virtual riot

Nothing screams a casual college school night like downing a few shots of vodka and listening to some head-banging Electric Dance Music from German DJ Virtual Riot. Forget homework, it’s October, so it’s basically the prime time to party. 

And party you can at Liquid Bass Productions’ concert featuring Virtual Riot on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Badlander. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Riot’s show starts at 10 p.m. The concert will include songs from Riot’s new 15-track album “Simulation,” a record gone digital with lustrous soundscapes and AI-inspired voice guides. Tickets can be bought in advance online for $30 and at the door for $40. 

The show will not include catering, but will dish out drinks at the Badlander’s bar. Just remember, drinking and virtual reality don’t always mix, but drinking and music do — unless you like to traumatize yourself playing VR Subnautica half-drunk. 

Jackson Maki, the owner of Liquid Bass Productions, said this is an opportunity not to be taken for granted, especially in a small town like Missoula.

“If you look at his tour dates they’re all in these big markets like Denver, Hawaii, Salt Lake, New York,” Macki said. “Then on Tuesday night, it’s Missoula, Montana.” 

Riot, who amassed over 300,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube, worked with pop stars like Justin Bieber and made the top 20 on Billboard Dance/Electronic Album in 2018. 

Now his success is taking him on a road trip across the U.S., for a tour that ends in December. Riot’s genre is generally EDM, Which Maki said is perfect for partying — especially in the Badlander, which has a capacity of around 400 people. Maki said he expects around 300 to 400 people, including go-go dancers, to attend and is excited to see a crowd after a full year of hiatus due to COVID-19. 

Liquid Bass Production, which started in 2019, is relatively new to the scene of music production in Missoula. But Maki, who started his company at 15 years old, said he hopes to bring some of the biggest names to Missoula’s venues. 

Natalie Tveraa, a general assistant for Liquid Bass Productions, said she shares similar sentiments of excitement. 

“For a lot of people, concerts are definitely a recharge in social life,” Tveraa said. “So it’s kind of great to have those back.” 

Since July, Liquid Bass has hosted a few popular shows featuring popular artists like Barely Alive. But according to Tveraa, Virtual Riot is one of the Badlanders first headliners in a long time. Maki said he’s pumped to see what Virtual Riot has in store, especially since the artist is one of the bigger names in the game. 

“This is a very big artist that we probably won’t see in Missoula again,” Maki said. “Or at least, not for a very long time.”