The Lunatic Tour featuring Rezz and Malaa rolled through The Ritz in Tampa last night, and needless to say as this was one of the final dates on the tour if you did not attend you missed out not only on a fantastic show featuring two stellar sets, but also on the coronation of a new queen in the EDM scene.
(Photo by: Brandon Artiga/Proxy Matter)
Let’s start out with my mindset going into the event. I know both artists and their music fairly well so my assumption was of a mellow, laid back, vibe it out and groove type of ordeal.
However, my mom always taught me never to assume things, and it has never rung more true than it did on Halloween weekend in YBOR City in Tampa, Florida.
Malaa hit the stage at around 12:15 a.m. and dazzled the crowd with pure house sounds from start to finish. The rapid rise of popularity for the ski-masked one shone bright on this night as the crowds ears perked and mouths gasped upon hearing the intros to such songs as “Prophecy” and his rap-sampled bangers “Fade” and my personal favorite “Notorious”. Over an hour of old school vibing had myself perked with some energy but still moderately tame and feeling good.
And then Rezz came out and flipped my world (to the) upside down.
I was ready for some dark techno fun, but was quite thrown when pulsating bass rippled through my bones from the very start and it never turned down not for one second.
It was dark, it was heavy, and it was wonderful.
One of my favorite parts of a set that lasted as the lights in the venue turned on the clock had ventured beyond the 3:00 a.m. mark was watching the rookie dynamo’s stage presence and how she already looked like a 10 year veteran. The way she handled the crowd almost taking us on this strange(r things) journey through her musical psyche was sensational. She didn’t even say a word til almost the midway point of the set, but she did not have to; her stage presence just adds another remarkable layer to an artist who already commands attention.
Rezz ripped through an hour and a half of originals and fan favorites such as “Purple Gusher” off of her newly released EP Something Wrong Here, as well as some of the jams that have helped lay the foundation for her success like “Edge” and “Delusion”. And her reputation as the protégé of the almighty Deadmau5 was on display as she paid homage to the legendary producer with some of his material strewn throughout, including a chilling version of “Raise Your Weapon” that had the crowd bellowing at the top of their lungs.
By the time the lights turned on (and she was still performing), I had known I had witnessed something special between both artists. Here I was watching a rise to stardom that is all but guaranteed at this point at the rate Rezz and Malaa are going. They are both cementing themselves into the very fabric of electronic music and will surely be EDM household names sooner rather than later. Rezz, though, is seemingly already ascending to the mountaintop and after this show I completely understand why.
Assumptions be damned, I bared witness to the beginning of a revolution. Bow down to the new queen.
From my first festival experience at Buku 2013 I have been a nonstop part of the EDM community and love every aspect of it. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and it's what I love to do, so music + writing is the perfect combination for me.