Prince Fox brought the best of both of the EDM and pop worlds to the Mezzanine Saturday, performing what he described as “future pop.” Whether he played originals or remixes, the Los Angeles producer and DJ would combine electronic music’s synth-heavy sounds with traditional pop song structures to create pulsing and catchy tunes.
A rendition of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” but with female vocals by MOONZz, illustrated the refreshing take on songs. It also proved to be a crowd-pleaser. “Hands up!” Prince Fox interjected as the song exclaimed a similar message. For a while, the dance floor became a sea of arms, as many swayed their hands to the beat.
Under a projected illustration of his signature glasses, Prince Fox weaved between playing his hybrid sound and house music. Additionally, he revisited his roots in alternative rock, remixing songs like Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Otherside.” But no matter the projected mood, the crowd danced ceaselessly into the night.
Prince Fox also debuted a new song, “Time Alone,” and closed his set with Avicii’s “Fade Into Darkness,” paying tribute to the late artist.
Ship Wrek kicked off his San Francisco debut by remixing Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch” alongside fellow opener Yahtzel. They’d silence the audio to let the crowd sing along to the iconically ludicrous chorus. Fittingly dressed in a captain’s hat with a Red Bull in hand, the 18-year-old producer was evidently ready to have a great set. Once he had the booth to himself, Ship Wrek spun remixes of current hits like Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.”
Yahtzel spent a night off from touring with Odesza to perform a sonically diverse DJ set. From remixing hip-hop to dubstep to pop, he covered a lot of ground during his one-hour performance. The Australian electronic artist kept the dance floor in constant motion as he showed intense concentration over the controller; his eyes almost never strayed from the booth while his head moved in sync with every beat. Yahtzel spun remixes of songs like Peking Duk’s “High” and a tune by A Tribe Called Quest. Between remixing, he’d make a smooth transition into his own tracks, like “Someone Else” and “Bent.”
Lil Hank also made his San Francisco debut Saturday. Not to be confused with recent meme sensation Lil Hank Williams (aka the yodeling kid), EDM’s very own dog DJ is a good boy in his own right. Online, Lil Hank appears as a Pomeranian, producing synth-laden songs like “A Young Puppo Is Born,” “Who Let the Dogs In?” and “More Cheese Please.” However, he took a rather anthropomorphic form at the Mezzanine, wearing a Rilakkuma onesie. Illuminated by projections of forest scenes and ‘80s sci-fi landscapes, Lil Hank played a sometimes ambient, sometimes pulsing set of remixes.
— Chloe Catajan
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