Finally the moment we had been waiting for… the US debut of the extraordinary DJ/Producer, Tom Fall from Lohja, Finland! I was excited about this for weeks and so happy New York was Tom’s first US set. The night began around 10:45 on a hot, steamy Friday. A massive line grew down the block at the popular District 36 known for showcasing famous EDM artist on their amazing Gary Steward audio system. I was able to bypass the line using press access as the EDMNYC reviewer, which was an honor for me. I got right in and walked out onto the black clad dance floor where a big shiny disco ball surrounded with chandelier beads lit the room.
Opening DJ, David H. Kim, was pounding out house to the growing crowd full of young electronic dance music fans. The sound was a great mix of progressive and deep house, and suddenly I starting hearing drums pierce through club. I asked myself “Where are those drums coming from?” I danced my way over to the top of the dance floor and there was a live drumming artist named Aram, playing drums on top of David Kim’s DJ set. It sounded awesome! I loved it and dancing to every beat. It sounded like it was part of the track, in perfect rhythmic-sync. Aram drummed away at every tune the entire night. I was very happy to see a live instrument being performing as a part of an EDM set. He first played on top of the speakers and then moved down to the dance floor where he really started to jam away. DJ David Kim pulled out all the stops featuring great EDM tracks that included “Damaged” by Antillas Feat. Fiora, and “As The Rush Comes” by Motorcycle. This opening DJ had the crowd more than warmed up; they were on fire! The dance floor was packed and half of the crowd had multi-colored glow sticks in hand courtesy of District 36. This made for a very exciting and colorful EDM experience just the way we like it. This party was rocking!
Tom Fall started his amazing set at midnight and opened with the most beautiful ear melting Trance and Dubstep track I have ever heard, named “White Birds” by Orion & J. Shore (Tom Fall Remix). This unusually musical and banging sequence of Trance to Dubstep tracks moved throughout Tom’s set. Tom dropped some top chart hits featuring “Red Line” by Wolfgang Gartner, “Nowhere To Go” by W&W Feat. Bree (Tom Fall Remix), then stormed out some heavier Dubsetp toward the end. This got the crowd bouncing. Some great vocal tracks topped out the night like Above and Beyond’s “Alone Tonight”, and “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye Ft. Kimbra (Tiesto Remix).
Tom set moved into a non-vocal section where he played some heaving hitting house that included Chuckie’s “Who Is Ready To Jump” to add some really nice Dirty Dutch electro house in the mix. The crowd went wild! Tom was cranking it! Tom started to push the boundaries of EDM mashups by mixing three and four tracks into one segment track at a time. His set really showcased his amazing remixes and his strong production skills. Tom had the whole crowd dancing and jumping up and down with our arms held up high. My favorite track of this set was the vocal mashup of Temple One ft. Neev Kennedy “Love The Fear” and Cosmic Gate & Aruna “Free Falling”. This Track had me floored.
While raging and listing to this set, I developed a good feel for Tom’s sound that I would describe as TranceProgDubElectro, that breaks down to 40% Trance, 30% Progressive 30% Dubstep and 10% Electro. Almost all of his Trance remixes and tracks he preformed included some heavy Dubstep in the middle or at the end of the track, that really rocked. Tom has a well-developed musical technique of intermixing genres throughout the entire set. I have never heard anyone do it quite this well. It’s a very tricky art to master.
DJ Tom Fall has carved out a unique place in EDM that all can appreciate. I was quite impressed with his talent and I am sure he will climb to the top quickly. In my live interview with Tom, he said that he wanted music producers to embrace more mixture EDM genres into tracks. Tom also believes Dubstep DJ’s are some of the most talented music producers. He certainly knows how to rock a party!
Closing this amazing night out we went back to back with DJ’s Eric Cheric and Rai Sarion that both rocked out some really great progressive tracks that could heal any broken heart including “I Need” by The Loops of Fury, and “Spectrum” by Zedd feat. Mathew Koma. These guys made everyone dance the night away with their amazing talent for pulling on the emotional heartstrings of love. We all had a moment as they banged it out good. It was a great night of the finest Electronic Dance Music at District 36!
-Jerry James for EDMNYC
Tom Fall Partial Tracklist:
Greater Heights (Tom Fall Remix) – Tydi with Tenishia & Jennifer Rene
The Fusion (Mix Cut by Armin Van Buuren) – Omnia & IRA
Delerium vs. Alex Kunnari – Lost Silence (Myon & Shane54 Mashup)
Can You Feel It – Ferry Corsten (W&W remix)
Robobeats – Eximinds (Tom Fall Remix)
Alex Kunnari vs. Rex Mundi – Nothing The Sun (Myon & Shane 54 Mashup)
Fonzerelli vs Tom Fall & Ben Nicky - Moonlight Hammer Party (HouseGalaxy M&S54 Inspired ReBoot)
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
The Edge - Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa
Shot Gun - W&W
WTF!? - Nicky Romero & ZROQ
Flying Blind - Cosmic Gate, Jes, (Tom Fall Remix)
Acting Crazy - Tydi Feat Sarah Howells (Tom Fall Remix)
Afrojack vs. Way Out West – Replica Of Mindcircus (Dave Dresden Mashup)
Rage Valley - Knife Party
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