As expected, the Gramercy Theater was turned up on Saturday night, courtesy of DJ Sliink, Dirty South Joe, LOUDPVCK, FKi and special guest Swizzymack. Each artist brought their own unique style to the decks which resulted in a melting pot of unique and trapped out sounds. FKi kicked off the night in fine fashion, followed by the hard hitting sounds of Philly Club phenom Swizzymack. Swizzy is known for taking only the best and often rare vocals and flipping them into dance floor heaters. Check out his latest track below.
Swizzymack – HØØD
LOUDPVCK followed with energy and had a fine assortment of tracks that kept the crowd going crazy and wanting even more. Next up was Dirty South Joe, who absolutely destroyed the place. We’ve never seen so much energy in somebody while performing. All control was lost when he dropped Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” featuring Future & Rick Ross.
Last but not least was Newark, New Jersey born DJ Sliink, who brought his signature blend of sounds for everyone to hear. Successfully blending throwback hip hop tracks with his new current originals and remixes, Sliink was able to cap off an already successful night with a bang. He’s blasted onto the scene with force and was named one of VIBE Magazine’s “Top 30 DJs To Watch in 2013.” With that being said, we cannot wait to see what else DJ Sliink has in store for us throughout the rest of this year.
To wrap things up, the night was a blast. Gramercy Theater was live for the entire night, rightfully so. We were happy to be there and thrilled to be able to provide you with a recap. Turn up!
After what seemed like the longest 7 days, my favorite day of the week, “Loco Lunes” was finally here. What I looked forward to most was my first encounter with Sandro Silva. My eyes sparkled with anticipation as one of Holland’s greatest treasures stepped foot into Opium Barcelona and took the stage. Silva’s energy only increased as the early hours of the morning approached. When Sandro started off the night with his festival classic “Epic” the crowd instantly went insane as they realized they were in for a night of flawless mixing and spontaneous mash ups.
Mixing into other popular originals such as “Get Lower” and “Libra” reminded the crowd of Silva’s amazing production skills and why so many DJ’s in the industry support himn. As the crowd sang along to Foxes soft soothing vocals of Zedd’s Clarity the crowd was amazed as he flawlessly mixed the track into Gregor Salto’s jungle anthem “Azumba”. After hearing such a well executed mash up you can tell by the look on the crowds faces that they were ready for any surprise that the Holland sensation would throw at them and would keep wanting more.
As the night progressed Silva started to show his harder electro side dropping Dada Life’s new single “So Young, So High” and Lucky Date’s remix of Avicii’s “Silhouettes”. Later on in his set Sandro took a more top 40 approach and played many vocal mash ups including Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, Wynter Gordon’s “Dirty Talk”, and Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”. This transition went over perfectly with the younger crowd and had all the fans singing along to there favorite top 40 classics. Finishing off his set Silva played Chuckie’s “Who Is Ready To Jump” and his original “She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)”.
Even though I didn’t want to, I knew it was time to leave when the lights came on and I suddenly realized the club around me was empty. After seeing Sandro Silva for the first time I will make sure to see him next time he comes into town. I would like to thank both Sandro Silva, Opium, and De Lis Group for an amazing night with great people. Loco Lunes was most definitely an Epic night and I suggest anyone in Barcelona to check out this amazing club.
Dillon Francis is from Los Angeles and he reps his city proudly; but you know he’s got a thing for New York when he spends a whole weekend here dominating Webster Hall. On Saturday Miami based duo GTA opened for the cat loving DJ but we saw him on Sunday where 8 bit electro-punk rockers Anamanguchi got the crowd warmed up for Mr. Masta Blasta. While livetronica is certainly nothing new, seeing a band featuring a guitarist with black light illuminated dreads open for a self-proclaimed moombahton/luvstep DJ who’s been making trap music shows how open to diversity the crowds in the electronic scene are. The rockers put on an energetic set whipping the crowd into a frenzy for the nights main attraction.
