Excision at The Fillmore in Miami Beach
Up to now, I’ve mostly covered jam and rock shows on this blog, but I also really like electronic music of all kinds. This past Saturday at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, I went to see a DJ that goes by the name Excision. His music is considered bass or dubstep to some. I’m a fan of so many different types of music and by being open to everything, I find I am able meet many different people. I recently joined a group on Reddit to camp with for this years’ experience at Okeechobee Music Festival. I mentioned I was going to see Excision in Miami and another South Florida local named Danielle stepped up and said she was thinking about going to the show. His current show is called The Paradox and a bunch of others in the chat have already been to the experience. They easily convinced Danielle she shouldn’t sleep on this and that it is a must-see show. Excision does a great job in combining a unique style of dubstep with an amazing visual experience like I have never seen before. I’ve got some pictures and video on my Instagram.
Three different DJs opened the show: Dion Timmer, Barely Alive, and Cookie Monsta, but we didn’t come in till about half way through Barely Alive. The tickets said 8:00PM but earlier in the day Excision posted on his Instagram that the first DJ would start at 7:10PM. Our plans were already set, so we just stayed the course to get into the venue around 8:00. We arrived and parked easily, waited a short time to meet Danielle and then headed in. The line wasn’t long at all but the search was heavier than I have ever seen, for this venue. As they patted me down, even squeezing my shoes to make sure there was nothing inside, someone was being arrested next to me. We grabbed some beers and headed in to the theater area. We got a good spot at the back of the GA standing pit on a slight step in the middle, so we had a great view that was perfect for pictures. We were ready to break our necks for this heavy headbanging style of electronic music.
During a break between acts, we went outside to smoke some cigs at some point and met a cool dude named Ernesto. He had just moved here from Venezuela and doesn’t have a lot of friends in the area. We got to talking about just about everything to do with life and we almost lost track of time. We headed back inside and by some stroke of luck we got our spot back, and the show started soon after. I had heard a ton of hype about the show and seen video online, but nothing compared to seeing this show first hand. The curtain dropped to reveal a massive screen as tall as what was possible, which was probably 50 feet tall and 100 feet wide; it covered the whole stage. I could be off on the dimensions, but it was massive. It was full LED, not projected, and outlined by laser lights perfectly programed to go along with whatever was on the screen at the time. The closest thing I’ve seen to it would be a Bassnectar show and as much as I love Bassnectar I have to say, visually, Excision has out done himself. He has set the bar so high with this show that I will have no choice but to see the next stage set up he comes out with in the years to come.