Review: BT with Ali Mahmud and Rory James @ Pacha NYC 01/06/12


As expected from one of the most acclaimed producers of our time, BT set the bar high for 2012 with his explosive set at Pacha NYC on Friday, January 6th. Maryland born Grammy Award nominated BT (Brian Transeau) has had a 15+ year long career and continues to woo his fans with his electrifying and innovative talent.

BT is a platinum selling artist, film scorer, composer, visionary producer, and technologist whose career is consistently rising to new heights. He has an astonishing movie and video game soundtrack portfolio with credits in popular movies such as ACADEMY Award-winning film, “Monster” (starring Charlize Theron), “The Fast and the Furious”, “Catch and Release”, “Pixar’s Cars (Tokyo Mater)” and video games such as “Alpha Protocol” among others and has worked with musical superstars such as Britney Spears, Sting, Sarah Mclachlan, and Madonna to produce smash hits by adding his unique electronic pizzazz. With BT’s latest full-length LP, “These Hopeful Machines” (Nettwerk/Black Hole) being nominated for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” at the 53rd GRAMMY®s last year, in which he created an entirely new genre of evocative electro-acoustic music, the reaction for his highly anticipated DJ set in our hometown at Pacha NYC grew even higher! 

While Ali Mahmud sizzled up the crowd in the early hours of the night, we were backstage anticipating BT’s arrival to the booth. At about 1am BT made his entrance and took over the decks with a smooth transition. Proudly smiling with his full black and white suit on, BT wasted no time by launching his memorable set with the melodic and surprisingly electrifying song, “Tomahawk”. The crowd cheered in ecstasy and the dance floor shook while Pacha’s bright neon colored lights flashed and strobed to the back-beat.

It wasn’t long before the energy in the club got wild to BT’s high energy remix of Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke’s “Turbulence”. BT continued to captivate and seduce the energetic crowd throughout the night with his original and remixed trance selections. No doubt the highlight of the set was when the single “The Emergency” from BT’s successful album “These Hopeful Machines” was dropped. BT uses his own vocals in the recorded track and lip synced them with a smile and his hands waving in the air as the swaying crowd sang along. The chorus of that track echoed in my head for the rest of the night! As the hours passed and the trance bumped, BT ended his set, but the amped up crowd was still jumping and screaming for more.

While BT stepped away from the decks, local trance DJ and crowd pleaser RoryJames stepped up to captivate the audience with his closing set into the early morning hours. Rory James impressed the crowd with a melodic and emotional set list by perfectly mixing classic trance songs from the early 2000’s with more recent ones.

Without a doubt, BT left an impression on us and NYC that night, and we look forward to seeing him again in the future.

To hear the latest in upfront, bleeding edge electronic music hand-selected by the master himself, checkout BT’s Laptop Symphony radio mixshow only on Sirius XM BPM @ 10pm every Friday in the U.S., with select shows and tracklists on




And If you happen to be traveling you may want to check out his other tour dates:

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ LAVO/TAO— Las Vegas, NV
  • Friday, February 3, 2012 @ Elektricity— Pontiac, MI
  • Saturday, February 4, 2012 @ Family Arena— St. Charles, MO

-Michelle Carnella for EDMNYC


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