Guest Blogger:Camden Harris
It’s not often we are greeted by the words “free” and “show” and even less so when a world class DJ is involved. ‘Free Show’. See it even sounds like an oxymoron; a mystical treat too good to be true, but Thursday (2/9) at the Rio Room in Dallas, Texas that’s exactly what we got when the club played host to Treasure Fingers for their ’83 Series, a throwback dedication to the height of Rio Room’s popularity in 1983. If you don’t know who Treasure Fingers is then you have definitely been missing out on one of the hottest club DJ’s this side of the pond has to offer, and that’s saying something.
If you’ve ever want to experience big city clubbing reminiscent of scenes from Miami Vice, without all the 80’s flair and hefty price tag on just about everything, Rio Room was your home away from home. Located in an unmarked building on a residential street through a “secret” side entrance you’re immediately greeted by two large men in tuxedo’s who weren’t in the least bit intimidating. Once inside, at no earlier than 11:00 pm mind you, it can seem like a maze as the reflective wall winds into the club, but the beautify gorgeous women of Rio Room were always happy to oblige any requests, even going so far as to check my coat where is stood and returning promptly, even after I had sidled my way to the bar. Drinks were understandably pricey at $8 a beer and $12 mixes and they definitely left the selection of alcohol something to be desired, but if Rio Room is really determined to epitomize that big city club vibe then they really nailed it with the drinks, believe me.
They say you get what you pay for, but please make no mistake that Treasure Fingers always plays with nothing less than his A-game and last Thursday at Rio Room it was absolutely no exception. “Well, I’ve never heard of Treasure Fingers”, you say? Then maybe you filthy bassheads would recognize him better if I told you he’s 1/3rd of the underground drum ‘n’ bass group Evol Intent. That’s right a true EDM Da Vinci, the thickly bearded Treasure fingers can play either end of the musical spectrum and tonight we were blessed with House. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia and part of Fools Gold Records (A-Trak, Laidback Luke, Duck Sauce, Chromeo among many talented others) the Treasure Fingers persona is known for his intricate and groovy bass lines, funky disco synths and masterful drum breaks and there were no shortage of tunes to keep you glued to the dance floor all night long. The set was the perfect break from the typical “pop-electro” sounds of goliath’s like Avicii or Afrojack and a deserved retreat from the typical festival gimmicks (c’mon, you know. Only the hits four other DJ’s JUST played, movie lyrics, slow breakdown, increasingly fast build up, bass explosion? Yeah, those gimmicks). Treasure Fingers could do no wrong and laid down all of his hottest remixes including my favorite remix of the Classixx single “I’ll get you” ft. Jeppe (Do ya like bass?). If you’ve ever had the impulse to attend a true disco, as I have, then Thursday was the closest you get. He is often referred to as “Nu-Disco” after all, but there was plenty of heavy bass to dose on.
So it seems to hold true that Treasure Fingers is literally just that using his Midas touch to turn everything to gold and it was business as usual Thursday night. In all you couldn’t really have asked nor provided for a better night. The club was kick-ass, thanks in large part to the staff, the drinks, and world class talent in an intimate setting with perfect strangers, but you knew they were there for the right reasons where it all crescendoed into one refreshing and enjoyable night. Cheers.