Despite the frigid weather on the last night of 2012, ragers from all over Colorado endured the cold to attend the party of the year: Decadence. Held at the Colorado Convention Center in the heart of downtown Denver, over ten talented artists including Zeds Dead, Mimosa, Krewella, ATB, Flosstradamus, Ecotek, and Paul Basic. helped fans ring in the new year properly. Despite the overly spacious and cement surroundings, they embellished the venue to look less rave-like, with a majestic chandelier made of florescent lights and giant cloud-like structures filled with balloons. Decadence had a unique dual stage set up, the Global Dub Arena hosted by Sub.mission and the Global Dance Arena hosted by Triad Dragons. It was great because you had options if there was an artist you didn’t care for so much, but it killed everyone when two phenomenal artists played on the two stages simultaneously. Going through everyone’s mind was “Mimosa or Krewella?”, “Zeds Dead or ATB?”. People scrambled back and forth between stages all night, desperately trying not to miss their favorite artists, but wincing from leaving the banging set they were already at.
Wolfgang Gartner got a bit jipped with an 8:15-9:45 time slot, but despite the inevitable lack of crowd during an early set, he drew a large base of people by 9 o’clock and had everyone sweating and moving their feet like their life depended on it. Playing favorites such as “Illmerica” and “Space Junk”, but also surprising the crowd with a Pink Floyd remix of “We Don’t Need No Education”, and Icona Pop’s “I Love It”, his electro house style warmed up the atmosphere perfectly. Next, Paul Basic, one of the many talented artists on Pretty Lights Music record label, enticed the crowd with his dynamic set, switching it up from mellow tracks such as “HBR” and “Doozy” to everyone’s favorite “Daydream”. Flosstradamus switched it up from Paul Basic’s soulful electronic tunes with some heavy trap music, remixing many popular hip-hop hits, including Juicy J’s “Bands A Make Her Dance” but even pulling off some trap-style Lana Del Rey with a remix of her “Video Games”.
Unfortunately, Mimosa and Krewella’s set times intertwined, so I was forced to watch the first half of Krewella and then sprint over to Mimosa ten minutes to midnight. Krewella, made up of producer Rainmain and two vocalists who happen to be sisters, Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf, rocked the Global Dub Arena up until midnight. Playing their hits “Feel Me”, “Come and Get It”, and of course “Killin’ It”, the crowd was wild and Krwella lived up to their song, and did in fact, kill it. Rainman’s producing skills, the Yousaf sister’s beautiful voices, and the entrancing silk acrobatic performers had me so stunned I nearly missed the last half of Mimosa’s set. Running over to the Global Dub Arena, however, I didn’t regret leaving when I saw the raging crowd and trap party going on over there. Mimosa threw down a very hip-hop themed set, premiering his brand new remix of 2 Chainz “I’m Different” but keeping it real with some of his older originals such as “58 Degrees”. At midnight, everyone was in awe as the bass thundered and confetti and giant balloons rained down on all the rageheads. Mimosa sounded sincere (and a bit slurry) when he mentioned repeatedly that he wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for all of us. Heartwarming and hilarious, I did not regret for a second Mimosa bringing in my new year.
As soon as Zeds Dead came on stage, a whole new vibe took over and everyone had their hands forming “Z”s in the air, unable to imagine what the two artists, DC and Hooks, had in store for the first set of 2013. They immediately started out with “Hit Me” along with most of the other tracks off of their hot Adrenaline EP, then proceeded to keep the crowd hyped with classics in between such as “Out for Blood”, “White Satin”, and “Paradise Circus”. In the middle they played bangers such as “Coffee Break” and “Undah Yuh Skirt” which got the crowd as hyped as humanly possible. Toward the end they played favorites such as “Eyes on Fire” and “Rude Boy”. They put on such a fantastic show, that I couldn’t get myself to leave for ATB which was extremely upsetting, but that tells you how out of this world Zed’s Dead’s set was. While they didn’t get their personalized visuals and graphics like their last two day run at the Ogden Theater in Denver, they had just as great of set and their show was full of pure energy and heavy bass, not to mention some incredibly talented go-go and pole dancers. Although not as interactive with the crowd as usual, they played their hearts out and didn’t stop for a second, getting every ounce of bass into the crowd’s ears as possible. Ending with their newer hit “The Fight of My Life” and returning with their encore “Lies”, everyone was begging for more, but still completely satisfied when the lights returned and people knew the show was over.
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish 2012 and start 2013, with musicians and ragers mutually giving off all the energy they had. Although difficult to see every single performance, the artists I did have the privilege to enjoy were well worth seeing and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be catching each and every show any of these artists throw next time they return to Denver.