Saw him at Pacha in Ibiza after Morillo, was coming out of my "high", and most of us felt he was too "dark" for us at 6 am, so i decided to chat it up with a girl i had met that night on the rooftop, missed a big part of his set
I have tickets to see Markus Schulz / Tritonal / Simon Patterson on Saturday in Edmonton, but I really don't want to make the 3.5 hour drive after one of the friends that I was planning on heading out with got called into work the entire weekend :\
I've been listening to some sets from 2008-2009 and even for such a small range, its amazing how different trance is now - its all dominated by 132 BPM farty basslines. Not that I don't like that style, its just that its so predominant nowadays!
That being said, heres a farty bassline track that I'm really diggin'!
(And for comparison purposes, heres a track from a couple of years back)
Heres a link to Gareth Emery's set - seems like hes playing quite a few different tracks compared to before (still has KNAS / Insomnia and Zombie Nation in there though). Pretty decent. He's playing a rework of Big Sky which is kind of cool too. Haven't heard that in ages.
So I came back from New York yesterday and after a day of recovery I can now write some coherent words in regards to what I've seen:
Friday @ Pacha NYC
Tritonal with Lange: They played A&B and Arty without any live mixing or edits so it was pretty meh for me. There was one guy with a tritonal tshirt who stood motionless in the middle of the dancefloor just watching them spin - it was kinda awkward. I feel like any beatport inspired bedroom DJ could come up with a similar set if asked to.
Fatboy Slim: House music, nice mashups of Michael Jackson and other vocals with the house beat. The dancefloor was PACKED and there was a good vibe. He brought a lot of energy into his set and it was fun.
Saturday @ Electric Zoo
Simon Patterson and Sean Tyas: Even though their set had received solid reviews on other forums I wasn't feeling their vibe at all and nor was the majority of the crowd. The whole tent was pretty low energy and the DJs didn't seem too into it either. I guess I like my trance with more vocals and pauses and nice buildups but they didn't do that for me.
Subfocus: So after leaving Tyas/Patterson I decided to check out the main stage early to see subfocus who played some fun drum and bass and some dubstep. He had a very annoying MC on the stage to try to bring the energy up but I wasn't feeling it at all and found him to be more of a distraction than anything.
Sander Van Doorn: I was very excited to see Sander for the first time and he was fun for the first half of his set but my gf and I noticed that he was finding songs with the same sort of drops and buildups every time that eventually it seemed like his set was just one continuous song. It was like Sander found a song that had really good response from the people and just decided to play it safe and drop the same beat over and over and over again. I also liken it to going to a nice restaurant and just eating dessert after dessert for a 7 course meal, you eventually get sick of it. We left 20 minutes early to refresh and eat.
Andy Moor: Caught the last 15 minutes of his performance and really enjoyed it. The crowd was jumping up and down and Moor varied his set enough to really feel like he was taking us on a journey. I wish I had seen the entire set.
Skrillex: He was brilliant. I know I might get flamed for saying that but it really is true. The tent was packed and everyone was feeling the music and very passionate about his sound and performance. Since I bought everything that he made on itunes several weeks prior to his live show I can say that he did a really good job at remixing some of his more popular tracks like Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. I had a GREAT time at this show.
Above and Beyond: They were good and solid but not GREAT like you would expect from such a highly regarded group in the EDM scene. They wrote a bunch of cheesy stuff on the display to convey whatever was on their mind during their set which is fine and all but I wish I was connecting with them more. Everyone in the crowd liked their set including many people I was riding with on the ferry back to Manhattan.
David Guetta: I couldn't take it after 20 minutes. His accompanying visuals for the show were very good but just hearing the standard top 40 garbage from a very tired looking Guetta just didn't appeal to me. He also spoke on the mic in what seemed like a scripted bit where he was trying to ask to crowd to yell louder than his last show in Chicago. Kinda pathetic. The crowd was pretty bad as well with all of the wannabes and shirtless goons jumping up and down to saccharine beats.
Danny Tenaglia: He was very distracted during his first part of the performance with a lot of sound troubles. I appreciate his sound and I danced around a bit but me and gf decided not to stick around in order to watch Ferry Corsten from start to finish.
Ferry Corsten: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM finally a set I can really endorse! He brought it from start to finish, his mixing was top notch and song selection was excellent. Ferry had me jumping around and going nuts for almost the entire show. Nothing else to say, Ferry rocks.
Sunday @ Pacha
Roger Sanchez: It took forever to get to the club after a long day at the US Open so I only got there by 2:30 am. Man was I disappointed because Michael Woods was long gone and Kyau and Albert finished at 2 am - there was no upstairs DJ set like with Tritonal so this was a big letdown. Sanchez gave us the same house music style as fatboy slim but just was less creative. The same house beat over and over and over again.... We stayed 45 minutes tops.
As you can tell I gave a lot of mixed reviews for what I've seen and I honestly wish that I could have enjoyed myself more but in the end I have a strong feeling that the only two acts that will stay in mind were Skrillex and Ferry Corsten.
meh i may get around to it but really i'm no good at remembering these kinds of things, perhaps because of the drugs. i did go into zoo on friday 162lbs and came out on sunday night 152lbs though. wild.