I didn’t really know how he was going to do it. Simon Patterson had just taken control of the decks at Slake for OpenUp100, after the opener finished up his pumping house set. The crowd was moving, but this wasn’t the music we came here for. When Simon started with the same bpm, I looked at my companion & wondered what he was going to do. Here’s a tip, don’t ever question Simon Patterson.
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Within 10min he’d jacked up the bpm, moved the house vibe to the rear view mirror and had the entire floor bumping to this perfect mix between hard & psy. If you’re not familiar with this kind of sound, the mix above can explain it better than I ever will. While I’ve been a fan of his glorious podcast for a while now, I’d never managed to catch him live. This is a mistake I won’t be making again. SP knew exactly how to keep the room flying around, bouncing between some of the hardest trance I’ve ever heard in NYC, and the best psytrance I’ve ever heard indoors. The audience knew the set better than I did, it was kind of amazing to watch people sing along to hard/psy anthems in a club on the island of Manhattan. And by kind of amazing, I mean freaking wonderful. When getting a beverage during one of his builds we realized there was an entire other event upstairs, so we scurried up there to check it out during one of the few lulls during SP’s jam-packed set.
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There was an entire other room full of people enjoying EVEN HEAVIER psytrance! Luis Campos was working his magic on the secondary crowd, so there was some serious stomping going on. While watching Luis knock it around, I realized, this was probably the first time I’d ever seen multiple rooms spinning psytrance in NYC in years. A real club, on 30th street, had two full rooms of psytrance, with Simon Patterson celebrating his 100th episode of Open Up in grand style. Ladies & gentlemen, in 2015, we’ve arrived.
The apex of Simon’s set had the entire room jumping, with a delightful go go dancer in the cage (built before the club became Rebel, the name for the venue before Slake), as the crown jewel of a crazy dance floor. As he rode the wave out, he passed the decks over to Astrix, one of the great treasures of the psytrance community. I’ve seen Astrix as often as I possibly could here in the states, starting with a show he did at the defunct club Nation in DC. This guy is second to none & the room was dripping with anticipation. People had come from far and wide to see Astrix tear up the decks & he wasted no time.
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The trance throbbed through the venue, as people cheered & hugged. This was what they came to see and it was everything they wanted it to be. Club kids, ravers, guidos, the psy-trance community and everyone else enjoying themselves. No disrespect, no beef, no glitchy bass, just a whole lot of trance, a whole lot of stomping and some full-on flavor from Astrix as the night continued on. Take heart New York City, all is not lost. The trance community has been in hiding, but Esscala Entertainment, Simon Patterson & Astrix reminded us that the community is just hibernating. And now we’re roaring back to life. This is Terry Gotham, see you on the dance floor trance family.
Photo Credit: Sarah Vale Photography for ElectronicNightLife.com
Originally written for ENL by Terry Gotham