By: Josh Krol
An anxious crowd rolled into the House of Blues Friday, February 8th, to witness Feed Me and his jaw dropping stage production simply known as TEETH. Jonathan Gooch, aka Feed Me, has been releasing music under Deadmau5’s record label, Mau5trap since 2008. His balanced blend of D&B coupled with dubstep and electro has caught the attention of EDM lovers everywhere, especially here in the Midwest where he sold out both nights of his Chicago run.
The TEETH tour featured special guest Mord Fustang, who came out to warm up the crowd with his unique blend of soaring bass grooves and gamer sounds. The Estonian producer describes his sound as “An adventurously nude fluctuant immaculate rainbow-coated thunderstorm with arpeggios, 1-up mushrooms and disco basslines, plus a wobble or two.”
Fustang walked on stage, waved timidly, and looked around at the crowd lining up against the House of Blues’ golden lined balconies, before he slapped on his sunglasses and begun to prep his DJ table. Swaying behind a Mac-book stocked with Abelton and a brightly lit MIDI controller, he waited for the crowd to roar before starting the show. After a brief round of applause he instantly blasted out a nice flow of deep bass wobbles before unleashing some uptempo tracks that had the crowd stirring. As his set continued, a dim set of colored lights began to circle on the curtain that was hiding the back end of the stage. Needless to say, the crowd started to get restless as Fustang wrapped up his set. After burying the beat deep down in a jungle grove, it remerged with exploding Mario samples cutting through a profound bass drop before an abrupt end that had Fustang literally stumbling off stage.
During intermission the crowd was all smiles as they began to pile in for the headlining act. Suddenly, the curtain began to rise showing off a monstrous set of sharp teeth and beady eyes stretching across the entire length of the stage. Ravers readied their light gloves as others jockeyed for position on the dance floor as Feed Me took his place atop the enlarged dentures.
Without saying a word the house lights began to dim again. Spread across the LED teeth was a deep space scene highlighted in red as the opening melody for his track “Blood Red” began to play. After playing through the lengthy intro, Gooch cut the sound, raised his arms, and dropped the bass so hard it felt like a punch in the gut, or the teeth.
From then on the TEETH were in full throttle displaying a plethora of bright colored lights and designs that pieced together well with Feed Me’s flashy dubtronic style.Going from melodic and groovy to straight up raunchy, Feed Me had the crowd ‘Rey Jing’ out of their skulls all night. After dropping a few more of his hits including “Strange Behavior” and “One Click Headshot” you could sense the set was nearing its end. After letting loose of the widely popular remix of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” the show closed with a random voice singing out “Let her down easy…” signaling the end of what ended up being a loud and well produced show.
Everyone’s face was glistening as sweat flowed from the dehydrated dancers as the lights flipped on. Each person left bustling about the performance as they escaped into the city’s cold winter air smiling from ear to ear. Check out Feed Me’s latest EP “Death By Robots” on soundcloud and be sure to rage with him next time he comes to town; his energetic live show and commanding stage presence leaves any rager wanting more.
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