We have all had our fair share of hard times. Artists are no different: painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, singers and the like. The only factor separating them from everyone else is how they display their painful experiences. Both Kevin and Jeff Saurer of California EDM act Hippie Sabotage equally carry out this consciousness throughout their digital and in-person presence with no problem. This talented brother duo are well aware of this beautiful process and bring it to life with every step and every word.
This idea of conceptualizing pain has maintained an underlying theme of the duo’s production and lyricism since the very beginning. One of their pioneering releases of 2014, “No Trouble,” briefly touched on the subject: “But the pain feels sick / But I’m on my way / Every time my brain / Trouble seems to weigh me down.”
Fast forward five years to March 7th of this year, when they spoke out on this idea to the audience of Philadelphia at the TLA during their Beautiful Beyond Tour. Kevin reached the audience’s emotions and explained that “you gotta have the nitty gritty because those are some of the most important parts of us.”
Following this emotional discord, Jeff reached for his guitar to play the familiar notes of a few of their classic, most well-known songs such as “Your Soul” and “Drifter.” As soon as the first strings were plucked of the chorus of “Your Soul,” the energy of the room electrified, bodies moving back and forth, lips moving along with the lyrics, hearts pulsating even harder.
Although an incredibly laid-back track, the audience members did not only match the energy, but also rediscovered its meaning through their response. The repetitive lyrics and rich bass promote more of a relaxing, house vibe. Despite this, the love of Hippie Sabotage’s music outweighs the slower beat as seen through the animated and tireless dancing of audience members. Although their previous performance was often accompanied by harsh lasers and strobe lighting to accentuate their electronic beats and remixes, a softer glow enveloped Jeff and his guitar for this particular melody.
Contrasting sharply to such energy, both men threw themselves multiple times over the guard rail and into the crowd. There was no question as to whether or not Hippie Sabotage interacted and engaged with their fans. Not once, not twice, but three times they launched themselves amongst the very energy they created. This interaction continued for the entirety of the show. Towards the end, Kevin had to have thrown at least 20 t-shirts into the audience as a small act of appreciation.
With all of this energy and engagement, it is clear that a large portion of Hippie Sabotage’s success results from their passion. Artists do not create the things they do for other people. They do not do the things they do for fun. There is so much more to it and Hippie Sabotage portrays this crucial factor through their performances: passion. Without it, the audience would not have been screaming for an encore by the duo…and without it, one would not have been given.
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