I got to see Dada Life for the first time last night. It was an awesome time. The energy of those two bald-headed dudes was incredible.
Bio their site provides: “This is Dada Land. Get ready to arrive beautiful and leave ugly. There are no rules but the rules of Dada. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. And whatever you do: don’t trust us[sic]”
Dada Life is composed of two Swedish DJs from Sweden — Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom. They came together under their current name in 2006. They’ve gained a steady acclaim in recent years after making the DJ Magazine top 100 dj list in 2010 and have even broke two world records — biggest pillow fight and most people dressed as fruit.
Their stage presence was undeniable, accompanied by plenty of awesome-inducing antics. Before boarding all of the citizens of Dada Life, as their fans are referred to, were given a glossy paper smile with strings attached to hook around one’s ears and cover their mouth. Around the middle of their performance, they compelled everyone to don the masks and gaze upon their fellow citizens, and proceeded to play their track “One Smile.”
At one point during the show at the Royale, one of them was swinging a giant light ball while the display behind them switched to a hypnotic visual of black and white lines. “When you are released,” said a deeply modulated voice engulfing the venue, “you will be the happiest citizen of Dada Land.” I got a video, which is posted on my Instagram, of them deploying a giant (probably 15ft by 5 ft) inflatable banana upon the crowd. A girl said she was willing to fight for the banana before a security guard came over and informed her it was Dada Life’s property.
Stay tuned for a recap of Dancefestopia, which I’ll be attending this weekend in Kansas City.