Dillon played a funky set ranging from his own tracks like his remix to “So Young So High” by Dada Life to Diplo’s “Express Yourself” to “My Name is Skrillex”. Francis isn’t so concerned with keeping the music in the same genre, he’s really only concerned with making the crowd get crazy. One interesting track that he played that you have to check out is Will Sparks’s “Ah Yeah” it’s a fun, funky three and half minute ride. Never one to keep quiet and just play music Francis opened up by having the crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to Martin Luther King Jr. before playing a few bars of “Popped a Molly I’m Sweating” .
The bottom line is Dillon Francis is the shit, and he won’t disappoint. He somehow even manages to make his technical difficulties funny. Though he’s just announced his Wurld Turr which doesn’t include a stop in New York, you can bet he’ll be back here soon. When he does, get tickets, get to Webster hall, and get crazy.
Ever since the madness that was displayed on the closing day of Electric Daisy Carnival New York with their very own Jacked Stage and Afrojack closing out the festival, New York has been waiting for another Jacked event to come around again. When the announcement came out about Jacked NYE I knew it was something that couldn’t be missed. Afrojack absolutely killed in 2012 and bringing along his team of Quintino, Shermanology, R3hab and Bobby Burns to play in the massive space of Pier 94 this was only the making of a New Years show for the history books.
We arrived to Pier 94 at around 10 o’clock just as the sounds of Tommie Sunshine were hitting the speakers and starting of the night just right. The first track that I walked into him dropping was a awesome mash up of TJD “Ode To Oi” mashed with ACDC “Dynamite” which went together perfect and could not have went any harder. Being in NYC we knew this could not have been a show without someone dropping Firebeatz “Dear New York” to set off the crowd. For my first time seeing Mr. Sunshine live I was totally impressed and he killed it to open up the night! Tommie ended around 11:55 to bring in the New Year and let Afrojack Start off 2013 with his intro version of “Bangduck” to start off what would be a wild night. Afrojack tore up the first hour dropping bombs like his own “Annies Theme” “Rocker” and his new “Gangnam Style Remix“. The Jacked leader also dropped hits like “Who” by Plastik Funk & Tujamo, “Atom” by Nari & Milani and “Next Order” By Skrillex & Boyz Noize. Afrojack killed it for the first hour of 2013 and was not leaving because it was time to bring out the next member of Jacked and play back to back all night with each member of the team!
The next member of Jacked to hit the stage was none other then the “Epic” man himself Quintino. I have seen Quintino play twice before this, the first being at EDCNY and then again at Lit Ultrabar in Philly, he is one of my favorites so I was very excited to see him kill it once again. Opening with his and R3habs remix to Tiestos “Chasing Summers” Quintino was about to blow Pier 94 to the next level with Afrojack back to back. Together they rocked pier dropping tracks such as Afros “Take Over Control”, Quintinos Remix of “Bad Girls“, “Trigger” by W&W and Marcel Woods and MOTI mashup of Kid Cudi “Pursuit of Happiness” and Nicky Romeros “WTF“. Out of all the bangers that they dropped nothing compared to the way “Epic” set this place off. It was like it turned 12 o’oclock at New Years for the second time that night when it dropped at Pier and it was only going to get crazier from here on.
At around 2am after Quintino threw down a wild set with Afrojack, it was time for the sounds of Shermanology to grace us all. I was looking extremely forward to seeing Shermanology having missed them at EDCNY but I love the fact that they DJ and do live vocals as well. They came out hard and heavy hitting us with tracks such as “Cannonball” by Showtek, “Million Atoms to Apologize” Hardwell vs Thomas Gold Edit, and one of my personal favorite tracks “Respeki Di Women” by SkitzoFenix. They also performed live vocals when dropping tracks like “Blessed” that they did with Avicii and “Titanium” by David Guetta. This night was so far unforgettable but what would be a set with Afrojack and Shermanology without dropping and singing their vocals live to there number 1 hit “Cant Stop Me“. Pier 94 was being rocked by the sounds of the Jacked crew and still had 2 more members to hit the stage to kill it and keep the music going strong.
