The first day of our year was spent well at IGNITE New Year’s Day. The event was held at a ‘Secret Brooklyn Warehouse’ (literally at a dead end of a questionable street), a rave scene reminiscent of the ‘90s. The night kicked off with opening acts such as Solaris, Nekro and Mike Chach. Then GTA and Bad Royale brought the heat before Steve Aoki. GTA teased us with their famous hit “Intoxicated” with Martin Solveig and even played in some old hip hop and R&B faves. Bad Royale was a one man show that night, but their signature mixture of rap and electronic dance still shone through, and their well received remix of DJ Snake & Yellow Claw’s “Ocho Cinco” was the highlight of the set.
Finally, Steve Aoki was up and not only did he deliver a pumping set per usual, his set was one of the most crowd interactive acts I’ve been to. This included bringing up at least five fans on stage to dance, popping champagne and throwing $2 bills into the crowd like in a music video, angrily singing along to his song with iLoveMakonnen and Rich The Kid, “How else am I gonna get it!?”, happily singing along to his fresh new song “Just Hold On” with One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, and of course getting caked! This made his set fun and exciting while enjoying his music. And personally, I think everyone’s favorite song dropped for the night had to be Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”
The only bad experience of my night had to have been getting in and having to pay a costly $15 for a tiny locker that barely fit mine and a friend’s’ winter jackets. Though that is the price you pay for events in the winter, so I guess I can’t complain so much. Despite this, the music at IGNITE was great and so was the atmosphere, which is the most important part.
Wishing you all a great 2017, may you have an adventurous one.