There’s no dancing around it, life on the road can be challenging.
On Friday, the road leads to Reno for David Crow, an EDM artist known as Ghastly. He will perform at Cargo Concert Hall with Illenium, (aka Nick Miller) in a 11 p.m. after-party to Skrillex. Tickets are $21 for fans 18 and older.
Last weekend, Crow was stranded in Portland after his backpack was stolen, leaving him without money, ID or his phone. He missed a show Sunday night in Las Vegas with fellow performer Mija, but Ghastly took a philosophical view of his situation.
“I’m sitting in this terminal for the past four hours starving because I have no way to pay for anything, and you know what — I’m pretty chill about it,” he wrote on Facebook.
“If anything, this has taught me that attachment to material things and temporary people are just vacancies in a hotel only sad people visit. Tonight, I’ll get some epic sushi and smoke some dank with my homies and tomorrow I’ll replace the things I lost and keep moving forward because complaining never solved anything… So I’ll just smile and be glad for what I do have.”
Ghastly’s upbeat attitude is reflected in his hard-hitting house and bass music. He also takes to social media to offer advice and encouragement to up-and-coming EDM artists. Now based in Los Angeles, Crow spent some time on an Arizona farm before his musical notes struck home on the performing circuit. In April, during a concert at the Phoenix Lights festival, he brought his 6-year-old nephew onstage and propped him up on top of the DJ table. The clapping crowd loved it.
On Friday, Ghastly will share the stage with Illenium, who has Denver roots and is now based in San Francisco. “There are melodic bass producers and then there is Nick Miller,” his online bio notes.
“Illenium has been turning heads in the dance music community, and for good reason. He has distinguished himself from the myriad of others through an unrivaled ability to create an immersive emotional experience of highs and lows that pulls on the heart strings and leaves the listener awestruck, accomplishing in the span of just a few short minutes what takes many a full set.
“He has displayed an adeptness for creating aural arrangements that vary in style, yet always maintaining beauty, complexity and emotional depth.”
- Ghastly, Illenium, Atom One
When: 11 p.m. Friday, May 27
Where: Cargo Concert Hall in the Whitney Peak Hotel
Must be: 18 or older