Gold Panda Live at The Corner Hotel

Friday, March 7th 2014

Given my love for the artist Jon Hopkins, it was suggested to me to check out ‘Gold Panda,’ whom I was told, had a similar sound. In short, listening to him brought immense joy; I don’t know how I’d never heard of him earlier.

On arrival minutes before Gold Pandas entrance I’d managed to work my way through the crowd, standing front and centre to his desk of art; arguably the best seat in the house. The support artist concluded and Gold Panda walked on stage. I became immediately aware of the audience engagement, and while being pushed forward but not willing to lose my stance, I was now in the realm of this mind-blowing experience.

Wearing a black hoodie and a back pack, there was no delaying him, pushing his energy out and connecting with the crowd by testing out the sounds, the audience screaming, euphoria underpinned the crowd’s excitement, impatiently waiting for him to begin. The minor beats instigated distinctive sounds, moving towards a beat drop, which moulded in to a catchy song.

Mesmerized, I felt my heart beating fast and hard, competing to match the beat of each song. While the music had a slight distinction to Jon Hopkins, I tended to feel it had a more futuristic and classical, almost Japanese sound, with some aspects, almost of what I perceive as “alien” overtones. It seemed unfathomable that these sounds combined could collaborate into something so powerful, both beautiful and relaxing. A contradiction, but amazing when merged together. While it would be fair to say, it was a “full house”  I still felt as if I was the only person in the room, lost in every new melody that was created in that moment.

He bounced around jumping from side to side of his decks, getting involved with his own music which made a huge impact on myself and the crowd, who were unable to resist standing still. How he was able to contrast a loop of repetitive material matched over the top of other beats, continuously non-stop for an hour and half, was impressive to say the least. Being that close and personal I was able to see him use equipment such as MPC-style drum pads, in his intent of improvisation to construct truly talented work. Seeing how fast his hands were moving to change the different sounds, noises, effects and transitions was quite alluring to me, I couldn’t turn away.

Maintaining my position, I could see other fans trying to embrace my own experience. I struggled with opening up my position to others, especially two girls directly behind me, however, his music was to be enjoyed by all exposed to it, to which I moved to the back of the gig for the last ten minutes. Having been in the heart and soul of all that was “Gold Panda” and then setback on the fringe of the crowd, I had, by good fortune, offered myself the opportunity to indulge in what I had just experienced. The audiences’ energy was one that needed to be felt, firsthand.

If my review entices you check out this act live, drive yourself into the crowd you’ll truly appreciate an unforgettable, enjoyable and creative milestone.

Summarised into 200 words

As Gold Panda walked on stage i became immediately aware of the audience engagement, and while being pushed forward but not willing to lose my stance, I was now in the realm of this mind-blowing experience. The screams grew; euphoria underpinned the crowd’s excitement, impatiently waiting for him to begin. Mesmerized, I felt my heart beating fast and hard, competing to match the beat of each song. I could hear a range of futuristic, classical and almost Japanese sounds, with some aspects, nearly of what I perceive as “alien” overtones. It seemed unfathomable that these sounds combined could collaborate into something so powerful, both beautiful and relaxing.

How he was able to contrast a loop of repetitive material matched over the top of other beats, continuously non-stop for an hour and half, was impressive to say the least. Being that close and personal I was able to see him use equipment such as MPC-style drum pads, in his intent of improvisation to construct truly talented work. I had moved to the back of the gig in the last ten minutes. Having been in the heart and soul of all that was “Gold Panda” and then setback on the fringe of the crowd, I had offered myself the opportunity to indulge in what I had just experienced. The audiences’ energy was one that needed to be felt, firsthand.

 If my review entices you check out this act live, drive yourself into the crowd you’ll truly appreciate an unforgettable, enjoyable and creative milestone.

Elle Sutherland