Respect My Region partnered up with The QR Network to bring you a show recap of the Herobust show in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse. We’ll be covering the show and opening acts in this article and if you want to read an interview with Herobust, you can go and check it out on their site.
The recent Herobust show, in Atlanta, was at the Variety Playhouse. It showcased not only one of the city’s hometown EDM heroes, but also brought a nice variety of local, regional, and national music to one of the most well-known stages in town.
Herobust himself undoubtedly led the ticket sales, drawing a noticeably young and enthusiastic crowd blown away by his flawless blend of high energy dubstep, karaoke-style mashups, and signature trap sound. A budding generation of bass music fans now has Herobust to thank for their introduction to a variety of sounds they might not have met yet via the opening acts.
Taking the stage first, Parrotice immediately took it to a weird place in the best possible way. He proved to be a master of opening up the crowd, setting a chill groove perfect for those rolling through the door at nine o’clock. The well-known Atlanta producer, whose real name is Jonathan Shuttleworth, opened for Space Jesus back in January. Just to give you an idea of the sounds emanating from the stage. Different as can be from Herobust, but an amazing place to start the evening. Even the green room was buzzing with praise for his set.
Next up was Chark, aka Chase Clark, a producer from Birmingham with some seriously stank-face worthy sounds. Bass so heavy you can feel it in the balcony like you’re right in front of the stage. We caught up with him after the show to assess the situation in Alabama.
The QR Network’s Interview with Chark
QR: What did you do differently to prepare for a set here in Atlanta?
Chark: Atlanta is actually a lot savvier than my hometown of Birmingham. There’s a few of us out there in Alabama, but it’s not as many. So I don’t worry as much. I just kinda go up and do my thing and hope people enjoy it because it’s a savvier audience in this city than back home. The Herobust crowd is a very high energy crowd, and I play a lot of slower stuff typically. It was good for my timeslot to bring my whole vibe here tonight and stay at a slower tempo.
QR: How do you feel about your performance?
Chark: I thought it went really great. There were a few confused looks like people weren’t used to the style. But then I had several people come up who loved it and had never heard the genre before so that felt really good. It was nice to expose a crowd to something different and have them enjoy it. You’re always hoping it works out.
QR: In terms of numbers and energy, what are you used to playing to that really makes Atlanta a different experience?
Chark: It’s usually a much more intimate crowd back home. And usually, I play to people who wear more black. [Laughs] I’ve played Aisle 5 here for a sold-out Shlump show and in October for Sayer and they love that over there. So I’m super into that vibe and it’s always great. But 100% I love to expose people to music they aren’t familiar with like I had the chance to do here tonight with this crowd.
I personally have to push myself out farther to make music more interesting and if I didn’t I would be miserable. You have to do what you feel. It’s all ages here too and that’s one of the things that’s different. I’m usually playing for a 21 and up crowd. Everyone here tonight is newer to the scene thanks to Herobust. He’s a legend and for a lot of people, he’s one of the first deeper cuts they experience.
The QR Network’s Interview with DMVU
DMVU, or Matthew Philpott-Jones kept with the general weirdness, but ramped up the energy to head-banging, mosh pit levels. Somehow at the same time transitioning into a trap vibe. And he really feels the love in Atlanta.
QR: Welcome to Atlanta! How do you feel about playing here?
DMVU: Actually to be totally real, I really love Atlanta. The first time I ever sold out a headlining show was at Aisle 5 right across the street. I’ve been here a few times now.
QR: What’s the difference? What is it that draws you back here?
DMVU: People are IN IT. When I play on the West Coast, people show up to the venue at midnight, stay at the show for two hours, and stand like this [crosses his arms and looks bored] all night. But when I play in Atlanta, by nine everyone is in the venue and fist-pumping and screaming. The energy is unmatched.
QR: You brought out Paul Ollinger from Mantis tonight, obviously big for Atlanta. Do you know one another well?
DMVU: Weirdly enough, we had only briefly spoken on the internet. Then the last time I played here with Dirt Monkey at Terminal West, he just appeared in the green room and was like, “Let’s go back to back!” and I was like, “Yeah, sure! But wait, I don’t even know you!” And we did it and it went great and now it’s a “thing”. Every time I’m in Atlanta I’m like, “Yo, Paul! You got the stuff, do your thang!”
I listened to Mantis when I was a younger kid trying to produce and shit. It’s cool to meet those people and have them be like, “Can I play with you?” It’s like, “Dude I listened to you when I was seventeen!”
QR: So it’s something of an honor for you in a way?
DMVU: Yeah, but he can never know that!
QR: Well it’s definitely not going to end up in a publication on the internet…
DMVU: Just do a private link thing so Paul doesn’t know about it. He has to think I’m cooler.
QR: Of course. Do you know when you’re going to be in Atlanta next?
DMVU: No, but in the past four months I’ve been here three times. So, based off that obviously, you guys aren’t sick of me yet. I only get booked in some states once every two years, but Atlanta loves me.
The QR Network’s Interview with Mantis
Speaking of Mantis, we also caught up with half of the duo, Paul Ollinger, to get his reaction to the show and his surprise set with DMVU. You can also listen to their latest mix here which is full of their latest and upcoming tracks and is just all-around great way to spend an hour.
QR: You said on stage tonight with DMVU that this was your first time playing at the Variety Playhouse. How did it feel? Do you remember the last act you saw here?
Mantis: The last person I saw here was Hannibal Buress. It was awesome. I’ve seen a bunch of people here. It was really cool to get to play here tonight because I’ve played at most of the bigger venues in Atlanta with the exception of the Tabernacle. Something for myself, like “Okay, cool, I’ve played at Variety now.” I’ve played at Terminal West a few times, and that’s my favorite venue, so it was cool to be able to play here at another Zero Mile venue. My wife, Steely, actually works for Zero Mile, they’re all fantastic people that are continually putting in work to make the music scene in Atlanta even more incredible!
Herobust did not disappoint the packed house who came out to see the Trap Caesar. The main event switched up the vibe and the sound, driving the energy higher and higher until everyone in the crowd was just grinning at one another. His set was incredibly uplifting, mixing high-energy dubstep with unique crowd-pleasing mash-ups and trap breakdowns that effortlessly capture the unique flavor of Atlanta hip hop.
A couple examples of crowd favorite moments included mash-ups of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” blended into Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” and “Sugar We’re Going Down” dropped into “D.R.A.M.” You could really feel the love for the fans. He never stopped dancing, showing off some impressive footwork. But he also stayed after the show talking to fans until his manager finally came to get him, then took even more time to answer questions for us. Before leaving the stage, Herobust took the time to give his heartfelt thanks to the city that gave him his start: “Y’all held me down from the very beginning thank you so much!”
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