In a much anticipated return, Paul Van Dyk, the king of trance, graced New York with his presence for the first time this year. This past Sunday, August 11, we were fortunate to be a part of a monstrous, 6-hour set filled with heavy trance, powerful lasers, flashing lights, and good company.
If his Facebook and Twitter posts the week leading up to the show were any indication, he was very excited to play in New York. This could have something to do with the fact that New York feels like home to him--something he confessed in his interview with us back in July. He metioned how his show at Governors Island was meaningful to him because this is where his career essentially took off. And we could tell by the content look on his face during the 6 hour show, that he was having the time of his life.
Named Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2010 by Axwell and Rising Star 2010 by Beatport, Thomas Gold exploded onto the scene last year with impeccable production and the mixing skills of a seasoned veteran. The German producer’s wildly successful career has produced multiple chart-topping tracks that can be heard every night in clubs around the world. Incorporating bassy drumrolls with anthemic vocals and progressive beats, Thomas Gold has created a unique signature sound that sets him worlds apart from the rest of the over-saturated EDM market.
We had a chance to chat with him before his show in Tallahassee, Florida last week about his meteoric rise to fame, his remixing techniques, and how it felt to be chosen as this summer’s face of the Axtone label.
Governors Beach Club at Governors Island has provided an impeccable backdrop for Made Event’s musical offerings this summer. The beach-side venue has played host to every DJ imaginable, from June’s Benny Bennassi and Laidback Luke, to July’s Dash Berlin and Alesso. And when we reached August, the musical madness continued with Gareth Emery and his band of trance support taking the stage this past Saturday.
The trance genre is all about peace, love and positive vibes, and there was plenty of it to go around on Saturday. Openers Ben Gold, Blake Jarrell, Jermone Isma-Ae and Zack Roth all played superb warm-up sets, each with their own twist on the “trouse” sound.
Street vendors are to New York City as a Cabernet Sauvignon is to a Filet Mignon. They help to provide a beautiful balance of flavor in an already rich and palatable land. Reliable and convenient, they provide countless cups of morning coffee for people on their way to work and late night snacks for those partygoers who worked up an appetite. This September 15th we celebrate their presence and honor the best in the city at the 2012 NYC Vendy Awards.
The Vendys are both a food showcase and cook-off between the city’s most reputable street vendors. There are a list of awards that the vendors will be competing for and patrons get to enjoy all the food their bellies can stand, in addition to wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverage options. A percentage of the proceeds from ticket purchases go to Street Vendor Project, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the rights of vendors.
Set to the backdrop of the picturesque New York City skyline, Governors Beach Club at Governors Island played host to Laidback Luke’s epic “Super You & Me” concert this past Saturday - inviting a slew of house-loving, crazy-clothed fans to invade the island for eight hours of non-stop madness.
Presented by Made Event (think Electric Zoo), “Super You & Me” offered the killer lineup of headliner Laidback Luke with openers Datsik, Tommy Trash, Oliver Twizt and PeaceTreaty. Luke and his trusty band of sidekicks tore the stage apart as fans kicked around the sandy ground and cheered loudly for the guys to save the day.
EL-P + Despot
When: Monday, May 21st.
Where:Santos Party House
Come out and see Brooklyn’s own El-P who, although hasn’t released a rap album since 2007, has been hella busy with Das Racist and his own Definitive Jux Label. His new album, Cancer 4 Cure will come out this month, so come get a little taste.
May is looking good for all of you NYC concert goers out there. Not only are some big names coming through (M83, Norah Jones, Jack White), but a ton of awesome smaller bands. The end of May also marks THE BEGINNING OF SUMMERSTAGE, which should prove inspiration enough to get through this month at work. So, take a look at the list, pick some shows and start your summer off right! If we forgot anything, leave a comment and we'll put it up!
Japanther/Ritz Riot @ 929 XPO
Teen Daze/Supreme Cuts @ Glasslands
Active Child/Balam Acab @ Mercury Lounge
Benny Benassi, Italian DJ/producer of legend, penned what must be the most recognizable dance track of the past ten years. Don't believe me? Here:
See? Anyway, y'all probably knew that already. Since then, Benassi has been hard at work, delivering club anthems for more than a decade. Winning a Grammy for his remix of Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise," Benassi has enjoyed critical success as well as the utter and unflinching devotion of his fans. He is constantly touring the world, playing the biggest festivals and most popular clubs in cities from NY to Milan, Tokyo to Moscow.
As the end of summer quickly approaches, you may find yourself kissing goodbye those hopes of escaping to the Hamptons for a mini-vacay. If it’s the beach you’re looking for, then no worries. Water Taxi Beach at Governor's Island has got you covered. With a great location just minutes off the coast of Lower Manhattan, a seaside daycation is close and possible. It is as easy as a four minute ferry ride from the Battery Maritime building in the Financial District. A ferry will bring you across the glistening Hudson River to Governor’s island. The ride is free so be prepared to wait in line for up to twenty minutes.
He may be only one third of global DJ sensation Swedish House Mafia, but alone or not, Steve Angello will bring a massive sound. On Saturday August 20th, RPM and Pacha NYC present Size Matters with Steve Angello at Governors Island.
The Swedish and Greek DJ / Producer has been creating electro and tech house beats for years, with his first big remix of dance classic "Sweet Dreams" Eurythmics in 2004 that still can be heard throughout in various DJ sets today. After linking up with disc jockeys Axwell and Sebestian Ingrosso, the trio became an unstoppable force known as Swedish House Mafia. "Leave the World Behind" featuring vocals by dance diva Deborah Cox was Swedish House Mafia's first production together in 2009, which grabbed the undivided attention of dance fans. It seems that with every new release, devoted fans keep multiplying for the Mafia.