When two musical labels and event come together is bound that something magical will happen and that is what exactly happened the other weekend at Brooklyn’s haven Avant Gardner. Founder and A&R of Life and Death, DJ Tennis and pioneering European festival Sonar teamed up for one special night to create this one of a kind event. The event was divided into three rooms The Great Hall, The Kings Hall, and the newly added Spiegeltent. The Great Hall was decorated from top to bottom giving off the Sonar vibe, as well as sinking into the world of Life and Death. The Great Hall was transformed into a whirlwind of a kaleidoscope of sound and nature.
Founder and A&R of Life and Death, DJ Tennis established himself as a DJ and producer in his own right. As a performer, Tennis valiantly showcases an astute ability to create intimacy in even the vastest of gatherings. In his latest remix of Nervous Tics by Maribou State, DJ Tennis is classic touch, preserving the warmth and fragility of the original but rebuilds the track on a sleek, muscular 4/4 foundation.
Over at the Spiegeltent the Israeli electronic and indie music duo Red Axes were tearing it up. Playing all tracks such as Sound Test, Sun My Sweet Sun, Sabor, Waiting For A Surprise. It was personally my favorite set of the night. Red Axes was engaging with their fans during their set, it was the first time seeing them won’t certainly won’t be the last time.
It was a diverse experience filled with soulful sounds with a post-rock aesthetic. Including animation on the walls displaying what artists were performing next in The Great Hall. Teaming up to bring a cutting edge lineup of dance music’s finest talents, influential label Life and Death and pioneering European festival team up.
DJ Koze took over the stage at The Great Hall playing melodic house tunes, it was also the first time seeing DJ Koze. Not really knowing what to expect from the German music producer - he still put on a fantastic performance playing some tracks from his ‘Knock Knock’ album. Playing tracks such as Illumination, Club der Ewigkeiten, Muddy Funster, Planet Hase other tracks included Operator and DJ Koze’s most popular track Pick Up. The moment when he began the most popular track of 2018 everyone lost it. The crowd started cheering and singing along.
The event brought an interesting crowd, even bringing people outside their elements, and people normally don’t go to events like these were there that night. It looked like everyone had an incredible time, enjoying and experiencing a new realm of music for them.
Robag Wruhme closed out the Spiegeltent with a fun and energetic set. We were up close at the front of the DJ booth, Robag was grooving to his own beats as well the crowd devouring every moment of it. He even played Pick Up midway through his set. That was heard at least three times that night, it was the theme song of the night.
Closing out the night was DJ Tennis, as he played another incredible set. Taking his fans and music lovers onto a journey for a wild ride into the mind of DJ Tennis. Playing tracks such as his remix to Barricade, Reflex, The Outcast, closing out his set with Depeche Mode - Enjoying The Silence which was absolute genius and soulful.
This one of kind event, Life and Death x Sonar was truly one to remember and that will be talked about for a longtime. It was truly a magical experience, discovering new artists and making new memories.