Almost a week has gone by since the smoke has cleared and we’ve all more or less returned to our regular lives from Lake Tahoe, home of what I now consider the greatest music festival of all time – SnowGlobe. Going into the festival none of the people in my crew knew what to expect. We were looking forward to some of our favorite electro pop acts like St. Lucia, with a slight indifference toward the heavier dub acts like Deadmau5 and Laidback Luke.
It’s amazing the difference a few party favors can make. While the ending of the first night consisted of some fantastic trap sets like Dam Funk, the revelation happened at the first after party at the MontBleu Casino. A three punch knockout of Ana Sia, Paper Diamond and Mimosa effectively blew our minds and turned us into bass zombies for the remainder of the fest. The lone exception falls to Poliça, who put on a gorgeous set that felt like an electronic lullaby in the midst of the madness.
Gramatik won our group’s “#1 Act of the Festival” award with a blistering set that featured extremely funk nasty bass dubs and an incredible guitarist shredding brilliant licks over the bass drops. Lost in a trance, we’d occasionally look at each other and laugh, yelling “holy fuck!” and “oh my god!” Madeon comes in a close second, knowing his crowd and throwing in filthy bass drops among his energetic, buoyant pop cuts. The kid may only be 18, but his theatrics and command of the crowd put him in the top tier of current producers.
At this point SnowGlobe almost feels like a dream, it couldn’t have been real. I’m certainly a veteran of the concert circuit but I can say without exaggeration that I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun in my entire life. Came there with people who were originally strangers and left as friends I can’t wait to see again. The sense of community is heightened at this one, ferrying between cabin, festival grounds and casinos in the seemingly never ending search for the perfect bass drop.
Also, I’m sorry for gushing so hard about dubstep. I know it sounds ridiculous but if you take care of yourself at SnowGlobe with the right drugs and the proper precautions, you’ll come out the other side a different person (Skrillex still sucks). Next year can’t come soon enough.