Photo courtesy of Doug Van Sant Photography. In addition to being a DJ-photographer, he is also the official photographer for Echostage in Washington, DC, as well as for EDC NY and Electric Zoo. Past clients include: Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Emma Hewitt, Markus Schulz, and many, many more. To see more of Doug's work, check out his website.
Friday, October 4th, couldn’t come soon enough. What we anticipated was a show featuring Thomas Gold and supporting acts Deniz Koyu and Tyler Sherritt, unlike any other we’ve seen thus far. We didn’t just enter Echostage Friday night; we had been transported to Glow Land.
A play on Club Glow, Glow Land was intended to be a glow in the dark wonderland featuring “high-tech installations, magical creatures of the night, 3D interactive structures, a massive stage production with unparalleled visual displays, banging beats and thousands of people diving down the rabbit hole.” Walking inside, we were handed Styrofoam light sabers and immediately noticed the makeover Echostage had received. Think black lights, wire jellyfish and color-changing LED paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling, displaying red, blue, green, and pink hues. There were also handcrafted flowers cut out on cardboard-like material, displayed all around the parameters of the VIP balcony. And finally, the most significant update was the inclusion of ELECTROCUTE, a versatile performance group based in the area. This would explain the “unparalleled visual displays” Glow had previously mentioned. Several times throughout the night, aerialists surprised the crowd as they were either suspended in the air, cocooned in a white curtain, or draped upside down from hoops in front of the DJ booth. Oh, and did we mention that there were people outside who painted fans with UV-Dayglo paint? By the end of the night, Echostage was brimming with faces, arms, legs, and torsos covered in tribal designs that radiated in the UV-infused venue.
We can all concur that Thomas Gold is a talented DJ merely because of how smoothly he transitions from one track to another, showing the crowd no mercy. He concocts some of the most unexpected mashups we’ve ever heard, such as Dada Life’s “Boing Clash Boom” vs. W&W’s “Thunder.” We also heard Nero’s “Promises,” a timeless favorite, in addition to his famous mashup of One Republic’s “Apologize” and Otto Knows’ “Million Voices.” The LED wall behind Gold epitomized the light concept that he aims for in his #RememberTheLight Tour, filled with exploding fireworks and splattering, red paint droplets. The green lasers that we always see appeared particularly strong on Friday, thanks to the diffraction glasses that were handed out later in the night.
At 2 am, Deniz took to the stage a second time to play a B2B set with Thomas that fans awaited so patiently. He couldn’t have had a stronger opening, throwing down an impeccable mashup of Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party’s “Antidote” and Eric Prydz’s “Everyday.” Dancers in white body suits, white wigs, white platform boots, and metallic isis wings took over the foot of the stage as Thomas and Deniz spun behind them, exhibiting such great chemistry. They looked so natural standing there together, dropping one golden track after the next. But what Gold and Koyu also showcased Friday night was a strong sense of teamwork, which is essential when performing B2B. The duo made DJ’ing look so easy, but in reality it’s really f*cking difficult and takes a whole lot of talent to perfect. Together they dropped a unique medley of tracks consisting of Afrojack’s “Peanuts,” Mark Knight’s remix of “You've Got The Love,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” and Avicii’s “Silhouettes.” Ultimately, Gold and Koyu introduced us to the fresh, but they also brought back fond memories of the past.