The weeks leading up to EDCNY were filled with anticipation from just about everyone I knew talking about who they couldn’t wait to see. We all had our picks and must-see artists, right? Well, my boyfriend Steve happens to be obsessed with Bassjackers, and I too, fell in love with his set that day. When it was announced that Bassjackers would play on Sunday, August 19th at the beautiful Revel hotel and casino in Atlantic City at the incredible HQ Nightclub, there was no doubt in our minds that we’d be there.
Earlier that day, we had the pleasure of partying with our golden boys, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at Surf Club, just 20 minutes from my house. Somehow we managed to save up some energy for the long night ahead, and left the beach club to drive straight down to AC at 11:30pm. After all, what’s better than seeing one awesome Dutch DJ in a day? Two!
We arrived at HQ right at 1:00am when we entered the club to the sounds of Marlon Flohr of the Bassjackers duo, and saw the large, red BASSJACKERS logo displayed on the screens to the sides of the booth. The staff at HQ are by far the most courteous and professional of all the many venues I’ve been to, and the club in general is simply top notch. For a Sunday night, this place was packed with beautiful people having a great time. It was awesome to see an entire club filled with people who also valued blowing off work on Monday morning to party with the best that night. We were escorted by VIP host, Herbie, to the DJ booth where Marlon was already jumping up and down in his green Puma sneakers, making the crowd dance to “Bong” mashed with “Fade Into Darkness”. 20 minutes later, “Atom” erupted and had every girl wearing six-inch spiked heels wishing she wore flats.
One of the great things about a Bassjackers set is that it’s mostly heavy electro house, but also mixes in some other goodies. There were plenty of crowd favorites like “Can’t Stop Me” by Afrojack, “In My Mind”, “Who Is Ready To Jump?”, “Turn It Down”, and his own remix of “Maximal Crazy” by Tiesto. Spiderman jumped up on the decks to spray the crowd with C02 and confetti at nearly 2am. Marlon also jumped up on the decks to get closer to the fans, taking a pair of pink “I <3 MOLLY” shades from someone in the crowd, and posed for pictures. This party was jumpin!
During the second hour of his set we heard “Years” by Alesso, “Forever Ladi Dadi” (Ken Loi mashup), “Coming Home Quasar”, “Turbulence”, and yes, “Zombie Nation”. The crowd went slightly mental when “Internet Friends” hit the speakers close to 3am, which we thought was the end of his set. Thankfully, Marlon kept the party going for almost an entire hour longer! After a brief dubstep sprinkle, we were ready to scrape our faces back up off the ground, but that didn’t happen. “Mush Mush”, our favorite Bassjackers track, came at us in his own version of Sebastian Ingrosso’s bootleg. Watch this video to see what I’m talking about:
Marlon gave me a second dose of Seb with “Calling”, and another mashup featuring “Kidsos”. I was in heaven, to say the very least. During the 3am hour, he gave us one of the most amazing mashups of the year by Hardwell, “Epic The Way You Kissed Me”. Needless to say, not a single person wasn’t dancing and stomping to it. “Devil’s Work”, “Shotgun”, “Sending My Love” and “OMG” helped to close out an incredible extended set, and had everyone wishing it wasn’t closing time at almost 4am. The last two tracks were “Hey!”, their collaboration with Showtek, and Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”. We were smiling as it played, imagining a tropical island that only played dirty Dutch music with fountains of Jagermeister. Imagine that!
After his set, we stopped to talk to Marlon for a minute and tell him how much we loved the set. He remembered meeting me after EDCNY, and I told him that I really liked the version of “Hey!” he played, which is still unreleased. Steve was beyond thrilled to get the chance to meet his favorite DJ, and wished him the best as they hugged and shook hands. We left the club, completely exhausted, and had an absolutely incredible and memorable night. Bassjackers doesn’t disappoint, so make sure you check him out next time he’s back in the tri-state area.
If you’re looking for a night out that will tromp any other experiences you’ve had, you’ve got to head down to Revel and check out HQ Nightclub. As I said, the staff members are helpful, professional, and strive to provide quality nightlife service. Many thanks to the Angel Management Group , EMM Group , and HQ Nightclub for a great night! We’re definitely looking forward to our next trip to Revel.
For upcoming shows and information, visit www.RevelNightlife.com