Sasha and Digweed | 04.02 | Boston

By: Andrew Bruss

Sasha and Digweed :: 04.02.08 :: The Estate :: Boston, MA

Sasha and Digweed :: 04.02 :: Boston
In the world of techno, it's all about the climax, and in that field, Sasha and Digweed are king. They've been collaborating since the rise of the rave scene, and between now and then they've developed a reputation as two of the most innovative DJs to get the party started, not with vinyl, but with sample-sequencing software. After a critically acclaimed world tour in 2002, it seemed as though neither of them was interested in keeping the ball rolling so they went their separate ways. However, the two gradually started playing one-off festival dates together, and eventually kicked off a North American tour that's giving fans what they've been longing for. When they came back through Boston for the first time in a half-decade, they performed in front of a crowd ready to pick up where the duo had left off.

The vibe in the room felt like Sasha and Digweed were the monarchs of the house scene, ready to reclaim their crown. Their formula for success was simple in nature, but incredibly intricate by any musical or technological criteria. Digweed started by developing a heavy electronic drum beat that Sasha layered with synthed-out samples he'd been tweaking. After they'd successfully developed a groove, they began working it towards a gradual build. Things then broke down during a powerful climax in a way that allowed them to start things from the top.

Sasha and Digweed :: 04.02 :: Boston
In the middle of the show, they each took a turn doing their own thing while their counterpart took a breather. It was during this chunk of the set that their stylistic individualities truly shone. Both guys get you off but Digweed tends to offer instant gratification, working with shorter but more frequent builds that provided plenty of climax, whereas Sasha's methods are slow and heat up gradually. Before Sasha brings you to climax, he has you feeling like you can't take it any more. But, when he gets you off, you understand how necessary that extra build was.

When they both joined each other on stage again, their similarities became even more obvious than their differences. Both DJs utilized similar, synthesized drumbeats and they both seemed to sample from the same catalog of '90s Euro pop. When they took turns pulling solo duty, the beats sounded very similar to when they were collaborating, but with a lot less going on.

Both Sasha and Digweed sounded better when they were on stage with their other half. They each did their own thing, and did it well, but when Sasha came back to the stage after Digweed's mini-set, it was clear what was missing. As talented as they both are, the power of their collaboration was responsible for the better moments of the night. In fact, their performance in Boston was a perfect example of why two minds are better than one.

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Deadphishbiscuits Wed 4/30/2008 01:40PM
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these two definatly hold it down on the tables. definatly glad to see them out and about with one another again. the world tour in 02 was nasty so glad to have seen a show from that voyage. hopefully they will spread the love a little more these days. Enjoy the upcoming season everybody no matter what it is you see, and a good show to one and all

briank67 starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/30/2008 04:20PM
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how long have these shows been? the chicago one was scheduled to last 8 hours, but i couldn't afford it =(, one of these days i'll get to one of these truly epic DJ shows...

manjotar starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/30/2008 05:46PM
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I once had the beautiful opportunity to hang out with my powerful elf friend, Dimitri, as these two guys hit their climax at roo last year.

Amazing... I hope to catch them again soon.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 4/30/2008 09:19PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy


radarlin starstarstarstar Thu 5/1/2008 12:32AM
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Electronica is back with vengeance.

NickSoda starstarstarstar Thu 5/1/2008 07:09AM
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all i can say is that their show was raw as hell at bonnaroo last summer!

Nasty Nate Thu 5/1/2008 07:41AM
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Nasty Nate

I think it is really cool that jambase covers things like this. I am not a house dj, however I can appreciate skills.

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/1/2008 01:29PM
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in 1998, while i was still in college, wooked out and going on summer tours with Phish and/or SCI, I took some friends to NYC to Club Twilo for SASHA & DIGWEED. We got plenty of looks from the ravers for our patchwork persona, our hairy countenances and our carefree dance moves. (free-flow dancing made sense to us - Just like pHish, but electronica - we thought at the time) Well needless to say, we got looks and criticism from both ends: The Raver crowd and the Hippie Crowd. However, Low and Behold, here we are 10 years later and that concept isn't so crazy anymore. SASHA & DIGWEED have played Bonarroo, "Livetronica/Jamtronica" as a genre is exploding and Jambase is covering some great house music..........................It just goes to prove what my friends and I thought in 1998: Jam-Music is free-form and great to dance to, whether it's from guitar strings and snare drums or turntables and beat machines.

thanx for the coverage on this!

PooDolla Thu 5/1/2008 01:34PM
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It's Trance not House GoldfingerDJ. Don't you know anything? Just kidding man. Anyways it is good to see Jambase reviewing something like this. These guys are fuckin' sweet. I saw Sasha at the Lovefest afterparty in SF about 6 months ago and he blew my mind. Raves are wierd though. It's a bunch of youngins that don't know how to handle their drugs. The girls are always smokin' hot though.

bobonoho Fri 5/2/2008 07:20AM
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No, actually it is house music. They haven't spun trance since the beginning of this decade. Sasha and Digweed are amazing and their set from Bonnaroo is highly regarded as one of their best. Its one of those sets where you dont mind the crowd noise cause it fired you up so much. At one point during Sasha - Coma, you can hear a guy scream "Oh god, FUCK YEAH!"

stoops Fri 5/2/2008 02:13PM
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dudes name is digweed...

jesposito starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/4/2008 02:56PM
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i will never forget the first time i stumbled upon these guys at five o'clock in the morning at bonnaroo 06', just when i didn't think it was possible for the night to get any crazier. holy shit... definitely one of the most fun times i've ever had dancing with random strangers til the sun came up. last year they were sick at roo too!

merr Thu 5/8/2008 10:57PM
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is there ways to find out the tracks played at the show