Before Verboten opens its own dance venue in Brooklyn, the massive electronic music event company gave their audience a preview of what is to come with the 2013 StageONE Brooklyn Waterfront Series. After spending two of my summer days with some of the world’s best DJs, I can confirm that Verboten surely knows how to throw one hell of a party.
The first of the two shows took place on the Fourth of July, and those present to celebrate America’s independence included Sasha, Guy Gerber, and a personal favorite of mine: Maya Jane Coles. The sun was shining down hard at over 90 degrees on a packed lot of concert-goers all day, but once Maya took over the decks at 5:30 there was no question that she was the number one source of heat in New York. From 5:30 to 7 she riled up the crowd with a great set featuring some music from her new album, Comfort, including the track ‘Burning Bright‘ on which she teamed up with Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair.
I never wanted Maya Jane Coles to leave the booth that day, but after hearing Guy Gerber’s set, I’m almost happy she did. Almost. For the next hour and a half Guy showcased his incredible production skills by mixing a ton of original material bringing his own Israeli vibes across the world to New York City. It’s very difficult to compare anything to his live efforts, but if you’re looking for a taste of what he has to offer, his ‘Who’s Stalking Who?’ mix is the perfect place to start.
Finally to end the night Sasha took the stage and sent us out with a bang. Not only a bang, but a blast. Literally. A blast of fire works shooting over the New York City skyline at around 9:30 just moments after Sasha brought the volume down and held a steady loop of melodic was one of the most amazing sights I have seen. A truly unforgettable moment to cap off a surely unforgettable day.
The best part about it was that just over three weeks later I got to have an equally amazing day at the same place. This Saturday on July 27th I arrived at StageONE between 4 and 4:30 to the sounds of a DJ I had not heard of before that day, Agoria. How could someone who plays so much music I like go unknown to me for so long? His set was jam packed with tracks from the Hot Creations label, as well as artists Tom Trago and Detroit Swindle, with Two Together by Trago and The Break Up by Detroit Swindle being a few of my highlights. A fantastic set indeed. Check out his Boiler Room set from Amsterdam last year.
But then came something almost too good to be true. When I first heard that Luciano and Carl Craig were playing back to back, I thought to myself wow this could be one of the greatest sets of electronic music I ever see, but that didn’t come close to doing it justice. For over 5 hours Luciano and Carl Craig went back and forth with some of the most incredible music I’ve had the chance to hear come from turntables. There were points where I would open my eyes expecting to find myself on the beaches of Ibiza, but alas I was still (only) in the greatest city on earth. I can only hope to catch such an elite duo together in such a perfect environment again.
Two unbelievable parties jam packed with two unreal lineups of some of the best producers in the world. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Verboten, and I can’t wait for their Brooklyn club to open, as we all know I’m sure to be a regular there.