Clams Casino’s beats ring out before the hip-hop producer even takes the blue stage. Across the park, A$AP Rocky’s already busted out “Wassup,” just one of the tracks Clams created for him (it’s also on the producer’s excellent new Instrumentals 2 mixtape).
The contrast between the exuberant party put on by the A$AP crew and Clams’ own performance couldn’t be starker though. This is clearly an artist used to being the man behind the curtain. Clams doesn’t reveal much: whatever clicking and dropping he’s doing to create those crushing, reverb-heavy beats is obscured behind a shrouded podium. He says nary a word to the crowd, which doesn’t seem to mind much. Arms bounce gamely in the air as wave after wave of chilled out bass wafts out from the stage, punctuated occasionally by a chopped up vocal or particularly explosive beat.