Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spring Weekend promises an impressive musical line-up

Sonjay Singh ’15
Arts Editor 

From boomboxes blaring summer jams and 80’s anthems across the quad, to intoxicated crowds of Trinity students bouncing up-and-down to live outdoor performances, music has always been an integral part of the Spring Weekend experience.  Joining the ranks of Snoop Lion, Three Six Mafia, Wale and according to one Tripod editor’s mother, U2, is EDM protégé Alesso who along with Skizzy Mars, Viceroy and the student duo of Connor Proctor ’14 and Gus Dangremond ’14 will be providing music and good times to Trinity College.  Read about them below and brace yourself for flying Frisbees, days spent lounging on the quad and nights filled with some great performances.

Main Stage: Alesso

Swedish-born Alesso first started producing electronic dance music in 2010 at the young age of 19-years-old and with innovative remixes such as that of Nadia Ali’s “Pressure” quickly became one of the fastest rising names in the Electronic Dance Music scene.  Continued success with such songs as his collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso, “Calling (Lose My Mind)” led to his placement on top of MTV’s “DJ’s to Watch of 2012” as well as 20th on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list.  His early works of 2013 including an innovative remix of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” promise that Alesso will continue to be on the charts for years to come.

Headliner: Skizzy Mars

New York rapper Skizzy Mars combines the gritty rapping exemplified by early 90’s east-coast rappers such as the Notorious B.I.G and NAS with the smooth, soulful choruses and R&B rhythms of Frank Ocean or even the Killers.  Finding his start on the streets of Manhattan, Skizzy Mars carved out a niche for himself in the emerging, Alternative Rap genre by redefining both what it means to be a musician and to be a performer.  His new album, “Phases,” makes up for what it lacks in lyrical depth with endless swagger and musical innovation and as a charming and talented 19-year-old kid from Manhattan, maybe that’s all he needs

After-Party at Psi Upsilon: Viceroy

Exploding on to the scene in 2012 with little warning, San Francisco’s Viceroy has quickly made a name for himself in the newly-popular nu-disco genre.  Remixing artists such as Passion Pit and Yelle along with catchy, pop singles such as “While Were In Love,” “Dream Of Bombay” and “Only Takes” has cemented his success in the electronic dance world leading to tours in South America, Australia and Europe.  In the end though, Viceroy is really just a kid who likes music, partying and spreading his message that it really can be “summertime, all the time.”

Student Performance: Connor Proctor and Gus Dangremon

Hoping to impress students with a cocktail of electronic dance music and live performance, Proctor and Dangremon have crafted an innovative set influenced by cutting-edge artists such as Big Gigantic and Gramatik.  By mixing the popular DJ program Ableton Live with hardware such as MicroKORG and the more standard guitar and saxophone, they create an interesting setlist built on collaboration; fitting for the pairing of this unlikely duo.  These unorthodox methods have created a funky jam band sound not unlike that of the Dave Matthews Band but with a distinctly modern, electronica edge.  A Trinity favorite for years, don’t miss Proctor and Dangremon as they take the big stage.

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