I like the non-typical DJ set. I don’t like my electronic music to play it safe all the time. Not everybody can pull off live instruments in what some would call a “rave” setting, but it can work. Some examples would be the previous tours of Justice and the now completed tour run of Porter Robinson. It’s cool to engage in the commonplace mantra of having your fans lose their collective minds in a standard electronic show, but to interject a little live instrumentation into the mix is where you show the skill.
Netsky, who is named after a computer virus, made the Netsky Live! show back in 2012. This setup is rounded out by keyboardist BABL, drummer Michael Schack and Script MC presiding over the crowd. When I talked to a lot of fans who were in the crowd that night, they still considered drum and bass music to be an underground thing. Especially in electronic music where things are considered very mainstream, it was good to have something just for them neatly tucked away in the confined of the legendary Webster Hall. Netsky came out stage what would seemed to be a symphony of keyboards and percussion.
The crowd seemed to really come alive during his rendition of Shameboy‘s “Strobot” and “Iron Heart”. The band brought out singer Billie for a live rendition of “Puppy”, which everybody sang to. There was a perfect synchronization between Script MC and the crowd with his chants of “when I say Netsky, you say” and the crowd would yell back “Gooo!” It seemed like it was part of the song at points – well done. There were keyboard and drum solos that would segue into some of the final tracks played- Netsky’s remix of Rusko‘s “Everyday” in particular. In this current electronic music climate with so many acts out there, it’s hard to make yourself stand out amongst the noise. I like that Netsky pushed those creative boundaries with the live implementation to show that electronic music is not just a “don’t pay attention to the man behind the mixing board” outlook – there’s skill to be shown.