Well, my explanation for the poor crowd at the Timo Maas show probably didn’t warrant such a big delay between posts, but here it is–
“Wait a second!”, you say. “What poor crowd?” Well, the same poor crowd in which half wanted dance, whilst the other half wanted to stand in the middle of the dancefloor and take up space. “But Krishen,” you add, “people just taking up space on the dance floor is nothing new… so what?”
Well, it would have been just that, “so what?”, if it weren’t for two girls I’d never seen before who moved directly in front of me and then told me to move out of their space. That kind of sealed my opinion on the crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen before.
Cam mentioned that he wasn’t really into the “ghetto” scene, but the breakdancers he was referring to certainly weren’t the problem. The rave and hiphop scenes have peacefully coexisted for a *long* time.
Here’s the scoop — or at least my theory. Turns out that Sundays (the night of Timo’s performance) are “Service Industry” night. What does that mean? It means that if you’re a service industry employee, you get to attend for free.
This corroborates well with Cam’s observation that everyone seemed to know each other. What you end up with is a bunch of people who may just be there to hang out with each other rather than to observe/dance to the headlining act. In this case, “headlining” might even be too strong a word. The erasable board (outside the House of Blues entrance telling Downtown Disney passersby who was playing that night) wasn’t even updated until an hour before the show. I mean, come on House of Blues Orlando. Itâ€™s Timo!
But enough on that. Timo played an excellent set, skillfully mixing tracks with his unique style of deep, fat-bassline house. About 15 minutes into his set, he mixed from a fantastic tribal-house track with Indian (you know, the ones from India) vocals into a remix of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The response from the active half of the crowd was just phenomenal. You could feel the atmosphere of the place charge. He also dropped remixes of two Nirvana tracks I’d never heard before either, which was a real treat. Timo was obviously at ease with the show, which in turn made him a lot of fun to watch. He sang along to a number of the tracks he played (without a mic thankfully :-), and completely stopped the music on a couple of occasions just to play with the crowd.
It was great fun. 🙂 At about 2 am, he threw on the White Stripes’ tune “Seven Nation Army”. And it wasn’t a remix, crazy! Unfortunately, the next time I looked up — right after that song — Timo was gone from the decks and was replaced by what was presumably a resident dj (probably to fill the gap between 2-3am). The music from was a complete departure from Timo’s set — much faster. It didn’t help that by this point, the half of the crowd which /was/ previously dancing had now stopped.
So we decided to call it a night.
And with that, I think I’m going to too.