NEW YORK – Fresh off the amazing news of entering the DJMag top 100 at #79, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike landed in District 36 on Thursday night October 20th to kick off their Smash The House North American tour that will make its way to seven different cities. Known for their incredible ability to “smash” well known and popular tracks into oblivion, the Belgian brothers raised eyebrows on just about everyone’s face throughout the night.
Team EDMNYC was in the house for this special event: Melecio (Videographer), Melissa (Writer), Nicole (Marketing/Photographer) and myself. We were excited to be at this amazing club together to experience Dimitri and Mike for the first time in NYC, as well as kick off Nicole’s birthday at midnight. The four of us were ready for a great night!
Making sure the speakers were working correctly first was Alex English. He got it started in true headliner fashion with some monster electro bangers. He played until midnight and that is when it all began. Once Dimitri and Mike descended into the booth I was so excited I could barely believe they were here in New York. Taking the role of “hype man” into their own hands they began pumping up the crowd. In true DVLM fashion, the show ensued with a playlist of highly contorted tracks and melodies warped into their evil twins and left us smitten. Some great tracks they played included “Generation X” mashed with “Barbra Striesand” (which was killer), “Madagascar”, “Maximal Crazy” by Tiesto, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” vs “Rave N’ Roll”, “Knas” by Steve Angello, “Calling” by Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso, and maybe my favorite of the night, “Save The World” (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Tomorrowland Remix). This track single-handedly blew my mind more than any others I can remember. Catch them playing it here from Tomorrowland.
A couple other aspects that made the whole experience that much better were the lights and the sound. A new lighting system was recently installed, and the light show was impressive, giving the feel of much larger venue. Probably the best part about Thursday night was that it was all played on D36’s Gary Stewart Audio system. It was perfect for deep rolling bass lines like during “Coming Home” and at the closing of their set, “REJ”. “REJ” is a new track from the guys that goes hard and follows a long list of releases this year including their second consecutive Tomorrowland Anthem in “The Way We See The World”, a collaboration with Afrojack (whom both Dimitri and Mike stated immense respect for in my interview with them).
The only downside to the whole event was the turnout. A few factors including it being a Thursday night as well as the preconceived notion of not being able to get into a private party. This element was affirmed by the DJs when we talked afterwards. They were so good and deserved a packed house, which is even more of a reason to have them back in NYC again soon.
Afterwards, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and got to learn a little about them and hear what they are up to in the next few months. We know that two BIG tracks are coming up. “Stomp”, just released on New Noise Vol. 1 on Dim Mak, is a monster Big Room Electro-House track and next week on Music Monday we’ll be getting Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Promise Land, and Mitch Crown – Alarma on Smash the House Records.
As I told them probably one too many times during our conversation, they redefined what sick means to me. So definitely check them out next time they are anywhere near NYC. The full video interview will be posted soon, so please check back on EDMNYC.com for it shortly. Special thanks and a very happy birthday again to our friend (the man of the night) Richie Coppolino.