When people hear the name “Steve Angello,” most of them automatically get flashes of Swedish House Mafia’s giant productions, and hear “Don’t You Worry Child” in their heads. This is not the case with me; I think of rebellion. To me, Steve Angello is someone who is doing something on his terms, and is playing the music he wants to play.
While attending every one of SHM’s final shows in New York and Miami, My friends and I had noticed something... Steve didn’t look happy. I didn’t see him smile at all throughout the six shows I was at, and it appeared that he couldn’t wait till it was over. I don’t know if he wanted SHM itself or just the tour to end, but Steve needed to be free.
After a sun-filled first day at EDC, my girlfriend Irina and I headed over to Pacha for what was sure to be an insane night. The last time Steve Angello was at Pacha was on Sept 22nd, for his “Size In The Park” afterparty. That night went down in my books as one of the best sets I’ve ever witnessed. We arrived at Pacha around 12:30am, and were delighted to see Carl Louis and Martin Danielle, a.k.a. CLMD, spinning a great opening set. I’ve seen CLMD a few times, and they have a great vibe. I’d compare them most to a mix of all three of Eric Prydz’s aliases.
Around 2am, without warning, the packed house at Pacha exploded. Steve Angello had finally taken control of the decks. What ensued was around four and a half hours of some insanely good Tech House. Every time Steve dropped the next track, everyone went nuts and shouted “Ohhhh.” There were also a bunch of other huge names joining him that night as well. In attendance at Pacha on Friday was; Danny Avila, Junior Sanchez, Tommie Sunshine, Lil Jon (you read that correctly), Hard Rock Sofa, Bambi, and Nicky Romero. Personal favorites and buddies of mine, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, joined Angello in the booth and were dancing on each side of him for hours. It looked like SJRM enjoyed this night more than anyone. Ryan introduced me to his brother Rodney at one point, who was in New York for the first time ever. Like his brother, Rodney is an extremely nice guy who was very proud to see Sunnery and Ryan kill it at EDC, and told me how much he loves New York.
I really love the vibe at Pacha afterparties. You always get incredibly talented DJs, and tons of celebrities hanging out. Steve Angello is the epitome of an afterparty master. He had the place dancing the entire night. Angello is one of the most talented DJs I’ve ever seen. His literally flawless selection of tracks, while being mixed perfectly WITHOUT headphones, is something of legends.
As Steve wrapped up around 6:30am, Marco Centella and Jonathan Gue took over to close out the night. They played about an hour of some great Deep and Tech House. It was a great set to end a perfect night with.
–Adam Levine for EDMNYC