Hippie Sabotage is an EDM duo, which consists of Whittier, Ca. natives Kevin and Jeff Saurer, who are currently on their worldwide Path of Righteousness Tour until April 4th. Most recently they made a tour stop in Atlanta to a sold out crowd at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Hippie Sabotage came on a mission to bring their unique style of EDM to all of their fans in attendance. Personally, I had no clue what their live performance was like as I was only familiar with their recorded material. Sometimes I get very disappointed with EDM acts based on the lack of emotion or interaction with the crowd. Let’s just say that from the start of their set until the very end, it was not at all what I expected and that is a very good thing.
Hippie Sabotage brings so much energy on stage for every performance. Whether it is Kevin’s interactions with fans on the rail or Jeff’s barrage of crushing beats and thrashing guitar solos. Crowd interaction is a major part of their performance because they are very thankful for all of their fans. At the end of the night during their seminal remix hit of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”, it has become a habit, if you will, for the brothers to bring as many of their devoted fans on stage as they can for this song’s performance. It is always a pleasure to see random people bond together over something that they all can enjoy. Plus, they can take this wonderful memory with them so that they can revisit it when they are in need of a positive moment in their life.
Besides Girl Talk, I cannot say of anyone else who does this with their fans at the end of their set. To me it is sort of like recreating a house party vibe with many of your close friends and just dancing the night away. As I walked the venue throughout the night finding spots for some photos, whether it was upstairs, at the bar, or in the very back of the venue on the first floor everyone was dancing their worries away. For this moment in their life, nothing else mattered. And isn’t this the true purpose of music? To help take away all of the problems and ills of the day just for one moment of pure blissfulness. If you’re interested in hearing what you missed, check out Hippie Sabotage's Official Soundcloud page to listen to their discography right now.
Also on tour with Hippie Sabotage on the Path of Righteousness Tour were Melvv and Olivia Noelle. Melvv (a.k.a. Jeffrey Melvin) is a Wisconsin native who has been interested in making music since watching videos of Daft Punk’s 2007 tour. While attending the University of Wisconsin, even the school newspaper recognized Melvv as being a rising star in the music industry. Olivia Noelle is an electronic music vocalist with her musical influence deeply rooted in R&B, hip-hop, and electro-pop. She moved to Los Angeles at age 17 in order to start her music career and now she is opening up for Hippie Sabotage on their North American tour. Check out some of Melvv via his Official Soundcloud page and Olivia Noelle via her Official Soundcloud page today.
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