At around 3am it was time for Bobby Burns to come hit us all with some of those Jacked beats we all love. Ever since seeing him live at EDCNY I thought Bobby Burns plays a absolute great set with a unique list of tracks so I was excited for him to get in to the booth. With Afrojack still on stage going back to back with all these artists it could not have been a better intro for Bobby Burns with him and Afro opening with their hit and one of my personal favorites “GhettoBlaster“. Bobby also dropped tracks like his original track “Next” and his and Afrojacks ” Real High“. The one part of Bobbys set that I loved was hearing his new track “MontBlanc” this track heavily supported by Tiesto and is set to release January 21st and sure to be a missive hit. It was starting to get late but it was not even close to end the night.
At around 4am we all knew it was time to check ourselves in to R3HAB. As late as it was getting nobody in pier was getting tired. The sounds of “Sending My Love” hit the speakers and we all knew it was time! The Vocals of that went straight into the new hard hitting track by R3hab and ZROQ “Skydrop” which set off pier 94 into a frenzy. He kept the madness going by dropping Swedish House Mafias “Antidote” and “Miami 2 Ibiza“, Zedds “Shotgun“, and Knife Partys “Rage Valley“. R3hab also dropped his own tracks such as his remix to Calvin Harris “Bounce” and “Well Be Coming Back” and also his track with Shermanology “Living For The City“. R3hab kept us rocking until 5am when Bobby Burns hit the stage again to close out the massive New Yeats Eve Show.
Bringing in the new year with the Jacked crew was a moment like no other. They had a crowd of over 10,000 singing and dancing for eight hours strong with no stopping. 2012 was a huge year for Afrojack and his Jacked crew and who only knows what 2013 has in store for them. All we can say is that we hope its going to be a bigger year then this one which means its going to be a massive year in 2013! We would like to thank Afrojack, Quintino, R3hab, Shermanology and Bobby Burns for such an eventful night to welcome in the new year!
Fareoh is one of the biggest up and coming Dj/Producers in the game right now. Starting as a producer for electro house he decided to make his way to the melodies of progressive house music. The 20-year-old New York producer has become a regular for the biggest clubs in New York and has made his way to go around the world from Los Angeles to Ibiza and more. He has opened for some of the best in the game such as Avicii, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso and Calvin Harris as well as going on tour with Kaskade and Dirty South. When I saw he was returning to Santos Party House I knew it was something that I had to attend and see how talented this young DJ is for myself.
Pulling up to Santos around 12:30 I already knew it was going to be a wild night because the line to get in was long and only getting longer. Lucky for us we did not have to wait long to get in and made our way right inside. When we got inside Santos was already going hard, The opening DJ, Clank was setting the crowd off the right way with big tracks such as Truffle Pig by Tommy Trash and one of my personal favorites Everyday by Eric Prydz. At around 1:45 I walked in after being outside to the sounds of Fareoh taking charge on the decks. LA Riots and GTA remix to Nero’s Crush On You was setting the place off with a bang. That went right into a wild mashup of Gregori Klosman’s Minibar with Knife Party’s Internet Friends, which could set any venue or even festival off. Fareoh was starting off harder then ever and it was only going to get crazier dropping tracks like Who by Tujamo and Plastik Funk, and Tommy Trash remix to The Veldt with Porter Robinsons Language At this point Santos was off the hook raging to the sounds of Fareoh and it still wasn’t enough. Towards the end Fareoh dropped the smash new hit by TJR Ode To Oi, Showteks Cannonball and none other then Firebeatz Dear New York. He also did drop his own remix to David Guettas Just One Last Time. This night could not have gone any better, for my first time seeing Fareoh he killed it and showed the talent that he really has. For as young as he is that only means he is going to go a long way. If you have not gotten the chance to see him live I suggest you do, he can rock a set easily and set off a venue and has the energy on the decks to go with it.
Preview – Perfect Crime (Fareoh Remix) – Joan Reyes & Amba Sheperd
After one of the most memorable nights of the year at the Pier of Fear at Pier 94, Otto Knows made his return to the city that never sleeps, to host a party that would be talked about until the next time he made his way back to the New York City area. Otto Knows always brings an amazing turn out of people because it is almost as if everybody knows of the young Sweedes original songs and remixes.
