All Photos were taken by Yuriy Romanov for EDMNYC
To many in the US and around the world, New Years Eve means New York City, and with a plethora of the most choontastic events ever to occur in the same night. The largest of which was no doubt Avicii with Arty, Cazzette and Swanky Tunes at Pier 94.
As someone who has been following Avicii for the past couple of years in NYC, Miami, and Vegas, I was thrilled to see him scheduled for a return to New York City, along with Cazzette (comprised of Avicii’s fellow Swedes Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Björklund) other guest DJ’s on the lineup included rising Russian trance star Arty visiting directly from Russia along with Swanky Tunes , another amazing Russian duo. The mix of house and trance sounds made for the perfect storm lineup of musical eargasms for a New Years Eve deserving of such a powerful performance.
Let’s face it, for many including myself, pure Ibiza / Balearic trance is tough to dance to for hours on end, and pure non vocal house set can get a little bland as well. This lineup, however, kept the fans on their toes from start to finish with bombs coming from every directions.
To walk you through my night… approaching Pier 94 that evening, the New Years magic of the city could be felt blocks away. Not only an enormous warehouse complex, but a massive line of EDM lovers could be seen in full garb as we neared. However, to their credit, the promoters of this event were clearly on top of the crowd, and getting into the party was smooth.
The anteroom to the NYE extravaganza was well setup to manage the various lists with plenty of space and sofas for just hanging around. Upon entering the main room the only place I could really compare it to would be the Anjunabeats party at the Ice Palace in Miami this past March. There were of course balloons everywhere and dancers in colorful attire and paint dancing on top of crazy truck/limos? that were surrounded by the various bartenders. Very little wait for drinks was a nice sign for a room with at least 5000 partygoers.
We entered shortly before midnight, to the closing sounds of Arty dropping Killmode [White Label] w/ Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now. There were already thousands of fans awaiting the countdown to New Years in their best EDM attire. At the stroke of midnight we got closer to the stage and I could have sworn it was Avicii on the decks as I thought I heard the track “Levels” blasting on the top notch sound system brought in for this event.
Arty was the DJ who blew the crowd away with his own tracks including Mozart with Mat Zo and his own track “Around the World”. Fans were also thrilled with the Sander tracks “Love is Darkness” and his mashup with First State “Koko Prutataa”. Of course, no Arty set (or most trance DJ’s) these days is complete without his remix of “Digital Punk” by Ferry Corsten.
Oh how time is a blur on New Years… what time did Avicii go on again? Backstage bars and lots of champagne will certainly mix it all up but according to my texts I’m gonna say it was shortly before 2am that the Swedish phenom took over. Avicii brought the enthusiasm for the music that has caused his appeal to skyrocket over the past couple of years.
I don’t remember another DJ having made such a meteoric rise to success that comes with each track he produces and remixes. His track “Penguins” has been borrowed, both legally and “semi-legally” for more mashups than I can recall for such a recent release, and with releases like “Levels” and “Bromance” he’s bound for more greatness.
There’s gotta be something to be said about the Avicii machine. The marketing minds behind the huge events that someone barely legal to drink in the US has been putting together around the world. His DJ ranking rose 33 spots to #6 this past year. That definitely takes the whole package to obtain, and there’s no doubt that this is only the beginning for the rising star.
Avicii’s set brought us into the early hours of 2012… certainly after 4am, when after two encores he turned the decks over to Swanky Tunes to wrap things up with a continued blend of “trouse” with tracks ranging from David Guetta and Tiesto to Sander Van Doorn. To be certain Arty brought the most pure trance to the evening, but all DJ’s threw down some amazing mashups and their own blend of EDM magic.
Without a doubt, Pier 94 was the place to be this New Years for electronic music fans, with a lineup that was hard to match with a mix of styles for any raver and an afterparty that I can only imagine was just as amazing.
If you haven’t caught Arty previously, he’ll be back at Pacha on January 13th, and I’m sure that Avicii and the others won’t be far behind for future visits. I’d definitely mark my calendar for these and others in the onslaught of EDM greatness we’ve recently been graced with.
