The night of May 30th in Leeds, in one of the largest nightclubs in the world, the walls of the basement were shaken by the thunderous sounds of Desert Sound Colony. It’s not often that this room at Beaverworks gets used for a live set. It’s an atmospheric, smoky, underground space, famous for deejays playing pumping techno at a volume that reshapes your organs.
Desert Sound Colony/DSC (aka Liam Wachs) was in the ‘cage’, where he had thrown up a few electronics, a microphone and a guitar. He hit the detonator and we were off – on a pulsating journey through radical rhythms and otherworldly melodies. There were moments where he looked like a strange, wild creature, growling through the bars. From first note to last, Desert Sound Colony blew our socks off with an hour of brain-melting beats and vocals. We couldn’t have stopped dancing if we’d tried.
DSC’s style of music and presentation has already been through a number of incarnations. Liam explained that right from the start he wanted to avoid being pigeon-holed. He is an experimenter and from his first, more acoustic album released on the Scissor and Thread label in 2014, he’s vowed to never get stuck in a musical rut. Liam’s output is eclectic – he deejays regularly and also produces multi-genre music for film and TV. David Byrne is an idol and you can see and hear that influence in his approach to composing and performing. Clearly a true innovator, the inherent risk-taking that goes along with forging new musical territory is what makes a DSC set so utterly engaging.
If you’re lucky, he’ll be playing on a club sound system near you soon. If not – travel!