Last Saturday was booming at Pacha with sets by Gina Turner, John Dahlback, and Deniz Koyu. It was a triple threat that made you want more at the end of the night. All 3 DJs were going all out to keep the dance floor packed and filled with energy.
I had arrived early to catch Gina Turner’s set. There weren’t many people due to the fact that it was right as the doors opened. I spotted Gina Turner behind the decks with some friends enjoying her time before Pacha filled up. You could really tell that she loved her music as she was rocking Pacha as if it was peak time. She was just feeling the music and getting ready to share what she had to offer with everyone that was going to be in attendance. By the time she dropped the heavy bass hitting track Let Me See You Work by Joe Brunning (a BeatMill favorite), the dance floor was crowded and people were going nuts to her exclusive style of song selections. The first sing-along song of the night went to the classic track by Oscar G. & Ralph Falcon, Dark Beat. Gina lowered the volume fader and you could hear everyone sing the lyrics and as soon as the first bass kick dropped after the vocals, the place exploded. After 3 hours of her continuous flawless mixing, she had stepped off the tables to let the headliner, John Dahlback step up to the plate.
Dahlback took to the CDJs at around 1am and started off with the Tiesto & Hardwell remix of Young Blood mixed with Who by Tujamo & Plastik Funk. The crowd went wild with his first few track selections. When you thought the place couldn’t get any louder, Dahlback dropped the familiar A-Trak Remix of Heads Will Roll. Pacha went absolutely wild as they jumped and sang along to the lyrics by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. It completely caught everyone off guard as Dahlback started and continued with hits after hits. He finally gave people a moment to catch their breath by transitioning the mellow horns of Calabria by Rune that had been released in 2003. After that quick break, Dahlback hit Pacha with the vocals of the euphoric track that he remixed for Sneaky Sound System, Big. As the vocals played, you could tell from the crowd that, that moment right then, was the moment where mind and body had matched the music. He soon mixed that song with his brand new track Embrace Me remixed by Dirty South, which just recently hit spot 3 in Beaport’s Top 10 list. You could tell that there were many John Dahlback fans, because there were so many people singing along to the new track that had just been released about 2 weeks ago. If you havn’t seen John Dahlback live before, I highly suggest that you put it on your priority list. Bomb after bomb, he was keeping everyone on their feet. From the Mezzanine to the upper level that encompasses the main dance floor, the whole place was shaking with the sounds of John Dahlback. Out of nowhere he hit us with the vocals of Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd. Everyone was having a blast to this 27 year old Swedish DJ. All of his tracks are so diverse that it’s always an adventure listening to him. From his heavier bass hitting tracks that he played that night like Grunge to his Swedish style synth tracks like One Last Ride, there’s plenty of sounds to please everyone. One of my favorite mixes of the night was Silhouettes by Avicii to the drop of Toulouse. Two familiar songs put together to create a crowd hyping song in which you had everyone fist-pumping and jumping into the morning hours of 4am. Deniz Koyu accompanied John as he was finishing up his set, but he wasn’t going to let everyone off with a bass drum in 4/4 time. Instead, he cranked it up so many levels that Pacha reached the peak of it’s excitement as he dropped Tiesto & Showtek’s new collab, Hell Yeah!, as the infamous CO2 sprayed down on all the ragers that had made it to the end of his set.
It was now time for the Turkish DJ to show everyone what he was made of. Last time he was at Pacha, he opened up for Fedde Le Grand and this time instead of warming up the crowd, he came out guns blazing. Playing his own remix of Spectrum by Zedd, (which is my favorite remix of the song), he mixed that into Swedish House Mafia’s Greyhound, adding in the vocals of Changed the Way You Kissed Me by Example. As the floor was still jam-packed, Deniz was determined to give everyone a night they’ll always remember. He mashed in the vocals of Promises to Hardwell’s new track Three Triangles which prepared the crowd for a series of seamless mixing that was the recipe for melting faces off. Deniz transitioned Three Triangles to Nicky Romero’s WTF that he debuted at Ultra Music Festival. If you had been at EDCNY, you would’ve heard this next song that is now number 4 in the Beatport top 100, played in a good portion of DJs sets. This time, people were using a Bong for something entirely different, as the crowd were jumping to the song that was coming out of Pacha’s thumping sound system, you could hear the piano riffs to Fade Into Darkness. Immediately people got ready to sing a long to this all too familiar track by Avicii. Right as the drop for Fade Into Darkness hit, Deniz went right back to “take a hit” of the Bong. The next set of hit after hit came when Deniz dropped a remix of Faithless- Insomnia followed by a crowd favorite Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker by Dada Life. The crowd was going crazy, fist pumping, moshing, and jumping, they were ready to kick out the epic motherfucker. He then hit the crowd with the most played track at Ultra Music Festival. Yup, another crowd-chanting favorite, Rattle shook the roof of Pacha New York. Deniz was in the zone and finally gave the crowd what they were looking for after the song Rattle. With textbook transitioning and using the break to cross his fader on to the track Tung!, the roof of Pacha was entirely blown off. Confetti, Pacha’s famous horn, C02, and the works all led up to this moment. I’m Coming Home was another track that he played and used the drop to play Epic. You would think that he would’ve played the Coming Home/Aerodynamic/Quasar bootleg that has been a staple in many DJs sets lately, but instead he gave us something more Epic.
This trio knew exactly what they were going to do that night at Pacha and they executed it exactly the way they wanted to. Non-stop dancing, non-stop partying, non-stop raging, there wasn’t a moment in time where you wanted to stop dancing. Pacha New York has delivered a remarkable line-up of events for their Summer of EDM and they have yet to fail us.