-Stu Fleishman for EDMNYC
Arty LIVE @ Pier 94, New Years Eve 2011: Tracklist
01. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio [Axtone]
02. James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) [Atlantic]
03. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Parlophone]
04. Arty – Around The World [Anjunabeats]
05. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone (Arty Remix) [Phazing]
06. Arty & Mat Zo – Mozart [Anjunabeats]
07. Bassjackers – Mush, Mush [Musical Freedom]
08. ID (33min)
09. Sander van Doorn feat. Carol Lee – Love Is Darkness [Doorn]
10. Coldplay – Fix You [EMI] w/ Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Remix) [Spinnin]
11. Sander van Doorn – Koko [Doorn] w/ Afrojack & R3hab – Prutataaa [Wall]
12. Nero – Me And You [MTA] w/ Tiësto vs. Diplo – C’Mon [Musical Freedom]
13. Above & Beyond – Prelude [Anjunabeats] w/ Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me (Acappella) [Ultra]
Avicii LIVE @ Pier 94, New Years Eve 2011: Tracklist
01. Avicii – Levels [LE7ELS / Universal] (Vitzi’s Old School Intro Edit)
02. David Guetta & Avicii – Sunshine [EMI] w/ Florence and The Machine – Spectrum (Acappella) [Universal]
03. Avicii & Nicky Romero – ID [White Label] w/ Justice – D.A.N.C.E (Acappella) [Ed Banger]
04. Avicii – Fade Into Darkness [LE7ELS / Universal] w/ Florence and The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix)
05. Avicii – Fade Into Darkness (Albin Myers Remix) [Ministry Of Sound]
06. Avicii – – Alcoholic (Acappella) [Joia]
07. John Dahlback feat. Erik Hassle – One Last Ride (Tommy Trash Remix) [Mutants / Big Beat]
08. Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker [So Much Dada]
09. Dirty South & Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Alive (Tommy Trash Remix) [Phazing]
10. Eric Turner – Dancing In My Head (Avicii’s ‘Been Cursed’ Mix) [White Label]
11. Avicii – ID (Just Gotta Hold On) [White Label]
12. Avicii – ”ID2″ [White Label]
13. David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium (Alesso Remix) [F*** Me I’m Famous]
14. Tim Berg – Bromance (Avicii’s ‘Arena’ Mix) [PinkStar] w/ Axwell feat. Max C – I Found U (Acappella) [Axtone] w/ Tim Berg feat. Amanda Wilson – Bromance (Avicii’s Vocal Mix) [Ministry Of Sound]
15. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (Instrumental Mix) [Refune]
16. Tom Hangs feat. Shermanology – Blessed (Avicii Edit) [Spinnin]
17. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell’s Recut Club Version) [Axtone] w/ Adele – Someone Like You (Acappella) [XL]
18. Avicii – Sweet Dreams (‘Swede Dreams’ Mix) [Joia]
19. Avicii – Levels [LE7ELS / Universal]
20. James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) [Atlantic]
21. Yenson – My Feeling (Deniz Koyu Remix) [Scream & Shout]
22. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You [Work Machine]
23. Avicii feat. Salem Al Fakir – Silhouettes [White Label]
24. Armin van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Remix) [Armada]
25. Robyn – Hang With Me (Avicii Remix) [Konichiwa]
26. Tiësto feat. C.C. Sheffield – Escape Me (Avicii ‘At Night’ Remix) [Musical Freedom]
27. Nadia Ali – Rapture (Avicii’s ‘New Generation’ Remix) [Smile In Bed]
28. Tim Berg – Abow [PinkStar] w/ Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire (Acappella) [RCA]
29. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Third Party Remix) [One More Tune]
30. Ash – Let Me Show You Love (Ash & Avicii ‘Hype Machine’ Mix) [White Label]
