Pacha New York has become a staple venue for renowned DJs to spin for the night. From DJs like Avicii to Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold to Mat Zo, nothing says you've made it as a world class DJ quite like getting to feel the enigmatic New York City club vibe from the dance floors of Pacha. Celebrating their 8 year mark in the New York City nightlife scene is nothing short of a momentous step for Pacha New York's co-owner and President, Eddie Dean.
We snagged an exclusive interview with the nightclub honcho, and he shared what it's like to be behind the successful Pacha name, and his grattitude for the fans who have kept Pacha NYC running for so long.
Is that Avicii we hear, or is Sultan & Ned Shepard's new track, "All These Roads," proof that the former is leaving a rather successful imprint on other artists? So much for hating on Avicii these last few months for joining dance music with country. It appears as though Tim's influence is slowly, but surely, extending to emerging artists such as Sultan & Ned, who have given us their own take on dance music meshed with indie/pop/country elements.
"All These Roads" contains a soft opening, featuring rapid plucking of guitar strings topped with delicate vocals from Zella Day and Sam Martin. While completely diverging from Sultan & Ned's past contributions including "In the Air," "Walls," or their remix of Kaskade's "Fire In Your New Shoes," we have to admit that we are impressed with their latest single. The track wasn't anything near what we expected, but quite frankly, surprises are always much better.
"Wake Me Up" by Avicii has hit the number one spot on charts all around the globe, making it one of 2013's biggest electronic hits. With a number of remixes from artists of all kinds, the single has been all over the genre map. Now Afrojack has taken the track and given it his own unique edit, with a whole new beat and drop. This remix will definitely keep this song alive that has been hot since its realease back in June. Give it a listen, and let us know which "Wake Me Up" remix is your favorite.
Opener Henrik B got the party started with a blitz light show and DJ set, while pumped fans belted-out both originals and remixes. Up on stage, a giant, ever-changing sign of “B is for...” was projected, while smoke and lasers held the crowd captive. The roof was raised when Henrik spun a remix to Lana Del Rey's Young & Beautiful, and then again to The Killers Mr. Brightside, the crowd went wild!
AVICII! Lightening hot...jammed his bangin’ hit, I Could Be The One, as his opener! Smoke, fog, and confetti blasters pelted the crowd; lasers pulsed to deafening cheers and the floor quaked. A sea of neon swayed in unison to ID (I Wish I Could Turn Back Time), while an insane laser light show illuminated the entire venue. Strobe lights fluttered throughout tracks like Dear Boy; fog machines with pink and red back-lighting mesmerized the audience. A unique story was projected for each track with the help of a hi-tech double-screen which was strategically placed in front of, and behind, Avicii. Perhaps the most hypnotic was, Hey Brother, which projected a serene, cross-country road trip, until it morphed into a roller coaster ride; the drops in the song aligned with the drops in the carnival ride.
This superstar Swede succeeds once again in conquering his venue, armed only with his charisma and innovative artistry. Veni, vidi, AVICII!
Ever wonder how acts like Lady Gaga, Avicii, Lana Del Rey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and M.I.A. got their start? If you guessed the CMJ Music Festival, you are clearly in-the-know. CMJ has been holding it’s music festivals since October of 1981, and throughout that time, has successfully discovered and launched the careers of dozens of new artists each year.
We recently had a chance to catch up with Gareth Emery in the midst of his North American Tour. Performing in Gainesville, Florida for the first time thanks to The Dynasty Group, Emery took some time to let us in on his upcoming album due for release early 2014.
So tell me about your North American tour. How is it going so far, any favorites?
It’s been going really well. I guess this tour has been kind of the pre-album tour. So this is a tour when I’m seeing a big load of cities. I’m testing all of the new records that are going to be on the album, seeing the reactions and then kind of tweaking them on the planes in between shows. You know, it’s been difficult to pick favorite cities. There have been so many amazing shows. It’s been good to come to some places for the first time. I’ve had debuts in Portland, in Nashville, and Gainesville which have all been like amazing, so much where I was thinking why haven’t I been to any of these places before? But yes, it’s been good. I’m also doing the big shows, like really big festivals like you know TomorrowWorld and Beyond Wonderland in the Bay Area. We’re doing Virgin Mobile Festival tomorrow, so it’s a mix. It’s nice to do clubs and the festivals mix it up.
Next Saturday, Pacha NYC will be welcoming Henrik B along with DJ duo Cazzette to their world renowned stage. Henrik B is considered one of Sweden's most consistent aritsts, as his carreer stretches all the way back to the late 90's with a number of releases through revered labels. Now signed with Avicii's label PRMD / LE7ELS, he plans to drop even more music and keep on touring more than he ever has.
Over the summer Henrik dropped the massive track "Echoes" with help from Niklas Gustavsson and Peter Johansson, along with a number of remixes and an official video. The song has been featured on a number of sets this summer from producers like Avicii, Guetta, Tiesto and Hardwell. Take a listen to the summer anthem below and purchase it on Beatport.
The two-time Grammy-nominated electronic producer, Avicii will be coming to New York on Thursday, October 10th, to perform at the Roseland Ballroom. The show is co-sponsored by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, who have made exclusive shirts for the DJ.
The only way to get tickets to the show is by purchasing one of these Avicii shirts. They will be going for $39.50 - not a bad price considering you get to see Avicii too - and will be available starting August 30! You can find the shirts at one of the 19 select Macy's and Ralph Lauren stores located in NYC and Boston.
As many people look back at Electric Zoo this weekend, the emotions widely vary. Between the heartbreaking reasons behind the disappointing and contentious cancellation of Day 3, and the ongoing debate as to whether or not the right decision was made, it can be easy to look past all the good that happened this weekend. With that being said, we should not ignore what has occurred, but learn from it. Instead of thinking about what we missed out on, let’s remember what we experienced. Day 2 of Electric Zoo brought together thousands of electronic dance music listeners from all over the world to Randall’s Island for a day packed with performances from our favorite artists. Let us reflect on these positive moments that have created beautiful memories that we should not allow to be overshadowed by the negative.
“So who wants to get wet? If you want to get wet make some motherf*cking noise!” Oh yeah, we want to get wet.
At 6 pm, just before David Solano entered the stage, hot pink paint sprayed generously form a hose onto an excited crowd. However, this was simply an introduction—basically a tease. It was the first paint- shooting of the evening, and it was used to get the crowd excited and wanting more. It worked. When David began, the energy level vastly increased and people began to show some real interest in what was taking place on stage. We heard tracks like Hardwell’s “Three Triangles (Losing My Religion),” Afrojack ft. Chris Brown’s “As Your Friend,” and a mashup of “Young, Wild and Free” (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars) vs. “Mammoth” (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike). We also got to hear Solano’s latest track, “Loco.” But it wasn’t until R3hab & Solano’s “Do It (Life In Color Anthem 2013)” played that the real paint party began. Neon green and pink paint shot 40 feet into the crowd from guns, cannons, and hoses, in conjunction with thousands of pieces of white confetti. Appropriate.