Electric Zoo NYC Recap: Day 3 with Flux Pavilion, Skrillex, Diplo and More


Sunday (Sept. 2) at Electric Zoo was a feast of clandestine climaxes and an epic grand finale impacted by the true arrival of EDM’s next-in-line to be viewed as iconic. As it seemed the excitement of Day 1 melted unto the promise of Day 2, Day 3 made the commencing spirit understandably delirious. The heat wave and commotion from yesterday left even the most experience party freak overwhelmed, though it was a wondrous circus. Randall’s Island somewhat evoked a ‘day after tomorrow’ feeling as the confetti from last night was still sprawled across the park. Still, the fans came ready for more.

When it came to fashion, cocky and amusing shirts with EDM-inspired slogans still ruled and with neons still the color-way. Navajo and punk rock accessories were all the rage for the ladies. But the best shirt was worn by a teenage boy with glasses. His tank was a clever take on pseudo-indie hip-hop rapper Lil’ B’s alter ego “Based God” that read: “I Thank You Bass God.” There were also many shout-outs to “Molly” (if you’re remotely attuned to EDM culture, you know exactly who “she is”) and there were tops galore, from sadistic to witty point of views, all endorsing her apparently imperturbable effect.

Weapons of consumption aside, Day 3 was demonstrably prolific as it was more about the newer acts than the legends or the affirmed new class of stars. The novel DJs and producers that were profoundly enjoyable and influential during their sets were Clockwork (on the Main Stage); Adventure Club (at the Hilltop Arena); Paper Diamond, Krewella, and Benga (at Riverside); and Dixon (at Sunday School Groove). Don’t be surprised if one (or all) of the aforementioned acts headline Electric Zoo or any other huge festival in the coming years. They each stupefied and thoroughly electrified the day-glo audience. Significantly bodacious in sound and charisma, the newer acts shined without even trying and their efforts were possibly unforeseen but not forgotten. In simple language: they rocked.

Later in the day, fan faves like Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Flux Pavilion & Doctor P, Zeds Dead, and Boys Noize drew their loyal assemblage with top-notch performances. Knife Party, and their comic book action extravaganza, were a definite must-see, and Zeds Dead’s nebulous aura spooked a packed house to an unearthly delight. Towards the very end of what would be the last of Electric Zoo ’12, three major acts were ready to pounce: The Bloody Beetroots, Diplo, and Skrillex. All three acts are stars in the EDM/dub-step universe, so it was a tough call on who to watch, but also a guarantee thrash or swivel of a good time regardless. Diplo kept it grooving with his usual Caribbean meets UK-flavored mix, and the Bloody Beetroots were electro-rock chiefs in their corner, but truthfully, it was all about Skrillex on Sunday. As he was at E-Zoo last year on one of the “smaller” sets, a year has certainly made a difference as he was the closing act to perform for the festival behind the iconoclast of house music Tiesto.

Skrillex is living the EDM DJ dream. As the golden child of a booming genre and culture, the Grammy Award winner and member of Forbes Best Paid DJs worldwide, a hearty, powerful and nearly two-hour show on the Main Stage transpired. While some of his peers and critics have referred to him as a button-pusher in the true veracity of DJing talent, Skrillex didn’t care about anything in his moment except for offering blistering jingles and hard rock thunders through his electro-house revolving. He was sincere in putting on a great show and it all came to a fin with confetti blasting through the air. His explosive run of aggressive breakbeats with heavy guitar elements moved Electric Zoo as it seemed that everyone was watching and dancing to only him. To the naysayers, hate to break it to ya, but it’s been confirmed: Skrillex is a star.