Evening two of America’s very first Sensation is a day of legends — and we don’t just throw that word around. On Saturday, Barclays in Brooklyn will be filled by the sounds of Danny Tenaglia, 2000 and One, Fedde le Grand (again), and Mark Knight. If you’re not already well-acquainted with these names, educate yourself a bit more after the break on what to expect out of these fellows.
Danny Tenaglia was born and raised in New York and has been DJing, producing, and touring for over 30 years. He’s responsible for some of the most well-respected residencies and regularly occurring club nights in both New York and Miami and was even nominated for a Grammy in the early 2000s (for his remix of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel Loved“). Tenaglia got his start on vinyl in the early 70s and largely modeled his early career after Larry Levan and the goings on at the Paradise Garage in the late 70s and 80s. He hasn’t released an album since Futurism in 2008, but anyone who has seen him perform knows that he’s still constantly evolving his sound, drawing influences from music from every walk of life. We really can’t wait to see what he brings to the arena on Saturday. You’ll probably recognize “Elements” (a lot of DJs sample it even now), but also take a moment to listen to some of his older breakthroughs below. His remix of The Daou’s “Surrender Yourself” was widely considered his first major success. His remix of Green Velvet’s “Flash” also falls on the list of iconic Tenaglia tracks (he did it before Nicky Romero!).
Update: You can also check out Tanaglia’s appearance on DJ Answers, a new show on One Beat’s channel, to get even more insight into the producer.
Green Velvet – Flash (Danny Tenaglia’s Nitrous Oxide Mix)
2000 and One
Another veteran of the dance music scene, 2000 and One has been tearing up rave and club crowds all over the world since the late 80s. Although 2000 and One (or Dylan Hermelijn to some) has only been headlining Sensations in Europe since 2010, he has basically grounded the tech house scene in his hometown of Amsterdam. He’s the head of 100% Pure Records and has also established himself as a major force with exclusive residencies like Ibiza’s Amnesia. I first remember being attracted to his sound with dark and dramatic tracks like “Adonai Elohim,” but 2010 also marked the release of his remix of the 4th Measure Men’s very classic “4 You” and a stellar Radio 1 Essential Mix. Explore the aforementioned below, and mentally prepare yourself for 2000 and One’s musical journey on Saturday.
Compared to Danny Tenaglia and 2000 and One you could call Mark Knight a newcomer in the dance music scene. As we learned at ADE, however, sometimes experience trumps age. Experience is not something Toolroom Records head Mark Knight is lacking. He’s produced and remixed everything from The Black Eyed Peas and Tiesto to Tensnake and Faithless. His extremely influential international party brand Toolroom Knights just celebrated its sixth year in London, his weekly radio show has been nominated for IDMAs and his productions have won a variety of Beatport awards. And have you heard his remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ “Your Love”? That song is amazing. You’d probably also recognize “Alright,” was was undoubtedly one of the anthems of the past summer in every single club in the world. Check out some of my other favorites and a set of his from Sensation Norway this year below.
“The Evolution of House” with Sensation Headliners
As a capstone to the webisode series leading up to the event, ID&T and Sensation released a longer video (~16 minutes) of the some of the headliners speaking about the evolution of house music during their careers. It’s an extremely interesting take on themes we’ve heard a lot of discussions about in recent years and months. What does Sensation mean for the dance music movement in America? This weekend will be the first step in finding out.