The Hamptons is the kind of location that conjures up images of elegance and luxury. Steve Aoki is the kind of DJ that conjures up images of insane raves and energetic partygoers. So when the two forces met this past weekend at Southampton hotspot, South Pointe, we knew we had to be there to tell you all about it. This was not our first time at the high-end lounge, and after our killer experience there for Avicii, we had high expectations. If you’re interested in finding out what happened when East met South, read along after the break.
When we arrived at South Pointe, we were greeted with beaming Wall Miami signage that signified the “takeover” set to go down. Opening DJ Daniel Chetrit did a great job keeping the club’s energy up, blasting hit after hit. Upon entrance, we were greeted by the hypnotic hook of Calvin Harris’ “Bounce” and were then presented with an unfamiliar but refreshing remix of “Take Over Control.” Benny Bennasi’s “Cinema” got most of the club singing, but it was “Hello” from Martin Solveig that had all mouths moving in sync. He also dropped the feel-good “Party Rock Anthem” before the main attraction arrived and he played “Save the World” as a sendoff.
Steve Aoki was ready to take the reigns at 1:30AM, and fresh off a huge set at EDC Vegas, we caught him sneaking a yawn before finally entering the booth. Still, he seemed to instinctively wake up as soon as his MacBook Pro was plugged in and the CDJs were illuminated. Steve sprung right into action by opening with “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” before dropping his collaboration with Armand Van Helden, “Brrat!”
Aoki got right into new material when he played an Afrojack’s still unreleased remix to “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah, and then another new track he debuted at EDC, a Dim Mak original remix to “A Knight” by New Ivory. Following that newness, he dropped a bomb and the entire club experienced some brief “Turbulence” that had the Hamptons lounge absolutely rumbling.
The epicness continued with the David Guetta remix of “Wet” and then — get this — “Fade Into Darkness” by Avicii (though we’re pretty sure he was playing a version from when it was still called “Penguin“). Following those two was the super large track, “Duel,” from Third Party and the Laidback Luke remix to “You Used To Hold Me.” What came next was a monster bootleg in the form of “Kendo Coming Home“, which marries Dirty South’s version of the Dirty Money track with Nari & Milani’s psytrance banger.
Steve dug into his personal collection for the next sequence of the set which kicked off with his remix to “I’m in the House.” Once everyone was clear on just whose house we were in, he played Nicky Romero’s remix to “Flash” before the Afrojack collaboration, “No Beef,” which was infused with some vocal track we couldn’t place. To round out his well-deserved self tribute, he played his remixes of NASA’s “Gifted” and Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.”
Finally he played arguably his most well known production, “Warp 1.9” to make sure the entire club knew that we were in his domain. What came next was the smashing dubstep track from Zedd, “Dovregubben” and then Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” Finally, he ended things on a British note with the Flux Pavilion remix to DJ Fresh’s uptempo banger, “Gold Dust.” It was a fitting send off for South Pointe, a real gem in one of America’s most sought after beach communities.
Steve Aoki made his mark on the Hamptons in a big way this past weekend, and we’re glad we were there to watch the madness go down. Once again the small setting of South Pointe, with its VIP tables and bottle service, proved to be an amazing venue for enjoying and appreciating a DJ set. Aoki replaced some of his set’s usual rave-oriented tracks with well known club bangers, and the end result worked from beginning to end. As for us, we just wish there were more weekends in the summer, because the EDM scene is red hot right now and we don’t want the epic parties to stop. Oh well, next weekend’s the fourth…