The Future Music Festival Must-Sees [Part One]
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By now, you’re probably feeling acquainted with the huge line-up that’ll be travelling ‘round the country in March 2013 with Future Music Festival. The cast includes legendary live acts (The Prodigy, The Stone Roses), inthemix favourites (Madeon, A-Trak, Boys Noize, Feed Me), a techno dream team (the Sven, Richie, Ricardo, Magda and Seth show), Cosmic Gate leading the trance charge…and so much more. To go a little deeper into what’s coming our way, we’ve cherry-picked five of the star attractions to find out what we’ll be witnessing from front-and-centre.
Feed Me Live: With Teeth
High on the list of most-wanted tours for a good while now, Feed Me chose Future Music Festival as the stage to bare his Teeth. Jon Goode, the mastermind behind Feed Me and its forerunner Spor, created his With Teeth live show in collaboration with Sober Industries and Studio Rewind. The last few years have seen a procession of flashy new spectacles in dance music – Deadmau5 doing The Cube, Sub Focus and his disc of LEDs, The Skrillex Cell, Plastikman Live 1.5 and 2.0, Andy C: Alive, and the list goes on – and Goode has created his as an extension of the mischievous Feed Me character.
“When I’m producing tracks as Feed Me, I look for the most energetic and dynamic option,” he says in the video below. The same goes for the With Teeth concept, which sees Goode at the controls atop a giant cartoon grin. The ‘Teeth’ are constructed from flexible LED screens, which pulse with reactive visuals. “We are using a system that reacts to what the DJ is doing,” says Auke Kruithof from Studio Rewind. “That means the DJ has total freedom to choose his track selection, change the tempo and mash things up. The system will listen to him.” As high-tech as it looks now, the live show began life with Goode and “some scissors, sitting on the floor, cutting out shapes and sticking bits of wire together.” Now it’s an 18-foot structure that has travelled from the UK, around Europe and over to the U.S. Its Australian debut on the Warrior’s Dance stage is sure to be rowdy.
We last saw Feed Me here DJing at Parklife 2011, and he brought enough heat to make a fleet of new fans. Recently, Goode was invited to present a session on Pete Tong’s hallowed Essential Mix, and he stacked it out with over 20 Feed Me productions. The likes of Deadmau5, Stephan Bodzin, Dillon Francis and Aphex Twin popped up in between his own studio handiwork, with moombahton, dubstep, house and drum & bass all represented across the two hours. Hit play on it below.
Feed Me Essential Mix, September 2012
“Walking around the festival we felt, this was us. 100-percent us.” That’s Maxim Reality reminising to inthemix about The Prodigy’s first Warrior’s Dance festival, which brought 65,000 fans to Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK. While The Prodigy closed out the night with a blistering set they later immortalised on the World’s On Fire DVD, they also hand-picked the day’s line-up of acts. “The whole event was down to the three guys in the band,” Maxim told us. “Instead of just leaving it to the promoter to do everything, we wanted to curate the whole event, not just our performance, our lights and our stage show.”
Almost four years on, Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim will be recreating that atmosphere on the Warrior’s Dance mainstage at Future Music Festival. It’s a heavyweight cast they’ve assembled around them, too: Boys Noize, Feed Me, Zeds Dead, Kill The Noise and Borgore. “We’re bringing our whole vibe, not just our show,” Maxim added. “It is like taking a circus.”
The last time we saw The Prodigy here was Future Music Festival 2010, coming at the tail-end of a year-long touring circuit for fifth album Invaders Must Die. This time, they’ll be road-testing tracks from its follow-up, which goes by the working title of How to Steal a Jet Fighter. As Maxim told inthemix, they’ve lost none of their power as a live unit. “We’re an honest band,” he said. “We don’t just go through the motions of performance. We have to enjoy it. We’re not a boy band. It’s about performance, it’s about energy, and relaying that to the crowd. People today know what they want, and they can see what’s real and what’s not. They can see the realness in our performance.”
So what kind of set-list can we expect from the headliners? Just last month, The Prodigy brought Warrior’s Dance to a fortress in Belgrade, Serbia, playing the closing set to a 20,000-strong crowd. The set-list spanned more than 20 tracks, blazing through Omen, Poison, Breathe, Smack My Bitch Up, Voodoo People, Their Law, Out Of Space and all the rest. In the words of Maxim: “We have got the ultimate set now: we’ve been working on it for 20 years.”