Wow. Like, wow. Kids, you're not going to believe me when I tell you this, but Bad Kids had one of the best nights we've ever had at Pacha on January 3rd.
Yes, we had an awesome night...at Pacha. We told you about it way in advance and I warned you all to get your tickets after witnessing Tyler's epic set at Stage 48 on Thanksgiving Eve.If you chose not to listen to me, that's your fault. Sorry I'm not sorry, but I'm about to rub some greatness in your face. Brace yourselves for the FOMO that is about to set in.
Anyone who has been around the block knows that the best nights to hit the clubs in NYC are when foot traffic is at an all time low. Some examples of this include the summer months when most of New York heads to the country or to the beach on weekends, and during inclement weather when 'normal' people stay in leaving the die-hards and the slightly-unhinged to own the night. Last Friday night proved to be the latter of the two, as it fell on the heels of a massive snowstorm coupled with sub-zero wind chills. Was this about to stop a couple of Bad Kids from getting down with one of our favorite up-and-coming DJs? Nope, not one bit.
All EDM fans agree that Pacha pulls the best talent around when it comes to their lineup; Unfortunately, the size of their New York club combined with the demand to see big name DJs throw down creates issues with overcrowding which makes the experience less than ideal. If you were BAD enough to brave the cold, icy conditions on January 3rd, you would have been greeted with a moderately crowded-yet-comfortable version of the sweat box most have become accustomed to. Navigating the dance floor was a piece of cake, the bar was easily accessible, and the crowd was super friendly.
In the past, I usually spend so much time bobbing and weaving through a sea of dancing fiends just to get a bottle of water, I never really took in how beautiful the space is. If you think I've totally lost my mind, check it out for yourself on a 'less-than-ideal' night. Pacha typically has a 'free before midnight' guest list so you really have nothing to lose...and you'll thank me later.
A couple drinks and a half dozen dance circle formations later, the liquid courage was flowing and the crew began to finagle our way past the velvet ropes to get as close as we could get to our favorite Alaskan import. Naturally, this landed us in the DJ booth just as Tyler hit the decks. The crowd was clearly there for Tyler, as the entire place erupted as soon as his voice came over the sound system. People began to dance harder and the crowd shifted their focus toward the DJ booth. Similar to every other time I've seen Tyler, he delivered a unique, one of a kind performance that kept everyone begging for more. Standing directly behind him and watching him work was simply mesmerizing. Unlike other DJs, Tyler doesn't sit on any particular track for more than maybe 20-45 seconds. He's constantly reading the crowd, changing up the pace, and dropping track after track to keep everyone on their toes and wondering what he is going to come up with next. About an hour in, Tyler picks up the mic again and treats Pacha to a live performance of his single 'Petrichord.' Flawless.
Seriously, there's nothing this cat can't do. Nothing. Do I have a bit of a bro crush? Uh, yeah…definitely. This dude just turned 23, clearly has his head in the game, lives up to his quadruple threat title, and never disappoints. Ever. His transitions and general flow are so seamless, his sets seem more like one continuous stream of musical ingenuity than a patchwork of different tracks sewn together for your enjoyment. I don’t really know how else to describe the experience of seeing him perform. I’ve tried twice already, and still can’t seem to fully capture it in words. If you haven’t done so yet, you really need to see it for yourselves.
I’ll leave you all with a short video clip I was able to take in between uncontrollable urges to dance and completely lose my shit while standing a mere 8 inches from the man while he worked the crowd. See below to watch Tyler drop Tom Swoon & Paris Blohm’s ‘Synchronize.’
Bottom Line: If you haven’t seen him yet, you better get your ass in gear and check Tyler out at one of his upcoming shows. It’ll only be a matter of time before he’s headlining massive sold out venues so I highly suggest you catch him in smaller, more intimate environments while you still can. On January 15th, Philadelphia will be graced with his presence at RUMOR. And, fortunately for me personally, Tyler is scheduled back in NYC to blow the doors of Lavo Nightclub on January 18th.
That’s all I got for now, Kids. Check back later tonight for more awesomeness when we unveil our official rebrand as Bad Kids Collective. You’re not going to want to miss what we have in store for you guys!
Until next time…hands to the sky,