Electric Zoo has never been about seeing as many artists as possible. Lets be honest though, of course the reality is that I want to see every DJ in attendance but that is simply not possible. I prefer to spend my time at a tent or stage that delivers a quality set that has everybody vibin’ on the same wavelength. There is a rare occasion though, where the weather, the lighting, the music and the atmosphere all come together to create a truly perfect experience. At Electric Zoo 2013, this perfect experience was delivered by Hardwell.
I AM HARDWELL – The Documentary Trailer
Having been at EZoo all day on Friday, the girlfriend and I decided we’d go get a solid lunch in us before we embraced the exciting yet exhausting day that we knew was before us. Taking our time we arrived at Randall’s Island towards the end of Sander Van Doorn’s set. Already it was 6 o’clock; we were turnt up and ready to go. Of course there is a required buzz that needs to be maintained, possible only with the help of yet another overpriced beer from the drink tent.
With beer in hand, and the sun beginning to set over New York, we made our way towards a comfortable pocket near the front of the stage for Hardwell. Soon the song Jump began to slowly escalate in volume and Hardwell loudly greeted the EZoo Animals. Immediately fired up from the first drop, the crowd was bouncing and dancing in a state of pure elation. Song after song and banger after banger, the crowds energy continued to increase.
About halfway through the set I realized, “He is literally playing every song I wanted to hear.” Being a dance maniac at these festivals, I was breaking it down so hard that my body was beginning to hurt. Most sets I’ve been to, regardless of the prestige of the artist, have small lapses in their quality, causing the fans to lose energy or check out another tent. This is often due to an artist trying to introduce his new tracks, or maybe just a poor choice of mixing, but Hardwell’s set was all about the audience. Not once did I see a mass exodus of fans during the middle of the set; everyone that was there was there to stay.
As the set ended, I walked away in a state of complete tranquility and satisfaction. I always enjoy seeing my favorite artists, but this experience was different somehow. The conditions were perfect, the people were perfect, the music was perfect. After a few minutes of silent contemplation as everyone slowly made their way out of the crowd, I looked over at my girlfriend and calmly said “That was the best set I’ve ever seen.” She just looked at me, without blinking, and said “I know.”