Wow…I don't even know where to begin – the night was so phenomenal it is difficult to put into words.
I arrived in LA that day around 3:00 p.m. I walked outside to a crisp, 63 degree air, palm trees, and sun. I was excited already!
Tj5 and I headed to the club around 10pm, after having some dinner with John Debo. We got in fine with no problems, and the place was empty still – and freezing!
I was extremely impressed by the club. I had never seen it as the previous “Palace” but it was beautiful. The ceilings with great olden decor, several large screens around the room, it was set up very nicely. The dance floor was large, and there were plenty of places to chill. There were two additional smaller floors where you could see the main floor and DJ. In the back of the club was a “VIP” section where another DJ was spinning who wasn't too shabby. There were plenty of seats on the upper levels to take a breather and just look at the floor. The stairs to go up to the other two floors were really cool too. Like it was in an old mansion. And the sound system was sick! For some, the bass might have been a bit too hard, but I thought it was perfect. The sound level and clearness was very good.
The DJ booth was set up at the front of the main stage, for a clear view. Debo opened from 9-12, setting up perfectly for Digweed.
The crowd was very interesting – perhaps the most interesting crowd I have seen in a club like that yet. There were people of ALL kinds, everyone just there to have some NYE fun. Some very interesting outfits around, too.
Around midnight, the club became more packed. We met up with Casey, (The Dude) and his g/f Megan (love2groove), as well as a few other peeps. Later we got to chill with Gabor, Unconnected, and some other East Coast peeps. Digweed got on at about 11:57, and started a track. The way he integrated the infamous countdown was very interesting. He was playing a track that had a very cool countdown built into it. The crowd was going wild. The energy in that room was amazing. We had a great place right up front, watching Digweed, the crowd, the screens …5…4…3…2…1….and then BAMN! MIDNIGHT! Streamers and confetti dropped, everyone cheered, I got a hot kiss, and the night was off to an incredible start.
Digweed was good from the first beat. I was not prepared for how good he was about to get though. From 12-3 he played some great tracks, everyone was dancing, I recognized a few, tj5 recognized most. I was having an amazing time. I kept saying how good it was and people kept saying “Just wait – it's going to get better.”
The way they “satellited” Sasha in was interesting. From around 11:30 for about an hour we saw Sasha spinning in Avalon NYC up on all of the large screens positioned around the room. I think we saw a couple shots of Ferry spinning in Avalon Boston, but it was cool to see Sasha in NY – we were wondering how that was going and missing Ruben and Olga!
About midway though Digweed's set, which was amazing already, he went into this…I am not sure what to call it….this very hard, out there, freakin amazing section of this set. He started dropping tracks like I had never heard before. Fantastic buildups, amazing, heart stopping drops. I was in complete awe. This section of his set was unlike anything else I had ever heard before. Unlike that “moment” at PvD at Space, or those times at the end of Danny sets where I have been floored. This section was in a whole different category. It was almost incomprehensible. It is hard to explain – there are not words. During this section I was put into a complete altered state (non drug related, FYI) that was the most awesome “state” of my clubbing experiences yet. The music was so good. The tracks were unrecognizable. It was so hard. So techy. It was dark. It had the beat that started at your feet and went through your body. I went to a spot on the dance floor and just danced by myself for a while, completely in my own zone. Then, in the midst of this “amazing section” of his set, he dropped these 4 trance songs. The first three were just absolutely beautiful with these female vocals that put me over the edge. I closed my eyes and had an extremely emotional, spiritual, powerful experience. The music had just totally encompassed and taken over my body. For the next few hours, I basically just tried to appreciate it, take it all in, and enjoy how amazing it was. It was clearly one of the best selections of music I had ever heard at a club. IT was perfect, mind-blowing and altering, and with everything combined – the club, the sound system, the crowd, the vibe, the friends, NYE…it was unforgettable.
At the point where I just about couldn't take anymore, he came down a bit. The rest of the night was of the same quality, still very intense, and then we were up on the dance floor again until he closed. He didn't go as long as we had though he would or had hoped for, but they stopped him at 9am. He spun a few last encores, and the energy in the room was still fired up. There were a lot of people still left – it was pretty packed. He dropped two PvD tracks too, which seemed to fit in well, bringing the night to a close. One was…um, “Avenue”, I think? I need to go listen to my CD's tonight and figure out their names. It was nice though, to hear those tunes.
We headed out around 9:20, still wanting more. Digweed came down to greet people, where I got to shake his hand, tell him it was awesome, and that he rocked. I was still in complete awe of the entire night – I was lost of words, speechless, in a state of shock. Teabags and I kept saying how we wanted to call people to tell them about it but wouldn't even know what to say. Just the way that Digweed dropped the tracks, his perfect selection, transitions. You would have thought the night was perfectly planned out.
It was really THAT good.
Tj5 and I were saying that unlike some DJ's, Digweed is always completely emotionless when he spins. The entire night, he did not have any sentiment on his face. He was so serious – or maybe not serious, but just up there, doing his thing. Very focused. I saw him smile for the first time when he greeted the crowd at the end.
If Digweed spins there again next NYE (which I think is up in the air), I will not miss it for anything. I really wished a lot of you could have been there – Ruben and Olga especially, since they were supposed to be! Then I just knew how much Ann, Greg, Charita, and all of you would have LOVED it – it was so remarkable. This is the party not to miss. And I will not miss it again if he has the chance to spin there again!!!!
Tj5 will hopefully whip up a review like he did last year with a better description than mine and somewhat of a track listing. He was writing tracks down as soon as the night ended.
After Digweed, we headed to the Bonaventure Hotel where the Giant party was later that afternoon. Heard mixed reviews of the Giant party, but the afterparty was chill. They had a couple DJ's spinning outside by a pool. It was low key, good after a long club night. I didn't make it much longer though, although I would have liked to. I think that party went well into the next night.
Great partying with the west-coasters at Digweed – Gabor and his boys, The Dude, etc. MeowMix – great to meet you this week – you are awesome! Glad we got to chill! Kermit and Austin, sorry I missed you!
LA was a PHAT time! I loved it! So different out there. So beautiful, so big, so unique. We did some sightseeing the other days – drove up the coast, went to Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, etc – walked around Hollywood (I saw Britney's “star”!), looked for famous people, saw the Chinese Theater, had the best pancakes at the Griddle…it was nice. I also got to meet up with some college friends who just moved out there. I did not want to leave yesterday and come home. There was so much more to still do! Hit up a free house party Friday night with MeowMix and company, which was chill. Ate some good food too. Yay!
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