Badass Band #3

Badass Band #3 is not exactly a band but is so badass it is worth a post to talk about this Drummer/DJ. His name is Eli James and he is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. I was exposed to Eli at a High Voltage Magazine show at The Mint which I was attending to see another band I am currently a fan of. Eli was third in the line up and truly, I had no idea what to expect from this guy. We all attempt to size up bands as they set up and figure out what type of music they may be performing for us. All I saw Eli set up was a computer and what looked to be a white drumset.  After a few minutes, he stepped on stage, introduced himself, and stated that he was actually a DJ/Drummer and he had one of (or the only) LED drum kits in the world. Once he said that, he immediately had my attention. As soon as he started playing his mix of popular songs and started banging his own drum beats into the tracks, along with watching his programmed light show light up his kit, I was enthralled. I wanted to yell, “SOLD!” He easily pulled the attention of every single person in the room. Most people stood up to see him play and see the light show, as well as to dance to the excellent pulsating beats he was cranking out. Not only did he play to recognizable popular tracks, but he also added some of his own original work into the set which just helped to solidify the fact that he is a man of many talents. As a whole, his set was a pure artistic journey, with a little bit of everything for everyone. I have been gushing about his show to people since Wednesday and will probably continue to do so until I get to see it again! It was definitely an entertaining and unforgettable experience.

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