A couple weeks back I told you how excited I was for DANGER at the Mezzanine. Little did I know the musical excellence to be had would be coming from Niteppl (pronounced ‘night people’) as well. DANGER is a long favorite of mine. He falls into the ever expanding category of Frenchmen who double as amazing musicians. In other genres as well, but most certainly in electronic music, the Frenchies are always spectacular.
Those who know me are aware that while I do enjoy the vast majority of the shows I attend, I rarely give a raving review (I apologize for the horrid pun). The vast majority of shows I attend are great, but not stellar. In addition, a lot of music I hear these days is good, but rarely does it get me excited. Niteppl not only had me groovin, but they got me excited as hell for the release of their upcoming album. Stay tuned for more on that.
When I first walked into the Mezzanine just past 10:30, a side DJ stand was keeping the crowd active as the main excitement was yet to come. Niteppl began their set on a launchpad, and later I discovered they were utilizing Traktor for their mixing. The duo performed together, but after a few minutes Alton pulled out his guitar to jam over Gage’s beats. When I heard the Pink Floyd inspired guitar work over the French-style electro, I flipped. The Pink Floyd and French Electro sounds were also represented in the visuals. A projection of what I believe is film from Pink Floyd’s The Wall was cut with Our House Records imagery along with other typical electronic music visualization. Their live performance killed, and I can only imagine their recorded album. You could tell it wasn’t just me freaking out, there was an air of excitement at the Mezzanine.
After Niteppl’s set I wondered if DANGER could keep up. The man certainly did his thing. I was told at some point during the event that Franck also controls his own visuals. A mixer along with other typical DANGER imagery filled our eyes and this man’s killer electro filled our ears. My only issue with his set was the over use of highs in some transitons. The technique caused some unpleasant screeching effects. Otherwise, the night was flawless. Niteppl and DANGER made a perfect match.