Crush Music Festival - Arizona Event Center - 2/15/14
As ill.Gates gave high-fives as he left the stage, house music rising star Henry Fong was busy setting up. By now, the crowd had doubled. He opened with a remix of his latest release "Stand Up." his set was strong and packed with remixes of dance music favorites like "Cinema" by Skrillex, "Pyramid Scheme" by Mat Zo, "Yee" by Deorro and his original track with MakJ, "Encore." Fong's set was surprisingly full of almost a dozen remixes of classic hip-hop and rap remixes like "Jump Around" and "California Love," and while I'm not the biggest hip-hop fan, the crowd was loving it.
In an interview after the show, Fong described the crowd as "really fucking rowdy."
I also found out that Fong recently spent some time in Australia, working on new music with some major Aussie DJs/ producers.
"I just finished-up a track with one of my Australian buddies, Reece Low, we made this big electro Melbourne-bounce track, I'm really looking forward to that one. I was also in the studio with Tommy Trash the other day, so we'll see what happens with that" says Fong.
As Fong wrapped-up, I headed over to the "X-Rated Love" mainstage where Dirtyphonics had just started playing. As much as I wanted to check this stage out earlier in the night, I was half-dreading the experience. Like I said before, the main stage area was packed, and a solid 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the vicinity.
Dirtyphonics played a loud, hard set. Two of the three members, Charly and Pitchin, were present for the DJ set, the third member, Pho, was at the studio working on their upcoming EP.
The duo dropped bass track after bass track. They definitely did not care if they exhausted the crowd. But that's what everyone seemed to want. Go hard or go home, as they say.