and jump up when the beat dropped.
Although the heat was intense (and the water way too expensive) the day was fun and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a great music party experience.