12/30/2012 - RPM Presents and Pacha NYC really outdid themselves with an event where all the artists could easily be considered headliners. Walking into Pier 94 on this chilly evening, I couldn't help but notice how the weather had little to no effect on New York City's EDM fanatics. It felt as if you were at a summer festival; girls barely clothed but still rocking their boots with the fur and guys in an array of rave wear. The morale was extremely high and you could feel it in the air, literally, a 133,000 square foot sauna. The venue is enormous with multiple bars and a VIP section lining the walls of the hall on risers, creating a clear view of the stage. Also, there was a giant futuristic vehicle of some sort in the center of the room that was used as a secondary dance platform. Atop were dancers in outfits full of feathers and glitter that you couldn't help but shift your focus to.
Diplo performing at Pier 94 on December 28, 2012.
Sazon Booya, a young moombahton duo with an insane hype man dubbed Mysterio, were the first performance to catch my eye. Blasting jaw dropping sounds artists wish they could have come up with flawlessly and setting the tone for the entire event. Sazon Booya's set came to a conclusion, but that did not stop Mysterio from crowd surfing and hyping up the ravers during the following artists performances. As per usual, the most exciting part was when Diplo took to the throne. The fans were hungry and Diplo fed them exactly what they were craving; a unique mix of hip hop favorites, moombahton, and the highly explosive new genre, trap music. Recently, Diplo has been erecting his own Twerk Wall within each venue to allow his fans to get their interpretive dance on. A place to take snapshots and post it to social media with the hashtags #TWERKWALL… but that is not the only place where all the twerking went down.
Diplo performing 'Express Yourself' at Pier 94 on December 28, 2012.
Shrieking girls eagerly reached out towards Diplo in the hopes of being selected to express themselves on stage. Diplo carefully picked a handful of the finest women from the front of the rage cage and brought them up onto the stage. Allowing the legendary 'Express Yourself' to commence. Right then and there I knew Diplo had stolen the show. After a nearly impossible set to follow, Afrojack was up at bat. He grabbed the mic and his unmistakable voice echoed throughout the establishment. He brought the excitement of the crowd to an all time high as he gave a shout out to the one and only New York City. Nick's label "Jacked" is a hit making army with hangers full of bass booming missiles. He gave an impeccable performance showcasing him and his posse's new creations. The show was remarkable, but I think RPM Presents and Pacha NYC need to bring Diplo to our city as a headliner… and fast. #FREETHEUNIVERSEE
Don't sleep on this people. Afrojack has just added a second NYC date including a show with Diplo at Pier 94 on Sunday, December 30th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 13th, at www.RPMpresents.com/pier94. Make the right decision and attend this event.
Tommie Sunshine is one of the best producers out there right now. Check out his Soundcloud and the videos below. I haven't created one of these cartoons in a while and decided Tommie would be perfect for a brand new one. Enjoy.
R3hab returns to Pacha NYC after a tad bit over a month since his last performance with Jacked tycoon, Afrojack, and label mate, Quintino. This time he is bringing along Russian trio Swanky Tunes for support. It is going to be an amazing show. Pick up your tickets while you still can!
06/28/2012 - Afrojack and the Jacked conglomerate did an amazing job this year at EDC NY showcasing how their crew gets down to business, some of my favorite performances of the festival. I figured it would be pretty hard to top such a breakthrough experience but I can honestly say they did an even more impressive job at Pacha NYC. Quintino and R3hab are some brilliant support Afrojack has along with him. The 30,000 square foot quadruple decker rave haven was loaded with clubbers in a Jacked delirium. Afrojack's debuted a lot of brand new material at EDC NY and unless you've been privileged enough to see him again you really haven't heard from it. Him and his squad rocked the house with all night long with those brand new treasured productions and then some. Quintino took to the booth first to warm up the party for head honcho, Afrojack. Dropping some of the nastiest beats ever including his super banger "Epic".
Witnessing Afrojack perform is like visiting one of the seven wonders of the world. Especially at Pacha NYC. Brings him such nostalgia being at a place he played for the first time not too too long ago now sold out waiting for this very moment. He begins his set which I would describe as banger after banger after banger. Behind the decks he can barely control himself from sporadic hand gestures and full blown raging. Smokes a stog… Maybe a swig of Jack Daniels… Then hops right back into shooting blips and bloops back at the crowd. No one will ever know what Nick Van da Wall has stored on his hard drive. You could assume a stock pile of bangers from your wildest dreams. Including all of his amazing material (Take Over Control, Rock The House, Can't Stop Me, Polkadots, to name a few) Afrojack dropped records such as Nari & Milani's "Atom", Tommy Trash's remix of "Ladi Dadi", Eric Prydz "Allein", and "The Way We See The World" with the Nervo twins present on stage.