The good people from RPM and Pacha NYC put together a Halloween show for the ages, last Friday the 31st. Not only did Adventure Club and Borgeous get to play their planned Pier 94 sets, but the entire cancelled lineup from BOO helped NYC ring in the holiday season. One night, 9 hours, 9 amazing DJs, and thousands of hilarious spooky costumes helped make this Halloween the best on yet.
New York City is the place to be during Halloween, especially if you’re one to explore and find everything this beautiful city has to offer. This year marked the 40th anniversary of New York’s Village Halloween parade, where even super clubs Pacha and Webster Hall had their own personal floats. The EDM community continues to gain respect and acknowledgement from various aspects of culture, which wasn’t always the case.
The Barclays Arena decided to cancel their planned BOO Halloween concert and move the fans and DJs over to Pier 94. To be honest, when I first heard this I thought it had bad news written all over it. I’ve never been so wrong.
As I made my way across the West Side Highway around 8:45 I could tell I came at the perfect time. The line and crowd were under control as hundreds of spooky EDM fans lined up anxiously to enter the Pier of Fear. Huge skulls dangled from the outside entrance, meanwhile food trucks and benches were scattered throughout the smoking section. Walking inside Pier through the plastic, car-wash like doors, I could see this enormous haunted house located directly in front of coat check. Obviously I did my research, so what I found out was that Blood Manor (one of New York’s premiere haunted attractions), actually built a 5,000 square foot house filled with demon, witches, zombies and warlocks. This was a sight to see, if you dared to enter.
Now to the music…
When I got to stage Milo & Otis had just finished up their set. Since I didn’t get to hear it live, I made sure to listen to it on Mixcloud (link below). The infamous Swedish DJs, Cazzette made their way to the Pier decks around 9:30. The played a perfect set for his time slot, not going to crazy, but perfectly intertwining progressive and tech house. Cazzette began the set with an A-Trak remix to their own production, “Sleepless”. They smoothly transitioned into “This” by Sander and Oliver Heldens, a song that can definitely get the party going. While thousands of feet, shuffled, moved and grooved, the three large LED screens behind stage read “Cazzette”. This gave way to dozens of beautifully positioned green and purple lights, gracefully scanning across the dance floor. The Swedish duo continued on till about 10:15, continuing their perfect pace playing songs Steve Angello’s “Knas”, the Chocolate Puma remix of “Bassline” by Gotsome, as well as “Get Down Low” by TC (Shockone Remix).
If this was any indication of what was to come, we were all in store for a pretty epic night. Next up was French DJ Tchami. Within seconds the entire atmosphere changed, along with the genre. The dirty, tech house beats were a thing of the past, when the French star proved his belonging in the lineup. Starting off heavy he played his remix of Martin Garrix and Jay Hardaway’s “Wizard”, which was definitely a crowd pleaser. He continued on to play “F**K That” by Skrillex and “NRG” (Skrillex, Kill The Noise & Milo and Otis remix). During his hour set I got the pleasure to meet two amazingly fun people, one being our newest writer Leanna Gryak and her beautiful friend Maria. The fun was just beginning, which seemed impossible at an already eventful night.
Next up was the Australian trash man, Tommy Trash. The hairy man graced the decks around 11:15 and stayed on till 12:15. As the light humming became louder and louder, I could hear John Martin’s vocals to “Reload” also gaining some volume. “Yes we are…are” played over about five times until Trash asked New York City if they were ready, then dropped the beat to Marco V’s “Met”. Trash definitely had one of the best sets of the nights, even though no set was really lacking anything. “Latch” by Disclosure was without a doubt the song of the night, being played multiple times, but this time it was Oliver Heldens remix. Tommy added with his usual funky electro beats playing his own song “Fuckwind”, “Momentum” by Hook N Sling and his infamous “Ladi Dadi”, which was a fan favorite for the two girls and I.
The clock read 12:15, Halloween was officially over, but the party was far from over. This marked the highly anticipated return of the infamous DJ Snake. New Yorkers just can’t get enough of this man, who can’t do wrong in the mind of most young EDM fans. His integrated mix of hip hop and electro beats are just unmatchable in his genre. He hypes the crowd up to the point where the energy is through the roof. His remix of “You Know You Like It” was one of my favorite songs of the night. Candy skulls and huge black and white skeletons scattered across the huge LED screens, a sight that will permanently be imbedded in my mind.
Pier of Fear wasn’t just a show; it was literally a mini festival. I mean what other show can you find these acts and still have Adventure Club, Knife Party and Borgeous? No where…
Adventure Club came on at 1:15 playing for an hour and 15 minutes. The capes were out, the colorful AC patches were in full effect and Pier 94 was at full capacity. Thousands of fans were highly anticipating the quickly forgotten main act. One song that I never thought I’d here that night was “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe, which then the Canadian duo mixed in Carnage’s remix of Showtek’s “Cannonball”. The Swedish House Mafia lasers were out. Pier was bouncing up and down as the ones who got a chance to be anything they wanted for one night got to see their wish come true. Later in their set they dropped Gecko (Overdrive) by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill and “Thinking About You” (Synhronice Remix), which beautifully accompanied the graceful hard style, dubstep sound of AC.
The night was seemingly winding down. 2:30am came in the blink of an eyelash as original BOO headliner, Knife Party made their way to the action packed DJ booth. Dancing zombies and dolls danced across the middle bars, hyping up the crowd (as if they really needed it). Knife Party played some classics, as well as some new tracks that were unheard of. They played some Swedish House, such as “Antidote” and their own remix of “Save the World”, which will always have a place in my heart. They also went back in time to Junior Sanchez and Sultan and Ned Shepard’s “Deeper Love”. One of their newer tracks “Boss Mode” had sort of a Halloween feel to it as well, which boded well with the thousands in attendance. Last but not least what would October 31st be without a little “Haunted House”?
Last but definitely not least, the United States home grown DJ Borgeous. By this time I was done. Eight hours, my legs are jello, I need to catch the 4:45 train or else I’ll have to wait two hours, yet my favorite act of the night has just come on. Dilemma, dilemma. I figured let me stay so at least you guys have something to build off of. “Tsunami” was his first song, mixed into a new remix of his hit that he made with DVBBS. Then came Krewella’s “Alive”, which was mixed into Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s “Stampede”. Borgeous is a progressive, electro magician mixing and matching and vocals with any drop at any specific time during his set. He played a couple a lot of his own tracks including “Break the House” and a brand new song which he mashed with Martin Garrix, DVBBS, Sander Van Doorn “Gold Skies”, “Tutankhamun”. If you haven’t heard that track yet I highly suggest you get on it right away.
My stay at Pier was expired, and so were my legs. It was the most eventful EDM night I’ve been a part of in a very long time. I’m blessed to of had the opportunity to even speak about these musical masterminds. Halloween 2014 was a successful one at that, even though many thought it’d be ruined due to the cancellation of BOO. That just goes to show you, don’t give up on a party and the party will definitely not give up on you. On behalf of all of us at EDMNYC we’d like to wish you a happy belated Halloween and happy holidays. Thanks again for RPM for putting together such a wonderful show, as well as Pacha NYC for always coming through with a good time!
–Justin Marchese for EDMNYC
Milo & Otis at Pier of Fear