The best decision I made was to start my weekend off with a full night of techno with Nicole Moudaber, Gary Beck and the Beat Bros at Cielo Nightclub in NYC. Moudaber and Beck have been two of my favorite techno DJs for quite some time. Since I had the opportunity to see them play back to back, I knew this night would be nothing less than amazing.
I walked into Cielo around 10:30 to the sounds of the Beat Bros warming up the crowd. The place was pretty crowded for being so early in the night with a line still forming outside! It seemed like every beat the boys dropped, the crowd loved. They dropped one of my ultimate favorite vocals from Jose Nunez ft Taina called “Bilingual” over a groovy techno beat. I can tell bigger things are ahead for these two. Aside from playing a great opening set, mostly everyone in the club was very familiar with them and even those who weren’t were now wondering who they were.
Beck was in the booth for a little while before it was time for his set to start. Around 12:00AM he took over the decks and when I say take over, I mean it. He didn’t waste any time pounding some of the best techno beats into our ears. The place was completely packed at this point. There were so many dance circles, everyone was having an absolute blast. The vibe in the room was one of the best I’ve seen in the last few months. Everyone seemed like they were truly enjoying the music. Lately it seems like some people go out to clubs and aren’t too educated on the DJ playing, but thankfully that wasn’t the case on this night. Even DJ Boris’ manager, Jonpaul Pezzo, was in attendance.
When Beck dropped his signature track, “Hey Big Girl”, the crowd went completely insane. Beck was not alone in the booth. His pal Nic Fanciulli came by to catch his set and some of Nicole’s also! One of my favorite tracks by Beck is “Diva” when he dropped it my face lit up. I even made him a kandi bracelet that said “Diva” and gave it to him while the song was playing because thats how much I love that track. Beck played a two-hour set that had everyone way more than ready for Nicole to hit the decks.
Around 2:00AM I saw Nicole make her way up to the booth. I had been anticipating this night since EDCNY where she played a monstrous set which was only an hour so I couldn’t wait to see her spin for two full hours. I thought it was awesome that Nicole opened with Gary Beck’s track “Diva”. He was still in the booth smiling and laughing appreciating her opening with it. It was also completely appropriate because I would definitely consider her a “Diva” of techno.
Being right next to Nicole in the booth was probably one of the most memorable experiences ever. Aside from the fact she is one of my favorite techno DJs, this girl does not mess around. She truly is DJing hard back there. People question how much DJs actually do while spinning, and well, this question is not up for discussion about her or Beck. Watching her smoothly transition from track to track and all the little tweaks in-between was just unreal.
Nicole played almost everything I wanted to hear and more. When she dropped her track “I’m A Gangsta” the whole place was rocking. Other tracks included in her set that I personally love of hers were: “Contents of My Head”, “Five Point Palm”, “The Reason Why” and her famous remix of Carl Cox’s “Chemistry”. Not only was she dropping some of her own bangers but tracks like Timo Maas “Cash Johnny” (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix), Villains “Slow Thump”, Maetrick “Innovation Fascination”, and Ron Costa “La Cage Invisible”, just to name a few. Everything about the transitions in her set were so calm and relaxed, she knew exactly what she was doing. Often times DJs sets have a peak and then it slowly declines. This wasn’t the case because she kept the tempo going literally all night.
Aside from all the amazing tracks Nicole Moudaber has made, she has a very personal connection with her fans. I can’t even count how many times people came up to the booth just trying to tell her how much they loved her. It was the perfect place to get to tell her since Cielo is very intimate. The DJ booth seems like it’s almost in the crowd but just a tad higher up. The fact she would take time to acknowledge some of them even with a nice smile or a handshake really showed how sweet and humble she is.
To my surprise, I thought the club would close around 4:00AM. The time had come, but the music was thankfully not stopping, nor did the crowd leave. The dance floor was still packed even though some had left. All night I had been hoping to hear the huge track she collaborated with Victor Calderone on called “The Journey Begins”. As soon as I heard it, I was not the only one in my glory. People on the sides of the booth were dancing so hard, there was not a person even sitting down at their VIP tables. Another track she dropped on Thursday to look out for in the future is “Sonic Language”. This track has already been supported by many DJs like Adam Beyer and Carl Cox. Once it gets released, it is going to be an essential in many techno DJs sets.
Nicole spun until about 4:45AM when they finally had to turn the lights on. Anthony Lamont, also in attendance, had announced that his birthday party was this coming Sunday, June 17th at Cielo. The best part of his announcement was that Nicole, Miss Jennifer, Jean Pierre, and more would be spinning. So my advice to you would be to catch this girl spin on Sunday because I guarantee you will not regret it!