As guests made their way into the second day of Deep Tropics, Saturday, August 19th, they were greeted by the sounds from Nashville locals, Lux Velour, at the Meru Stage. The smooth sounds from their tropical house inspired set made everyone think that they should have been listening to them at sunset. Based on their set, they’ll have later set times for future festivals.
Raydium kicked the day off at the Lotus Stage and he brought the heat. He brought out his sister to sing along to one of his tracks and then had a heavy drum and bass performance, which warmed up the crowd.
On the Meru Stage, Coco & Breezy kept the tropical house vibes going. The sister duo played their popular tracks “Just Say” and “Off My Mind”, which had the crowd dancing along. They both left the DJ booth at the end of their show to dance with the crowd. They ended up staying in the pit for most of the afternoon to soak in the other acts at the Meru Stage.
ESCPE kicked things up a notch at the Lotus Stage, with a dichotomy of a set focusing on trap bass and then switching things up to a more ethereal sound. The crowd was loving his energy and dancing along the entire time.
Parkbreezy took over at the Lotus Stage and changed gears. He had a performance that seemed like a hybrid between house music and bass, sort of creating a trance like environment. The crowd loved the energy and was grooving along the whole show.
The crowd gravitated towards Major League DJz at the Meru Stage. The brother duo leaned into their African roots and played a lot of tracks that had an Afro-funk influence. The highlight of their set was their remix of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”, the crowd was singing and dancing along the whole time.
As the day moved into the evening, Veil had a performance full of hypnotic bass that the crowd loved. Combined with her insane visuals, she had a memorable show that left the crowd wanting more.
Eli & Fur started their set with a bang, playing some of their biggest hits “Otherside” and “You’re so High”. Their big room house atmosphere had the crowd dancing and feeling as if they’re one with the music.
Smoakland played a double performance, filling in for Saka who was unable to attend at the last minute. As their sunset show moved into the night, their production kicked it into high gear and they had a crazy laser display. Their remix of “Pump it Up” by the Black Eyed Peas had the crowd going crazy. Once they finished, they left the crowd wanting more.
Hayden James’ set was stacked with his biggest hits. The crowd was singing and dancing along to “Something About You”, “Foolproof”, his remix of ODESZA’s “The Last Goodbye”, “Rather Be With You”, and his remix of “Roses” by Outkast. The way people were jumping and dancing along to his tracks, it was bound to be picked up on the Richter scale.
Sonny Fodera picked up things where Hayden James left off and played hit after hit. The biggest reaction from the crowd was when he remixed Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody”, Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman”, and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. He made sure that the production matched his performance and it ended up being an experience for all at the Meru Stage.
Inzo hit the stage full force with his future bass vibe. His tracks were full of energy and the laser production was there to match it. Inzo played his hit track “Overthinker” and the crowd went crazy. It was an absolutely electrifying show.
Ending things at the Meru Stage, SG Lewis was the perfect fit for that. He played his hit tracks “Time”, “All We Have”, and a brand new track that hasn’t been released yet. The crowd ate it up and it will be a chart-topper once it’s released. The production of his set helped to keep the crowd going and by the end of the set the crowd was left wanting more.
Rounding out the day at the Lotus Stage, TroyBoi made sure to bring the heat. His bass and dubstep influence was seen in the tracks “Red Eye”, remixing “MyBoi” by Billie Eilish, “Do You?”, and remixing Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot”. The production at his performance was by far the best of the weekend and it had Deep Tropics end with a bang.
-words: Caitlyn Derr
-photos: Sam Wilkinson