Safe in Sound is a bass music festival that travels to many different cities across the U.S. with bass talent like 12th Planet, Datsik, Zomboy and More. With them they bring a killer light show and over 150,000 watts of PK sound that provide a surreal experience. I attended the Indianapolis show on Sunday, September 20th and it was absolutely mind-blowing.
To start the night, Terravita performed first at 6:30 throwing down dubstep while everyone was arriving to the festival, getting their drinks and preparing for a good night. Terravita played for an hour with a good amount of their own tracks until Delta Heavy came on at 7:30 and this is when the dance floor began to become packed. Delta Heavy threw down dubstep, trap, drum & bass with a lot of surprises and familiar songs for the crowd. Halfway through his set, my crew and I discovered Bro Safari out at the merchandise table signing things and taking pictures. Bro Safari is a really cool guy that respects his fans tremendously. We talked about his set at Spring Awakening and about how much fun that day was just before he performed his set at Safe in Sound.
Bro Safari came on throwing down heavy trap, hybrid trap and festival trap. This got the crowd pumped for the night and really set the stage for Safe and Sound. Bro Safari played a lot of ID’s just as the other artists did but played a few familiars for the crowd. Halfway through his set, I needed to hit the bathroom real quick. To my surprise at the merchandise booth was no one other than the man himself, Datsik. I went up to Datsik and snapped a picture with him and we chatted about my interview I did with him months ago. This guy is as humble as an artist gets. He shows so much respect for his fans and really appreciates music as a whole.
As Datsik took the stage, he started off with a hot beat and the words “You are now tuned into Datsik” echoing throughout the Egyptian Room. Then, the flurries of bass and grime began entering the mix. Datsik threw down heavy filth and his signature grime/wub sound incorporated into a few ID’s. His light show was on point with the sights of ninja stars and cool ninja related images. Datsik put the energy into the crowd with the flurry of bass and loops of catchy verses. He played tracks of his Down 4 My Ninjas EP and some of his older classics. He also previewed his new ID with Snoop Dogg so stay tuned for that in the future. To end his set, he played “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers getting the crowd to sing along to the pre-millennium hit. If that wasn’t enough, he also crowd surfed as the crowd sang along to the chorus. It was a great ending just before the heavy sheers of Zomboy.
Lastly, but certainly not least, was my favorite act of the night, Zomboy. Wow is the only thing I can say after his performance. Zomboy puts the most energy into his shows and I’ve seen a lot of performances. This guy was jumping off his table, head banging just as hard as the crowd and had his moves in perfect sync with his banshee screaming bass lines. His tracks were so heavy, bass faces had to come out to play. The screams and shredding of his signature synthesizer is not for the faint of heart. Along with that powerful nasty Zomboy kick, his performance was special. On the screen he displayed many different zombie variations head banging along with the crowd. At one point he had the big zombie head on the LED screen and the CGI would stare at the crowd as his big white eyes being the most prominent on the screen. Zomboy threw down many of his tracks from his Outbreak album, Resurrection Remix album, and classics from his Reanimated EP. He also played some of his favorite tracks by MUST DIE! As those two have the same understanding of their unique dubstep style. To end the night, Zomboy played one of my first & favorite tracks, “Terror Squad”, to erupt the Egyptian Room one last time.
Overall, Safe and Sound was an absolute blast. The bass music festival was a perfect treat in Indianapolis and I’ve heard the same about the other cities. With that said, I’m looking forward to next year. If you’re interested in learning more or finding a show near you, you can visit their website here.