It’s been great to read the Lollapalooza posts. But what about the after-parties? We hit Vision’s after-party where Moby spun a 2 hour set. Vision is attached to Excalibur, which made it less appealing of a venue to me. The other side of that is that Vision brings some of the best DJ’s from around the globe to Chicago, including Moby. I had to put my bias aside since he rarely spins in Chicago. Heather (thank you!) helped my group out by providing tickets and VIP access.
With DJ’s there are 2 components: Skill & talent. Moby posses both, but his set was a bit disappointing in the area of talent. He spun an amazingly skilled set of primarily straight-up house music, but he did not utilize much music from his new album, “Last Night” on the international label, Mute Records. It’s with his own music that the very talented Moby shines as a writer of music. The DJ’s that spun earlier that night used a Basement Jaxx loop twice and later Moby spun the same track, so we all heard it three times that night. The song came out in 2000; 8 years have passed since the song’s release. Given that Moby is one of the key forces bringing DJ’s into the mainstream, it would seem he’d bring more diversity to his playlist. His new album stands well above his set that night.
Vision is huge and really well run. Many clubs that hold Lolla parties are chaos in terms of orgainization, which was not the case at Vision. The crowd was going to love Moby no matter what he spun, and it was good that despite how crowded it was, people had room to move. If you decide to go to Vision, be prepared for relatively high prices on covers and drinks, but also be prepared to see some of the best DJ’s spin. Hopefully not the same old song a few times throughut the night.