31. The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s ‘Thin White Duke’ Mix) [The Island Def Jam] w/ The Wombats – Techno Fan (Afrojack Remix) [One More Tune]
32. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save The World (Alesso Remix vs. Original Mix) [EMI]
33. Skitzofrenix & Jeff Doubleu – Rushin’ [Sneakerz Muzik]
34. Alesso – Raise Your Head [Refune]
35. Hard Rock Sofa & St. Brothers – Blow Up (Thomas Gold vs. Axwell Remix) [Axtone]
36. Ash – PAPA [White Label]
37. Afrojack – Pacha On Acid [Size] w/ Steve Angello – Teasing Mister Charlie [Size] w/ Bingo Players – Tom’s Diner (Acappella) [Sneakerz Muzik]
38. Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl [Virgin] w/ Tocadisco – Morumbi [CNR]
39. Congorock – Babylon (Steve Angello Edit) [Fool’s Gold] (Encore)
40. Daft Punk – One More Time [Virgin] w/ Daft Punk – Aerodynamic [Virgin] w/ Daft Punk & Stardust – One More Sounds (Arno Cost Rework)
Cazzette LIVE @ Pier 94, New Years Eve 2011: Tracklist
01. Norman Doray – Kalifornia (David Tort Remix) [Strictly Rhythm] w/ Sander van Doorn – Reach Out [Doorn] w/ Florence and The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Acappella) [Universal]
02. Alexander Adstedt – We’re Still Here [TopDJ] w/ Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke feat. Deborah Cox – Leave The World Behind (Acappella) [Axtone]
03. Avicii – Sweet Dreams (Cazzette ‘Meet At Night’ Remix) [Joia]
04. Dada Life – Rolling Stone T-Shirt (Cazzette ‘Approaching Starry Homes’ Mix) [White Label]
05. NWA – Straight Outta Compton (Cazzette Remix) [White Label] w/ Eric Turner feat. Lupe Fiasco – Angels And Stars (Cazzette ‘A Sick Halloween’ Remix) [White Label]
06. Cazzette vs. Chris Brown etc – Look At Me Now (CAZZETTE ‘Ode to the Congo’ Bootleg pt II) [White Label]
07. Wolfgang Gartner – The Champ [Ultra]
08. Nicky Romero – Toulouse [Spinnin]
09. Qulinez – Troll [Size]
10. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
11. Knife Party – Fire Hive [AEI]
12. Tiësto – Maximal Crazy (R3hab & Swanky Tunes Remix) [Musical Freedom]
13. R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max C – Sending My Love (Cazzette ‘Already Super Human’ Remix) [Wall]
14. David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium (Cazzette’s ‘Ant Seeking Hamster’ Remix) [F*** Me I’m Famous]
15. Lady Gaga – Judas (Thomas Gold Instrumental Remix) [Interscope] w/ Afrojack feat. Eva Simons – Take Over Control (Acappella) [Wall]
16. ID (1h11min25sec)
17. Cazzette – Make Some Room [White Label] w/ Daft Punk – Technologic (Acappella) [Virgin]
18. Cazzette – Killmode [White Label] w/ Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now (Acappella) [Skint]
Swanky Tunes LIVE @ Pier 94, New Years Eve 2011: Tracklist
01. David Guetta & Afrojack – Lunar [EMI]
02. Junior Sanchez feat. Karmen – I Believe In (Swanky Tunes Remix) [Size]
03. Swanky Tunes – XOXO [Spinnin]
04. Nicky Romero – Toulouse [Spinnin]
05. Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – ID (16min)
06. Sander van Doorn – Koko (R3hab Remix) [Doorn]
07. Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall [Parlophone]
08. Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – Feedback [Spinnin]
09. Tiësto – Maximal Crazy (R3hab & Swanky Tunes Remix) [Musical Freedom]
10. Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello [Mixture] w/ Afrojack – Replica [Wall]
11. Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Swanky Tunes Remix) [Ultra]
12. ID (53min)
13. R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max C – Sending My Love [Wall]
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