What is it that takes you away?
If you are a regular listener of Tritonia (Tritonal
's weekly radio show), you're very familiar with that phrase. One thing that Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed have been very intentional about creating is a strong sense of community among their fans. They've given them their own identity. Something that lives inside of them and brings them together in a way that can be recognized with a distinct affinity.
I hold on very tightly to the belief that these shows are built entirely around the intangible idea of a crafted environment. It's not just about the music. The music may be what brings us together, but it's everything else that keeps us there. The entire experience from the lasers to the vibe to the people is what ultimately makes it something that sticks with us long after the lights come up.
And that's really what the whole experience of the Untouchable Tour with Tritonal and Cash Cash
was about, from before the doors even opened. It was a crowd that arrived early, unphased by the line that stretched far down the sidewalk. Everyone was in too good of a mood, too excited to pay it any attention. The moment you stepped inside, you could feel the energy glowing as people buzzed around the floor finding friends, exchanging hugs, and engaging with complete strangers as local opener Leolux
flawlessly set the tone to the night that was about to unfold.
A lot has happened to dance music in the last five years. Back then, Tritonal was still producing trance. Cash Cash was performing on one of the side stages at Warped Tour. The scene was just on the brink of really being discovered.
No seriously, Cash Cash used to be a pop-punk band.
And when this world opened up, it didn't take long for people to realize that something important was happening. As everyone tried to find where they fit in, styles changed, genres evolved, and a lot of people got down on Tritonal because they drifted away from the trance sound they started from. In their own words, "We’re not going away from trance because it’s not what we want to do, that’s what naturally ended up happening from an artistic point of view. And we bloomed in that direction. With trance it ended up being something that wasn’t where our hearts were leading us to."
I've never understood the expectation people have for musicians (especially DJs) to stick to only one sound. Even Porter Robinson got some initial resistance when he first released "Sea of Voices." People get a little on edge because they have a certain expectation of how they think something is supposed to be, without taking a step back and seeing how it connects to the bigger picture. Tritonal grew into exactly what they needed to be so they could create the Tritonal community that exists today, that we all experienced Friday night. Cash Cash went through a similar natural progression as they grew as musicians.
I've seen both Tritonal and Cash Cash several times before, and to be perfectly honest, this one may not have really been any different. But I don't want anyone to think that's a bad thing. I actually think that familiarity works in their favor. What both of these groups do right, what Tritonal has been so intentional about in creating the idea of Tritonia, is making their music accessible to anyone who needs it. Relatable, catchy, emotional, and probably most importantly, inclusive.
The overwhelming sense of comfort and intimacy that crowd and the performers both brought with them to the Untouchable tour was the key to it's success. In a culture where people already feel so comfortable with each other, everyone was willing to bring their guard down even further.
And damn, could you could feel it. The room was absolutely glowing throughout every song, whether they jumped around to "Overtime" or swayed with each other to "Satellite" or with stretched out arms, sang off-key to "Take Me Home." Regardless of where you were standing, you could feel the same unstoppable vibe radiating. Everyone was just happy to be there, surrounded by music that they can connect with, as they danced and held hands and shared real moments with the people around them.
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The emotion and the words and the energy that saturated the Showbox Sodo
on Friday night exemplify what the core of this community is really all about.
You are not alone.
No one is a stranger. And the more people you meet, the smaller the world gets. We come to these shows to listen to the music, but we keep coming because we feel at home, because we feel welcomed, because we feel loved, because we are connected.
The tour is still running strong. If it's coming to your town, absolutely get tickets and remind yourself why you kept going to these kinds of shows in the first place.