With so much of the world focused on Tomorrowland this past weekend, I ventured out to Pacha in New York City to get my much needed EDM fix. Although EDX was spinning later in the night, my main focus on Friday was the Jersey City duo, Grand & Warren. I was a little worried going into the night, as Friday night crowds at Pacha tend to be of the fist-pumping bros variety, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the awesome mix of people, who all were into the music from the first beat. Add to the fact that it was DJ Gary Rabbit's (on the right in the above picture) 25th birthday celebration and we had a promising start to a great night.
Grand & Warren really did a great job of taking the crowd on a journey through their set. They started out early with some great tech house tracks, including a mashup with the Dennis Ferrer classic "Hey Hey." They then moved into more of the house realm with new tracks and classics like Cassius - "The Sound of Violence," before finishing the crowd off with some more recent progressive bangers like Nicky Romero - "Camorra" and Laidback Luke and the Swedish House Mafia's "Leave The World Behind."
From the start of their set, Grand & Warren did a great job keeping the crowd moving. I have to admit, Grand & Warren's set was really a breath of fresh air. There were a LOT of tracks in their set that I didn't recognize, which is an unfortunate rarity in the current EDM scene. It's always refreshing when DJ's are able to play a great set without playing the same songs that you hear every single time you go to a show. I really enjoyed Grand & Warren's set, and I highly recommend anyone in the New York area checking them out as soon as you get a chance. Plus, you really can't really argue with a blow up doll that has yellow eye make-up!
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