Zedd and Porter Robinson’s “Poseidon” tour invaded Pacha NYC this weekend and they did not disappoint. I knew this would be a great show with a packed house. Pacha sold out of pre-sale tickets to this highly anticipated show, so I expected the club to be jam-packed early into the night. By midnight, all levels of the club were packed with ravers ready to break a sweat with this DJ super-duo.
First, Nick Thayer got the crowd going with an eclectic mix jammed with surprises. Thayer bounced from genre to genre, mixing tunes like Skrillex’s “Bangarang” with Jay-Z’s “New York State of Mind” to keep the crowd on their toes. His bass heavy set also included hip hop classics such as “Baby got Back” by Sir Mix-a-lot, “Up In Here” by DMX, and Dead Prez’s “It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop” mixed with huge remixes of dubstep hits such as Nero’s “Must be the Feeling” and “Out of the Blue” by Sub focus. Thayer’s own “Like Boom” kept the crowd raging with fierce lyrics and catchy bass lines. Despite sounding a bit random at first, Thayer’s set grew on me as he got into the groove of mixing genres and beats as the night went on.
Next, the crowd went wild for the unmistakable intro of Zedd’s “Spectrum” as Zedd and Porter Robinson took to the decks. The Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner “Knight” remix rang throughout the club as the entire crowd jumped up and down in excitement for the duo finally taking the stage. From this point on, the energy in the room was crazy, as Porter and Zedd bounced back and forth, playing high energy Porter tracks such as “100% in the Bitch” and his classic “Unison” between Zedd’s “Breakin’ a Sweat” remix and “The Legend of Zelda”. The pair also played tracks from Zedd’s newly released “Clarity” album such as “Stache”, “Shave it up” and it’s title track, “Clarity”. They even jested at Zedd’s “love” for Avicii’s “Levels”, faking out the audience by playing the intro and suddenly dropping Zedd’s “Shotgun” in its place. Their incredible energy and humor throughout their set is always infectious and keeps the crowd happy and moving. At one point, they even gave a shout out to “Gangnam Style” which made the crowd erupt in cheers.
Overall, this was definitely a night to remember in New York nightlife. Despite Pacha being packed to the brim, which made it almost impossible to move from floor to floor, ravers were treated to an exciting set by a great pair of guys. This show was only proof that they will continue on their track of explosive success in the future. It’s incredible to see that both artists, relatively unknown a year ago, are now selling out shows left and right on top of staying down-to-earth and having a blast performing across the country. The EDM community can only hope for more playful performances (and productions!) from this young duo going forward.
Review by Maggie Popvich for ElectronicNightLife.com
Photography by Michael Elezovic
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