While Steve Angello catered to the masses with his SHM-style set at Size in the Park, his after-hours appearance at Pacha NYC was where New Yorkers got a chance to understand why he is one of the best in the game. After finishing up his first set of the day, a damp-yet-energized Steve teased that his set at Pacha would be nothing like the one he had just played. “I’ll give you $1000 if you can ID a single track,” he said to me, before dropping a familiar yeah, you wanna mess? style smirk that embodies his signature charisma and confidence.
Well, just a few hours later I would find myself right in the thick of things: standing directly behind the man at Pacha NYC as he played one of the most memorable sets I have ever heard, with the fewest amount of songs I’ve ever known. If that isn’t the mark of a good DJ, I don’t know what is.
We’ve come to expect a certain kind of sound when it comes to Nervo tracks, but their latest collaboration with Norman Doray is something refreshingly different. “Something To Believe In” doesn’t have the girls on vocals, but instead brings in Cookie for a soulful, anthemic topline. The video is shot at Neptunes Beach Club in the Hamptons and at Pacha NYC, showcasing an atypical — but enviable — lifestyle that admittedly looks pretty awesome. The track itself has old school disco vibes and feels like a very big tune. As the summer music season comes to a close, releases like this have us excited for fall.
Spanish sensation Danny Avila makes his New York debut this Friday, and we’ve got a special opportunity for one lucky Dancing Astronaut reader. One winner and three friends will receive passes to see not one set from Danny on Friday — but two: first during an intimate in-studio session at SiriusXM radio, and then late night at Pacha NYC. However, you’ll also win a VIP table at Pacha with a free bottle of champagne, just so you can end the day in style. This contest will run for just 24 hours, before we choose a winner Thursday evening. We ask that you do not enter if you knowingly cannot make it to both of the shows or if you’re under 21, but if those two matters are all squared away, enter through the Punchtab contest below.
Though the summer is unfortunately drawing to a close, the parties and club events show no sign of slowing down. This Friday, August 17th, up-and-coming New York DJ/producer Paige will make his headlining Pacha debut — and if you haven’t yet heard his name yet, you can expect that to change over the next year. He has already played gigs at Governors Island and even EDC New York, so he is bringing along some friends to make his big Pacha NYC evening even more special: Deborah Cox will deliver live vocals from her upcoming track with Paige, “Higher,” (and a special rendition of “Leave The World Behind”), while Nari and Milani will bring their special blend of electro house to bring an edgier vibe. If you’re around New York this weekend and looking to experience a new type of progressive house show, head over to Pacha NYC on Friday. We doubt you’ll regret the decision.
It’s no secret that we at Dancing Astronaut are big fans of the German mega-DJ Thomas Gold, and we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting his return to the one and only Pacha NYC this Saturday, August 11th. Of course, we want our readers to party in style, so one grand prize winner will win a VIP table for four people with a complimentary bottle of champagne — or energy drinks for the under 21 crowd. As if that wasn’t good enough, it will also come with a Pacha gift bag filled with various kinds of merch (and you just might find some DA gear in there as well).
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to take home the grand prize, we have also secured a guest list to give everyone the chance to see one of the most entertaining DJs out there at one of New York’s best clubs. Anyone 21+ will receive $10 admission before midnight, and 19-20 will have reduced cover. To put yourself on the list, go here, and don’t forget to say Dancing Astronaut at the guest list door.
Update: Tim Mason has been added as support for Saturday night’s festivities. Get your entries in!
Though it took until the week of to sell out, expectations ran alarmingly high for Eric Prydz’ return to New York City. On the day of the show, nearly every dance music enthusiast without tickets was clamoring for a last minute chance to see the one and only Pryda.
While there was no shortage of hype for the show, there was a shortage of space at the venue, Beekman Beach Club, which filled up quickly and felt at or near-capacity by midnight. If you did your homework, this wouldn’t have been a surprise; Beekman has had its fair share of misfortunes this summer. Unfortunately for excited Pryda fans in New York City, the night did not exactly go according to plan.
Pacha NYC has been teasing an upcoming event with the hashtag #September22NYC on Twitter for the past few days, releasing clues for an upcoming event through Instagram and collecting them at September22NYC.com. What seems pretty obvious from the Instagram account associated with the campaign is that Size Matters is involved, but we’re here to break things down for you.
Stepping into Pacha NYC, you never really know what to expect. Sometimes you can’t breathe and other times there’s enough room to warrant staying until sunrise. Friday wasn’t the most packed we’ve ever seen the NY hotspot, but when Adrian Lux took to the decks at 1AM the club came to life. While Lux might not be the most recognizable name, you have definitely heard many of his tracks, which have received support from the likes of Axwell, Avicii, and even the videogame FIFA 2011 which features “Can’t Sleep.” The Swede seems to be gaining traction in the industry and a killer set at Pacha only seemed to solidify his skills. Keep reading for 5 tracks you need to know.
Wrapping up the month of June, Pacha hosted one of those most underrated producers of 2012: Deniz Koyu. With his tracks highly supported by Swedish House Mafia and Fedde Le Grand (and pretty much every other big name DJ in the game right now), there is no denying Koyu’s potential as both a DJ and a producer. Koyu’s productions are mostly anthem-sounding and powerful enough to shake stadiums, festivals, and even Pacha for that matter. As John Dahlback was ending his praiseworthy set I was expecting Deniz Koyu to maintain the high energy levels. Instead, opening with his unreleased remix to Zedd’s Beatport top charter “Spectrum,” Deniz Koyu surely lived up to my expectations and from 3:30am until sunrise.
It was our first night at Pacha NYC since DJs got a heartfelt but necessary reality check about the state of the industry, and we were anxious to see how one of our favorite crews would respond. Just last month, the Jacked family closed out EDC NY with their own tent (and an afterparty at Pacha for good measure). So with a familiar taste in the mouths of New Yorkers, the pressure was on for Afrojack and friends to deliver something completely different.
Upon entering the dance-mecca on 46th street on Manhattan’s West side, the vibes were noticeably special. Afrojack, along with Quintino and R3hab, would throw a party for New York that was not only memorable for the crowd, but a huge relief for dance music hopefuls. From start to finish, the Jacked boys proved their versatility and quickly separated themselves from the play-pressing pack.