The Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View is one of the most popular music venues on the American West Coast. The venue has hosted shows from genres like rock, country, and EDM, with one show being the Alchemy Tour. The tour is organized by bass music superstars NGHTMRE, Slander, The Glitch Mob, and Seven Lions and it is also an Insomniac-established event. The Alchemy Tour started in Long Beach, California on August 17th and recently concluded in Phoenix, Arizona on October 13th. Regarding the Shoreline Amphitheatre, the bass DJs performed at the venue on October 11th.
As the trio walked up the platform stairs to perform their set, the crowd roared with delight. One of the songs they performed was their newest single, ‘System Bleed’, a collaboration with rising bass DJ, LICK. The intro has a suspenseful build-up that allows the listener to get excited for what’s going to come next.
The thunderous bass lines, rhythmic drum beats, and distinct lead arrived after the first bass drop commenced. Afterwards, the second bass drop allowed the audience to experience a lighter melody emphasized by the signature synths and stabs that Glitch Mob are known for using. When the trio performed their remix of “Seven Nation Army“, the whole crowd hummed along to the song’s famous chorus.
NGHTMRE + Slander
NGHTMRE and Slander enhanced the atmosphere and the sound speakers when they appeared on stage. The collaboration between trap producer NGHTMRE and bass duo Slander produced sounds that electrified the venue throughout their whole set. Flame balls, smoke clouds, and flares also merged alongside the beats and drops that the DJs made during their set.
Almost everyone in the venue, even the people who were sitting further away on the lawn, head-banged vigorously. For people who might have attended their first EDM show, they must have thought they were attending a metal concert instead. NGHTMRE and Slander’s collaboration is titled, “Gud Vibrations” and unmistakably, their music produced earthquake-like trembles that enhanced the excitement of the whole show.
The final act, Seven Lions, produced a set that left the crowd mesmerized from beginning to end. Some notable tracks that Seven Lions played were “Island“, “Sojourn“, “Another Me“, and “First Time”. Many of the tracks were accompanied by the music videos that were playing in the background.
These music videos provided a cinematic experience for the crowd as they danced to the music and be amazed at the graphics at the same time. Towards the end of Seven Lions’ performance, NGHTMRE and Slander joined him when he played “First Time“. The final song of the night was a nostalgic throwback as Seven Lions played his remix of Darude’s smash-hit, “Sandstorm“.
The Alchemy Tour show at Shoreline Amphitheatre was a memorable experience for anyone who loves heart-pumping bass music. The Glitch Mob, NGHTMRE, Slander, and Seven Lions showed that bass music can get people to head-bang, jump up and down, and reminisce deeply altogether at the same time. One can only imagine how large the crowds can be if these individuals headline a festival of their own.
Aside from the bright flame balls, vibrating bass lines, and stunning background graphics, it was a show that people can enjoy with their loved ones as they take in the positive vibes. The atmosphere of the show can prove to non-bass music fans, and also non-EDM fans, that bass music is not just “loud noise”. Whether if the fans sat at the front row or on the grass, it was still a festive atmosphere where everyone got up on their feet and raved on from start to finish.