Review: W&W @ HQ Nightclub 08/09/13 by Andrew Niebling

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If I asked you who was ranked number 25 on the DJ Mag top 100 of 2012,  would you remember who it was? I’ll give you a hint: the member’s names of this dutch duo are William & Wardt. Still stumped? Well the answer is none other than W&W. Since 2012 W&W has been on a tear playing club after club, and festival after festival. Having missed them last year at Electric Zoo and this year at A State of Trance, I knew I had to see them ASAP. To see that they were coming to play HQ Nightclub in Atlantic City on Friday, August 9th there was no chance I was not showing up to see them this time. These two men have been releasing constant bombs over the past year, and let me tell you, all the hype around W&W is veracious!

When Friday night finally came, I can’t even explain how excited I was to make my way down to AC to see W&W destroy HQ nightclub. When I found out the show had sold out, the excitement grew even larger and I could only imagine how wild this night was going to turn out. After arriving into Atlantic City around 8pm with my friends, we checked into our hotel, decided to get some quick food, got dressed, and headed out to HQ. We all were getting more and more anxious and excited to get there as we walked out of the Golden Nugget. With a group of 10 people we unexpectedly piled into a limousine and made our way to HQ in style. When we arrived we entered upstairs of HQ nightclub at about midnight for my highly anticipated dose of trance with W&W!

Walking into HQ you could see that the place was already about to explode and W&W were not even on the decks yet. Upstairs of HQ was already packed, and looking down below in to the club it looked like a mad house! As we made our way downstairs you could see everyone anxiously waiting for W&W to get on. The dance floor was jammed, the bars were crowded, all the tables were booked and people were piling into the club fast. I didn’t get the name of the opener, but boy did he have the place rocking to start off the night. Anyone who drops Fedde Le Grands “Metrum” gets an A+ in my book. As 1am was coming up, I positioned myself in the VIP section and waited for William and Wardt to make their to the booth.

At 1am the lights when dark and everyone started to go crazy as the sounds of “Lift Off” started to hit the speakers. W&W walked up and the energy in HQ went up about ten notches. Everyone in the crowd began to go absolutely wild. The Party had officially begun. W&W hit us with heavy trance and electro big room bangers that set HQ off to another level. One thing that I love about these two is that they play a lot of their own material and have so many huge tracks of their own. One moment that stands out to me is when they gave us a taste of vintage Tiesto when they played their remix to one of my favorite all time tracks “Adagio For Strings”. I have been to HQ plenty of times but this night had energy that I’ve never seen before.

Here is a partial track list to their set:

W&W – Lift Off (Intro Edit)
W&W – Moscow w/ Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Lose My Mind (Acapella) w/ Autoerotique & Felix Cartel – The Alarm (Charlie Darker Remix)
Ummet Ozcan & DJ Ghost – Airport
Hardwell & W&W – Jumper
Armin van Buuren & W&W – D# Fat
Knife Party – LRAD w/ Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball w/ Martin Garrix – Animals
W&W – Thunder
Danny Avila – Tronco
Dash Berlin Ft Emma Hewitt – Waiting (W&W Remix)

W&W put on a show like no other, playing till about 3:30am. I was so glad that I finally got to witness them live. I am so impressed by the way they play, both their productions and their shows. Walking out of the club around 4am I could hear many people saying how well they enjoyed W&W and how great they thought they were. I did not get a chance to talk to them after their set but I only would of had many positive words. If you have the chance, don’t miss out like I did and go see W&W as soon as possible! They will be back in NYC for day two of Electric Zoo this year and will also be playing an official Ezoo after party at Roseland Ballroom Sunday, September 1st. Everyone should go see them play and get ready for more great productions! After they year they’ve had, I wouldn’t be surprised if they jumped up a few more spots on this year’s DJ Mag Poll!

Andrew Niebling for EDMNYC/EDMPENN

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