Day three of Camp Bisco was upon us, and with the thought of this magical, wonderful festival coming to an end, it could almost make you wish you could stay here forever. After making such great friends with your “tent neighbors”, raving into the late hours of the night, and surviving off some fine dining provided at the festival, it was hard to come to the realization that it was the last day. Thankfully day three’s lineup took a little bit of the pain away and made it very enjoyable. Here are day three’s top five that eased the pain:
Yacht is a band conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. Together they use technology to extend their sound of music and explore boundaries. Claire, who is the lead singer of the band, is a great performer because she utilizes the stage’s space gracefully, extending her melodic voice to all parts of the crowd. After watching Yacht, I soon realized that there were some fine details being overlooked. For instance, the band’s attire is very uniformed. Everyone except the lead singer, Claire, is dressed in all black with white shoes. Claire wore a beautiful skin-tight white dress that made her seductive, along with a pair of white commando boots and the littlest hint of black socks. Everything down to the finest detail of her socks, from what I was told later by friend Nicky Digital, is choreographed by Jona. He is very precise and it really shows. This was one of the best shows, not only performance wise, but creatively as well ,this weekend.
This group was a big crowd favorite on the main stage. Atmosphere is a hip-hop collaboration that brings an old school feel to their lyrics and tracks. The lead singer “Slug” comes off as a really funny guy who knows how to show his sense of humor through his tracks. One of the best parts of the show was when he had asked the crowd to put their hands up, and then called out one of the guys in the front row that didn’t have his hands up. He didn’t just call him out though; when his next song began he gave a little rap verse asking why this guy was too cool to put his hands up. Yes, that may have been a little embarrassing for that one guy, but what’s a little fun for a whole festival at the expense of one guy who’s too cool for school, that no one probably even remembers?
Bring on the bass! Remember when I said Amon Tobin ISAM had some of the loudest overwhelming sounds for day two. Well, Bassnectar brought it back for day three. Bassnectar really knows how to melt faces off. I felt bad for the VIP area because after a half hour of subs pulsing through you, your body has to be sore. Bassnectar, in my opinion, is like the heavy metal performer of electronic music. Accompanied by his long locks, he is constantly head banging throughout his performance. He really rocks out behind the booth. I don’t think I saw his face once while he was playing. At one point of his performance, the sound system cut out, due to what I think was a system overdrive. Bassnectar really had to be pushing the sound system hard for it to fail out multiple times. I think the track gave out four times, and after the third time he gave the mixer away to the crowd. Finally the sound guys fixed the problem with not sacrifice of volume and Bassnectar continued to destroy the main stage.
4. Big Gigantic
Never in my life have I seen someone play the saxophone with such emotion and effort until Big Gigantic. I can only describe Big Gigantic as amazing, and I am really so glad I got a chance to see them live. There is just something so satisfying about watching the lead producer Dominic rip apart the saxophone on stage. Their sound is a cross between some melodic jazz and drums that lead up to an electro/dubstep breakdown. Combining the two brings out this exciting sound and also very surprising to hear the two used in such unity. Not only is their sound amazing but the overall show put together is stunning. The visuals and stage work for a Big Gigantic performance is something surely never to forget. I think the stage setting that they have built currently along with the visual effects show, really extenuates Dominic and Jeremy’s performance. In my opinion, this was one of the most unified performances all weekend.
5. Fool’s Gold
Unfortunatley I couldn’t have everything from Fool’s Gold listed on this top five for day three so I had to combine it into one part. Let’s start off with the Fool’s Gold tent that absolutely destroyed the Label Tent, bringing the biggest crowd to that tent all weekend. DJs such as JWLS, Codes, Nick Catchdubs, MR. MFN eXquire, and Craze, really smacked this tent up the right way. Equipped with a wide variety of sounds from moombahton, trap, and electro, Fool’s Gold really came to play under this tent! Next up from Fool’s Gold was Dillon Francis aka Tiesto, under the B.I.G. Tent. Playing tracks such as my favorite “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.” and “Dill the Noise”, Dillon Francis was surely not going to let the crowd down! Dillon really put an electrifying performance lending assistance from a wide variety of genres, showing us that he is somebody to watch out for in the very near future. And last but certainly not least, A-Trak! I have only heard myths of A-trak’s skills behind the turntables and let me tell you that my mind was blown away seeing him live. At first, as a viewer, you are made to believe that it’s another DJ set, meaning that the mixing is seamless, and the track selection is always amazing. Until A-trak breaks out with the scratching and then your jaw drops. Something that I really enjoyed and wished that I saw more of this unique ‘well-rounded’ style. Something happens when a remix of “Heads Will Roll” and scratching is combined, it’s like I was thrown into a sandwich of old school and new school and it felt oh so good. The night didn’t end there however. Later on A-trak was joined by “Tiesto” again as well as the Fool’s Gold mascot on stage, bring a fool fledged dance party on stage to close the night.
What a fantastic way to end such a weekend! Day three really put the cherry on top of this magnificent ice cream Sunday we raved to all weekend. With such a wide and talented line up, Camp Bisco is great way to diversify from what you normally listen to and open your mind a little bit to something you wouldn’t ordinarily hear. Well organized, smashing line up, and great people, make for a great weekend at this ever growing festival we call Camp Bisco!
-ROCKETPANTSJON for EDMNYC