Life In Color Miami: Benny Benassi, Diplo, R3hab and More
Life In Color (LIC) was without a doubt the biggest event in South Florida last week. With over 13,000 people in attendance, it was the largest LIC event yet.
We arrived at about 8:15 to see Demetrius on stage with a whole posse of people jamming to some heavy bangers. We were told more than 4,000 concert-goers were already inside, all of which were going crazy. Over the past few years, LIC (formerly Dayglow) has done nothing but grow, and at this point, the production has turned up so much, it’s pretty much a mini-festival. All the DJs can go as hard as they want, no matter how early they play.
Organizers said the night was going to have some surprises, and the first came when we saw that Timbaland himself was on stage dancing during Demetrius’ performance (who we later learned is the famed producer’s son). Though the set had a nice amount of variety, ranging from dutch house to trap, it was held back by occasional music cutoffs so the MC could say something to the crowd. Killing the flow is never a good thing, but the young crowd didn’t seem to mind.
Life In Color resident David Solano took the stage right after and started his set off with Crooker’s classic “Big Money Comin’,” which set the tone for the rest of his banger-driven set. A countdown began, which indicated the time left before the paint blast on all the party-goers. It was great to hear him play Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” As cheesy as the song may sound, the combination of vocals and beat can get almost anyone dancing.
The countdown reached it’s climatic end when the ever-energetic R3hab took over the decks. Playing loads of his own tracks as well as other energizing bombs, the Dutchman amped up the crowd just as the first wave of paint struck them in the face, cold and almost slimy. I could safely say the first 40 or so feet in front of the stage was the equivalent of the designated splash zone in an aquarium.
I went over to the side stage during R3hab’s set to check out Miami local Khaos, who opened up for Rusko, Gemini and Nadastrom a few weeks back. Not held by the restrictions of opening for anyone, the trap-star went all out, dropping tons of tunes with enough sub-bass to work your back out.
Though this is the first time a Life In Color event had a second stage, I definitely feel it could have had more love, as the crowd never seemed to be over 100 people throughout the night.
Benny Benassi went on after R3hab, and the crowd was surprised by a massive balloon drop and, of course, more paint. The crowd went nuts when he played Marcel Woods’ “Bullet” as well as a mashup of Nari & Milani’s “Atom” with the vocals of the classic “Leave The World Behind.” Of course, it isn’t a Benassi set without the now iconic “Cinema.” While he first played the original, he briefly changed gears and mixed into the Skrillex remix, a routine that is common in his sets. Toward the end of his performance, he dropped R.L. Grime’s massive trap rework of “Satisfaction,” which had enough bass to shake some of the paint off the crowd.
Yet even after hours of music and over 10,000 gallons of paint, the party wasn’t over.
Genre-hopping extraordinaire Diplo went on and showed the crowd they hadn’t had enough. Dropping everything from moombahton to trap to even some hip-hop with Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” the Mad Decent head honcho made sure no one left the convention center-sized dancefloor. Even R3hab took to the stage and soaked the crowd with a paint cannon during his set. A clear highlight of the set was, of course, when he dropped his staple track “Express Yourself,” at which point he looped the song for an extended period of time and invited some ladies to, well, express themselves.
The night ended with a special performance by the Devil from Acapulco, who was absent from many of the Life In Color shows over the past year. With body paint all over and green lasers coming out of his fingers and skull on his head, he gave a performance while jamming to the immediately-recognizable “Zombie Nation,” reminding me of seeing him for the first time at my first Dayglow a few years ago.
The night was an overall huge success and fun was had by thousands in attendance. Hell, even Miami Heat’s DJ Irie made a surprise performance.
We dig the Life in Color events a lot. As we always say, keep it fresh and sticky, y’all.