Upcoming Webster Hall Events [Click Here]Written by: Ashley Mullen
Martin Laurent Picandet, better known by his DJ/producer name, Martin Solveig has been involved in music since a young age. He began classical music training as a vocalist and eventually became a soprano solo singer. Eventually, he made a transition to DJing at the age of 18 and it was definitely one of his wisest career decisions. Since making the switch to electronic music, Martin has consistently ranked on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list over the past few years and established his own label called Mixture Stereophonic. At first he was primarily popular in Europe, until his most popular track “Hello” featuring Dragonette became a club hit worldwide and made an impact over here in the States. His rapidly increasing popularity in America even got him elected to be the house DJ at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards! Martin’s newest single, “Hey Now” features vocals by the man himself, as well as Kyle and was done with The Cataracts, it has ranked #8 in Europe so far. Considering his set was well-received at Electric Zoo back in September, Martin paid NYC another visit at Webster Hall on November 9th.
What’s really captivating about Martin Solveig’s sets is that they are never the same and attendees never know what to expect- he always switches it up with genres and includes a wide range to appeal to a wider audience. The Grand Ballroom was not as crowded as other nights, so there was plenty of room for enthusiast dancers to do their thing. Since it was a Brite Nites event, there was the added element of performers and the flashing neon sign that would drop down at random intervals. The fire dancers and nitrous girls were glad in glow-in-dark neon outfits that were very futuristic- making the night more visually interactive and fun. Martin Solveig’s new single’s album art flashed across the huge screen behind his deck and people cheered along with it. Needless to say, there were nothing but good vibes and pure joy the whole night!
His set jumped around between genres a lot, so everyone was kept on their toes. One minute big room house could be blaring from the speakers and then he would seamlessly transition into something like a remix of Empire of the Sun’s “Celebrate” or “DNA.” It was an excellent variety! He also played some nu-disco and bounce tracks, so that left no excuse for people not to be getting their grooves on. Of course the night did not go without hearing some of this past summer’s hits including “Animals” by Martin Garrix and an awesome mashup of “The Night Out” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” which was completed by some heavy ass bass kicks! Martin also threw in his fair share of surprise tracks such as, “Holy Grail” by Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, and another sick mashup of rock classic “Californication” and “Reload.” The major highlights were when Martin played the contender for most popular song of the year “Don’t You Worry Child” and his original mix of “The Night Out”- the whole room broke out into song as they sang with the nostalgia-inducing lyrics. He decided to end the night with the familiar drum kicks that lead into “Hello” but, first transitioned into an acoustic version of Fun.’s “We Are Young.” At the conclusion, it felt as though everyone was just in an excellent mood but, were a little sad to see him go, especially after his kind words about NYC being his second home!
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