It’s no coincidence that BP19, Blueprint’s yearly birthday party, falls on Thanksgiving. As Vancouver has increasingly become a desirable destination for its prime Pacific Northwest location and deep and expanding electronic music scene, this can be seen as a coming of age party for the promoting company. The event gifted its dedicated fans a stacked rotation with a trap, dubstep, and moombahton flavour that has erupted in mainstream EDM – headlined by the primary figures who shaped the genre and the culture: Dillon Francis and RL Grime. The openers for the night: Rezz, What So Not, and GRiZ have been huge in 2016 and are all coming off recent releases with high quality content.
Rezz is the next big thing, owning a distinct sound: a well-crafted blend of dubstep and dark techno. Although she came armed with a heavy setlist, dropping the likes of Deadmau5, Pretty Lights, and Kill the Noise, her opening slot did not do her sound justice due the inhumane practice of reducing the volume of the opening act.
After touring and djing as What So Not without Flume for a while, Emoh Instead finally displayed his ability to produce with his first EP solo: Divide and Conquer. His trademark synths were in full force which give his songs and sets that massively intimate feel to them. He always entertains on stage, this time getting moody with the Stranger Things theme early in the set and managing to get just about everyone up on someone’s shoulders later on.
Whenever GRiZ plays, its all good baby. The tremendously talented producer and ripper of the sax is known for his loose and fun-loving “future-funk” style. He just released his fifth full-length album, Good Will Prevail, and is currently on the early leg of its tour. The best moment was when he smoothly mixed the Bee Gee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’ into his 2013 banger ‘Smash the Funk’.
RL Grime has a knack for making absolutely massive tracks which tends to translate well to a stadium venue and he impressed with a hype set. He dropped bombastic bangers like ‘Core’ and ‘Tell Me’, his legendary collab with What So Not, before he closed by mixing in La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill’ with his own ‘Scylla’.
Four years ago Dillon Francis was a relatively unknown producer tearing up small clubs and university parties. His rise to the top is unsurprising as he made a name for himself by crafting a novel sound defined by its rapidly changing tempo, heavily distorted synths, and a plethora of topical samples. Donning a ‘Nucks jersey for the city that has supported him from the beginning, his headlining set displayed just how far he has come. His sound and stage production has reached another level as he had full control of the pace and emotion of the crowd.
BP19’s nicely curated lineup and strong stage production put it a notch above the typical all ages EDM bonanza. Although the experience suffered from short sets and long waits interludes, Blueprint managed to pull off 6 hours of good music. Special shout out to Boys Noize for a legendary techno set for the BP19 kickoff party as well as Rezz totally redeeming her sound by throwing down at the after party.