March 21st, 2011
I had a friend tell me the other day that Trance was dead, a lost genre forever banished to the 90’s. Less then 6 hours later I was surrounded by 1500+ people that would probably disagree with him, if they weren’t too busy losing their minds amidst the screaming synths and thumping bass provided by Tiesto. Long regarded as one of the best DJ’s and producers in the world, Tiesto brought his unique brand of melody-driven high energy dance music to Atlanta via Liquified promotions and Opera Nightclub. Not many venues could provide the kind of atmosphere required for a DJ that helped pioneered the art of being the main event, and not many promoters could bring this kind of an act to Atlanta, so to say “They did it again” is basically stating the obvious.
I walked up to Opera around 10 pm to a line at the main entrance, that had apparently been there since around 08:30 PM. Once inside, I could already feel the bass pulsating as DJ K2XL from Reboot Music played his opening set to a already packed out dance floor. To say I was impressed would be an understatement, K2XL easily controlled the crowd and built the tension to a breaking point in time for Tiesto to come into the booth.
Starting strong right away, flexed his muscles and pulled out every major banger in his discography, starting off right away with the original mix of ‘Zero 76’, which the crowd immediately responded to. I’ve seen a lot of DJ’s at Opera, but never before have I heard a reception like this, and Tiesto ate it up. Camera flashes lit the stage when the familiar grinding bassline of ‘Beautiful World’ kicked in, pushing the crowd over the edge.
Tiësto & Hardwell - Zero 76 (Original Mix)
Tiësto & Mark Knight feat. Dino - Beautiful World (Original Club Mix)
Tiesto feat. Diplo - C'Mon (Original Mix)
For a man coming off of 5 shows in 5 days, Tiesto looked no worse for wear, and kept up the tempo of his set, firing off crowd favorites like the Sultan and Shepard remix of Kaskades “Fire in Your New Shoes”, Steve Angello’s “KNAS”, and Wolfgang Gartners remix of Tiesto’s own “I Will Be Here”.
Kaskade - Fire In Your New Shoes (Sultan & Shepard Remix)
Tiësto - I Will Be Here (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
Steve Angello - KNAS (Original Mix)
When the music finally stopped, and the crowd slowly began to thin, I watched as fan after fan desperately searched for any sign of where the illusive DJ might have gone. As one of the original Super DJ’s, Tiesto has shown that he is only hitting his stride, and with the performance he put on at Opera Night Club, he left little doubt that he was in fact still on top.
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ABOUT ATL NIGHTLIFE
ATL Nightlife (http://www.atlnightlife.com) is a multimedia marketing company based out of Atlanta, GA that works with many of the top venues in Atlanta. ATL Nightlife’s coverage extends to encompass all of Atlanta nightlife from nightclubs to fashion shows to MMA events. ATL Nightlife’s goal is to provide top-tier coverage of events while maintaining a high level of production quality.
For almost 20 years Liquified (http://www.liquified.com) has been synonymous with the biggest and best electronic music events in North America. Founded in Manchester, England in 1989, Liquified relocated to North America in 1992 to help develop an emerging electronic music scene.
In the early 1990s Liquified threw parties along the East Coast in cities ranging from Charlotte to Miami, settling in Atlanta where they created a truly vibrant electronic music fan base and introduced some of the biggest names in dance music to the United States. Notably in 1996 Liquified organized and promoted Sasha and John Digweed's first ever US tour the now legendary 'Northern Exposure'.
In 1999 Liquified headed West and organized a series of ground-breaking after-hours parties that quickly established them as a major player in the West Coast dance music scene. Producing infamous events at the prestigious Mayan, where they put together the event that inspired John Digweed's 'Global Underground Los Angeles'. Their consistency in blooding the best new talent and bringing sizeable and passionat e crowds to cities all over North america has put them in the top ranks of Electronic Music promoters in the US.