Paper Diamond brings Night Vision to Chicago
by Aaron Gi
Saturday night at the House of Blues Chicago was a memorable one. A sold out crowd was in attendance for the Paper Diamond Night Vision tour where people came out to rage on. The show was a late one with doors opening at midnight and Paper Diamond playing until around 3:30 when they shut him down. The scene was a good one with many Pretty Lights Music supporters and a wide range of ragers young and old.
The night started at with an hour long set from Charlotte duo Clicks & Whistles, consisting of some up-tempo melodic beats, drum and bass, trap music and new tracks from their latest EP Serious Bidness, which was released on Saturday through Embassy Recordings.
Eliot Lipp followed with another hour long set consisting of original music off his album “Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake” (released for free through Pretty Lights Music), and his newest mix tape “Land of the Funk.” Lipp has a distinctive style of production, using beats with hip-hop styles and samples and giving them a funky down tempo twist.
His set ranged from heavy dubstep drops, to up beat melodic synths, to trap style 808’s and snare. Lipp had the crowd under his control and by the end of his set the floor was shaking with excitement. His music is in a category of its own and being the newest artist under Pretty Lights music label he had high expectations to live up to and came through with flying colors.
Paper Diamond came on right around 2 AM to a sold out crowd of cheers and beers. It was his first appearance in Chicago since his Lollapalooza after party at the Bottom Lounge, and his third straight sold out show in the windy city. He brought out an awesome brand new light rig for his Night Vision tour, it consisted of three big cube like structures covered in LED lights and colored bulbs.
He came out dropping a bass heavy remix of Chief Keef’s “3 Hunna” and progressed into about twenty minutes of Paper Diamond style trap music, needless to say he got the home crowd hyphy. He then proceeded to drop multiple tracks of his newest Night Vision mix tape, alongside a few old classic Paper Diamond bangers.
His unique style of Electronic music had people going crazy and his set covered everything from oldies off the “Levitate” album to his newest gems off his Wavesight EP. He closed the night with crowd favorite “Can We Go Up” and left the whole place wanting more.
All in all it was a fantastic event, with awesome crowd energy and amazing sets from all the DJ’s. Thanks to Clicks & Whistles, Eliot Lipp, Paper Diamond, Silver Wrapper and everyone who came out to rage on.