SALVA at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
Whether because the front and center of Perry's stage offered a modicum of shade, or because the ravers were actually already hungry for more at 1pm, the beats from Chicago-born, L.A.-based Salva drew onlookers like moths to a flame. And it's hot enough out here.
A fringe booking in comparison to most of the other artists populating the stage this weekend, Salva represents for the Cali bass scene—a crew called Frite Nite specifically—and leave it to the Golden State to give its own take on things. Owing as much to hip-hop as U.K. dance (dubstep, drum 'n' bass and the like), Salva's set had a distinctly urban slant with MCs like Ludacris flowing over what is becoming known as trap rave, a synth-heavy take on Southern rap beats.
Definitely of the Mad Decent mold, he has as much in common with Chicago's Flosstradamus and the extended Diplo fam, even dropping a crunk remix of Major Lazer's "Original Don." In terms of the party vibe that's dominating this stage, I prefer Salva's to most. He may not be a big name (yet) but he could have just as easily rocked it after the sun went down. This is what it means to go hard.