Review: Digitalism Live At Bardot
When I first heard about the Digitalism show at Bardot, I had to do a double take. One of my favorite (and, arguably, one of the more recognized) electronic acts is going to play live in one of the most intimate and laid back venues in Miami?
It was almost too much to comprehend, but comprehend it, we must.
I arrived at Bardot shortly after 11 p.m. as doors opened. A small, slightly-elevated stage with two podiums had been set up for their performance. Their heart-shaped logo from second album I Love You, Dude was set up on a large backdrop behind the stage.
Sean Drake was keeping the vibes smooth as he opened with songs like Hot Since 82′s remix of “Beg” and Touch Sensitive & Anna Lunoe’s “Real Talk.” Seeing that tickets were sold out online (there were still some being sold at the door for $40), I was surprised the place wasn’t filled up earlier. Of course, once 12:30 a.m. came around and the German duo set to take the stage, it seemed quite crowded all too quickly.
Rocking matching black blazers, the duo (consisting of Jens “Jence” Moelle and ?smail “Isi” Tüfekçi) got on stage and stood over their podiums with their equipment, mainly two iPads and some sound gear. The setup was very reminiscent of Kraftwerk’s live performances.
The two started with “Miami Showdown,” which could not have been more fitting for two reasons: 1. It set the tone and eased the crowd into the mayhem that was about to unfold, and 2. well, because this show was in Miami!
They slowly increased the tempo during it’s breakdown and then slammed it into their classic “Idealistic.” Jence took to the microphone and sang the lyrics, and he would continue to do so for any song he could.
The crowd was all about it. They even threw napkins into the air like confetti throughout the night.
Playing songs like “Circles,” “Falling,” and “Technorama,” Digitalism kept the tempo and energy up akin to a DJ set, but some of the tunes definitely had a nice indie-rock feel. They slowed things down with “A New Drug” from DJ-Kicks, definitely a highlight of the night.
Once the clock struck 1:30 a.m., they stopped playing, waved to the crowd and started to walk off stage. The throng of fans immediately chanted “One more song!” After what seemed like too long (30 seconds), the two got back on stage and went on for another few songs.
Taking the last of the energy from the crowd, they played “So Totally Good,” which was a (wait for it) totally good song to play in the encore. They finished off the night with their classic “Pogo,” which was accompanied by a slightly uncoordinated hand-clap from the crowd.
“Thank you,” Ismail said once they were done. “We love you, dudes”
We love you, too, Digitalism. We love you, dudes.