A-Trak at Sutra, Mar. 2, 2012

Matt Oliver/OC Weekly

March 2, 2012

Last Friday A-Trak, who is also one half of Ducksauce (the duo behind the infamous "Barbara Streisand" song) made his first ever Sutra appearance. As much as people love to diss on the OC club scene, it seems as though every time I come back to Sutra I feel right at home. I hadn't made an appearance since my birthday in December and it was just the perfect amount of time to make it feel brand new again. When I heard A-Trak was going to be there on a Friday night, I couldn't resist gathering the troops and making a night of it.

We were fashionably late, so by the time we arrived the madness and crowd outside had already died down. We walked in just fine. The real craziness was waiting inside as Kedd Cook was finishing his set to a full house. The music was sexy and Kedd's hipster crowd had the perfect vibe for an A-Trak warm up. You could just feel things were about to get real dirty, in a good EDM kind of way.

I was lucky enough to see the Canadian-born A-Trak tag team on the decks with Diplo at the Pre-Grammy's surprise show in LA, but it had been a while since I had seen him solo without Armand Van Helden (his Ducksauce counterpart). By the time he got on stage around 12:30am the crowd was already "Breaking a Sweat" as he played the new Skrillex song featuring the surviving members of the Doors. Sweating from all the dancing, insane amount of people or all the boozing going on I'm not sure, but it probably was a combination of all three.

Right away A-Trak got into the groove of the music and you could tell he was enjoying himself just as much as we were. "I didn't really know what to expect. I couldn't place Costa Mesa on a map before this, but I came here and it was packed, everyone was going nuts and it was fun! I'd come back," he shared with me afterward. Nuts is an understatement. The crowd was raging so hard I had to take a step back and remind myself I was at a club in suburbia and not at an overcrowded music festival.

Matt Oliver

As fog filled the room and glow sticks adorned the air A-Trak played a perfect combination of electro beats, hits like Rihanna & Calvin Harris' "We Found Love" (the Solidisco Remix), a dubstep version of Avicii's "Levels," and an incredible array of old school hip hop and new rap. By the time "Rack City" and "N*ggas in Paris" came on everyone was channeling their inner gangsta and singing along popping bottles like they were Jay-Z.

No wonder the club did well over 60K that evening! This proves that if you bring in the right talent, fans and aficionados are willing to spend big bucks to get their music fix. "It was good, the crowd was awesome! They had a lot of energy," said A-Trak. This is usually the case at Sutra in Costa Mesa and anywhere else in OC that gives electronic dance music lovers what we want.

Matt Oliver

Critics Bias: An epic night with the "Big Bad Wolf," but where was "Barbara Streisand" and A-Trak's styling signature hat?

The Crowd: Everyone and their mother was there, literally. Including a wheel-chaired crowd surfer!

Overheard in the Crowd: "So effing crowded all nite, I got every single one of my drinks spilled! Wtf."

Random Notebook Dump: If you complain about the crowd, lines to get in, over priced drinks and aren't buying bottle service from the awesome promoters then you probably shouldn't be going there anyway.

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