Martin Solveig did more than just say “Hello” at this year’s Electric Zoo Festival. It has been a huge year for Solveig with his role in Madonna’s MDNA tour, and his role as house DJ for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, and, most recently, the release of SMASH. With that being said, the energy he brought to the packed Hilltop Arena on Saturday was better than I have ever seen before. Every set Solveig plays is an exciting, high-energy mix of popular music, progressive, and — in the case of Electric Zoo — a nice helping of electro-house.
The last time I saw Martin perform was in March at Lavo NY, and he truly knows how to appeal to the environment he is playing in. After streaming his Tomorrowland set a month ago, I expected to see something very similar — if not identical — but what we got at Randall’s Island was a unique blend of some of the biggest electro hits of the summer with smooth transitions into Solveig’s own originals. Solveig has a way of just grabbing the mic and engaging the audience better than any other performer I’ve seen recently. He brings such unique intensity and charisma to all of his performances.
From the moment he started his set with Knife Party’s “Destroy them with Lazers” mixed with his own “Ready 2 Go,” the crowd was 100% ready to go. He then made a smooth transition into Hardwell’s “Spaceman”, although overplayed, it was a strong way to start his set and engage the audience. I commend Martin on his ability to mix such a wide spectrum of songs and genres of music. His set on Saturday ranged from electropop to No Doubt to straight dubstep.
The crowd was full of energy through his entire set. When Martin made his transition from “The Night Out” to Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s “Calling,” he gave a special shout out to his fans in NYC. He closed out his set Saturday the same way he closed out Ultra Music Festival, with his remix of Fun’s “We are Young” and his notorious breakthrough beat of “Hello.”
If you like to have fun and want to watch an overall great performance, you should try “spending the night out” with Martin Solveig. I look forward to seeing even bigger things to come from this DJ/Producer in 2013.
Tracks to know:
1.) Laidback Luke feat Chuckie & Martin Solveig- 1234
2.) Madeon- Finale (Dillon Francis Remix)
3.) Nicky Romero & Zedd- Human
4.) Martin Solveig- Big in Japan (Les Bros remix with Dragonette feat Idoling!!!)
5.) Ryeland- Come Now