Review: Deniz Koyu and Fedde Le Grand @ Pacha NYC 12/09/11 by Rich Alberto




Pacha NYC hosted yet another BANGER of a night featuring Deniz Koyu and the one and only Fedde Le Grand on Friday, December 9. Nicole and I set out rather early and arrived at Pacha around 11:30 to catch the opening set from Deniz Koyu (he did both an opening and closing set). The German producer/DJ has been under the radar for a few years now, but his productions in the last two years have really propelled him to the upper tier of the house scene with monster productions such as “Tung!,” “Hydra,” and his remix of James Blunt’s “Dangerous.” For this reason I was extremely excited for Deniz’s set (maybe even a bit more than Fedde’s).

His opening set, as I imagined, would be very much a warm-up set for the night. However, he didn’t refrain from spewing out some ginormous tracks including Thomas Gold & Axwell’s remix of Hard Rock Sofa’s “Blow Up”, and a sick mash of Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Kidsos” with the Swede’s other monster production featuring Alesso, “Calling.” After a quick CDJ malfunction, he continued his opening set with some tech house vibes to groove the crowd into the end of his set. Despite the malfunction, the mixing was simple and as smooth as could be. The tech house groove was then brought to a melodic head-bang when he dropped Sander Van Doorn’s “Intro – XX Booty Mix” with Axwell’s “Open Your Heart” vocals and finally ended with Arty’s “Around the World” to really get the crowd pumped for Fedde.

Here’s a video we took of Deniz’s opening set:


At around 1am the Dutch master appeared in the booth sporting his usual V-neck and ready to excite the thousands at Pacha NYC. I’m not sure if it was sold out or not, but it sure felt like it. 2011 was HUGE for EDM, and Fedde was no different with his big releases such as “Metrum”, “Autosave”, “So Much Love”, and his recent remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”  Looking back on it, the set was absolutely insane. He really meandered from some face-melting electro jams to some sing-along progressive tunes. Fedde began his set with “So Much Love” and had the crowd already hooked as they threw their heart-shaped, hand symbols in the air. Check out the video we took:

There were tons of highlights right off the bat including TV Rock’s “Diamonds in the Sky”, Mark Knight’s remix of Florence & the Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love”, and a mashup of Dirty South’s remix of “Coming Home” with David Tort’s – “Jack It Up” (DIRTYYYY). Before the set got filthy heavy, he was able to drop a few of his productions including a mashup of “Metrum” with Booka Shade’s “Body Language” and the “We Are Your Friends” vocal sample from Justice (which was pretty wild) along with “Autosave”. As if the crowd wasn’t going nuts already, out comes “Insomnia” by Faithless! Whaaaaat???

Pause…. Are you still following? I hope so, because guess who was in New York? The brand new #1 DJ in the world, Mr. DAVID GUETTA stopped in the booth to show support for Fedde. If you missed this performance, envision yourself jumping up and down to the insanity that would ensue with David Guetta lookin’ all Euro on stage, and just anointing the crowd with his aura.

Here’s a partial set list:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Otherside” (Funkerman vs. Third Party Remixes)
Avicii – “Levels” (might’ve been the Cazzette remix…shwatever)
Coldplay – “Paradise” (Fedde le Grand Remix)

Pendulum – “The Island” (AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix)
Steve Angello – “Knas”
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – “Funky Shit”
Rye Rye ft. Robyn – “Never Will Be Mine” (Fedde le Grand Remix)

Here’s the finale, which was my favorite part of the night (as I was hanging from the lateral VIP balcony jumping up and down):

(Disclaimer: Dada Life isn’t really my FAVORITE brand of EDM right now but in all fairness, their tracks shake venues.)

Fedde dropped Dada Life’s new track “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker” and the crowd went absolutely ballistic. He then topped it off with Laidback Luke’s remix of Kernkraft 400’s remix of “Zombie Nation” and that was that. It was an incredible 2.5 hour set.

Fedde’s been in the game for quite some time now, so he knows how to construct a set. He hasn’t had the productions of the Swedish House Mafia or of Avicii this year, but he definitely has a style of his own and with that, a following of his own. His crowd interaction was good and his mixing was good—pretty simple just like many of the top tier producers/DJs. All in all, it was an awesome set with an awesome vibe.

Deniz did not want to disappoint when he took over to close and as I assumed, saved his best for last. Here’s the majority of his set:

Ferry Corsten – “Punk” (Arty Remix)
Deniz Koyu – “Hertz”
Supermode – “Tell Me Why”
Fragma – “Toca Me” (Inpetto 2008 Remix)
Swedish House Mafia – “One”
James Blunt – “Dangerous” (Deniz Koyu Remix)
Kaskade ft. Rebecca & Fiona – “Turn it Down” (Deniz Koyu Remix)
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – “Calling” (the one downside to the night: heard this song about three times)
Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects – “Walking Alone”
Swedish House Mafia – “Save the World” (Alesso Remix)
R3hab & Swanky Tunes ft. Max C. – “Sending My Love”
Arty – “Around the World” (Again? LOL)
The Temper Trap vs. Deniz Koyu vs. Eurythmics – “Sweet Disposition” w/ “Tung!” w/ “Sweet Dreams” (WIIILD)
Moguai – “We Want Your Soul” (Thomas Gold Remix)
Calvin Harris – “Awooga”
Tommy Trash – “The End” w/ Calvin Harris’s “Flashback” vocal
Henrik B. – “Acid Rocker” (David Tort Remix)

Koyu played an incredibly awesome set. All I can say is, if you missed this one (for the low price of $15 by the way), then I hope you had a good excuse. A night with Deniz Koyu, Fedde Le Grand and a cameo appearance from David Guetta would be categorized as a damn good night! As we get closer to the end of 2011, we have to look back and recognize this year as the biggest year for EDM in a long, long time. What does 2012 hold in store for us? My opinion:  it’s just going to get bigger and better. You can’t escape the melody of “Levels” and you definitely know every word to “Save the World.” So whether you like it or not, EDM is all around us and rewriting the history books. EDMNYC will be on top of everything EDM. Be safe and have a healthy, Happy New Year!



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