Rezz’ Mass Manipulation Tour Stops in New York City
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2017 was a big year for Isabelle Rezazadeh, better known as Rezz. She is currently on her Mass Manipulation Tour, named after her debut album. This Saturday, December 16th, the tour will be stopping by New York City at the Playstation Theater in Time Square. I’ve seen a LOT of shows in 2018, and Rezz’ have been far and away one of my favorites.
If you’re into dubstep or downtempo electronic music, her sub-bass play is impeccable with plenty of industrial sounds on top of slower moving electronic arrangements. I highly suggest you check her out if you haven’t seen her live show. She plays with light-up glasses and her visuals are super hypnotic. Each time I’ve seen her, she’s put me in a musical trance. There are still tickets available, so…
Take a listen to her Mass Manipulation album below. It’s one of my favorite albums in 2018 for its unique storytelling, sound design, and vibe. She creates narrative contrasts between anxiety and confidence throughout the album. Her sounds are nearly tangible, her harmonies are on point, and the journey is something out of science fiction. The sounds, sensations, and storytelling throughout the album make it feel like Rezz knows me personally. I feel like she’s gotten inside my head and knows the real me. The album is, thus, therapeutic for me, making me understand myself on a sonic level. I feel manipulated, but I want to be. I guess she knew a lot of other people would feel this way, seeing as the album title is Mass Manipulation. To be good at music is to understand yourself, and human emotion in general. Rezz has certainly conquered that.
Rezz has mentioned her music is an accurate representation of her personality. In the album, there are bouts of anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion that eventually lead to a powerful confidence. I think this sense of normalizing anxiety in music has made her brand authentic and unique, straying from the constant confidence or pure sadness that a lot of electronic music might lean towards.
Recently, Rezz teamed up with Isqa to bring a haunting new track called Psycho. I love horror movies, so this is probably another reason why I’m into Rezz. Her melodies of uncertainty and anxiety almost mimic the feeling I get when I watch a good horror movie. Isqa, also known as No Mana, is a super talented producer, with unique arrangements and machine-like sound design. Isqa has an album due out in 2018. Sound engineers, get ready for this one.
Rezz was born in the Ukraine. Culturally, she’s Canadian, having moved from the Ukraine to Niagara Falls, Ontario at a young age. Ethnically, she’s Ukrainian (mother) and Iranian (father). Musically, she’s talented and spiritually she’s extra-terrestrial. She was fired from her job at Hard Rock Cafe after skipping work on the weekends to attend music festivals, traveling to Toronto to see acts like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Zeds Dead.
She started DJing at the age of 16. She DJed until she was inspired by a deadmau5 concert to start creating her own music. She was found on a blog by Skrillex, who sent her a message on Twitter about how good he thought her music was. She released one of her earlier singles, Insurrection on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in 2015. Later that year, she released another single, Serenity, on deadmau5’s mau5trap label.
In 2016, she released her first EP, The Silence is Deafening, on mau5trap. Later that year, she released her second EP, Something Wrong Here. The EP charted in the US, hitting #19 on the Billboard Dance Charts.
Since then, she’s skyrocketed in 2017, playing all the major festivals and releasing her debut album, Mass Manipulation, on mau5trap.
I had the opportunity to cover her at Lost Lands, Electric Zoo, and Bonnaroo (click each festival name below to view coverage). She was one of my top acts at all three festivals.
I’m excited to hear and see what Rezz does in 2018. She’s announced a Red Rocks headlining show in 2018. Aside from that, I’m in the Cult of Rezz Facebook fan group, so I’ll be keeping up with her every move.