Designer Drugs

Michael Vincent Patrick of Designer Drugs performed in Lower Sproul on Wednesday.

I have been to a lot of shows in my life thus far and I’ve been to a lot of shows at Cal. I have to say, for the first time, this one felt like one giant dance party. Contrary to the usual indie, folk artists and bands that appear in Lower Sproul, on Wednesday October 27, 2010, half of the DJ duo Designer Drugs, with members Michael Vincent Patrick and the absent Theodore Paul Nelson made an appearance on the Berkeley campus. The show was stated to start at 5pm, but true to Berkeley form, the set didn’t get going until about 5:10.

From the minute he walked on stage, Patrick threw himself right into the performance. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Patrick had no problem taking the stage solo and rocking the crowd. It was like a giant hipster dance party, with people rushing out of corners of campus I never knew existed. (After all, who could resist the infectiousness of Patrick’s DJ set?) Dancing around in the middle of campus on a Wednesday afternoon helped to pull me out of my mid-semester midterm blues.

Take lessons from Patrick on how to pump up a crowd.

All photos by the author.

His set consisted of mixes of oldies rock, heavy metal, dub step and even some recognizable talents such as Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Kid Cudi and Crystal Castles. If this is only half the talent of Designer Drugs, I am wondering what it is like to see the unit together. He danced with some of the members of the crowd who jumped on the stage and even stage dove at the end of the show. This show honestly was so much fun. The only question I have left is, what are Designer Drugs anyway?

Parris McKenley
BARE Reporter


  1. It feels good to be surrounded with this kind of energy.And I think that's what Designer Drugs is all about, expressing their music in and being naturally high.

  2. These photos are gorgeous! The concert seems really well-attended.