Candy, costumes and complete freedom of expression. These are the common c’s of any rave culture experience. Excision fans loaded on the candy (colorful plastic jewelry) and costumes to experience The Paradox Tour. The freedom of self expression knew no limits. Ladies sported reveling ensembles, the gents wore everything from costumes to colorful suit and ties. This community of EDM music lovers embraced all walks of life and accepted everyone’s individuality.
Jeff Able, better know as Excision is a Canadian dubstep producer and DJ. His individuality has all but shattered the sound barrier for EDM. Excision has been active in the EDM world since he founded Rottun Recordings in 2004. He is well known for heavy hard hitting bass, minimalist percussion, mixed with a focus for atmosphere. Since his beginning, Excision has had a love for science fiction which he beautifully incorporates into every show he performs.
When asked where Excision draws inspiration for his sound, he stated that metal is the original source, but as time when on he wakes up with ideas pounding in his brain. Inspiration from popular late 80’s hair metal, Slayer, Pantera and then Nu-metal played a part.
This vast community of people pack into the Midland theater for Excision’s Paradox tour. This Paradox tour features a bass thumping sound system that pumps out 150,000 watts of EDM loving bass. It is not only the sounds system that brings fans to see and take part in this tour. Excision features a vivid Sci-Fi visual show that is accompanied by a laser light show. This monster visual showcase enhances the overpowering bass that blasts out to the crowd.
When you experience 150,000 watts of sound, you are not only hearing the bass thump, but you are literally feeling it. It is strongly advised that you wear ear protection to this tour, as so much sound can be potentially harming. This warning is posted periodically to keep fans safe and aware of the risk. Videos of just how powerful Excision’s sound is, can be seen online. These videos include objects being moved from the sound, peoples expressions as their minds are literally blown from the bass drops and previews of the visual effects.
Although these videos give you a glimpse at the epic monster that is this tour. Nothing can come close to what the experiencing is like in real life. This is hands down the most creative and groundbreaking live performances we have seen from any recent artist. The visuals seem to be coming off the screen at you. Images of Sci-Fi futuristic weaponry and tanks roll forth accompanied by the blasting sound. At one point a T-Rex takes the stage and sniffs out the crowd, while the background video takes us to the jungle like prehistoric setting.
Combined with the visuals this music is so rich it enhances what you are seeing on the screens. Not many live shows can literally transport you into a live virtual reality, like setting as Excision can. The whole experience of seeing Excision hits you physically and mentally. This show is not for the weak at heart. So, if you love hard and heavy bass that will make your ears bleed and your body and mind melt from the graphic force of the sound. Please, do yourself a favor and experience the experience that is Excision on his next tour.