According to my google calendar, March 16th was the day that Cathy and I braved the traffic-filled freeways of Southern California to attend the MSTRKRFT record release party at the Roxy Theater in good ole’ Hollywood. She had free tickets, and it was the day after my 25th birthday, so I figured, why not continue celebrating?
Dim Mak records was hosting the party, and we received free copies of the new album. (WOO!) This was my first record release party, so I had no clue what to expect. DJ Dan Ho was first up on the turntables. I liked his set a lot. At this point I was still wondering Will I be seeing MSTRKRFT tonight? and I don’t even know what MSTRKRFT looks like…
The place was starting to get crowded. Lots of early twenty somethings in attendance. I honestly felt kinda old in comparison… even though I’m not. The first DJ’s set came to an end (after about 15 minutes of watching a promoter guy texting while walking back and forth on the stage whispering whoknowswhat into the DJ’s ear). Anyway, Fist of God started bumping through the speakers and the crowd started dancing. Cathy and I included… for the first two songs… then we realized that we’d be standing around listening to the ENTIRE album.
Fast forward 30 minutes, and finally we realize that the “Very Special Guest” that was advertised on the tickets was DJ Steve Aoki! Our energy returned and he played an AMAZING set.
The guy was outta control, in a very good way. I definitely want to see him again. Super energetic and fun to watch. In addition to the madness that was already taking place ANOTHER special guest was revealed. It was the infamous Andy Milonakis who freestyled his way back into our eccentric, hip hop-loving hearts.
After I got home I gave Fist of God a good listen. I really like it, although I feel like MSTRKRFT is aaalllmooosttt there. What I mean by that is, they feature a lot of “big name” artists on their album: John Legend, N.O.R.E., E-40 and others. I really like what their doing, but I feel like they might remain under the radar for now with this album, but will most likely blow up and gain more main stream attention in the next few years.