I’ve been going to Audiotistic since I was in High School. The first Audiotistic I ever went to was back in 2001 in Long Beach and it featured Common and Dilated Peoples as well as a slew of dance DJ’s. Qualifying Audiotistic as one of the first places to seamlessly attract Hip-Hop heads and ravers. And this weekend was no different. The Line-up included A-trak, Bassnectar, Rusko, N.A.S.A., Relfection Eternal, and headliner Kid Cudi.

The crowd was buzzing hours before Cudi’s set. This dude had become a superstar seemingly over night. Day N’ Night came out less than 3 years ago and now this dude is headlining festivals? It’s bananas, but the support is definitely around him. The guy has an air about him that cannot be denied and it comes through big time during his live performances. Kid Cudi’s popularity is understandable but I am not overwhelmed by his talent. He’s not really a singer or rapper and unlike his predecessors Kanye and Pharrell, does not produce his own material. But his music sounds good and I’m sure the ladies love his shirtless outfits during his performance, but I need something more from you Kid. A live band maybe, or just something that we’ve never seen before.

The real star of the festival was A-trak. There are some great dance DJ’s out there, but unfortunately a lot of them are interchangeable. Not A-trak. This dude is from the old school DMC Battle days. If you take away his computer he wouldn’t skip a beat, he’d probably wow you more with his turntablist abilities. I first got into the DJ scene from watching Hip-Hop DJ’s, so I appreciate A-trak’s blend of Hip-Hop turntablism with hardcore electro beats. There aren’t many guys who live so concretely in both worlds, and he does it flawlessly, so big ups Mr. Trak.


Reflection Eternal ft. Mos Def – This Means You

N.A.S.A. ft. Kanye West, Lykke Li, and Santigold – Gifted

Duck Sauce – The Motion

2 Responses to “AUDIOTISTIC 2010”

  1. subhumanoid Says:

    AUDIOTISTIC 2010 will always have a special place in my mechanical heart

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