From Studio 54, to Sound Factory, to Pacha and now across the East River to Output, well known in the EDM community as a house music founder, innovator and legend, Danny Tenaglia, performed an amazing set on Saturday, June 8th at Output. All those in favor say, “Aye!”…Aye!
I was itching for a good night out. I’d had a long week and a hell of a day. It was a quarter to midnight when I left my house to scoop up my friend; perfect time to drive through the city. All the drunks were still at the bars and cabs were the only cars on the road. I chose a yellow cab that was driving across town aggressively, threw on my blinker and followed him down 34th St. and into the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. That’s always my little trick. Cabs drive like maniacs! It’s good to have one of them lead the way so you can take advantage of the lanes they make. I picked up my friend and it then became time to party!
Output was relatively easy to get to, which helped start the night off on the right foot. With plenty of parking and no line at the door, it became a benefit not going to the city early. The Danny Tenaglia vibe hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as I walked in. As I took my lap in the club to find the perfect spot to bust a move, the groovy and flexible tunes graced my ears. DT was in the zone; I was about to go on a journey. One of the many joys of Output is the immense amount of space and levels. It really has something for everyone! My friend and I found a spot on the upstairs level and began to feel the beat. DT took us from tier to tier, up and down and back around.
DT loves his lyrics, as much as I do. A ninety’s groove, with every bit of taste from today found me saying, “I love this song” 4 or 5 times that night. DT moved me to the main dance floor and had me moving my feet, hips, arms, and head; I was loving life! Then DT came over to the mic and said the one thing the audience hates to hear at a tech party, “Ok this is my last few songs, we already went over our time limit.” You could hear the moans and groans of all the hearts breaking; for the journey was near over.
DT then announced that he was going to share some tunes with us that he had been working on in the studio. Nervous with excitement for this sneak peak, I had no idea what was going to happen, until I heard the first note, the very first tune…instant freak out…. “Oooooh look at all the lonely people”… HOLY SHIT, Eleanor Rigby! Mind you he didn’t just mix the chorus, he mixed the entire song, beginning to end! DT had officially mixed my two loves… Techno and the Beatles. Anyone who knows me knows I love my techno, but the Beatles are the music foundation of my entire life!
Let me paint you a quick picture: I have a giant Abbey Road picture above my living room couch, I drink out of Beatle cups and eat out off Beatle plates, I have a guitar on top of my Christmas tree and you cannot walk into any room in my house without seeing something John, Paul, George, or Ringo in your immediate line of sight. So now that you have a slight understanding of my love for the Beatles, let me go over this again…
Danny Tenaglia, techno legend, had now combined the force of thumping moving techno beats with the Rock and Roll soul of The Beatles! It’s official; I died and went to heaven.