USC Events Presented Resolution 2012 At WAMU Theater in Seattle
By Andy Beyer & Cozell Wilson
The atmosphere was a-wash with a blue glow as we walked through decked out halls inside the WaMu Theater, which for Resolution 2012 had been transformed into a spectacular palace of electronic sensory pleasure. The high standard of quality we have come to expect from USC Events, who put on FreakNight and had their hand in Identity Festival at The Gorge, was evident in the design and selection of artists. Lights of all colors adorned all the rooms while the primal dance rhythms united revelers from all walks of life. Walking up to the Enchanted Forest stage, alien-looking lighted sculptures of different colors greeted us from the ceiling. On the stage, behind a glossy white booth trimmed in chrome and flanked with TV screens, Digital Freq bobbed his head and calmly worked the decks with mighty energy. Simple, minimal house rhythms made room for full-frequency electro-house bass that was so undeniably thick and palpable that it had the whole dance floor moving as one. The main stage proved to be an even greater spectacle. Two globes on either side of the stage were geomapped for 3-D projections, and a waterfall of LED panels cascaded down in front of the elevated DJ booth creating marvelous otherworldly effects. Congorock filled the stage with powerful presence and got everyone's attention with amped up afro-beat rhythms permeated with simple, ambient, and soulful melodies. Nero rang in the new year with a much-anticipated midnight drop, and at the strike of the clock the floor was filled with light and bass. The sound was finely produced with frequencies that pulled concertgoers into a world of high-volume cool. Broken rhythms transitioned trancily into house before the performers reinjected fat bass and catchy vocal layered over the unmistakable primordial rhythms of dubstep, the beating heart of our generation. This is 2012; its going to be a good year.