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One Nation Under Flosstradamus
I'm going to try to be impartial and review the show as if I never really listened to any of Flosstradamus's music before, but forgive me if I come off sounding way too biased considering these two trap stars are my absolute FAVORITE dj's in this genre of music.
From Chicago, IL, Josh Young and Curt Cameruci collaborated and began producing trap music as J2K (Young) and Autobot (Cameruci). They are signed with Fool's Gold, Ultra Records, Mad Decent, and Green Label Sound under their more commonly known alias of Flosstradamus.
If you attend any of their shows, you will see the majority of the crowd wearing white and black attire covered in warning signs and the words "HDYBYZ" and "HDYGRLZ".
- The warning sign is the symbol they use to represent themselves. Throughout their live sets you'll hear them tell the crowd to "Throw your warning signs up!" in which case the whole crowd forms a triangle with their hands and holds these "warning signs" above their head as shown in the picture below.
- The motto HDYBYZ/HDYGRLZ is short for "hoodie boys/girls". They were always well known for wearing hoodies during their sets, thus "hdynation" was born. Not to mention creating their popular line of merch clothing consisting of hoodie sweatshirts, sweatpants, jerseys, t-shirts, etc. as a marketing strategy to help blow their motto up within their large fan base.
"Hoods high, heads low."
Philly Wasn't Expecting to Turn Up THIS Hard on a Thursday!
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Flosstradamus came to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. Shows during the week typically don't pull in a very big crowd, but I was absolutely blown away by the amount of people that showed up to see this dynamic duo.
I arrived at the venue earlier than I normally would because of my somewhat unhealthy obsession with Floss so that I wouldn't miss one single moment. GTA (also a trap dj) was the main opener and I've seen them perform a few times prior to this show but was never really too impressed with their live sets. However, I'm not sure if it was just because I was extremely excited for Floss, but they KILLED IT at the Electric Factory. I mean, I'm not crazy about their music but I swear I never stopped dancing throughout their set. Aside from trap music, they dropped a hefty amount of dirty dubstep, my second favorite genre of EDM. They also were able to please the rapidly growing house music crowd by playing a couple of new releases and popular tracks from other producers more commonly known for deep electro/house music.
I personally like shows better when they aren't sell-outs (or close to it) because it gives me more room to dance and move around instead of being completely suffocated by the overwhelming heat of the crowd. Flosstradamus is a pretty popular name in the industry but I didn't think it would be that crowded since the show date fell on a weekday, and as an all ages event, I figured most kids wouldn't be able to attend since they have school the next day. I was completely 100% wrong. The largest demographic of people who were there looked like they were underage. I don't know about anyone else, but my mother would NEVER let me go to a rave on a school night and I would honestly probably not even bother asking!
The opening of Flosstradamus's set was too hype to try and describe it appropriately. The combination of lights, the heavy first drop of that insane bass, and the two trap masters screaming at the crowd to get us even more excited, was almost too much for me to handle... almost ;). I could say that it was so riveting that I could barely stand up, or that the roar of the crowd matched up with 150,000 watt sound system in the Electric Factory creating an earthquake of noise that vibrated throughout my whole body and that STILL wouldn't give it the amount of justice it deserves.
They dropped a bunch of their classic hits, a few other popular trap songs, and a special sneak preview of an unreleased song they've been recently working on (video shown below, shhh!). I'll be the first to admit that I was probably one of the most obnoxious fan girls in the building, but I don't even care. I haven't had this much fun at a concert since festival season. I was sweating to the point where I actually thought I was going to pass out of heat exhaustion. I walked outside at the end of the show in the 30 degree December weather with shorts and a sleeveless shirt on and felt comfortable enough to stand out there and embrace the fact that I was free of the humid hell hole I had been dancing in non stop for four hours straight. The show in general was just out of this world and it warmed my heart to see all my fellow HDYBYZ and HDYGRLZ partying together repping the Philadelphia HDYNATION! I can't wait to see what Flosstradamus has to bring to the table throughout the new year because they definitely left me wanting more after this stellar performance.