This past Friday I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Tchami and Mija perform at Webster Hall. Let me preface this review with saying that I have been to Webster Hall more times than I can count on my fingers and toes, and I have never seen this venue as hyped up and packed as it was this night. To say the floor was complete mayhem is an understatement; I have never seen Webster Hall so crowded all the way to the back bar until the early hours of the next morning.
Let’s start with Mija, OWSLA‘s own bouncy blonde (or now blue-haired) genre-bending powerhouse. As a girl who loves to rage and has always taken an interest in the musically innovative, I hold a certain spot in my heart for female producers who know how to bring the house down; and that’s exactly what Mija does. To call her high energy, party rock, wild card style a “warm up” for that nights headliner would be distastefully offensive. Mija’s dynamic opening set was powerful in its own right – dropping tracks like her own Crank (with Ghastly) and Kennedy Jones‘ Suavamente, the crowd was kept slippery and roaring for the entirety of her performance.
And then came Tchami, presented in his signature priest attire. His two and a half hour set pushed the crowd into complete pandemonium, the night in full swing with heavy future house beats; nothing short of sensational. Key moments arose when Tchami classics like his edit of Wizard (Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway) and MYB (Oliver) blasted through Webster’s newly upgraded sound system, calling for some serious hands-up-in-the-air locomotion. Two hours in and no sign of slowing down, the Parisian DJ showcased some of his newer works: his version of Jack U‘s Take U There; as well as that damn unreleased JAUZ track that everyone has been talking about. It’s safe to say Tchami is an all-time favorite performer of mine, it can be expected that his future house movement will only grow astronomically from here — let’s hope he comes back to NYC soon.