REZZ Rocks Rules: Canada’s Superstar is Inspiring a Generation
It wasn’t too long ago that a headlining woman was a rarity in electronic music, but lead ladies like REZZ are making it status quo while inspiring a whole generation to dream big.
26-year old Isabelle Rezazadeh—known globally as REZZ—has taken the electronic world by storm with bass-heavy house, enigmatic visuals, and her hypnotic pair of spiraling LED goggles. Her ascent through the ranks of electronic music has brought her from daytime sets to headlining festivals and top clubs around the world. These prominent placements and chance to play at night has allowed her sound and visuals to blossom into one of the top production shows on the road today, accented by a cool 2.5 million+ monthly listeners on Spotify.
In 2018, she headlined her first-ever “REZZ Rocks,” and introduced the multi-artist format she would instill at Colorado’s iconic venue each year. 2020’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic, and this year’s lineup landed on a staggering mix of Rusko, Champagne Drip, Mija, EPROM, Ivy Lab, A Hundred Drums, and Kasablanca over a sold-out, two-night run.
MP3 MAG was onsite for night two, and witnessed several sparkling debuts. Kicking things off was deep dub veteran A Hundred Drums, who made her first-ever appearance on the Rocks. Earlier this Summer, she checked in for her Deadbeats’ debut by offering up the interpersonal EP, Enough is Enough. She’s locked in several support dates for Zeds Dead since, but her performance on Friday still felt like a long time coming. Following her up, several of the guys on the lineup got the energy going.
X&G offered up a mix of dubstep and house ahead of Ivy Lab, UK-legends who are set to perform a sold-out, 3-hour set at Denver’s iconic Black Box venue next week. EPROM, known for his original audio/visual performances, did not disappoint either for his second stint at Red Rocks in two months.
Perhaps one of the most notable moments of the night came from the anonymous act Kasablanca. Popping up during quarantine, the electro house act drew attention on its debut LP, Human Learning. The 80’s aesthetic and unparalleled sound earned distinction around the industry. Even still, it seemed quite remarkable to learn their Friday show at Red Rocks was their first performance ever. The duo showcased their live format, which featured both producers playing keys and singing.
REZZ of course closed out the night, delivering an hour and a half-plus set. REZZ sat perched atop an elevated platform, which glistened in front a giant LED wall akin to the massive one brought in by Tipper last month. LED strips snaked out in front, rigged alongside over a hundre-plus lights, smoke machines and fire cannons. While her second set in as many days deviated in its track list, many of her now massive hits (“Relax,” “Someone Else,” “Taste of You”) were played out in full for the adorning crowd who sang back every word and noise.
Whether she knows it or not, REZZ and her continued trajectory is inspiring a whole generation of lead ladies. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s possible for them to imagine being on the biggest marquees, LED boards and lineups because they are able to see those examples and role models in the industry around them. A sold-out, two night Red Rocks run is an accomplishment for anyone, but stars like REZZ are manifesting even bigger accolades due to the impact they are making for those around them.