Downtown Montreal Quebec on a rainy Friday night: Aria, an after-hours nightclub was hosting the crowning event to a night on the town, Roni Size. Previous witnesses to a live drum and bass performance by Roni Size have suggested to me that the experience will be nothing short of spiritual. But now, after seeing this legendary DJ spin live I am left with a void and a feeling of mis-understanding.
Each track spun, on its own, had a quality typical of the excellence traditionally seen from Roni Size, however it seemed as though he was incapable of mixing one track into the next. I see drum and bass as being a high-end art form in which one elaborate and fluid motion is created, and being that d&b dancing tends to require whole-body flexible movement it becomes extremely difficult to maintain flow if the music stops every three minutes!
Overall I was incredibly impressed with the venue as it possesses a sound system superior to those in most clubs, but I wouldnât have recommended paying the $15 to see Roni Size live.
Review by Melissa Burton