Since the big move from his Monday night residency at Privilege last year, Tiësto and his Clublife party has been a huge event each week at glam club Pacha; popping into the new and more intimate venue for his infamous party I was excited to see how the trance guru had settled into his new home.
Beginning the night was young talent, Danny Avila who has taken Ibiza by storm this summer with a residency at the plush Blue Marlin and various other gigs around the island. Seeing the Justin Bieber of house music casually brushing back his fringe as he slammed the decks with a trance infused version of his usual progressive electro sound was a little bizarre but undoubtedly added an extra wow factor to the party.
Taking over from Avila was Quintino who is also most renowned for his electro beats but under Tiësto's roof he cut things up and unleashed a mixture of electronic tracks with an infectious trance edge. Europop vocals were a prominent feature in his set, a common feature in the Eurotrance sound and it went down perfectly with the fist pumping adoring crowd. Dropping 'Diamonds in the sky' - TV Rock & Hock N Sling ft. Rudy made the dance-floor erupt with its choppy groove; he also played the ever popular track 'Language' by Porter Robinson. His music featured marching like melodies with drum kit and percussion sounds waving in and out bringing in the trance euphoria to his set maintaining the happy clubbers throughout.
Next up was the main man himself, Tiësto, magically appearing in the booth - trust me I was trying to work out his entrance route but clearly failed as he magically appeared next to Quintino and began his set which was of course a slightly harder trance sound but definitely not the old Tiësto beats some of us are used to hearing. The DJ legend has admittedly gone down a more commercial crowd-pleasing route including tracks like Coldplay's 'Paradise' and Gotye's 'Somebody that I used to know', however he has managed to tailor his sound to his audience and still attracts old (and new) fans. He of course played some of his trancier tracks such as 'We own the night' (ft. Wolfgang Gartner) .
So with a fusion of sounds in my ears and an upbeat, energetic and even sexy party experience under my belt, I was pleasantly surprised by Tiësto's party although it would have been nice for him to have steered away from the more commercial vocals and pump those hard trance tracks out of the speakers; but hey, my feet were tapping and I almost (almost) had a fist pump forming. Thumbs up for the move to Pacha too T-man!
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