Review: Trance Here Now presents Omnia
January 22nd, 2015
The first time I heard Omnia’s “The Fusion” was amidst a hundred thousand other people at the main stage of Ultra Music Festival in 2012, when Armin Van Buuren opened with it. Armin’s edit built from a slow beep, up to the full throttle, heart pumping track that many would come to know and love for years to come. Since then, Omnia has been on my radar as a “must-see DJ” when he came to town. Unfortunately, for me, that didn’t happen until almost 3 years later. Trance Here Now was finally able to book this worldwide legend, after years of teased attempts and work visa issues. I knew I had to be here.
To open, Daniel Sea did a B2B with Static & Bass, which although was a bit heavy for a typical warm-up set, was perfect for the crowd as it got people on the dance floor early as the room filled up. This opening combo was a serendipitous treat for trance lovers, as their first collaboration together, “Flashback” was just released on Elliptical Sun Recordings. Their opening set allowed them to showcase their combined production talents and mixing skills. With infectious tracks like a remix of Kaskade’s “Angel on my Shoulder”, the crowd was immediately put into a good mood, singing and dancing along to their set.
As 1am rolled around and the club became comfortably filled, Omnia took to the decks and immediately jumped into his hard-hitting, big room sound. Pulling from epic-ly uplifting tracks such as Ben Gold’s “All or Nothing” with the soaring vocals of Christina Novelli and the massive hook of Alex Sonata’s “Hybrid”, the crowd was immediately transported from Cielo’s quaint dancefloor to a massive arena. Omnia’s set filled and moved the entire room, making dancing mandatory as he moved from club bangers like Dimitri Vangelis, Wyman, and Steve Angello’s “Payback” to W&W’s Payback, keeping the energy high throughout the opening of his set. While some may argue that, yes, his set immediately had a lot of “trousey” elements that many die-hard trance fans scoff at, but the set was so heart-pumping that many didn’t seem to care! He even played W&W’s remix of “This Is What if Feels Like”, which despite being a bit cheesy felt right at the moment it happened.
As Omnia’s set progressed, I was pleasantly reminded of that first year that I had discovered him, like many others. I felt like I was transported back to ASOT 550 as he mixed Gareth Emery’s “Mansion” into his own iconic track “The Fusion” into W&W– for me, it was the trip down memory lane that I had come to the show looking for. He moved into more of his current hits, like the newly released “Two Hands” and “Tomorrow People” to close out his set on a high note.
To close out the night, Daniel Sea hopped back on the decks to seal the deal, making it a night to remember. All in all, waiting to see Omnia after all these years was worth the wait in my book. Unfortunately, a combination of poor weather and the shortened weekend from MLK day kept the night a bit less crowded than usual for a Thursday at Cielo, but the ones that did make the trek partied hard and long. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for Omnia’s return to the Big Apple!
Static & Bass
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Originally written for ENL by Maggie Popovich