Gregori Klosman at Pacha [NYC]: May 24, 2012
Those who frequent the W. 46th Street block home to New York City’s famed Pacha Night Club have been sure to notice an influx of foot traffic come Thursday evenings in weeks past. Building a loyal fan-base off their reputation for hosting parties which see many of the worlds most desired djs behind the decks, Pacha’s newly formed partnership with Massive Events has morphed their Thursday parties into equally as much of a destination as their weekend events. Following up previous showings by Paul Van Dyk, Tritional, and Marco V, this past Thursday saw the arrival of one of our favorite French artist, Gregori Klosman, in the booth. With the USS Intrepid just across the street, and Memorial Day on the weekend agenda, Pacha was the clear choice for our Thursday night festivities.
Arriving to a sailor-filled line flowing out the main entrance to Pacha, we quickly made our way inside and up the stairs to club’s main floor. There we observed New York based Tyler Sherrit, originally from Alaska, performing before an ever growing crowd. A talented musician in his own right, Tyler has begun to make a name for himself in recents years as a fully capable dj, landing numerous gigs around the country. Having just opened for Deniz Koyu at the Meat Packing District’s musical sanctuary, Cielo, a few weeks back, it was round two for Sherritt as he laid the ground work for another world-famous act.
Demonstrating his ability to put down a proper opening set, Tyler began with some slower techie grooves to warm up the dance floor. Come mid-night, as the crowd approached capacity, he thoughtfully selected Funkagenda’s edit of Louka to begin the transition into the more up beat sounds of progressive music.
ThreeSixty, Dirty Harris – Louka (Funk Agenda Re-Edit)
Clearly ready to dance, those in attendance reacted well to the change of pace pushing Tyler to go on a progressive bombing run, releasing a plethora of anthem’s from some of our favorite producers including Fedde Le Grand, Robbie Rivera, and Style of Eye over the next hour. As the clock approached 1am, Gregori Klosman stepped into the massive main floor dj booth just as Tyler dropped a live bootleg of Eric Prydz’s rework of Personal Jesus with No Body’s I <3 Acid signaling his transition to electro house. One more quick mash-up, a mix of Denzel Park’s Amarok with an unknown ID, and it was time for the Frenchman to step up to the plate.
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)
No Body – I 3 Acid
Mic in hand, Gregori Klosman initiated his assault by addressing his fans with an energetic “Pacha, Are you ready to rage with me?” quickly followed by him cueing up his first track, Afrojack’s edit of last year’s electro anthem from Hard Rock Sofa, Swanky Tunes, and R3hab; Sending My Love. Lights in full effect, the massive drop associated with this track was accompanied by the familiar sound from the air horn mounted within the Pacha booth, releasing an fury of energy from the crowd.
Demonstrating his impeccably precise mixing repeatedly throughout the night, often sans headphones, it was apparent this repeat visitor to Pacha was a master of his craft. Flawlessly cueing vocals on numerous occasions perfectly in time before laying them over his trademark electro house beats, Klosman was putting on a sing-a-long show. When the distinctive baseline to Sandro Silva’s appropriately named single Epic began to emit from the speakers, it was obvious the Frenchman would give it a similar treatment. Without fail, the unmistakable acapella from Technologic began to make its way to our ears… “Buy It – Buy It – Buy It- Buy It,” segwaying into the complete verse from the iconic Daft Punk single before fading off just in time for the overwhelming yet simple drop of the “Epic” back bone to the live mash-up.
Moving into a variety of new, old, and unreleased tracks including his recent collaboration with Dirty Dutch icon Chuckie, The Numb3r5, it wasn’t long until Gregori was back on the mic. Informing the eager on lookers he would be taking us on a musical journey across the Atlantic to the Island of Ibiza to close out his set. Filling the remaining half an hour of his performance with an impressive compilation of tech-house tracks, most notably Gregor Salto’s Damelo, the extensive knowledge of music Klosman possessed was blatant. Sneaking a few last tracks in before finally concluding just after 4am with Fucking Down, an original production of his with fellow countryman Tristan Garner, it was time to call it a night.
Chuckie & Gregori Klosman – The Numb3r5
Stepping back from the CDJ-2000′s laid out in front of him to the sound of applauses, it was obvious Gregori Klosman had enjoyed himself as he walked away surrounded by an aura of satisfaction and enthusiasm. Putting on an equally impressive show as his first appearance at the New York electronic dance music hub we call Pacha, it is only a matter of time until we expect to see this talented dj/producer back on the lineup. Those in attendance will agree, if you missed out on this show, make sure you clear your schedules come the return of this electro god.
Thank You for a great time Mr. Klosman!