Washington DC got rocked to the core on Saturday night at Echostage for Kill the Noise and Mat Zo’s final stop of their Kill The Zo tour. The nearly sold out crowd had plenty of time to get warmed up as local artists Rex Riot and Racecarbed got things going for the first 3 hours of the evening.
At the stroke of midnight, Kill The Noise jumped on the decks. His set exploded right off the bat with “Recess.” A warm-up was non-existent as Stanczak dropped the LOUDPVCK remix of Jackal’s “Shakedown,” “Express Yourself“, and a hardstyle version of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” within the first 25 minutes of his hour and half set. We heard some classic songs that never fail to pump up a crowd including Cosmic Gate’s “So Get Up,” and Knife Party’s “Internet Friends.” Two thirds of the way through the crowd sang along to “NRG” from the recent Duck Sauce album. Favorite moments from Stanzack’s wild set include the crazy “Right on Time (Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) Dani DP Edit” and What So Not with RL Grime’s latest fan favorite, “Tell Me.”
The transition from Kill The Noise to Mat Zo’s set was so seamless it probably went unnoticed to many. Emotions filled the air when 24-year-old Matan Zohar opened with “Sea of Voices” off of Porter Robinson’s highly anticipated album, Worlds. We heard killer remixes along with Zo classics like “Easy” and “Only For You.” Although the two sets were different in style, they complimented each other artistically and the energy from the crowd was unrelenting.
The visuals, steam cannons, led lights and lasers went into a constant furry as Kill The Noise joined Zo on the decks for the highly anticipated Kill The Zo set. Debuting “Part 1” at the start of their tour, fans got a small taste of KTZ but the live experience exceeded our expectations. The mix of drum and bass and airy beats kept all of Echostage, security guards included, dancing until 4 am. Now we wait with fingers crossed for more music from this unique duo.