It comes as no surprise that Mr. ‘Ménage a Trois’ himself, Wolfgang Gartner, completely packed the house Friday night at Webster Hall in NYC at his official record release party for his amazing electro album “Weekend In America”.
Considering that advanced tickets were completely sold out, I knew most people would arrive early to ensure entry with tickets at the door. I approached the street of Webster Hall around 11:45 to find complete chaos (which I mean in the best way possible). People were scattered everywhere and the line was stretched out. The sign for the line of general admission said “SOLD OUT”, yet there was a large amount of people still waiting on line to get in.
When I reached the main floor the temperature went from cold to steaming hot because it was completely flooded with smiling faces raging to the electro sounds of DallasK. He certainly set the mood with remixes to tracks like ‘Mush Mush’ by Bassjackers, ‘Big’ by Sneaky Sound System, ‘Promises’ by Nero, ‘Louder’ by DJ Fresh and even ‘Seek Bromance’ by Avicii.
Around 1:30am Wolfgang Gartner (whose name is Joey Youngman) appeared on the stage and the crowd went nuts before he even approached the decks. Wolfgang started off with one of my favorite remixes to Pendulum’s ‘The Island’. He impressed us instantly with one of the first tracks played called ‘Illmerica’, off his latest album. He also played some of the songs we know and love from him like ‘Undertaker’, ‘Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony’ and ‘Firepower’. Of course it wouldn’t be a complete night if he didn’t drop ‘Space Junk’ and really make those old wooden floors in Webster hall shake under our feet.
Wolfgang really showed us that his album is made of pure electro heaven. He debuted tracks throughout the night like ‘Ménage a Trois’, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, ‘The Way It Was’, ‘Shrunken Heads’, ‘Circus Freaks’, and my personal favorite, ‘818’ (which was by far the most energetic track of the night, in my opinion).
He gave us a classic remix to the Flash Gordon theme song and Rogerseventytwo’s ‘You Take Me Higher’. The crowd was still processing that mash up when he dropped the Ken Loi remix of ‘Hands’. He then took the legendary vocals of Bob Marley’s ‘The Sun Is Shining’, and put them with his track ‘The Way It Was’.
It was an overall great mixture of electro beats and mash ups throughout the night. He closed out with his last song, ‘Animal Rights’ (a collaboration with Deadmau5), which only made me want the show to continue longer. This was also my first time seeing Wolfgang Gartner live and I have to say he needs to come back to New York City more often!