Friday night was unbelievable. From the very minute we set foot into Tonic, there was a vibe in the air that led me to believe that this night was gonna be special. Greg Pappanastos was laying down some very nice stuff and did a great job warming the crowd up nicely for J.Z. Then, J.Z. takes to the decks and proceeds to blow tonic apart and the crowd with it. he FLAWLESSLY switched from house to breaks and vice versa. The crowd was in a frenzy all night. I found myself several times thinking this can't get any better and sure enough, the very next song took it up a notch higher. James made believers out of people who were hearing him for the first time and had never laid hands on a set of decks and even bigger believers of those who knew exactly what he was doing and were wondering how he was doing it so damn well. " />
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James Zabiela @ Tonic, Charlotte
by pheonaphan: 09-27-2002


Friday night was unbelievable. From the very minute we set foot into Tonic, there was a vibe in the air that led me to believe that this night was gonna be special. Greg Pappanastos was laying down some very nice stuff and did a great job warming the crowd up nicely for J.Z.

Then, J.Z. takes to the decks and proceeds to blow tonic apart and the crowd with it. he FLAWLESSLY switched from house to breaks and vice versa. The crowd was in a frenzy all night. I found myself several times thinking this can't get any better and sure enough, the very next song took it up a notch higher. James made believers out of people who were hearing him for the first time and had never laid hands on a set of decks and even bigger believers of those who knew exactly what he was doing and were wondering how he was doing it so damn well.

the scratching: perfect, not overdone, always accented the music, not dominating it.
the mixing: what mixing, it was all one long song....right?
the track selection: will pay good money to anyone who can steal his record box for me
the vibe: unlike any party I've been to ever, dj and crowd were definitely in sync and i think if andre would have let us we would still be yelling "play one more!!!"

Had a wonderful time with everyone there, Malena (my baby ), Jen, Lucy, John, George, Jody, Momo, Christy, Dusty, Marcie, Alan, Andre, Greg, and I know i'm forgetting a whole slew of other people.

trainspots:

  • la factoria - "devils square"
  • red star - "pretender"
  • dot allison - "we're only science" (slam mix)
  • some new andy jarrod/steve gerrard production (sorry james i forgot the name of it already!!)
  • royksopp - "remind me" (zabiela mix)
  • sasha - "xpander" (hybrid mix) yes, i do know that it is really just a song that hybrid put the xpander riff over the top of.
  • sasha - "bloodlock"
  • pole folder - "dust" (zabiela mix)
  • Depeche Mode vs James Zabiela - "Excited"
  • Underworld - "2months off" (King Unique remix?)

Also need to mention his live mash-up of plump dj's - "scram" vs. josh wink "higher state of consciousness" and he also played Jamie Anderson - "Can't Stop Reworks" as one of the encores and played the melody from radiohead - "fade out" over the top of it and twerked some magic with that as well.

Lastly, BRING HIM BACK third-eye!!! Great dj and great person. Nuff said.

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