Savoy at Granada1

Savoy has been a forefather of the classic “light show” that we’ve all come to anticipate when attending some of our favorite EDM concerts. There is something distinct about their performance, though, when compared to other artists. They have this ability to create one of the best show experiences of your life with only two elements: lasers and music. Now, there are obviously many artists who that have a spectacular visual component to their performances, but often this includes other components outside of lights: think Deadmau5’s cube or Daft Punk’s massive pyramid. Savoy’s performance– besides their music, obviously– relies strictly on of their light show. When I saw these guys perform in Lawrence, Kansas at The Granada just the other night, I could not help but be amazed at the ratio between simplicity and impressiveness.

As it almost always goes here in the small town of Lawrence, the decision of whether or not to attend a show is made about 15 minutes beforehand. It’s all about the ambiance, people, and when you’re attending a show in a town like this, it’s either a hit or a miss. So, at about 10 p.m., as I was mid-shot at the bar, it hit me that I need to go see Savoy. I rallied up the troops (two of my girlfriends) and we ventured off to The Granada.

We walked in and holy lasers was I pissed I didn’t get here sooner. I was ashamed I had even questioned coming in the first place. The first thing I saw was lasers EVERYWHERE. The best part was that they went perfectly in sync with the music. It was like each little laser light had a purpose, and no I was not on drugs. It was just that good. It was one of the best light shows I had ever seen. As I have said before, their whole production was strictly lights and music.

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They played a good amount of tracks off of their new Personal Legend EP, but also bumped some oldies like the classic “I’m In Need”. You can’t help but have respect for the drummer, who provided the live music aspect as well. Pioneered by artists like Pretty Lights, this impressive  set up doesn’t get as much respect as it should nowadays. I would have to say one of my favorite sets was their remix of Die Antwoord‘s “Fish Paste”. Here’s a less than average video I took…

As the show quickly came to an end (due to Lawrence curfew violations… typical) I realized: well, somebody has to be orchestrating all these lights and I quickly became interested in how they planned this kind of stuff. I figured I’d take some pictures of them to see if I could get an idea of what they do back there in that little cubby, but instead I just got this. Enjoy.

Savoy at Granada2

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