With all the hype about the World's #1 DJ (for the second year in a row) coming to Glow shortly after the top 100 dj's list was announced earlier in the week, Tiesto had a lot to live up to. What we weren't expecting was the most kick-ass set ever from Dan Sampson, who opened up the night. The club was packed wall-to-wall well into Dan's set, and we couldn't get enough of him. His tracks were banging, one after another, and his first produced song was the highlight of it all. I knew the crowd was going to go nuts when he held up that cd and looked at me... and they did! Everytime the lights came on for a few seconds, I could see the mirror image of one packed, excited crowd reflecting off the plexiglass of the dj booth. By the end of Dan's set, i was breathless and hurting, wandering how I would ever be able to dance to Tiesto.
But when Tiesto arrived, fashionably late a little after one, he walked onto the stage nonchalantly with a huge smile on his face, and immediately started spinning. Everyone just let loose the second he first came out of that side door. He was full of energy, and never stopped smiling.
His first track was Dibaba - Hold You and it was a strong opener, but I really started loving his set when he dropped his next track... Lili Hadyn - Anything (G&D mix). What an awesome song. I was expecting him to play a lot of older tracks, but he surprised us with a lot of tracks that no one has yet been able to ID. Everyone was singing "Beautiful Things" -- it was amazing, but I don't think we heard much more off Nyana. My favorite song he played was Three Drives -- Carrera 2 -- after fighting my way through the intense crowd up to the VIP to take a breather, it was impossible to stay sitting down when he dropped that. Somehow I found room to dance.
Later on in the night he dropped the track that a lot of us had been eagerly waiting for -- Traffic. He must have known we were waiting for it too, from the look on his face. He snuck "Dirty Sticky Floors" in there too... which I remember from last time. My favorite part of the night was when I heard those lyrics "Everytime I hold my head up high"... and Rank 1 Breathing came on. You just had to dance til the very end. Pete Moutso closed the night with some nice tracks, which I thought sounded like they could have been picked right out of Tiesto's record box. I dont even know what time Tiesto left and Pete began. Nice job.
And of course, the highlight of my entire night was the 10 minutes or so where I was up in the dj booth, dancing my heart out about 10 feet away from Tiesto, and the way i left when he turned around while he was sifting through his records and he said "Are you having fun?" I don't think I even need to answer that.
So despite an overpacked crowd, occasional drama, and the absence of "Southern Sun" which many of us were eagerly waiting for, I still had the time of my life. And that #1 dj title, while it's a pretty close tie in MY mind talent-wise, he lived up to it on Saturday... the way he connected with all of us. Thanks Glow.
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