REVIEW: DJ Shadow – The Triffid, Brisbane

Written by: James Cooper

Written by: James Cooper

DJ Shadow – The Triffid, Brisbane – Thursday 25th May 2017

DJ Shadow brought his ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ underneath the World War II hanger of the Triffid, which was lucky to be still standing after the 90-minute performance and encore. Covering songs from Endtroducing to his tour title LP, Shadow also managed to include former unreleased pieces and closed with a brand new track he called ‘Corridors’.

After travelling from the other side of the country, there was no stopping the industrial steam train that is DJ Shadow. Shadow opened with the title track of his tour, accompanied by what would be a captivating and storytelling visual that brought the bass heavy music to life. The Brisbane crowd roared with excitement as we moved through the eyes of an astronaut taking flight through an altered dimension.

The perfectly timed visual set throughout the performance included forest wildlife, manmade machinery, a dynamic view of planet earth and of course, lots and lots of beautiful mountains.

Shadow incorporated launchpads, mixers, CDJs, a live drum kit and a turntable to display his experience of high quality showmanship. His scratching ability is second to none. Matching live scratching to the visuals gave the performance a whole new depth of energy (or charge if you will). The crowd were ecstatic to hear classic tracks such as ‘Building Steam with a Grain of Salt’, ‘Organ Donor’, & ‘March of Death (with Zach de la Rocha) as well as highly acclaimed new material including ‘Nobody Speak Feat. Run The Jewls’, & ‘Systematic Feat. Nas’.

For 22 years, DJ Shadow has been coming to Australia yet he is never out of style. The bass heavy mechanical show he is able to produce with such a career behind him is astounding and was well loved by the Brisbane crowd.

DJ Shadow will continue his tour in Sydney and Melbourne till the end of the month and I highly recommend going along to catch one of the world’s best DJ’s produce a memorable night of music and entertainment.

Tickets for upcoming Australian dates can be found here