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Zeds Dead kept Mad Decent Party up all night

Submitted by on August 20, 2014 – 7:16 amNo Comment

ZEDS DEADAs festival season begins to wind down each year it’s no surprise that the Mad decent block party is not to be missed.

It’s one of Toronto’s last outdoor festivals of the season and it’s always got a promising lineup. With Toronto’s own Zeds Dead headlining this year – a sold out show – anticipations ran high.

At four o’clock on Friday, August 17, the garrison compound at Fort York filled up, single file, full of eager fans awaiting release into the open field to dance to their hearts content._MG_5960Costumes of all sorts and people of all ages gathered in one space to share their love of music and twerk their cheeks off.

As I entered the gate I noticed that the lines were much much longer than last year, but the staff seemed to be a lot more organized. I got my wrist band, and headed in.

After your basic pat down, the field opened up nicely. The bathrooms were located to the left of the party, which only proved to be an issue at the end of the night when people were to intoxicated to make it from the stage back to the toilet. To the right there was a great assortment of food vendor trucks such as bacon nation and sliced, as well as the merch tents for the tent itself and all the artists._MG_5917There was a lot of great giveaways at this event, big novelty blow up sunglasses for photo tagging and Nestea was handing refreshments. As Peter Parker was once told, with great power comes great responsibility, so I made sure that I got a wrist band and got in to beer gardens early.

As always, there is a convoluted way of getting your eight dollar beer, although I must admit, after standing in 3 lines in the hot sun, I just wanted that cold beer more. During daytime at festivals is my favorite. What’s better than sitting in grass or dancing with ample space while enjoying the heat of a beautiful summer day, the CN tower in the background, and supporting local artists? As I enjoyed my time in the sun being refreshed and relaxed I couldnt help but vibe out to the amazing hip-hop beats of Chicago’s Vic Mensa._MG_5973Vic’s name is getting bigger everyday, especially here in the city of Toronto where the boom boom that of hip-hop, trap or reggaeton is built into the concrete of the musical jungle. Toward the end of his set, he performed his hit single “Down On My Luck” from new EP Street Lights, the hard fans went wild, and it brought a whole new fan base to their feet.

Leaving everyone amped up for Montreal artist and co-founder of the Eh! Team and Tremendous Records, GrandTheft.

Establishing a custom club sound by playing largely his own originals, remixes and video edits, GT has slayed clubs worldwide and is respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer._MG_6295He has been booked to support huge acts, as well as supplied the soundtrack to a long list of high-profile parties for celebs. Grandtheft released three studio records so far Let Me Out, Gangsta Muzik/Splash, and Give Me The Night w/ Keys N Krates.

Showcasing hits from all three got the party really bumpin’, not to mention the array of produced/remixed artists that you love – including official remixes for Steve Aoki, Drake, Munk and Juan MacLean.

These remixes and his well-known white label dubs are heard in clubs around the world on a nightly basis and have attained the #1 spot on both the Turntable Lab bestsellers chart.KEYSNKRATESKeys’N Krates took the stage next. In case you’re unfamiliar, Keys N Krates is a local electronic band from Toronto. The band consists of Adam Tune (drummer), David Matisse (synthesizers), and Jr. Flo (ones and twos.) In 2013, they dropped their critically acclaimed EP titled SOLOW, which was released on Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak Records.

The track “Treat Me Right” off the EP was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 program and received massive support from the likes of Diplo, Major Lazer, Flosstradamus and TNGHT. Keys N Krates have also worked with artist Grandtheft with the release of the single “Keep it 100” on June 10, 2014 via Mad Decent Records.KEYSNKRATES1One of the biggest factors that separate Keys N Krates from their competitors is that they perform completely live. Using only drums, keys, turntable and live sampling, their musical blends will morph right before your ears. It seems that playing live is something they really value as a key part of their identity.

Keys N Krates are very particular in dividing the music between them so that it encompasses their unique sound. They’re more than worth checking out, and I promise you’ll want to dance.

With the energy overflowing and everyone bouncing and dancing to the beat, Chicago duo, Flosstradamus took the stage and boosted their set with hit single “Drop Top” and had the crowd going wild straight off the bat.FLOSTRADUMUSHYDZ girls were all over, dressed in little boys’ underwear sporting the trendy name, as well as tie dyed t-shirts with triangles and exclamation point inside. The crowd hollered as fans made triangles with their hands paying respect to the duo who just came to help us party.

Mid-way through the set, they had some fan girls come up on stage and twerk to their known trap collaborations – they happily obliged.

Diplo was up next, an American DJ, music producer, rapper, and songwriter based in L.A.DIPLO2He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. He is also the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project, Major Lazer.

His 2013 EP Revolution debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200. He as been bringing it for years and the block party was no exception. He took full control. He had twerkers he had a wall of death, he had a full field of people climbing over aeachother in an effort to be close to his sound, and when he dropped hit single “Revolution” the crowd went wild._MG_5916Totally pumped from Diplo’s amazing set, I was gearing to go with Zeds Dead. There’s something about seeing a band consecutively that makes you wonder what you’re going to see. What will be different? Well this year, Zeds Dead played very little Dubstep. The duo has always explored a diverse variety of genres that amalgamate aspects of electro-house, hip-hop, glitch, and drum and bass into their largely dubstep platform.

They have evolved to a new tide of collaborations yet again, incorporating a trap entity that has become so well known lately. They killed songs of their 2 newer EP’s that were recorded with rapper Omar Linx, as a trio._MG_6332They also blasted old time classics for bass head die-hards like me. The night was meant to end at 11 p.m.,but there were no brake lights in sight at that point so we just kept dancing into the wee hours of the night. T’was a great success, and the party was flooded with enthusiastic music lovers.

My only request for next year? Turn it all the way up! I don’t want to hear myself think until the next day._MG_6043Story by Madysun Ball, Photos by Ftfphotography

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