When Otto Knows took the decks, everyone in attendance flooded the dance floor, and the flashes of everyone’s phones lit up the main floor as they began videoing the phenomenal introduction of his very own smash remix of Dada Life’s, Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker with the lyrics from Robin S’s, Show Me Love, which set an energy filled tone for the night, and when the beat dropped there was not a single person in the club not dancing their heart out, which continued all night long. Otto Knows kept everyone happy, dancing, and singing by playing tracks like Gregor Salto’s, Azumba, Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s, Calling, Swedish House Mafia’s, Don’t You Worry Child, Zedd’s, Spectrum, and a mash up of Tujamo & Plastik Funk’s, WHO with Daft Punk’s, Technologic. The song selection Otto Knows chose was so widely spread across the many sub-genres of electronic dance music. His set also included John Dahlback’s, Comet, Avicii and Nicky Romero’s hit, Nicktim, as well as both of his original tracks, Lies and Million Voices. Otto Knows closed his set with an epic bootleg mix of Swedish House Mafia’s, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall with Porter Robinson’s, Language, into the original version of Swedish House Mafia’s, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.
At the conclusion of Otto Know’s set, Kastra made his Pacha debut downstairs. The rising star out of Monmouth County, New Jersey, played an unbelievable set including songs such as Tommy Trash’s, Truffle Pig and the Starkiller’s remix of Deadmau5 & Melleefresh’s, Hey Baby. If you have gotten the chance to check out Kastra you can check him out at the Kastra Music Facebook Page as well as the Kastra Music SoundCloud Page. Kastra has numerous bootlegs and original mixes, some of which include Rage Music, Vixen, and Warning. You can even download some of these songs for free using the links below. Expect big things from this man in the future, because it’s just a matter of time before his unbelievable talent in music production raises him to stardom.
ALPHABEAT – LOVE SEA (KASTRA REMIX)
KASTRA – VIXEN (ORIGINAL MIX)
KASTRA & NICK JAMES – AMERICAN SEX (ORIGINAL MIX)
This past Friday, December 7th kicked off the first of seven celebratory parties for the birthday of Pacha NYC, hosted by both Pete Tong and Fedde Le Grand who tag teamed together to throw an epic first party. These superstars had Pacha’s dance floor packed from wall to wall all night long. Pete Tong is used to hosting artists mixes from all across electronic dance music in his BBC Radio 1 residency, which releases different artists essential mixes that are approximately two hours in length, each and every week.
When Pete Tong took his set at about 1 o clock he raised the crowds energy by playing ID track after ID track after ID track. The crowd was moving to every beat he dropped until 2:30 – 3 o clock when Fedde Le Grand appeared in the booth, which had the every person in the crowd chanting, “Fedde, Fedde…”
When Fedde Le Grand took over at the end of Pete Tong’s set, the crowd went wild. His presence alone got the crowd rowdy and brought unreal energy into onto the main floor. Fedde dropped banger after banger including his smash hit, So Much Love as well as Hard Rock Sofa’s, Here We Go, and another huge hit of his, Metrum with the lyrics from Justice’s, We Are Your Friends. His set also included a bootleg mix of Tommy Trash’s Truffle Pig as well as a three song mash up including R3hab & Swanky Tune’s, Sending My Love, as well as the Bingo Player’s, L’Amour and Swedish House Mafia’s huge hit, Greyhound.
FEDDE LE GRAND – METRUM VS. WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
With the help of Pete Tong and Fedde Le Grand Pacha was able to kick off the first of seven birthday parties with a bang. If you missed out, you still have the chance to be in attendance at the other birthday parties left, which include:
If you weren’t at Pacha NYC, this past Saturday night you really did yourself injustice because as soon as you stepped foot inside of the club, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that it was going to be one of the nights that they were going to remember forever. Read more →
Simply enough, there is one word to sum up last night’s “City of Dreams” tour at Roseland Ballroom: Wow.
The almost overwhelming, tastefully neon infused crowd was given a tremendous performance by all three artists, leaving a sure mark on everyone who attended. This leg of the tour included openings by the heavily electro-house influenced Gregori Klosman and the super talented Mord Fustang who both did their due diligence in bringing the attendees energy to the next level. Klosman dropped a very hard-hitting, in-your-face set, featuring songs across various genres. He worked his banging style into the set, establishing a bouncy and roaring bassline that persisted through the entirety of his performance. He gave the crowd what they wanted to hear, playing his summer release “Minibar“, and the response was appropriately what I’m sure Klosman was looking for. Mord Fustang jumped right on after the french producer, unleashing his signature MIDI controlled set style. Each song was tastefully reworked on the fly, amplified by various samples, cuts, and effects from his sound machines he uses as his “weapons of choice”. As his set progressed, one was definitely able to hear that the Roseland sound crew was slowly pumping up the levels to get ready for the main attraction.
