The internationally celebrated Dutch House DJ has headlined Ultra and Tomorrowland and is heading back to one of New York’s most iconic clubs for his victory lap. Fedde Le Grand has used his single “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit” as a launching pad for a career as an endlessly inventive DJ, and this Pacha veteran knows how to control a crowd and get everybody having a great time.
Fedde Le Grand made his return to Pacha NYC this past Thursday. The Dutch-born DJ/Producer, best known for his 2006 single “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit” definitely gave the crowd a reason to keep their hands held high. His jaw-dropping performance, with a little help from well-known EDM hype man MC Gee, had the crowd’s feet moving from the moment pressed play.
Le Grand is well known for amazing production and energetic sets, but boy did he give NYC a taste of real House music. It was obvious as soon as you walked into the four-story mega club located at 618 W 46th St. in Manhattan. The LED lighting illuminated the walls as Fedde controlled the massive crowd, which was filled with people singing along as their feet moved so fast they were hardly even touching the dance floor.
Any New York City club venue that lasts for 8 years and is still going strong calls for a celebration. The dance floors of Pacha nightclubs worldwide are famous for bringing all the hottest DJs to spin for the night and now Pacha New York is celebrating their 8 year mark by featuring a December line up that is so packed with renowned DJs, you need to check out this repertoire.
The Eight-Year Anniversary event kick starts with Grammy-nominated, Austrailian DJ Dirty South on Saturday, December 7th. As a Pacha favorite, he will bring his big-room style House sounds to get the crowd going in high gear.
It’s really great to speak with you again! The last time we met, you told us that you were working on a new track with a Dutch rock band, which has yet to be released worldwide. How did working with DI-RECT compare with collaborating with an electronic dance music artist?
Usually, I think that about 80% goes online. Everything goes back and forth online so you hardly see each other, maybe once. In this case, it was really different because the whole band came to my studio. We really sat down—we had a piano, one of the guys plays the guitar. Especially the way it started out, like a whole jam—we got together about four times, and we finished the whole thing. Which I thought was really cool. But it was hard as well because there was a lot of discussion because everyone had to like it and we didn’t want to compromise. We wanted to do something that we were both 100% happy with.
An ocean, an ocean of white. That is exactly what we witnessed as we embarked on our magical expedition via the 4 train to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this past weekend.
“You must be going to Sensation!” said a fellow subway-goer, observing our fully white attire. The notion of unity had already begun, and we hadn’t even crossed the Manhattan/Brooklyn border yet.
Above all, and aside from providing guests with an incredible experience meshing performing arts with music, Sensation strives to promote a sense of harmony among concertgoers. When we finally arrived at the Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center stop, the milieu was overwhelmingly…white. Unlike most other shows and festivals across the U.S., the crowd’s higher maturity level was evident simply in the way people dressed, particularly the girls. We observed most of them clad in white dresses and heels, or in costumes ranging from angels to mermaids. Even considering the minimal clothing, there was a strange elegance to these ladies that we don’t often perceive, because Sensation is one of the few touring shows in the U.S. with an age restriction of 21+. This factor alone made attending the event a no-brainer.
Thursday, October 24
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Friday, October 25
EDM meets hip-hop, as GRiZ and Danny Brown headline Freaky Deaky V this Friday in Chicago. The Aragon Ballroom will host the Halloween costume party/concert, which will also feature Kill Paris and Tokimonsta. Doors open at 7:00PM. Presale tickets are $29.
1106 W. Lawrence Ave
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Saturday, October 26
1106 W. Lawrence Ave
Head over to Clarkes Bar & Grille from 12-6pm to register for this not-to-be-missed bar crawl in celebration of Halloween! From 12pm-2am you will visit the sexiest bars in Chicago and drink the spookiest, most delicious drinks.