Skrillex and Boys Noize make a pretty damn good team. The tag team ripped up the Ultra Worldwide tent on Sunday, March 17, as they made their debut at Ultra Music Festival as Dog Blood. The set was killer and it was a treat since they were only on the lineup for the first weekend. Needless to say, festival goers had quite an experience to watch Skrillex drop the bass alongside his other half; Boys Noize who brought his signature beats.
Opening the set was a lesser known track by a young producer by the name of Esprit Omit called “Top Heavy,” an amazing choice to open the set with and it definitely could've got more play time. The crowd was exposed to a set where it was vital to ID each track as they weren’t typical festival anthems you hear. Some favorites were “Acid Youths” by David Heartbreak and Simon Sayz, Alex Metric’s “Prophecies,” and a nice throwback bootleg of “Smack My Bitch Up” by The Prodigy. The crowd got their Boys Noize dose with “Xtc” and Skrill dropped his collab “Wild For The Night” with A$AP Rocky. Just a half hour in and it was shaping up to be a memorable Ultra moment.
The twosome changed gears smoothly showcasing the electro-tech sounds Boys Noize is known for and not only Skrillex’s love for those womps and wubs but dabbled into his first calling in music. Death Metal (Remember, back in the day Sonny Moore was the lead singer for rock band, From First To Last) and Screamo. As the music went on, parts of the crowd even broke into mosh pits as they raged onto the sounds. "Kill Em' (With The Beat)" definitely triggered the reaction as it's dubstep yet heavy metal influenced beat got the crowd ready to rage on as did the Dog Blood original "Next Order."
Dog Blood proved to be an interesting act and can easily breakthrough as pioneers creating yet another sub genre to electronic dance music. As Boys Noize and Skrillex continue to produce and collaborate together, they'll only progress forward. Who knows, maybe even spark a new trend of mosh pits at electronic shows! Overall, definitely one of the best sets during weekend 1 of Ultra.