Celebrating your birthday weekend with one of your favorite DJ's would be the perfect gift no matter who you ask. When you add the perfect venue to the equation, and an unbelievable opening set, the night would become one of the best birthday's of your life, right? This is the scenario for what we experienced on Saturday, October 6th as Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano came back for their second visit to the hot new Revel casino in Atlantic City to play the incredible HQ Nightclub. The boys also brought the young Dutch talent, Jaz Von D along for his US debut, which we were thrilled to experience.
Team EDMNYC was in full effect this past weekend. Joining Nicole and Spencer was our founder, DGuz, and Nicole's boyfriend Steve who celebrated his birthday at the stroke of midnight. Since Nicole's birthday is two weeks away but the dynamic duo wouldn't be in town for it, we were celebrating both birthdays in one memorable night. We were greeted and escorted into the club by the top-notch professional staff at HQ, and set ourselves next to the DJ booth to enjoy the opening set by Jaz Von D.
We were familiar with Jaz Von D from his track “Dinosaur”, and were completely impressed by his track selection. Jaz, whose real name is Jasper, was throwing down one of the most sick, true house music sets we'd ever heard. When you can't identify anything, and love everything you hear, you know it was an amazing set. One of the tracks that made the set list was his upcoming 2K12 release of “Dinosaur”, and his latest track, “AndONE”, which is climbing up the Beatport progressive chart and is currently number 52. Other tracks included “Opa” by Kolsch, “What” by Flippers, and “Au Seve” by Julio Bashmore, which we discovered after talking to him when SJRM took over at 1am. Needless to say, we're dying to have him back in the NYC area in the near future and look forward to seeing him again. Keep your eyes and ears open for this upcoming talent because he's incredible!
When Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano stepped into the booth just before 1am, they greeted us with huge smiles an
d open arms. We joined them in the back of the booth and the packed club was ready to rock too. As always, Sunnery James took the microphone and greeted the fans. The loud cheers indicated that the crowd was ecstatic for their second return to the venue. The guys stayed true to SJRM fashion with the “dark and dirty shit” that they often tweet about. Although things were dark and dirty, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone got to hear their favorite monkey screams when “Azumba” started playing. We also heard many recognizable tracks such as, “Spectrum”, “Save Me” (Chus & Abel Ramos Mix), “Lethal Industry”, “Rolling in the TriBeCa”, and the one of the iconic SJRM set mainstays, “Now Let Me See You Work”. It was also great to hear the latest release from the boys, “Finally Here”, on the great HQ sound system. The crowd loved every beat.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano's set wouldn't be complete without some love for the Swedes. We heard “Save The World” and “Don't You Worry Child” by SHM, “Million Voices” and the number one track on Beatport, “Reload”, by Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash.
One of the understated elements that makes seeing Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano so enjoyable is that they are constantly dancing and prancing throughout the booth. From the very first track until they finish well past the club's closing time, Ryan's signature locks never stop bouncing up and down, and Sunnery James has all kinds of original dance moves. After seeing these dance moves up close and personal on this night, we decided it was time to finally profile our three favorites: The Conductor, The Row Boat, and The Punt Return.
When Sunnery James puts both arms in the air and rotates his wrists in a circular motion with the index fingers pointing outward, this is The Conductor. The Row Boat dance move doesn't need much explanation and is when he extends both arms on the sides of his body and “rows” in a circular motion. Our favorite move, and one of the newer additions to the arsenal, is The Punt Return. In honor of football season, he cups his hands together and pulls his arms downward as if receiving a football. All of these moves are perfectly coordinated to 128 BPM and make us laugh every time. At the next SJRM show we'll be sure to tweet when it's time with #DanceLikeSunnery.
Before we knew it, it was well past the club's closing time of 4am. Jaz Von D had spent the last 30 minutes completing the Dutch House Mafia as the three of them played out the closing moments of the night. Sunnery James took the microphone to thank the crowd and say goodnight to those who remained, as well as a birthday shout out for Steve, and the music finally stopped at nearly 6am. After the show they were so pumped from the energy of AC and we shared a few more laughs before saying goodbye. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano gave us all a birthday gift that night, even though it was only Nicole and Steve celebrating, they made us all feel like it was our special day too.
-Swedeheart and Spence