10/27/2012 - Major Lazer is a collective of modern day rockstars. The Jillionaire, Walshy Fire, and Diplo will go down in history next to David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobaine for what they have done with their music. 1OAK was jam packed with all different kinds of ghouls and goblins this past Halloween weekend. Not to mention a mob outside the door big enough to fill the place three times over and enough liquor to flood the place like Sandy did to New York subways. Plain and simple; if you weren't at Terminal 5 or 1OAK (at least one of them) in New York City this past Friday you are a complete and utter fool and missed out on two of the best events this weekend, maybe even this year. The entire Major Lazer crew including the productions newest dancers did their thing on em until early Sunday morning. Dropping bombs like Paul Tibbets; playing some of the hottest tracks from right now, back then, and probably next year as well.
I could identify tracks like Clique by Kanye West featuring Big Sean and Jay Z, Stay Schemin by Rick Ross featuring Drake and French Montana, Break Ya Neck by Busta Rhymes, Birthday Cake by Rihanna, Did It On Em by Nicki Minaj, and Pon De Floor by yours truly, Major Lazer, but Diplo's phenomenally intricate mixing style made it pretty difficult to tell which was what. One big mixed up "M-M-MAJALAZA!" soundtrack. The bass was thumping (glad I had some ear plugs or I probably still wouldn't be able to hear) and every got extra rowdy for Halloween. The most eclectic set of all times (of course, its Major Lazer). Now a days, everyone is a music journalist, they all have their secret blogs to get the newest coolest material to bump while they do what they do. The performance had a little of everything; rap, raggae, moombahton, dub step, house, and some crazy crazy stuff I can't even put a genre on. With Major Lazer, you get everything. Taking the EDM culture far beyond anyone else's abilities and just being different. I knew there were going to be AT LEAST a few amazing songs I would never be able to find so I whipped on my iPhone and snagged a ten minute clip of their performance. Truly a one of a kind performance, no pun intended. Take a look at the clip and an even closer look to 2:02. Walshy Fire is MC'ing it up. I tried to do some investigating to figure out what the banger was but came up stumped. In my opinion, the track sounds kinda like Original Don, so I have a feeling it's something coming from the Major Lazer camp. We will have to wait and see…that ish cranks though!
10/05/2012 - Recently, I have seen Porter Robinson & Zedd perform at Electric Zoo, Roseland Ballroom, and Pacha NYC, so basically every style venue respectively speaking. Although this review is only on my experience at Pacha NYC, I think it pretty much sums up all three shows considering their mixing style and song selection was outrageously similar throughout. My standards are higher then average and I know most concert goers in the greater New York area are spoiled with top tier DJs spinning at multiple establishments just blocks away on any given night of the week.
Porter Robinson & Zedd are both very capable of making massive house tracks, as we all know from previous productions. However, these two, along with so many other DJ/producers fall comfortable to producing music using the same BPMs and similar sounds, if not the same sound, in many of their songs. Sure, that whiney growling sound does make for a great drop in songs such as Unison or Shave It, but use the sound once and get rid of it, or at least don't use it again until people forget a little bit. Enduring four hours of the Pacha sound system growling at me got boring after a while, so I decided to venture down into the Pacha pit to spice up my night. The songs these two produce are just too similar which reflects in the sets they perform together. I liked how Pacha NYC held Erick Morillo and Chuckie at the same event because how different their music is from each other. There was something for everyone.
Although the night got off to a rough start as the night progressed the show got better. I got to hear a Gangnam Style Bootleg featuring PSY, a song you have heard in some form numerous the past few weeks if you listen to music. I also heard a remix to Porter Robinson's 100% in the Bitch that was nearly as good as the original, which I didn't think was possible. If you've seen Porter Robinson lately you've probably heard the song Believe Me (Botnek Remix) by AC Slater & Xaphoon Jones, which is a tune sporting a jungle vibe definitely worth downloading. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed numerous tracks within the duos set but was just expecting more then what I got. Some of the best tracks I could not identify during the night are probably Porter Robinson or Zedd productions. Overall, I think Porter Robinson & Zedd are great producers that need to spice up performances along with some other DJs and add a little more variety in production style of their songs.
Justice are LORDS. Putting nearly a decade of work into their live shows they truly one of the best duo's to ever grace this industry with their presences. Amazing. They kick off their "Live American Tour" at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on October 21, 2012.
Paige and Deborah Cox are performing at Pacha NYC on August 17th, 2012. Along with a live set from an Illuminarti favorite, Nari & Milani.
This is an 19+ event and doors open at 10:00PM
Leave the world behind for an atomic night (08/17/2012) tomorrow at Pacha NYC with Paige, Deborah Cox, and Nari & Milani. Like & Share or Retweet this post for a chance to be entered to win 2 VIP tickets! If you are under 21 tickets will be substituted with free GA admission! Giveaway ends at 5:00PM.
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.