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In what some are calling it the best time in a long time for self-made DJs and producers, it’s just too easy to stand behind a laptop and let the bring energy to a sold out crowd. Alex Botwin, AKA proved that playing electronic can and should be much more than pressing buttons on a laptop in his recent trip through .

Being no stranger to playing larger and festivals, Paper Diamond had no trouble selling out the in Chicago. One of my favorite in Chicago, the BL seemed to fit Paper Diamond all too well. The most noticeable addition to the small and plain stage were the boxes filled light bulbs that were littering the stage that brought one hell of a visual accompaniment to Paper Diamond, up in unison and making patterns the lights.

Paper Diamond @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago 1/27/12 | © Vladimir Zaytsev

kicked off the evening. This Chicago duo is no stranger to starting parties and made no exception for the night. Their moombahton remixes and tracks warmed everyone up and separated the dancers from the “standing in the backs.” After an hour of Bayside, The began to set stage on the opposite side. signed is another duo, this time from . I think their goal was to get the audience as tired and as sweaty as possible before the headliner. Playing tracks by , and their original hits made it easy to accomplish that goal. If you haven’t heard of either of these, it’s definitely worth a listen.

Paper Diamond @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago 1/27/12 | © Vladimir Zaytsev

All at once, the stage seemed to get brighter then dimmer, then brighter then fill smoke, then start playing “Ni**as in ” as Paper Diamond took the stage. He wasted no time playing through his time slot. Playing hits like “Levitate” and “Snowfall” off his Debut Levitate. As stated earlier, his energy filled every nook and cranny of Bottom Lounge as he bounced around with his iPad. He sprinkled in the sentence, “Do you guys want to hear some new s***?!?” Very generously which was graciously accepted by everyone in the audience. His new stuff had more bass and more wobbles than songs off Levitate. I haven’t decided if it’s a good or bad yet.

The highlight of the night was hearing his remixes of “Wildfire” by followed by “Power” by . During the chorus of the latter, not one person wasn’t singing along to the choir hymn-like chorus that it is known for. After taking a picture of the audience and an encore, Paper Diamond was done for the night, and it felt complete. Good show.

Thanks for a great night, good luck on the rest of your tour!

All photos by Vladimir Zaytsev.