As one of the live music capitals of the world, there is no doubt that Austin, TX knows how to get down. However, among the endless list of fantastic music events having occurred in the past week, one stood out over the rest.

Inside Empire Control Room, a modest space resting on East 7th Street, the Weekender Series took place, creating an incredible environment filled with heavy beats and friendly vibes. Although there was a clear emphasis on trap and moombahton, the entire spectrum of EDM was tastefully reflected in all of the sets heard throughout the night. From Grime, to Dubstep, to Jersey Club and even a little Big Room House, no subgenre was left neglected.

Joining acts the likes of 12th Planet and moombahton king Dave Nada were a number of local acts who really pushed the envelope not only with their stage presence but also with their performance as a whole. I was particularly impressed with the beats laid down by Payton Long, Gabe King, as well as the Latin American-inspired sounds of the DJ collective known as Peligrosa.

The talent displayed by these local performers is a relieving sign. Although Austin’s EDM scene is not as overwhelming as that of other big cities; the quality of EDM that is presented remains high. If the audience is any indication, it is clear that the local scene truly aims to keep the sounds and performances as original and innovative as possible.

Not once during the weekend did I see any stereotypical signs of a played out event, as much of the aesthetics internalized inside Empire had a very underground element to it. If you are ever in Austin and are thirsting for some quality EDM, never hesitate to check out a night at Empire Control Room – because these guys are doing it right.

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