The timeframe on the ticket for last night’s event was a pleasantly surprising 9PM-4AM. At first glance, one would wonder how they would divide the set times up, somehow splitting the three artists over a span of 7 long hours. However, the way they did it proved not to disappoint. The crowd was vocally curious about Mord Fustang ending at approximately 12:45 AM. You could overhear people in the vicinity say things such as, “Is Dirty South really going to play a 3 hour set?”. The tone was much more hopeful than surprised. Sure enough, promptly at 1AM, the intro to the song that inspired the tour’s title began to blare out of the speakers, and the crowd began to sing along in unison, as if not a single person did not know the words. The long buildup climaxed with an explosion of streamers and fog, and a significantly louder bass volume than the previous sets. It was an amazing and unforgettable kick-off to a 3 hour long performance, which was confirmed by Dirty South as he came over the microphone for the first time to show his excitement for being back in New York. “We’re going till 4AM”, he said, followed by a roar from his fans which was essentially their way of responding “…and we’ll be here the entire time.”
The progressive house demi-god continued to unleash some of past year’s biggest singles and remixes. His first three songs included the previously mentioned “City of Dreams” single, followed by his massive track collab with Those Unusual Suspects featuring vocals from Erik Hecht, “Walking Alone”, and progressively getting even larger into the explosive summer release by Hard Rock Sofa, “Here We Go“. ‘Here we go’ was definitely an appropriate starting song choice, as it was letting the crowd know that the Australian native was just getting started.
The night continued on with a constant flow of tracks, nothing overplayed, nothing underplayed. In addition to dancing and jumping to the high energy coming through the speakers, fans could gaze at the ‘dream’ inspired decorations, and dancers appropriately holding dream catchers throughout the night. Even the bartenders were donning dream catcher tattoos. Nothing special, but a delightfully subtle touch.
As the night approached 3AM, it was incredibly clear that the vast majority of the crowd was not going anywhere. The dance floor was more packed at 3AM than it was at midnight. Then again, why would you leave? Dirty South was putting on such an incredible performance, it would be impossible to try to walk away from. Dirty South’s performance was almost like a steadily slow 3 hour buildup. Every song seemed to deliver slightly more energy than the last. It kept the crowd curious as to what was next, and I’m sure from a DJ’s point of view, they love nothing than to see their crowd stay consistently dense deep into the early morning hours. The sound system also seemed to get progressively louder as well, most likely adding to aura of energy filling Roseland ballroom. Then finally, as the night was coming to a close, Dirty South humbly thanked the crowd and promised to play one more song – and what song none other than one of the biggest progressive house anthems of all time, Axwell and Dirty South‘s timeless remix of “Sweet Disposition“. Of course everyone in the crowd knew the lyrics, bringing everyone still there at 4AM together into a spine-tingling unified group.
From a more subjective side of things, I can honestly say that, recently, there are very few events that truly leave a lasting impression on me. When you have the opportunity to see many, many shows and events, you can sometimes get bored with some of them. I say this without any reservation, and I say this assuming that a lot of people could agree with me here. Just like anything else, when done often enough, things can begin to feel redundant or repetitive. But, with that in mind, there is one thing that keeps all fans in this industry coming back for more, and that is for the hope and assumption that (insert particular event here) is going to be a fun-filled night that you won’t forget. Last night was one of those nights. Dirty South has personally been one of my favorite artists for a long time, and it is mostly because of things like this. He simply delivers. He gives all those fans that night they want. He gives them a night they won’t forget. He gives them an opportunity to come together with friends and truly escape from reality for one night, and to dance and live like there is no tomorrow. The City of Dreams tour was no less, leaving everyone who left there last night saying one thing: “Wow.”