Fans ate their veggies at The Echo, with servings from Wes Mills and live vocalists.
Originating from the heart of Los Angeles amidst TikTok‘s 2020 explosion, veggi has become a rising force, acknowledged by Dancing Astronaut for transforming music discovery. With a substantial online following and captivating remixes, his beats invite us to savor the experience, urging everyone to “eat our veggies one beat at a time.”
On December 15, veggi delivered an unforgettable performance for his HYDROPONICS tour on home turf at The Echo, nestled in a cute, walkable neighborhood off Sunset Boulevard. What happened that night was extraordinary.
The Echo served as the perfect intimate setting for the HYDROPONICS tour.
The venue’s grungy charm provided an intimate atmosphere for its 300-person capacity. Though small, it felt expansive once filled. Pumping out from a line array sound setup, the music resonated well throughout the space, and comfortable seating around the perimeter offered stage visibility. The lights, however, effectively covered the stage but missed an opportunity for more interaction with the audience.
Before and during the show, audience members could easily purchase food and drink items from the concessions stand, located on the left-hand side facing the stage. The stand, situated like a bar, featured a wide variety of canned cocktails, mixed drinks, and beer. Food items were also available, though choices were limited. The smell of popcorn permeated the entire venue, making it hard to resist purchasing a bag during the show.
The sold-out show unfolded seamlessly, with the HYDROPONICS EP guiding partygoers through a bouncy, hip-hop-inspired house journey.
Wes Mills kicked off the evening with a dynamic set, displaying remarkable stage presence and engagement despite minor technical discrepancies. His higher-BPM tracks set the vibe, though certain tracks — like “dashstar*” by Knock2 — could be perceived as too intense for an opening set. Regardless, his ability to navigate technical difficulties spoke to just how important stage presence is during a performance. Wes Mills kept his set interactive, inviting the crowd to sing and dance alongside him the entire night.
After much anticipation, veggi entered the stage, starting the night off right with “THINKING.”
Veggi, a natural drummer, flawlessly transitioned through sexy, rap-infused house music, showcasing exceptional mixing skills. The percussion-focused set created a unique live experience, with bass vibrations pulsating through the floor. Veggi maintained the groove and actively engaged the crowd, even offering fans the chance to capture unforgettable moments on disposable cameras during the show.
Throughout his headline set, veggi brought special appearances by Bipolar Sunshine, Josef Lamercier, and Floyd Fuji, adding diversity and value to the show. Ella Rosa’s final appearance for “OFF+ON” added a captivating touch to the collaborative performance.
Veggi’s performance showcased his production prowess, creating an atmosphere where partygoers could groove at their own pace. Characterized by a heavy hip-hop influence, his music encouraged audience interaction while maintaining a laid-back vibe. The overall experience was a fusion of seamless mixing, vibrant collaborations, and an irresistible urge to dance.