When is comes to watching live music in The Capital, Brixton Academy is where it’s at. It’s famously sloped floor, high ceilings and walls that can tell decades of tales set off butterflies in your stomach as you walk through it’s regal hallway.
I love where music is at right now. Every genre, musical boundary and mindset is being pushed, manipulated and sculpted in a brand new direction. Rock blending with Dubstep mixing in with Drum and Bass, throwing in on point vocals and an indie twist for good measure. We can’t classify it, rationalise it or keep up with it but we love every single beat.
New music Pioneer Zane Lowe hit the decks to warm up the crowd. He blasted out Plan B’s ill Manors and the place went off. Mic in hand he stands in front of the decks hyping the crowd. He drops beat after beat of music you didn’t even know could mix together. He knows what he’s doing, knows what you love and knows how to make your heart race.
Enough time to run to the loo, grab a drink and make some new friends in the process. The crowd are brilliant. All there for the music. All on a level and could tell tales of electronic music’s influences in their own history books. This crowd have seen it before, felt every beat and loved every second.
Nero’s last album was incredible and as the duo hit the stage Brixton were ready for it. The bass line from ‘Doomsday’ smacked all of us single handedly around the face and the place erupted. Not a single person stood still as their heads bobbed simultaneously in time to the syncopations in each track. They hit us with every Nero classic, ‘Promises’, ‘My Eyes’, ‘Innocence’, ‘Guilt’ and ‘Crush on You’. Standing high above the crowd with futuristic matching shades Nero managed to touch every single person watching. Taking music back to where it used to be. Taking us back to where we used to be and fast forwarding us to what they have in store with their next album. These guys are on top of their game. Changing music, changing mind sets.