Hump Day With Paper Diamond – A Spring Awakening Artist to Watch
This past Wednesday, February 26th, I had the pleasure of getting the perfect preview for the performances that will be permeating Spring Awakening this year. The DJ was Paper Diamond, and it was a flawless Hump Day fiasco. While my love for EDM runs deep, my only experience with trap music has been the occasional dirty drop at festivals like Electric Forest, Electric Daisy Carnival (Chicago) and Summer Set. Attending the show with an avid trap fan, I finally got to experience first hand what it truly means to drop the bass.
With a truly practiced appreciation for every aspect of bass, kick, and snare, Alex B aka Paper Diamond knows how to make asses drop to the floor. The Colorado DJ’s omnipotent knowledge for beat got its start while he was the bassist for Pneuma Trio back in 2004. His DJ career started in 2011 and skyrocketed instantly. Touring the festival circuit in 2011, he had his own Night Vision Tour in 2012. This time around, Paper Diamond is touring with LOUDPVCK and various locals acts, bringing raw entertainment in pure form.
The show was held at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, WI. With 7,000 square feet to deal with, it was the perfect venue for this occasion. But, it was almost as if Milwaukee wasn’t prepared for what Paper Diamond had in store for them. LOUDPVCK warmed up the early birds as the late arrivals (such as ourselves) trickled in. Alex B holds an unadulterated joy for what he does, and came to the front of the stage and greeted the front row before the show even started, which caught my attention. The first few tracks generated a slow start to the energy of the show. At times, the crowd seem to stand in awe as the magnificent LED screen both in front of and behind Paper Diamond lit up Turner Hall. The bass could be felt from your toes through to each split end on your head, vibrating every floorboard, every window, every beer. Alex pumped up the crowd with every drop. Maybe it was the alcohol, maybe it was Milwaukee finally opening their eyes, but soon enough Paper Diamond had all of Turner Hall bouncing. He switched things up at times, mixing genres and adding flavor to every track. The show ended way too early, but not a single person left that show unhappy.
Paper Diamond has the ability to make a skeptic a believer. Those who truly love the power of bass should make it to Spring Awakening this year, as Paper Diamond will be one of the many multifaceted artists booming Soldier Field in Chicago June 13-15th. Tickets for Spring Awakening are on sale now and Paper Diamond will be touring until festival season, continuing in Chicago tonight at Concord Music Hall.