Steve Aoki’s functional residency at Pacha offered yesterday one of the best line-ups to imagine to bounce fans. Koala Will Sparks and Panda Deorro helped Aoki to deliver madness from 1 to 6 am.
The tiny but iconic dancefloor was full since 1:15 and the energy never stopped. Aoki’s masks and a decent light-show supplemented a friendly atmosphere and a nice display.
Will Spark’s warm-up may be seen as a wrong one because he burned the dancefloor too quick with too many bangers of the same style. But if you’re a Melbourne Bounce fan, that set was just delicious, exposing the best of the scene and some curious IDs. Crowd’s response was nice anyway, jumping and showing energy to Spark’s bombs and mic hype.
Deorro’s set worked well, but it’s a little bit sad how his live shows have become repetitive. And given his production absence, he’s expected to show and test lots of new material at his sets, which didn’t happen. Crowd was impressive at Five Hours, but only then.
He didn’t stop throwing tough material, but we have seen do better.
And like Steve Aoki or not, you have to admit his shows are quite dynamic and energic, and have to give him credit as a crowd worker. He knew when to drop hottest current bangers (Jungle Bae and Bumble Bee for sure), reached madness with weapons like Grindhouse and Freak, and created an emotional moment involving crowd phone’s lights at the Wonderwall w/Audien’s Pompeii remix mashup.
The night didn’t disappoint, we can consider Aoki’s Playhouse a hot Ibiza residency, as the rest of the summer looks promising, with interesting names like Don Diablo, GTA, Carnage, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Galantis and Sander van Doorn yet to come.