We are tuned to expect specific sounds from our favorite artists. Go to an Excision show and you get an abundance of ground-shaking bass and dubstep growl. Seeing Armin van Buuren involves a brilliant mix of progressive house and trance.
But every once in a while, major artists surprise us with glaring departures from their established sounds, like Dillon Francis swapping his moombahton style for deep house or deadmau5 eschewing his signature electro flair in favor of dark, heart-pounding techno. under its nickname TESTPILOT.
It’s rare to see an event dedicated to artists exploring their left-field tastes — something Louis The Child hopes to change with his latest event concept, “Alter-Ego,” a multi-stage takeover of the Brooklyn Mirage.
“We wanted to create an event where artists have a platform to express different sides of themselves and fans have a totally unique experience,” Louis The Child said in a joint statement. “It’s a type of show we would love to attend, so why not create it?”
10 acts will head to fan-favorite Brooklyn Mirage space for the inaugural “Alter-Ego” event on August 20, including two sets by Louis The Child: their first-ever comeback set and a form-fitting “Playground” set. free and gender-defying.
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Among the artists stepping out of their comfort zone are DROELOE, Win & Woo, SNBRN, Pluko and Chet Porter, who will transform into Tech Porter for an all-techno set.
“All I know is I’ll be wearing sunglasses and smoking fags the whole set,” Porter wrote on Instagram, poking fun at the stereotypical stage presence of a techno DJ.
Adding to the flavors of classical dance music, Taska Black will step away from his dreamy pop-trap sound for a performance of house music while Pluko will swap future bass for disco. “Making disco edits of all my music and spinning classics,” Pluko added.
Swapping out their shimmering, melodic soundscapes for drums and bass, DROELOE will delight lovers of bass music while Win & Woo will keep fans guessing with a “Golden Age” set. Perhaps the most dramatic change comes from the SNBRN, which provides a rock performance.
At the base of Alter-Ego’s exploratory ensembles, three artists stick to their established sound: Said The Sky, Shallou and EVAN GIIA.
Buy tickets for the inaugural “Alter-Ego” event here.