On Friday night I wasn’t too stressed about stopping at multiple deli’s to find a protein bar and energy drink that I liked, since most opening trance DJ’s tend to be a little on the monotonous side, and I thought I could afford to be a half hour late. BOY WAS I WRONG.
I walked into Santos Party House at around 11:30pm to find something you don’t really see at trance shows… a warm up DJ that had ALL of the crowd dancing. You see, warm up DJ’s have the distinct job of getting the crowd to move but without taking away the fire and big energy of the headliner, which most of the time turns into a steady stream of beats without much movement or anticipation of what’s to come. On Friday night, July 26th, the warm up DJ, Zack Roth, walked the line perfectly with a mix of progressive trance and a couple of progressive house songs that had everybody truly pumped to hear headliner and legendary trance producer, Alex M.O.R.P.H.
Letting songs that can people can casually groove to such as “Imprint of Pleasure” and transitioning to tracks like “Personal Jesus” in the Eric Prydz mix allowed the crowd to look over at one another and not just “fist pump” but “body pump” to vocals most can recognize with one syllable.
Here are some of the amazing tracks for who I will happily go out on a limb and call the best warm up guy I’ve seen in my ten years of trance shows:
Imprint of Pleasure- Tube and Berger
Alien- Poison Pro & Miusha (MOT!V Unidentified Flying Remix)
Every Day- Eric Prydz (Fehrplay Remix)
Late Night- Matt Fax
Power Drive- Pryda
Toxic Rush- Jewelz & Scott Sparks
The Strip- Juventa
Dawn- Michael Brun (Hardwell Edit)
When You Love Someone- Dankaan & Antillas feat Laurel (Maor Levi Remix)
At around 1:00am as Alex M.O.R.P.H. set up his own equipment and Zack Roth took a bow, I looked over at my sisters boyfriend with the face of, “wow that’s going to be hard to follow up”…and then “An Angel’s Love” by Alex M.O.R.P.H. was dropped and smiles hit the crowd as to say, “he’ll be able to follow that up just fine”.
If you had your Shazam on, all you were doing was wasting your battery because the German powerhouse behind the decks gave us a TON of his own new trance productions. Most of them had no ID on his own laptop (I snuck a look all night), and this reminded me as to why his sounds have been a mainstay on major labels such as Armada, Enhanced, and Vandit for a decade, as well as why he was chosen to open the festivities at A State of Trance 600 at historic Madison Square Garden.
The three hour set at Santos was filled with a high amount of thumping progressive anthems such as “Thunder” by W&W, “The Evil” by Max Graham, and “Sucker Punch” by Alex M.O.R.P.H in the Sied van Riel remix. The crowd, during these high points of energy could not stop jumping and more than one person was seen holding their phone with large font showing phrases like “KEEP THE BASS COMING”.
When it was time for his signature intros of angelic and uplifting trance, the trance legend stopped and shook hands with the fans which came to the edge of the DJ booth while playing melodic sounds like “In This Moment” from Andy Duguid and the always on point vocals of Audrey Gallagher.
Here are some of the other songs heard on tracklist for Alex M.O.R.P.H.:
Moscow Subway- Alexander Popov
Monday Morning Madness- Alex M.O.R.P.H. (Alexander Popov Mix)
Neon- Sander Van Doorn
Another Suggestion- Glenn Morrison
Miracle- Oceanlab (Martin Roth mix)
Secret Universe- Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat Christian Burns
I See You- Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Woody van Eyden feat Tiff Lacey
Antara(The Circle)- Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat Sylvia Tosun
Dial Norm- Ehren Stowers
The One- Simon Patterson
Tyler Sherritt- Petrichord
Apache- Fisherman & Hawkins
Unison Moon- Porter Robinson & Mikkas vs Above and Beyond Mashup
Aeon of Revenge- Andrew Rayel
An Angel’s Love- Alex M.O.R.P.H. (Andrew Rayel mix)
As the Andrew Rayel mix of “An Angel’s Love” played at 3:55am, the dance floor was still packed with smiles and hands up pumping away to the breaks in the trance anthem. A roaring ovation came from the more than satisfied trance addicts. This night was a true reminder that the trance world still thrives on the shoulders of Producer/DJ’s who have been around since before the EDM boom, one of them being the legendary headliner, Alex M.O.R.P.H. Thanks to Esscala Entertainment and EDMNYC for another great night of trance in NYC. See you again soon!
–Anthony Bellino for EDMNYC