The Highs and Lows of Tchami, DJ Snake, Malaa and Mercer's 'Pardon My French' LA Show

19 January 2017 - - The DJ List


Upon returning to my hometown of Los Angeles for the holidays, there were three things I was exceptionally looking forward to: 1) Reuniting with my family and friends whom I hadn't seen in months, 2) Enjoying two work-free, festive weeks in my family's cozy house, 3) Attending the TCHAMI, DJ SNAKE, MERCER and MALAA's highly-anticipated show at The Shine. Let me assure you, number 3 had been on my mind for months.

Not only are these artists incredibly talented and reputable, they each encompass different specific aspects of the electronic music realm. Each Frenchman has a signature sound, while still maintaining variety in their performances. I couldn't wait to see how the four would come together to create a deliciously versatile evening.

The event, entitled 'Pardon My French' in accompaniment with their upcoming North American Tour, took place on December 29th at The Shrine in Los Angeles. The Shrine is one of my favorite venues in the LA area, so I was pretty stoked when I discovered that's where the show would take place. It's massive, yet indoors, so the production quality is top-notch, and the bass is always loud and thumping. It's pretty huge so it gives more of an indoor festival feel. I'd take that any day over the typical cramped, sweaty concert hall.

First impressions: thrilled with the crowd. Lately I've been seeing too many 19 year-old frat guys in neon t-shirts who are completely clueless when it comes to the music. The noobs who aren't respectful of your space, are too drunk, etc. To my excitement, this was nothing like that. A really solid, upbeat crowd with an awesome energy. Everyone seemed to know their shit, or at least have an appreciation for the music and respect for those around them.

Mercer and Malaa both absolutely killed it. My only complaint during Mercer is how quiet the music was. As the night went on, the music progressively got louder and louder. I'm not sure what the motivation is behind that, maybe to create more hype for the headliners? But when the music is noticeably quiet, it's a bit distracting and takes away from the performer's full potential. Despite the volume, Mercer still killed it, setting the mood for an incredible night to unfold.

Malaa was awesome, as expected. Because I've been living in Europe for the last couple years, I don't necessarily see fan bases building in person, first hand. It was really cool for me to see how much Malaa has seriously blown up since his career has taken off - there were more Malaa totems, t-shirts, and signs than even for Tchami or DJ Snake. The crowd absolutely erupted when he dropped his massive hit "Notorious." His set was smooth and deep from beginning to end, staying true to his style and dropping his hits without really mixing it up. No complaints here, definitely a solid set.

Tchami took the stage next, the volume increased and production level went up another notch. He dropped all his classics like "Afterlife," "Turn It Up," and his remix of "Go Deep" along with some other filthy tracks like MOKSI's "Get U There," a personal favorite of mine. He of course dropped "Prophecy," a new crowd favorite, and the audience went wild. Tchami's style is always just so on point. He teases the audience by occasionally throwing in the filthiest house drop, then brings it back up to a standard bass house track. He always puts on an incredible performance and I always leave more than satisfied. Tonight at The Shrine was no exception.

DJ Snake closed the show. I consider myself a big DJ Snake fan, I've followed him for years, even have seen him in this filthy tiny club in Paris three or four years back. Like any DJ Snake fan, we know he's so much more than his radio hits, and I couldn't wait to see him expose that inner filth like he typically does in his shows. Unfortunately, for me, he took that a bit too far with the show at The Shrine. He came in hot with two hardstyle tracks right off the bat, "okay cool," I'm thinking, totally stoked that he's going in a different direction. He delivered ear drum shattering drop, after drop. This was so sick in the beginning but got old fairly quick.

When a versatile DJ like DJ Snake plays a couple hits or familair songs and then comes out of nowhere with a fat Doctor P drop, it's the most amazing surprise and drives the crowd nuts. This is one of my favorite moments in a show. Maybe every three or four songs, gives us that filth and we'll be caught off guard and lose our shit. But if five, six, even seven drops in a row are these nasty dubstep drops, you're going to lose the magic of it.

I've seen DJ Snake kill it in the past with an awesome mix of fire bass house, dirty trap, and the occasional dubstep drop. To me that was the best combination that also represented him as an artist. I would have loved to see that tonight. Don't get me wrong, his set was incredible and I love seeing DJs mix their style up in whichever way they're feeling it, but it became too consistent and too predictable that it lost me for a bit.

He picked it back up toward the end, playing his worldwide smash hits like "Lean On" and "Middle." Overall a great performance by DJ Snake, maybe just not in the direction some of us might have preferred.

All in all, this concert was amazing. It definitely sets the bar high for the upcoming "Pardon My French" North American Tour this Spring. If you didn't get a chance to catch the show at The Shrine, or loved it so much you can't wait for round two, be sure to scope the upcoming tour dates and purchase your tickets here.

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Sally Hurst
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