Review: Sevag and Steve Powers at LAVO NYC 08/15/13 by Justin Marchese


LAVO Thursdays have become one of the most exclusive parties in New York City. On August 15th, one of the most prestigious nightclubs opened its doors to a new, up and coming sensation, Sevag. Playing alongside resident DJ Steve Powers, the Armenian DJ/Producer made his debut for a beautiful, maximum capacity crowd. With summer sadly coming to an end, this was a perfect way for the young DJ to make his mark on New York City, after countless summer trips up and down the Jersey shore at venues such as Avenue, Haven, and HQ in Atlantic City.

Walking down 58th street on a gorgeous night in the city, it was clear to see that the line outside LAVO was heavily congested. Some of New York’s most beautiful and extravagant woman waited patiently outside, anticipating their chance to be a part of Thursday night’s best party. Thanks to EDMNYC and the great staff at LAVO, I waited no longer than ten minutes until I made my way downstairs into the sexy night club.

In past experiences, LAVO wouldn’t be completely packed out until one or two in the morning, but this wasn’t the case this past Thursday night. As the sounds of Sevag were already pumping through their amazing sound system, I tried to make my way over to the booth to greet the talented DJs. The blue chandeliers dazzled over the dance floor, as colorful strobes danced gracefully around the club giving LAVO a warm, summer feel.

Sevag played an amazing set mixing up progressive house tracks with some electro bangers. The classy LAVO crowd was already in full swing when he dropped Thomas Gold’s track “Marsch Marsch”. The lights remained somewhat basic, staying in the bluish, purple family for most of his set. You couldn’t have asked for a better set though, as Sevag destroyed the dance floor dropping hits like “I Choose You” by Timeflies (Fedde Le Grand remix) and David Guetta’s “Wild One Two” (No_ID remix). What impressed the crowd and me the most was his extensive list of produced tracks. He dropped his own mashup of “We Are Opening Your Heart” (My Digital Enemy vs. Axwell) which sounded absolutely epic. Sevag then brought it back to the old school dropping The Cube Guys and Barbra Tuckers “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, which went over extremely well with the slightly older generation in the room.

By the time Steve Powers made his way up to the booth, LAVO was already in full swing. Steve gave Sevag a handshake, congratulating him on a job well done. He jumped on the decks as Sevag had finished up playing Bob Sinclar’s “World, Hold On”. The crowd was belting out the classic house lyrics, as the blue and purple strobes danced across the jam packed dance floor. The LAVO girls were draped in beautiful neon orange tights, dancing gracefully to the beats of the music.

Steve started off his set with Axwell’s “Center of the Universe”, which was a perfect song for the mature, sophisticated crowd. Huge birthday signs were being ushered through the dance floor with sparkled candles on top, illuminating the entire club. It wasn’t long until Steve was in his zone dropping Steve Aoki’s new smash hit, “Boneless”. He then continued to spin his own edit of “Error 404 vs. WTF?” by Martin Garrix, Jay Hardaway, Nicky Romero, ZROQ, which had me rocking out uncontrollably in the DJ booth. This song is an electro house fan’s dream. Powers didn’t stop there mixing Knife Party’s “LRAD” into Sander Van Doorn’s “Koko”, which sounded absolutely amazing. I’ve seen Steve on three different occasions and all three times he’s absolutely brought down the house. In my opinion, Steve deserves a lot more credit than some give him.

LAVO is the place to be almost every single Thursday night and a lot of credit is due for Sevag and Steve Powers. This just proves that you don’t need to see a “commercial” DJ to have a good time. I’ve seen both of these guys multiple times and I wish the best for the both of them in the future. Credit is given when credit is due, and that is the least I can say for these two talented NYC DJs. Special thanks for Sevag’s team, the sophisticated crew at LAVO NYC, and EDMNYC for such a memorable night.

Catch Sevag back at his Saturday night residency starting next month at the upscale Mister East nightclub in Roselle, NJ. You won’t want to miss what him and the M.E. crew has in store for the 2nd season this fall. See you there!

Justin Marchese for EDMNYC

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Justin is a 28-year-old writer based out of Long Island. He is an IT professional and certified web developer from General Assembly. Over the years his music style has changed up, but he still has mad love for Tiesto and Quintino.

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