DJs electrify packed Rosy’s

By Carl Nadig

Rosy’s Roadhouse, 930 Pappas Drive, was the electronic centerpiece for livetronica, dubstep and house music Thursday and Friday night.

Electric duo group The Combustibles performed 9 p.m. Thursday. Midnight Saturday was a bigger show with more than 100 people at the venue to see DJs play original and remix tracks.

DeKalb marked a change of pace for Jeremy Piscoran and Kai Baker, The Combustibles members, who performed Thursday night at Rosy’s Roadhouse.

“For me, it was definitely something different from where we usually play at,” Baker said. “I really appreciated there was somewhere in DeKalb that we could go out for the people and try something different.”

The venue was relatively empty until the prescheduled disc jockeys performed.

Jeff Roehl, a Chicago DJ named Xonic, opened the set with original songs and remixes of popular electronica, including a rendition of Empire of the Sun’s “Alive.” Xonic experimented with grooves before finding a bouncing tempo for dancing.

“My job is to find a common chord in the room that everybody is vibing to, sort of soak the fire and get everybody to the dance floor,” Roehl said. “Get everybody spending money on drinks, putting their hands up, and hand it off to the next DJ.”

Dancers found enough momentum from Xonic as the night progressed into Sunday morning.

Jamie Sitter, an award-winning DJ called J. Worra, followed in Roehl’s footsteps. Sitter, who swapped her hobby from soccer to electronic music after graduating from NIU, looped from classic songwriters and alternative rock bands like Marvin Gaye, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nirvana.

Using the momentum established from Xonic, J. Worra’s music kept everyone on Rosy’s dance floor.

“It’s really easy to play to a packed bar or club,” Sitter said. “It’s simple. You just go off their energy and keep the tempo up. It’s almost like a journey you take them on. You’re not trying to bang their ears the whole time. It’s waves of it and making sure they have those ups and downs and those breaks in between. It’s one of those things that you ride off the vibe the crowd gives you.”