It was a busy Saturday for music in the Big Apple.
While Identity Festival was taking over Jones Beach with an all-day roster of talent, Pacha NYC was gearing up to host Madeon and Eric Prydz at Beekman Beach Club. And while it’s always good to have concert options, choosing between the 18-year-old prodigy and the 36-year-old mastermind is no easy task for an electro-loving gal... major @ravegrlproblems!
Having already experienced Beekman Beach Club at Knife Party’s June concert, I decided to opt for a night of progressive-house euphoria at Pacha NYC (all the while scheming to split toward the end of Madeon’s set and zoom over to Beekman for some trancey-goodness).
But as fate would have it, I wouldn’t have to choose between the two. NYPD shut down the Prydz show for noise violations, so the trance-master moved uptown to followup Madeon’s act and close out the concert. This was Prydz’s first New York appearance in five years, and he was determined to give fans the full set they expected. So the legendary-producer spun, and spun, and spun until it was 5:30 in the morning and our feet were soar and our eyes were drooping. Between the wizkid and the legend, it was a night of talent I’ll never forget.
A star on the rise
While most 18-year-olds occupy their time surfing the web and hanging out with friends, Hugo Pierre Leclercq is busy selling out shows around the world and producing hits far beyond his years. Better known as Madeon, the rising star’s signature nu-disco sound is earning him widespread acclaim across the industry. And as evidenced by Saturday’s performance, Madeon’s sound is here to stay.
Madeon kicked off his set with his epic remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out,” a song that exemplifies the young DJ's high-caliber production skills. The French production-pro weaved in and out of power-vocal, high-energy tracks like Dirty South’s remix of Miike Snow’s “Devils Work” and Skrillex’s “Breakin a Sweat.” While his set was top-heavy with crowd-pleasing hits from big-names like Knife Party, Zedd and Dada Life, the end of his set saw a myriad original productions like “Pop Culture,” and closed out quite fittingly with his newest hit “Finale.”
"What’s up New York, my name is Eric Prydz."
As we all geared up to hear Alex English take the decks, a middle-aged man in a baseball cap stepped into the booth and announced proudly to the audience, “What’s up New York, my name is Eric Prydz.”
And with those words, and entirely new musical journey began. The venue exploded with cheering voices and flailing bodies - the news shocked audience members who didn’t have a clue about the surprise appearance. Picking up where Madeon left off, Prydz kept the beats flowing in at the perfect minimal tempo to give us a bit of a break before more musical madness ensued.
His set was dominated by trance hits from his last album “Eric Prydz Presents Pryda,” which found both trance-heads and progressive-house lovers similarly delighted. My favorites off the album were “Viro” and “You,” both tracks featuring melodious leads and soulful instrumentals. Track after track, Prydz spun his minimalist magic that carried us groggily into the wee daylight hours.
We went to Pacha for a progressive-house set Madeon, and left with trance tunes dancing into our dreams. A newcomer and a legend sharing the stage - it was history in the making.