III Points Festival started fast and loud at Mind Melt, with the ska-punk-style playing Copan in the opening set of day three. Jordan Chymczuk-Sol excited the crowd with his fast, heavily distorted guitar playing, immediately setting a Warped Tour vibe for the crowd. It was especially impressive that Copan occasionally threw in jazzy piano and guitar effects to their songs during the bridges and solos. Their unique style kept their tracks flavorful despite not having any lyrics or vocals. Along with the fast tempo speed of the guitar, Yoan Moreno balances the sound out with his aggressive, jam-style playing on the drums. It was their first performance ever at III Points, and their cohesive style of playing showed they were very prepared for the big stage. Expect to see them at a prime time in the near future.
Nick Monaco is a DJ that not many people have of heard of, but he brought electric, exuberant tones and combo tracks to make one big set list that had the crowd in near anarchy at Sector 3. A Latin drum flare capped off his unique style, which gave the audience a revolutionized version of the traditional Hispanic dance music. Additionally, it was brilliant how he would take the bass out for some of the song, and then reincorporate it back in for an extra bump to his track.
XXYYXX (Marcel Everett) drew a big crowd like always, performing his indie music culture beats and tracks at Main Frame. The synthesizers on top of his deep, special effect bass notes captured the crowd during his entire set list. Some of his tracks were especially catchy when he would combine the high synth notes with high keyboard notes, and fast drum beats. XXYYXX did a fantastic job of changing tempos and incorporating new styles through out his set list. His stardom continues to grow larger and larger every year.
Lastly, King Krule (Archy Marshall) finished off III Points at Main Frame. His authentic instrumental tracks have allowed him to achieve a miscellaneous genre of his own. The fast tempo, surf-style bass and guitar playing is pleasing to those who appreciate natural instrumental playing without any electronic influence. His trippy guitar riffs combined with his impressive alto voice were a highlight of III Points. The bass and drums were almost an afterthought to his guitar and vocal melodies. This is fascinating simply because the present generation of music depends on heavy basses and drum beats to peek their interest, where as King Krule captures the audience in a complete opposite way. A comforting musical adventure that really shows fans what authentic style music playing really sounds like, concluding III Points Festival in a perfect way.
Brandon Carusillo is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in psychology. He’s from Coral Springs and wants to work as an entertainment agent when he graduates. He loves music, sports, writing and photography.
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