When Skrillex announced he'd be bringing his infamous “Mothership Tour” to Red Rocks Amphitheater this past weekend, I was more than excited to catch the Grammy-winning artist’s new stage set up and hear his latest arsenal of tunes. This two-night run was the finale to his month-long tour, and it has received an astonishing amount of positive feedback for the song selection, stage set up, and energy. I attended both of his performances this past weekend, and I can tell you first hand that it was far below what I had expected from the iconic dj.
When I attend a show, I consider it a necessity for every dj to create a uniquely mixed set for each of their performances, whether its just for a night or a month-long tour. Why would you limit yourself to playing the same set every time when you can push your boundaries, develop new intricacies in your performance, and provide a unique experience to every single person attending? Something generally taken into consideration is the fact that headlining acts such as Skrillex work hard in creating a dynamic and captivating show, mixing their music with a vast amount of supplemental visual aids. This ancillary planning can actually hinder the freedom of a dj’s performance, as the specific pre-planned set can naturally become locked into the tour’s stage design and routine. I feel this was the case with Skrillex’s performance last weekend, as he clearly performed the same set on Friday night as he did on Saturday. You can understand how this would frustrate many of the shows’ double-attendees, as they spent a considerable amount of money just to experience a different supporting roster and repeat performance of the same Skrillex set.