Review: Mord Fustang drops the beat to an electric Orpheum crowd in Ybor City
Mord Fustang exploded into Tampa Sunday night, bringing along his heart pumping and mind-blowing original dubstep mixes to the newly relocated and revamped Orpheum in Ybor City.
This Estonian burst on the scene this past summer under Miles Dyson’s label, Plasmapool, with his songs Lick The Rainbow, A New World, and Magic Trooper. These fast hits reached the top 10 on Beatport; A New World held the No. 1 slot on the dubstep chart for a couple weeks, while Lick The Rainbow hit No. 3 on the top 100. Mord dropped five songs in five months, all earning recognition from different artists in the electronic music industry and an uproar of talk from fans of electronic music.
However, Plasmapool’s up and coming DJ is very mysterious; little is known about him. But one thing’s for sure: this guy knows how to get the party started.
It’s hard to catagorize Mord Fustang as “dubstep,” because his songs contain many elements of trance as well. Any fan of electronic music will find something to bob their head to. He first began studying music at age 8, and now takes his honed musical skills and infuses them into new electronic beats. He describes his sound as, “An adventurously nude fluctuant immaculate rainbow-coated thunderstorm with arpeggios, 1-up mushrooms and disco basslines, plus a wobble or two.”
Whatever you want to call it, it was pure energy exploding through The Orpheum’s speakers. His live performance exceeded my already high expectation of this newcomer to the scene. His setup included a plastic table in the middle of a boring stage, stacked with all of his DJ gear. No elaborate light show or fancy LCD screen stage for him, just his music pumping through the veins and rattling the minds of ecstatic fans, even hours after the music stopped.
The Orpheum felt alive, with glow sticks and bodies meshing together on the dance floor, which was surprisingly full for a Sunday night. With the electronic music scene visibly growing (clubs in Tampa and St. Petersburg now feature the genre a couple nights a week), it’s safe to say this DJ will be seeing his name in lights soon.
Kick-starting the show was an up-and-coming local artist, DJ D.T.M. from Tampa. He started DJing in 2000 after a trip to Club 301 and Club Xanadu in Jacksonville.
“Since then I’ve spent the last 10 years traveling from Chicago to Florida, seeing and getting involved with DJ’s, honing my skills doing numerous house parties and events,” D.T.M told me after his set at the Orpheum. “I love being able to express myself through my music, and I do just that. Most of the time, the music I’m spinning reflects what’s burning inside me; from electro house to progressive and tech house. I love taking my crowd to a whole new level of energy and emotion through my music.”
Check out DJ D.T.M on Nov. 10 for a set at G.Bar in Ybor City.
-- Kate Cillian, tbt*