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The live band: Modestep

Speaking of things that sound fucking awesome about EDC: British brostep/electro rock live band Modestep plays the first night of EDC. Why you should care: Live dubstep gets done poorly on a regular basis, often making the live drummer too dominant, or vice versa with the DJ. But Modestep’s digital-to-live relationship is completely symbiotic, making it easier to incorporate the guitar player and key lines without overshadowing the DJ. Melodically, it reminds us of fellow Londoners Flux Pavilion, but with a lead male vocalist versus female vocal samples. The crazy part: For such a new band (it came to fruition in 2010), Modestep’s already crushing its market: 200,000-plus likes on Facebook. A combined 30 million YouTube views for their singles “Feel Good” and “Sunlight.” All three of its debut EP tracks made the UK dance chart Top 10. It’s always great to see live band shows at EDC (Glitch Mob’s show was awesome last year). But this isn’t going to be performed with the same robotic stoicism of its live act counterparts. Modestep goes all out. Don’t expect them to hide behind a booth. MAX PLENKE