As I drove, moving toward Quogue, Long Island the perfect summer day was moving past overwhelming directly toward incredible. From early morning, throughout the entire day and night, two of the greats in electronic dance music were teaming up to electrify the audience at the island paradise known as Neptunes Beach Club.
My anticipation sky rocketed as I entered the parking lot. All expectations I had heard about Neptune’s were far exceeded by the glistening sight of sun and sea. My ears filled with the sounds of the early DJ setting a mellow, loose and easy mood for the early birds, unwilling to miss even a moment of all Neptunes day party had to offer. As Doray and the Nervo Twins arrived, the crowds mood escalated. Eager anticipation could actually be felts. DJ Paige closed out his opening set with tracks both progressive and more upbeat and Norman was ready to fill the air with a burst of perfection in sound. The day club at Neptunes morphed into an energy filled nightclub. He owned the crowd.
With the original production “Chasing The Sun” and his new single with Nervo titled “Something To Believe In”, a peaceful melodic tune was set and the crowd sang along. The mood continued with Pachaholic anthems such as Axwell’s remix of “Ressurection”, Dirty South’s mix of “I’m Coming Home”, Sultan and Ned Sheperd’s “Walls”, and Axwell’s emotional remix of “In My Mind”. The Frenchman mixed the tracks flawlessly and his efforts brought smiles to his mesmerized audience. Even the weather cooperated, showing its appreciation by causing a cool breeze to temper the hot sun. Total enjoyment prevailed. Everyone on deck felt Norman’s passion and became one with the music and the man.
I’m Coming Home (Dirty South Mix):
Sultan and Ned Sheperd’ - Walls:
The Australian sisters appeared to an exuberant crowd and Miriam took the microphone to introduce themselves and set the stage for what was to come. The opened with there Tommorowland anthem featuring Afrojack as Miriam sang the track live displaying her enjoyment and capturing the audience with there passion. Mixing new tracks such as Avicii and Nicky Romero’s “Nicktim”, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s “Lethal Industry”, and Bingo Player’s “L’amour” energized there eager fans.
The sisters absolute enjoyment was transferred to their fans, interacting as some perched on the shoulders of others. Vivacious, sexy, exhilarating, enticing, the sisters captured the entire audience. As the piercing drums of Marco V’s treatment to “Mr. Brighside” was dropped the speakers bumped throughout the club and the deck was packed from the beach to the entrance. At around 6:30 p.m. I was forced to leave Neptunes as I had to commute home and get prepared for the second performance of both EDM powerhouses.
Bingo Players – L’amour:
Avicii and Nicky Romero – Nicktim:
Mr. Brightside (Marco V Treatment):
The day turned into night as I arrived at Pacha NYC still filled with energy for the night ahead of me. The opener DJ Gian was setting the perfect mood for the night ahead with his exquisite taste in Tech and Progressive house. Nervo hit the booth around 1:00 a.m. and the dancefloor was filled with excitement and anticipation as the duo showed there enjoyment and love for there music and fans.
Playing some harder tracks than at Neptunes such as Dirty South’s remix of Nero’s “Me and You”, Nari and Milani’s “Atom”, and Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound”. I sadly missed some of Nervo’s set because of my interview with Norman Doray but I quickly returned to the main stage to hear the end of there epic set. As Nervo finished up there set with dBerrie’s remix of “Somebody I Used To Know” and there new hit “You’re Gonna Love Again” the crowd seemed filled with enjoyment and ready to continue the party till sunrise.
Nero – Me and You (Dirty South Mix):
Nari and Milani – Atom:
Gotye – Somebody I Used To Know (dBerrie Mix):
Nervo continued to party in the booth as Norman arrived for his second performance of the day joined by Australian, Tommy Trash. Opening up with many of the same songs as Neptunes Beach Club we were contemplating if Norman was going to throw down a similar set and we got proven wrong instantly. Throwing down a much harder and energy filled set than previously, Doray mixed in tracks such as Tommy Trash’s “Cascade”, SHM and Knife Party’s “Antidote”, Qulinez’s “Troll”, and David Guetta and Nicky Romero’s “Metropolis”.
At this point the Nervo twins, Tommy Trash, and Norman were having the time of there lives in the booth as the crowd partied to the hard hitting beats. Finishing up his set with Matt Caseli and Danny Freakzoid’s “Raise Your Hands”, Hard Rock Sofa’s “Quasar”, and Sandro Silva’s “Epic” left the crowd filled with excitement and ready for the Chain Smokers to take the stage. At this point the Pachaholic crew left the cherry factory as out bodies ached from our tiring day of partying.
Tommy Trash – Cascade:
Qulinez – Troll:
Matt Caseli and Danny Freakzoid – Raise Your Hands:
Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar:
Overall? Incredible! Both Nervo and Norman outdid themselves. They changed previous format, adding both flavor and energy previously unseen. Their personal enthusiasm while performing at both establishments got the crowd in the perfect mood and added up for a fantastic day.
Be sure to check back later this week for an exclusive interview with Norman Doray. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day.
Photos courtesy of Michael Elezovic and Pacha NYC.