Thursday, August 16, 2012

TRILLECTRO

C: I had the opportunity of covering the best music festival to grace the DMV in years this past Saturday.Trillectro, organized by DC to BC (whom I would like to refer to as pioneers from now on), provided a fusion of Hip-Hop and Electronica/Dubstep for close to 4,000 music lovers. The headliners, Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q and Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus, game-changers helping to usher in the new generation of music, were among some of the most promising emerging artists in the nation including Philly rappers GrandeMarshall and Asaad, 2012 Dubstep Music Awards honoree Khadafi Dub, and my personal favorite of the day, Body Language. The fusion of styles reflected what is prevalent in music today; the coming together of different cultures to make something no one has ever heard before. There is no arguing the fact that we NEEDED this. The underground music scene in the DMV community has been hiding in the iPods of local music enthusiasts and college students, until now.
When you walked into the venue, it was as if you had just stepped into a shipping yard that had been cleared by drunken college students to put on a mini-concert. It was raw, uninhibited, pure FUN. It was also nice to know that two supposedly different crowds of people could come together because they all had one thing in common; the love of music. What better than good music, good people and good art to get your blood flowing?
 PHONY PPL (Above and Below)
 BODY LANGUAGE (Above)
I got a lot of inspiration from all of the different styles mashed together into one place (however I could have gone without seeing every other male in camo...). I kept in simple in a Forever21 2-panel sheer dress vest I scored one lucky day at the mall. I paired it with my leather Urban Outfitters backpack and Steve Madden sneakers.
Seeing ScHoolboy Q perform was definitely one of the highlights of my summer. Glad I can tick that off my bucket list!
I know some of you are wondering the same thing I am; could this possibly be the east-coast Coachella? DCtoBC co-founder Modele “Modi” Oyewole is optimistic but realistic. “I think Trillectro is like a baby music festival,” he says to Complex, “I’ve been to raves, concerts, and a few festivals, and this was like a mini-taste of the big leagues. In reality, it’s nowhere near as awesome as a Coachella or a Lollapalooza, or at all good. But if we can get it anywhere close to there, I’d be proud of us.”

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