Even without Above & Beyond, the Anjunabeats tour has a stacked lineup of label favorites like Ilan Bluestone and Andrew Bayer. But at the Brooklyn leg of the tour, it was special guest Seven Lions who stole the show. Even though he’s not on the label and has a more dub-heavy sound, Seven Lions knows how to resonate with the trance-loving crowd. I don’t think there was more energy in the room than during that hour he played at 2 a.m.
I got to the Brooklyn Hangar just in time to catch Ilan Bluestone’s set, who went on right before Seven Lions. The last time I had been here was for Skrillex, which was obviously a very different vibe. This time around, the warm up was pretty mellow. The place was still filling up with lots of space to move around. Usually having your own space is amazing, but it was freezing outside and there were no doors to insulate the warehouse, just plastic butcher shop curtains. So the more bodies, the better. You could tell only the die hard Anjunabeats fans had been here since the show started. There were Above & Beyond shirts and hats bopping around. Ilan teased some Above & Beyond classics like “Sun and Moon” and “Blue Sky Action.” Obviously the crowd was loving it, but they had no idea what they were in for next.
Seven Lions came in like a whirlwind of energy the minute he hit the stage, whipping around his long locks like Bassnectar. The crowd erupted after his first “drop” and everyone was swarming to the front. He mixed in some old favorites like “Worlds Apart” and “Don’t Leave” with some new originals like “Falling Away.” Besides my friends, who basically only came for Seven Lions, I don’t think the crowd knew what they were in for. It’s funny because this was Anjunabeats tour, so most people here are not coming for the special guest. Seven Lions blends the trance and techno scene so seamlessly with the world of dubstep. It’s like a perfect pick me up and not too far off for the crowd to enjoy. Often times throwing in bass with trance just doesn’t work. Too many DJs try to cover all their bases and fail miserably. Seven Lions has formed a super unique sound by figuring out how to do it successfully.
First off, he has many female vocals, similar to trance songs. He knows how to make real melodies. Secondly, and probably most importantly, he knows how to let the music ride. He doesn’t have ADD when it comes to switching songs, which is really what most dubstep sets sound like. You typically hear a song for 30 seconds at most and it switches to the next, no smooth transitions just drop after drop. When Seven Lions does a drop, he does it with intent, and not because he’s itching to or he feels like the crowd is itching for it. He can really appreciate this crowd full of trance-lovers who aren’t about it.
After Seven Lions finished playing the vibe completely changed in the room and it was back to the mellow warm up feel, which is fine because most people here were coming for that. But for that magical hour the Brooklyn Hangar was BUMPIN’ and the crowd was going insane. Who would’ve thought there would be head banging at the Anjunabeats show?
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