Review: Trance Classics Night @ National Underground 05/04/12 by Jean-Luc Mosley

Review: Trance Classics Night @ National Underground 05/04/12 by Jean-Luc Mosley

On Friday, May 4th, a special event took place at National Underground in New York.  Trance Classics Night was the name of the event.  When I first heard such an event was to take place, I knew that it would be a night to be remembered. Local legends Ryan Tyas, Frank Chiarello, Zack Roth, and Rory James set the night on fire with nothing but pure trance.

Weeks before the event took place, the Trance Classics Night Facebook event page was already being bombarded with comments from excited trance fans.  I was not entirely surprised to see the page so alive with comments from listeners and DJs alike.  When one hears of a lineup containing the likes of Rory James and Zack Roth, it is difficult not to get excited.  The event page was filled with posts of classic trance tracks from the 90’s and early 2000’s.  The wall posts filled up by the hour and would often be accompanied by long threads of people reminiscing about past trance events and songs that made them fall in love with the genre.  Rory and Zack were active on the page, posting some of their favorite tracks on the event wall, and discussing various artists and events with other attendees.  The level of excitement and anticipation of everyone was so high, that it could have easily been mistaken for a major festival!  I was eagerly counting down the days until the event, because I knew that it was going to be massive.

Trance Classics Night took place at National Underground in Manhattan, a small venue that was literally underground.  This dimly lit room was the perfect location for an event like this because it provided an intimate setting.  There was simply no need for the bright lights and visual distractions of a large nightclub.

When I walked in around 10:30, Frank and Ryan had already begun their set, and were cranking away the classics.  Although they took turns mixing, the songs flowed seamlessly into one another.  They played timeless songs, like Nalin and Kane’s “Beachball,” that got many of us singing and raising our hands in the air.  The perfectly timed dropping of Armin van Buuren’s “Sound of Goodbye” got everyone dancing hard. They also played “ResuRection” by Planet Perfecto Knights, another tune that caught everyone’s attention. The night was heating up quickly. I was quite impressed by Ryan and Frank’s thoughtful opening set, which set the stage perfectly for Zack Roth.

Ryan and Frank’s set ended to a roar of applause from the crowd, and Zack Roth stepped up to the decks.  Zack Roth is a talented local DJ and Producer who has had releases on Anjunadeep, Flashover, Silk Royal, Baroque, and Colorize.  He is a well-known DJ on the New York scene, and has opened for some of the top acts in trance.  I was excited to hear what classics he would pull out for us. Immediately, Zack kicked it off with a couple of high-energy tracks.  Everyone was dancing and stomping to the beats.  By this time, National Underground had become more crowded than I had ever seen it, and everyone was having a good time. Zack destroyed the floor with huge classics like Armin van Buuren’s “Yet Another Goodbye.” People shouted in excitement when he played Tiesto’s “Traffic,” one of the most famous trance tracks of all time. I felt I had gone back in time to the golden age of trance. It was great seeing the excitement on everyone’s faces when they heard timeless tunes like Solarstone’s “Solarcoaster.”  One of the most memorable parts of his set was when he played “As the Rush Comes,” and everyone in the room sang along.

After Zack’s stunning set came to a close, it was Rory’s turn.  We showed our appreciation for Zack’s set with claps and cheers as Rory set his vinyl crate next to the turntables.  We began to chant “Rory” as he began his set.  We all knew what a rare treat it was to experience a classic vinyl set from a skilled DJ.  All of us were excited to hear what he had in store for us.

For those who don’t know, Rory James is one of New York’s most talented DJs.  He has also had releases on Metallic Recordings, and Conspiracy Recordings.  Last summer, Rory James won the 2011 Tomorrowland DJ contest, winning a spot in that year’s Tomorrowland in Belgium.  Receiving a slot in one of the biggest EDM events is testament to the skill that Rory James brings to the table.  Classics Night gave us the rare opportunity to hear Rory spin classic trance on vinyl.  To say that Rory didn’t disappoint would be a gross understatement. He played a splendid set full of amazing tracks.  He took us back in time with the Paul van Dyk mix of “Stimulation,” by Humate. He also dropped huge tracks like the Ferry Corsten remix of “Adagio for Strings.” The room was full of energy as everyone grooved to Rory’s skillfully crafted set.

Frank re-entered the booth to do a tag set with Rory, switching between cds and vinyl.  It was easy to tell that Frank and Rory were having as much fun spinning as we were dancing.  Every track they played was pure gold, and kept us moving on the dance floor.

The rumor was that the event was supposed to last until 4 am.  However, at 4:30, Rory was still kicking it into overdrive, dropping nothing but pure trance classics. Even when people began to slowly filter out around 5, the guys showed no signs of letting up, playing massive tracks like Veracocha’s “Carte Blanche.”  It wasn’t until 5:30 when Rory played his final track.  Although the crowd was only a fraction of what it once was, we wanted to keep going, and so did he.  After his set, Rory received a very warm round of applause.  Rory had taken us on a thrill ride through time, exploring the many elements of trance.

Trance Classics Night was not your average trance event.  The entire night was a journey, where everything seemed to come together in the perfect way. It was filled with nothing but dedicated trance fans and DJs playing the finest classics. You know you are experiencing an exceptional night when you have those moments when all you can do is close your eyes and drift into a state of trance. There was never a dull moment, and I enjoyed every bit of the night. Classics Night was an intimate experience that rarely occurs in New York.  It was a night where we could hear some of our favorite tracks, sing along, experience the nostalgia, and show our true love for trance.

-Jean-Luc Mosley for EDMNYC


Partial setlists:

Ryan Tyas and Frank Chiarello:

  • Utah Saints- Lost Vagueness (Oliver Lieb’s main mix)
  • Kosheen – Hungry
  • Nalin and Kane –Beachball
  • Planet Perfecto Knights -ResuRection
  • Armin van Buuren – Sound Of Goodbye

Zack Roth:

  • Armin van Buuren – Yet Another Goodbye
  • Tiesto – Traffic
  • Solarstone – Solarcoaster
  • Motorcycle – Ash The Rush Comes

Rory James:

  • Chakra – Home
  • Humate – Love Stimulation (Paul van Dyk’s Love-Club mix)
  • Witness of Wonder – Emotion in Motion
  • William Orbit – Adagio for Strings (Ferry Corsten remix)
  • Midway – Amazon
  • Above and Beyond – Clear Blue Water
  • Veracocha – Carte Blanche

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