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if live to tell the tale...if i survive...!!!

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by djcheezwhiz, Mar 29, 2002.

  1. djcheezwhiz

    djcheezwhiz TRIBE Member

    more later (or actually since i've started...)...total respect to malia :) heather :) chris, jay & the rest of the 7am crew...mad breaks, chunky prog for a bit near the end...luke fair ripped the place up for the first 3 hours...i was actually glad herman didn't make it up, since luke had the opportunity to warm the crowd up into fine form...sandra collins...meh...nice to look at...huge props to the crowd in the place...see you all when i wake up for some howells action...


    ps everything...everything...everythinnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggg.......

    pps & total respect for hybrid applauding the crowd, chatting to us, & telling how much they love toronto...
  2. *tranner*

    *tranner* TRIBE Member

    I really wish Hybrid played If I Survive or at least some more BREAKS! Ok first things first:

    Luke Fair got things warmed up nicely, there's this wicked track he played, it goes "I want you for myself, don't want nobody else", can anybody help me out with that one? Anyways on to Sandra.

    She was ON. Sure, there were a few skips at the beginning, but that wasn't her fault, her left turntable was fucked. Her mixing was decent, but her track selection took the cake. She fed off the energy of the crowd and threw down tracks that would keep us energized. Maybe I'm writing such a glowing review of her set because her last visit at Tonic was crap, but I was happiest with her set because it was way above my expectations.

    Sandra got things ready for Hybrid by playing a sweet breaks track, but after she was done all I heard was progressive, and more progressive, and more progressive. I'm sure a lot of people were confused about who was playing, I thought Hernan just came in late so he was playing, but it was just one of the members of Hybrid (whom I shall call Hybrid from now on since I don't know his name). I'm not really sure if the progressive he played for the first hour was any good, all that was in my mind was "When the hell is he gonna bust out the breaks???" When he finally did, I just went wild with the rest of the crowd. What a fucking remix of Doom's Night, I'm pretty sure it's the Stanton Warriors Mix. If I wasn't already drenched in sweat, I was soaked after that track (ewww). Hybrid played a few more decent breaks tracks, but then reverted back to progressive, and by that time I think a lot of people lost faith and left. I stayed til the very end and was nicely rewarded by getting to hear Papua New Guinea, but overall I was disappointed with Hybrid's set. The only reason I went to this event was to hear something different from the prog that I always venture out to hear, namely lots of sweet ass breaks a la Hybrid, but that's not what I got.

    As always, I recognized tons and tons of tribers, and as always, I was too afarid my sweatiness would scare people away to say hi. Maybe I'll introduce myself at Sasha and Digweed, who knows?
  3. Karim

    Karim TRIBE Member

    Hey there. I had a great time. A very great time.

    I love these benson and hedges events. And the B&H girls :eek:

    Kool Haus is great. Very very nice.

    Anyways, to talk about the sets. Luke Fair overall impressed me very much. A kick ass opening set, that filled the floor nicely. A nice filled floor was there to greet Sandra when she came on. I only recognized 1 or 2 tracks of Lukes set. 1 being "Ortz - We Don't Talk (brother brown remix)". I was however dissapointed about one thing with Luke, that he didn't play his remix of Max Graham - Tell You. 9.5 out of 10 (as far as opening sets go)

    Sandra came on, and after a "tripped out" intro track, she started banging. The first half of the set was VERY epic. Every track had an elongated breakdown. I like breakdowns, but I don't like them all the time. The screw ups, yes, I did notice them, there must have been like 5 in the first half of the set alone. I think they eventually retired that table. Generally, I would give the set a 7 out of 10, if it wasn't for her redeeming herself after with some really good tracks, it would have gotten a 5. When she played Faith Delivers, I was stoked, but she didn't even mix it in. Oh well.

    Hybrid came on and yes, it was very progressive like. I knew it was Hybrid only because of the pastey-white guy with brownish-red hair and freckles that was the dj, because nobody from Argentina could look like that, so I knew it wasn't Hernan. Many people asked me when Hybrid was "fucking going to be on" because Hybrid wasn't playing their signature sound. Well eventually kicked in, and they played some great tracks.

    Yes, the Dooms Night remix was awesome. It actually made Dooms Night....sound good!

    I'm pretty confident that they played their new track: hybrid - visible noise

    I decided to stay till 6:30, and was so thrilled when I heard Papua New Guinea go on. Sure "If I Survive" would have been nice, but I was anticipating Papua New Guinea the entire night, and despite being drained, I still started dancing at full force.

