Followed by witnessing massive amounts of debauchery at a nearby Bulgarian bar in the lower east side for a friend’s birthday I made my way over to Chrystie 141 (formerly known as Bobby’s and Mystique) for the very first time. I almost walked past it as there was no visible sign outside. Upon entry through the double doors I saw the familiar faces of Mystery Sounds at the door to greet me. After exchanging our hello’s I began to explore this unfamiliar space. There was a long bar located to the left followed by a VIP area beside stairs leading into the main dance floor. The club has several levels and the upper floor usually hosts a separate event. The bathrooms and kitchen area are located on the lower level. The booth is only slightly elevated off of the dance floor level which makes for great crowd interaction. The dance floor is fairly intimate but also has additional seating on each of the sides but the venue overall is quite long so there is more than enough space to contain a packed crowd.
Brendan O’Niell opened up and played a few different styles. His track selection was good overall; I remember hearing Danny Tenaglia & Celeda – “Music Is the Answer”. I felt like his set was a bit all over the place trying to satisfy too many styles of listeners but in a sense also trying to tone it down for the headliner which is respectable. At some points it was a little too commercial for my taste ie: playing a dance mix of Deborah Cox’s – Things Just Ain’t The Same, which was totally not what I was expecting to hear at this event. I will give him the benefit of the doubt because this is the first time I have heard him play and I am not sure if this is his style on a constant or if it varies depending on whom he is opening for.
Ferry Tayle opened his set with a euro festival style announcement making the venue aware of his presence behind the decks. He started out pretty hands in the airsh but then got more melodic a few tracks in. I’m not quite sure what was going on in the beginning of the set. It sounded like there was some looping and extra added kick effects or may be that was the result of equipment malfunction but in any case I don’t feel like it particularly enhanced the set. I would have been happy with him just playing the tracks. His mixing skills were on point though so no complaints there. It seems like great times were had by all. Everyone was getting busy on the dance floor as Tayle was getting busy in the booth. The genuine appreciation for the tracks he played was quite evident by the way he was jumping up and down and throwing his hands up. Prior to attending I heard massive amounts of hype and praise for his performances which onset high expectations in my mind. Many have donned him with the title “The Wizard” and I wasn’t quite sure what that was all about. I think I get what all the fuss is about Ferry Tayle now. He plays a lot of older tracks that people are familiar with and a few classics here and there. It’s statistically proven that people have a better time around music they are familiar with. When I say classics I mean tracks that are over 10 years old. Classics mean different things to different people and some throw the phrase around way too lightly. Some tracks I remember off the top of my head were Super8 & Tab’s – “Helsinki Scorchin’” mashed up with “Elektra” – “Helektra”, Solid Globe’s – “North Pole”, Solarstone’s – “Seven Cities”, John O`Callaghan ft. Audrey Gallagher’s – “Big Sky”, and Tiësto’s – “Suburban Train”.
I must admit I had not heard some of these tracks in quite some time. Helsinki Scorchin’ was released at a time when Super8 & Tab were undoubtedly climbing to the top of the favorite DJ’s list so hearing this track made me reminisce of times when the trance sound was much more alluring to me. I’ve always love hearing “Seven Cities” played at a club. In my opinion it’s still one of the greatest trance tracks of all time. The nostalgic factor alone just gets me every time. The crowd was into it too and the vibe was definitely there. I can’t speak for the end of the night as I didn’t stay until the last song however I did notice one very important thing about Ferry’s set or rather the lack of. I did not hear one single trouse track while I was there, so major props to Ferry for keeping it real on that tip. He kept the trance fans and the purist’s quite content.
My overall impressions of the venue are good and it has both the space and proper ambiance to host such an event. I would definitely return for another trance night. The venue is a decent size for a small to midsized venue. There’s a designated dance floor which is always a plus as most venues of this size don’t have one. The layout is nice and there is sufficient lighting but nothing too over the top where you feel like you are constantly being blinded. The climate control wasn’t too bad (it wasn’t a sauna in there). Parking isn’t so great because there’s an overnight restriction on the block in front of the venue and a no parking zone on the side street (welcome to the lower east side lol) but it’s not impossible if you search on the other side of Bowery. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of selection at the bar. They don’t carry any type of cider and they were out of white wine. The service was a bit slow considering there was only one bartender. Those were just mere inconveniences that can be quickly overlooked when you consider the hard work and effort that Mystery Sounds and Trance Alliance put into the event. Thank you for a fun filled evening, let’s do this again!!
Review by Zaneta Ortiz
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.