Zedd Offers a Moment of Clarity at the BJC
More than 3,000 boys and girls of the Penn State rave scene took the Bryce Jordan Center by force Friday night to witness the fourth show of Zedd’s “Moment of Clarity” tour.
24-year-old, Anton Zaslavski, better known by his fans as “Zedd,” has been producing his own House music since 2009, but gained worldwide fame after the release of his platinum single, “Clarity.”
Friday night’s opening acts, Alex Metric and Oliver, warmed up the crowd with very catchy sets, but it quickly became apparent that everyone was more eager to see true star of the show.
Zedd’s set was like a paradigm straight out of an EDM textbook. Smoke billowed out of the fog cannons as darkness poured over the BJC. Then, in an instant flash, a gargantuan wall of eye-piercing light illuminated the entire arena, as Zedd took the stage with wall rumbling bass. Eardrums began to burst and hearts trembled in awe as Zedd’s set unfolded in front of the audience’s eyes.
Zedd’s set list was compiled of original songs from his LP, Clarity, as well as remixes like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Benny Benassi’s “Cinema.” The visualizers were displaying mind-bending geometric patterns that were synced perfectly to the music.
Among all of the bass blaring throughout the building, a moment of clarity came to me as I gazed upon my peers. I realized how many people were not even interested in the music. It felt like more people in the audience were just numbing themselves with whatever substances they could get their hands on and jumping into the grind-fest that my generation calls dancing.
Maybe that’s what they came for, and that’s okay too. But I had to keep reassuring myself that there were true fans of EDM in the crowd — folks that appreciate the show for all of its artistic value.
Yet everywhere I turned, I saw a recurring facial expression that gave off the notion that many people didn’t really know why this type of atmosphere was so appealing. I only hope that after the incident at Electric Zoo this weekend, the EDM scene can evolve to focus more on pushing the limits of music and less on the dangerous drug culture that goes along with it.
This I do know; if there were any true EDM fans in the audience, Zedd put on quite a show.