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.
When it comes to the revolution of electronic dance music, make no mistake that the Dutch DJs are the pioneers of it all. Amongst DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs, 6/10 of the Top 10 DJs are all Dutch, and even apart from a very calculated list, there's no denying that the most recognizable names in the industry have some of that Dutch blood pulsing through their veins.
Just to name a few, artists like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and Hardwell, were all featured in the film speaking in their native Dutch language. The film, which is available in select screenings across the US, follows the lives of these superstars as they go from one event to another explaining the sucess and influences of Dutch producers.
Over the past year, Polish ex-rocker turned DJ/producer Tom Swoon has transformed himself into one of the most prominent movers and shakers on the EDM scene. Swoon’s infectious enthusiasm for different genres and vast knowledge of all things music, has awarded him high acclaim. Already a veteran of remixing, we at Joonbug sat down with the man who has been dubbed,“Poland’s First EDM Star,” explored his metalhead roots, what makes him tick, and more...
You were originally known as Pixel Cheese. Why did you change your name, and how did you come up with Tom Swoon?
I just felt it was right to change my artist name from Pixel Cheese into Tom Swoon. As Pixel Cheese was more the name of a bedroom producer and now Tom Swoon feels more mature and representative of the music that I produce. After all to SWOON is to lose consciousness for a short duration of time which is what I want my music to be about. And "T-O-M" are the three first letters of my surname.
You started out playing rhythm guitar in a rock band. What made you make the change to EDM?
I was a total rock/metal head at that time, but a bit later I got hooked emotional/technical-wise on Deadmau5 and Kaskade’s track “I Remember”, which made me also want express my feelings through my own music. That’s how I got into EDM.
How do you think that starting off in rock has shaped your musical sound?
That’s a good question! I believe that I’m really into high energy progressive house music is possibly a result of my rock band history. And also I focus a lot on the drums in my productions which definitely also has to do with it.
We know that your main focus is progressive house; are there more genres that you want to tackle in the future?
I am a big fan of melodic music and that’s also the kind of music you will continue hearing from me in the future.
You’ve remixed everyone from Linkin Park to Steve Aoki. Who would you like to remix next?
That’s difficult to say. I accept a remix based on if I like the original track and if I think that I can create my own dimension/way of the track. If I have to pick some names I would love to remix it will probably be Florence & The Machine or Lana Del Rey. They are definitely on my wishlist.
What do you think makes you different from other artists?
I never compare myself with other artists. I just try to bring my own sounds and give myself for the full 100% in the music.
If you could give one piece of advice to artists looking to make it, what would it be?
Never set the "get signed" goal. Just do what you feel, share that stuff on blogs, Facebook, SoundCloud etc. and look for some constructive feedback. Develop your own sound! Making your music sound good enough to release it officially takes some time, so be patient and when you feel that moment came, just send couple of emails to different labels and wait. Nothing's worse than re-sending the track every week to labels and DJs. It's totally unprofessional. Even if you have to get a negative response after 2 months, wait... Use that time in studio instead! And the most important - stay true to yourself.
There’s a lot happening to me right now. In December I will start with a weekly radioshow on the biggest polish radio station RMF Maxx and I have collaborations coming up with artists such as John Dahlback, Paris & Simo, Laidback Luke.. and there’s even a lot more to come but I can’t reveal more at this point!
Photo courtesy of Doug Van Sant Photography. In addition to being a DJ-photographer, he is also the official photographer for Echostage in Washington, DC, as well as for EDC NY and Electric Zoo. Past clients include: Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Emma Hewitt, Markus Schulz, and many others. To see more of Doug's work, check out his website.
On October 25th Laidback Luke was to perform at Pier of Fear for his Super You & Me event. Unfortunately, due to permit issues, Super You & Me had to be cancelled leaving thousands of fans who were ready to rage without a party. Never one to let fans down, Laidback Luke and event coordinators were able to move quickly and switch the party venue over to Pacha. They also took the opportunity to change the theme of the night from super hero to a full out Halloween party. On his Facebook page, Laidback apologized for any inconveniences and promised to make it up to everyone. Later on that night at Pacha, that is exactly what he did.
On Friday, October 25th superstar Dutch DJ Laidback Luke and his super hero fans were to get together for one night and take over the world through the power of music. Unfortunately, things took a drastic turn and the Super Me & You event had to be cancelled. Never one to let down his fans, Laidback Luke and Friends has moved the party over to Pacha for a Halloween extravaganza! Now Pacha is inviting ghouls, ghosts and all types of interesting creatures to join Laidback Luke and his young super heroes for a night of dope music, partying and getting wild!
The party starts at 9PM and guests are encouraged to get there early. Laidback Luke is bringing a few friends along with him to set the table for the night and all of them are sure to have the dance floor rocking. Opening the night will be DJs Tom Swoon, Moska, Gladiator and Deniz Koyu. Laidback’s birthday was earlier this week, making it the perfect time for NYC to show its love for one of the best DJs in the world, roll through Pacha and throw them Double L’s in the air!
Fans who purchased tickets for Super You & Me can exchange them for a Pachaticket and receive a 20% refund. Also, Bounce Boat ticket holders will receive reduced admission.
Friday, October 25
Haunted Kabin: 4 Nights of Terror. Kabin will be hosting 4 nights of terror leading up to Halloween night and the Saturday after! The haunting begins this Friday at Kabin. Doors open at 9 pm. General admission tickets are $20 and 2 hour open bar (9-11 pm) tickets are $35. You can purchase them here
1337 Connecticut Avenue Washington DC
TEKA presents FUNKAGENDA at Lima Lounge. Doors open 10 pm - 3 am. Event is 21+. You can purchase tickets here for $15 (pre-sale price) then $20 for general admission price.
1401 K St NW Washington, D.C.
Ever wonder if the DJ you paid good money to see is actually doing something on stage, other than playing straight from a mixer or iTunes? We all have. This question has been brought up a lot in recent time, causing controversy between DJ's in the EDM world. But if you had any doubts, you should know that Laidback Luke is in fact a legit DJ behind the boards. In this 50 minute set we get a full view of his CDJ-200nxs which he uses to flawlessly mix and remix songs live. This is not only reassuring to the sceptics, but an amazing sight for any fan of EDM to see. Check out the video below and let us know what you think, and how you feel about the work that DJ's should put in on stage.
For some, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. In honor of National Mean Girls Day, “[In Girl World,] Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Well said. But in the dance music world, Halloween is just another great excuse to throw a party, and to say that RPM knows the tricks of the trade is a huge understatement.
Pier of Fear is returning to New York, and this year, Halloween will be celebrated over the span of five days. This is more than double the amount of parties as 2012, which consisted of Knife Party’s The Haunted House Tour and All Mixed Up featuring Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Otto Knows, and Carl Kennedy. Girls, this means that you’re probably going to have to purchase five different costumes so that when you mupload, you’re not wearing the same exact outfit you wore the day before. Unless you have no shame. In which case, all the more to you.
We had a few minutes to sit down with the French DJ/producer Martin Solveig after his performance at Electric Zoo in New York. Solveig’s creativity and adventuresome spirit could be seen throughout his set on Main Stage East as he brought the crowd to life. Interacting with the crowd from the beginning where he invited everyone to be part of the filming of the 'Blow' music video, Solveig kept it up throughout his set. The enthusiasm was evident as we talked to Solveig about his performance, his new single with Laidback Luke, and the exciting summer he’s had.