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It’s been a couple of days and the burns still hurts from all the dancing, when techno titans Adam Beyer and Cirez D the darker alter ego of Eric Prydz came to Brooklyn for their back-to-back performance this past weekend. After seeing their performance in Miami last Winter Music Conference, never prayed until then, that day they will return to blow the minds of techno lovers away. Once the techno icons announced their four colossal shows in two major cities, every fan of both artists and music were there.
Adam Beyer who’s the mastermind behind Drumcode Records, Drumcode Radio, and among other creations. Eric Prydz also known by his aliases Pryda and Cirez D created multiple albums and labels, to show all sides of talent and purity of his different style of sounds. Back in 2009 both Adam and Prydz performed for the first time at Exit Festival fast forward almost a decade later with music evolving and techno becoming more popular it was only a matter of time that the two will fuse once again.
With the help from Teksupport, the leading event company that provides the solution for the best techno and house functions. The double show event took place at a new location, in the Brooklyn burro at a Navy Yard warehouse. Once arrived it looked as if you stepped into another country where you see in pictures from famous clubs and warehouses around the world such as London’s Printworks. Without the disco ball and it’s as if you were at the famous Printworks - Teksupport completely outdid themselves with choosing the perfect location and production. Mix with the music provided by the Swedish music idols it was the greatest and best techno show this entire year and completely blew away all expectations. The massive warehouse was big enough for everyone to move around and dance. The warehouse had multiple levels, the second level was for VIP and table service. This new location is the Brooklyn version of London’s Printworks. Not sure if it was because of the crowd, or the location or the chance to dance with all my friends but last weekend’s Adam Beyer x Cirez D duel performances was even better than at Soho Studios in Miami.
Night one was on Friday, November 30th, where local techno hero Avision and techno and progressive house producer Cristoph opened for this epic event. Avision served the crowd the perfect techno set of tunes. Producer and techno titan Cristoph was the second opening act. From listening to his Consequence Of Society podcasts and an avid fan and follower of the talented it was a magical sight and privilege to watch Cristoph perform for the first time. Mixing his creative tracks into a blissful set, warming up the crowd the perfect opening set for the main attraction.
The crowd got very quiet, waiting for their minds to be blown away, not sure to what to expect. It was time for Adam Beyer x Cirez D to take over the decks. When they appeared on stage the entire warehouse roared with excitement and joy. Lights flashing, the bass vibrating with a force like none other. They opened with Multicellular by Enrico Sangiuliano, the same way back in Miami which was surprising. A little melodic, but euphoric. After the first few minutes both Adam and Cirez D continued to pull everyone into the dark hole that they created with their powerful set. There were a few unreleased IDs so it was somewhat difficult to tell who was playing what until Eric Prydz dropped a few Cirez D tracks such as Dare U, Envelopes, and Century Of The Mouse. Adam Beyer played a couple of tracks from Drumcode including No World Order from Boxia. Both Adam and Cirez D played for a solid three hour set, and the end people were cheering and screaming for more. Until night two.
Night two was on Saturday, December 1st, and was the better and daker night. The production and lights were on a different level, more of it! The track-list for night two was consumed with darker tracks, giving off a somber vibe to the crowd. Beginning with their set for night two was Bart Skils’ Bells of the Revolution, continuing the set with Adam Beyer’s collaboration with Layton Giordani and Green Velvet Space Date. Again, there were a lot of ID’s in the dark set so it was difficult to pick out the artist until Your Mind was dropped and everyone lost their minds when it happened. On night two was more for exploring the Navy Yard warehouse to other levels, getting the full spectrum of the event. The night got even more obscure when Cirez D played his infamous Backlash track as well as Veerus’ track Phase which was wild. With a few untitled tracks from Cirez D and a few tracks from Drumcode such as 5 Mars from Julian Jeweil. Green and red lights flashing everywhere creating the mood and stimulants perfectly. The night was soon closing to an end, as they closed with Radiohead’s Everything In Its Right Place (Andi Müller Looong Mix) - tears streaming down as the drop came feeling every emotion knowing that the night was almost over, wanting this moment to last forever. Everyone clapping, whistling, cheering for the party of the year.
From the beginning of the year to now, out of all New York shows that was covered Adam Beyer x Cirez D two-night event was the greatest ever. Combined with the production and the two techno favorites coming together once again for mind-blowing show in Brooklyn dancing the night away with all my friends. It was truly the party of the year and an event that will talked about for generations to come.
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Given that it was the first time attending Amsterdam Dance Event, however, it was not the first time attending an Awakenings event. Although it was the first time attending Awakenings during ADE, this year they hosted seven unique events at the notorious Gashouder. On Thursday, October 18th, it was the night for Awakenings x Adam Beyer presents DRUMCODE. The completely sold out show was packed with devoted Drumcode techno lovers from all corners of the Earth.
It was a cold and clear night, ready to dance the night away. Walking to Gashouder and seeing the outside of the space was intense and massive. My body filling up with excitement not knowing what to expect inside my heart-racing a mile a minute. First off, the staff at Gashouder were extremely friendly and helpful. If you were carrying the giant ADE bag like me then you would have to check it in a locker for only 10 EUR. After shedding off all the outerwear it was time to dance.
Stepping and gazing into the lights and production it was absolutely breathtaking. The circular dome-like space was filled with techno lovers from all over the world. Along with a bar, there was a merchandise tent as well as a massage table in case you danced too hard and pulled a muscle. Towards the end of Gashouder, there were bleachers for more people to stand and get a better view of the entire space, above it was the Awakenings sign.
Techno titan Enrico Sangiuliano was on the decks, giving a dark and powerful performance. Playing tracks from his debut album, Biomorph such as Symbiosis and Hidden. When Enrico dropped his most popular track Astral Projection, everyone lost it, the entire Gashouder roared with excitement from hearing one of Drumcode’s most successful songs. Enrico Sangiuliano gave an outstanding performance dark, raw, and moving.
It was now time for the master that created Awakenings and Drumcode label - Adam Beyer. When his name was announced my heart almost exploded with excitement. Drumcode label boss opened up with Loco & Jam - The Fog, having an excellent view of the entire place from the bleachers it was time to dance. Within 10 minutes into his set the infamous firework show was set in motion. All around the ceiling fireworks shooting around Gashouder, everyone cheers from the excitement. Tears of joy streaming down from my face, a euphoric feeling of release. Everyone cheered when the fireworks were shooting across the ceiling.
It was hot as hell inside from the Adam Beyer’s epic two hour set with tracks from Wehbba - Steamroller, New York’s techno artist Avision’s Get It Right, even threw in some Robert Hood. Everyone was lost it when Adam Beyer played one of techno’s hottest tracks of the year, Your Mind - screams coming from all over Gashouder. Adam Beyer continued with his set with more dark tracks including Teach Me, Julian Jeweil’s Futura, and closed out with Loop. Out of all the times seeing Adam Beyer at multiple shows, both at warehouses and festivals his ADE performance was one of the best ever. Was it because of Gashouder? Or maybe because of the crowd or the incredible vibes, perhaps the music and production - it could be all of it combined.
After that night Gashouder officially became the new techno haven, throughout the remaining of Amsterdam Dance Event I would refer it as the techno temple. When leaving Gashouder I was already counting down the hours for the next event.
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