@AndyShore My time in the photo pit for Travis x A-Trak at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 Los Angeles was like Frank the Tank debating James Carville in Old School. I was excited to shoot Travis Barker (no offense to A-Trak–I already shot him at Lolla 09). His flying-over-the-stage drum solo with samples during Blink 182’s encore last summer had me looking forward to seeing him in action with a DJ. Dancing as much, if not more, than I was picture taking probably didn’t help either. Lil John took the stage and my brain turned off. My memory starts to jog with them playing Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys, but I don’t recall the songs.
I have a bit more recollection of the sights, than the sounds. Travis is a monster behind the kit. His arms often move so fast he looks like he’s got four of them. He spins sticks above his head and raising them up in the air, only to come crashing back down again with such force than you fear for the kit. The energy from Travis allows A-Trak to avoid the stereotypical hype moves of most DJs, allowing the music to do the talking.
Drake’s “Forever” is the first song I made sure to write down and “Apache” followed that. The whole crowd sang along as they put the oogie in our boogie, the unk in our funk with Duck Sauce’s “Anyway.” Their Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll” rivaled that of the Tiesto remix at Coachella. I’m still weighing Travis’ drums against Tiesto’s lasers. Playing so many great songs, so well, set the bar for everything else to be measured against this weekend at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 Los Angeles.