Big Ups, a local DJ and founder of Audio Thrill Productions, started the evening off with
a heavy mix of glitch, DNB, dubstep and house and indie rock remixes. A few minutes into his set, the Linen Building was in full electronic dance music mode. The lights were bright and pulsating, a mass of sweaty bodies danced wildly, and big-eyed strangers wandered through the crowd offering hugs and drinks to whoever might look in need.
Big Ups kept the party going well after 1 a.m., then handed the reins over to Providence’s Araabmuzik. Araab immediately started cranking out choppy, lightning-fast beats on his Akai Music Production Center, an electronic music maker and sampler that he played so fast his hands and fingers were just a blur for most of the night. The crowd spilled onto the stage as the music escalated in intensity. At some point during Araabmuzik’s set, the whole Linen Building launched into outer orbit.