Last week saw the announcement of the DJ Mag top 100, which witnessed a newly crowned number 1, Robert Van Corput AKA Hardwell. Daily Beat were lucky enough to be present at Electric Brixton & Ministry Of Sound's unforgettable event at London, with a star studded lineup and colossal production in the perfect venue, the newly crowned DJ would show the lucky crowd why he was number 1.
The night started off with Quentin Mosimann on the decks, providing a very entertaining and multi talented sets, lending out his vocals to some tracks as well as some live piano renditions to keep the crowd going. After, Bob Sinclar, whom I have never seen before, had a fantastic opening set. He crossed the whole spectrum of house music, showcasing his knowledge as an artist and giving evidence as to how long he's really been around in the industry. Mixing new house tracks with old vocals proved to be a very popular strategy within the set and the crowd had been responding to everything he played. It would not have been a Sinclar set though, had he not played all of his classics, and the crowd went wild when he played hits such as 'World Hold On'. To finish off his set he played his famous hit 'Love Generation', it was at this point where I looked around the room, top quality lights flurrying across the walls, and everyone in the crowd had a smile on their face. It was truly the epitome of feel good music and I could not have thought of a better way to close out Bob Sinclar's set than with a massive singalong of the hit song, it was truly one to remember and a unique experience to say the least.
Then came the moment we had all been waiting for, when I didn't think the energy could have peaked any higher, the smiling face of the newly crowned number 1 emerged from the LED screens of the stage and the whole venue erupted. Thanking his fans with the utmost humility, Hardwell seemed speechless about his well deserved title. Then came the opening chords of Apollo, and when the drop kicked in I could not think of a better place to be in, as if everything else didn't matter and that it was the music that was the center of everything then and there, this is a skill that only a DJ deserving of number 1 would have. The unforgettable set followed with him playing his classics such as Zero 76 and Spaceman (mashed up with Above & Beyond's 'A Thing Called Love'), coupled with the newest tracks from Revealed Recordings, exclusive Hardwell mashups, and of course a number of ID's that are sure to be hits in the next few months to come. I would say that it was his best set ever but that isn't how he got number 1, it was the fact that he was performing at the highest quality and level on a constant basis which got him to where he was. We at the Daily Beat family have nothing but praise for him so we wish him more success in the future. If you want to see his first interview from when he as crowned check it out below.
Finally, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike came onto the stage after a colossal set and kept the energy at an all time high, repping their much loved festival 'Tomorrowland' they played the most recent Tomorrowworld anthem 'Ocarina', which was a particular highlight for me. The duo came in at number 6 this year and have come off a number of Beatport hits, all of which the crowd went wild to this particular night. Towards the end of their set they closed with an ID that particularly caught my attention and it was their new track with Steve Angello being circulated as Sentido, listen to it below!
Overall, Electric Brixton put on a fantastic show with the Ministry of Sound, the soundsystem booming yet not overpowering, and the lightshow was that of festival grade. Along with the DJ's blasting some of the best in house music, one could not have an experienced a more memorable night.