    Right after the song, I shot out the door or else I would have lost my ride. When did the show actually finish? And I take it Hernan never came on?

    I met some people there, JayIsBored, DjCheezewhiz, and Vinder. I saw a bunch of others but didn't really say hi....

    My biggest beef with the night is the goddamned fog machine. My lungs hurt! Someone was trigger happy releasing too much fog, wasn't pleasant. At some points, you couldn't see 5 feet in front of you if you were up on the left of the booth.

    I still had a wicked time, had a friend fly down from Vancouver to catch the festivities going on this week, and I'm sure he had an awesome time overall. (He's the pointing guy)

    :D <----- Yay!
  4. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    i didn't know this was a b & h event.
    glad to hear you guys had a good time.
    it's a shame so many wicked parties were happening on one night.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Heaven Scent!
  6. Special K

    Special K TRIBE Member

    oh go i lost it when Sandra dropped that...CHOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!!

  7. coleridge

    coleridge TRIBE Member

    Yeah it's Luke's remix of Kings of Tomorrow - I want you all to myself. It's coming out on Yoshitoshi I believe. It's getting crazy support ... Sasha's been playing it.
  8. coleridge

    coleridge TRIBE Member

    Probably because it wouldn't be the correct way to promote the record. ;)
  9. CP89

    CP89 TRIBE Member

    ^^^^^^please elaborate :confused:
  10. MoFo

    MoFo TRIBE Member

    I was so happy to get a free ticket in so after Goldie and some Chinese food on Queen, we headed to the Kool Haus @ 4 am to catch Hybrid. I don't think I've ever done that before. Usually at 4, I'm ready to leave for some beef noodles at New Ho or something. Anyway...

    All I have to say is what a load of crap.

    But I'll start with the good:
    The decorations were nice. Not too sure about the Star Trek space pod that mirrored Lenny Kravitz' romper room but it was interesting. The whole place was decked out pretty nicely in the Benson theme. It was corporate branding at its best! We were essentially dancing in a B&H cigarette box! Wowee!

    The people were not my type of crowd (except for the dancefloor people at the front who were dancing it up!). But it was fun to watch so many weirdos. I wonder if some of those guys who bleach their hair have bleached into their brains? Some of them are SPACY!

    The coatcheck line was empty... uh...

    Oh, screw this, I'm gonna bitch since I KNOW everyone's gonna post so much good stuff on here about Heaven Sent or Sandra whatever her name is. :D

    I'll start by saying that Hybrid was BORING. So bland. So thump thump thump. No funk. No soul. Just your average typical whatever you wanna call it. I mean, I danced my ass off at times but that's my reaction to all forms of electronic music.
    BUT! They seemed like really nice guys who wanted to please the crowd. And the switchups at least kept me partly interested because I was expecting to hear 1, 2, 3, 4 all night. So respect to them but their stuff is just not my cup of tea.

    And if I wanna hear breaks, I'll go catch the Freestylers or D-Monic or Big League Chu. I'm an old-skool kid definitely. I want FUNKY. I want samples. I want old black men singing over a great breakbeat hook. Although some of Hybrid's breaks selections were great. I tend to like breaks in a smaller venue with a less trebly sound. Nu-skool breaks sound too contrived and techno-ish.

    Dora, I haven't seen you in a while so call me or I'll call you.
    JayIsBored, you know you love it. Apologies for the snugglefest. I was on... uh... E. Yeah, I was on two E's, man... ahem.
    Hal-9000, thank you for thinking of me. I owe you.
    Janiecakes, I wish we could've brought the jungle from the LR to the Kool Haus. What silliness was that, everyone gettin' all excited for that kind of music? :D

    Oh, and the highlight of my night was meeting PEST. Vinder introduced me to him. I pinched his bum, smooched his girlfriend and he ran after me with one of those dangly B&H metal honeycomb wall decorations, threatening to break my skull! It was great! Pest, you're such a loser. But your girlfriend's really hot.
  11. Metal Morphosis

    Metal Morphosis TRIBE Member

    haahahaahaha... matt.

    maybe we should ask Alex to delete this thread... you know how rumours start

  12. Kabo

    Kabo TRIBE Member

    Okay now I'm confused. There were two DJs who played after Sandra Collins. The first, who I assumed was Hernan, played from 3:30 to 5:30 and just stunk. His mixes were flat, his track selection poor, and when he actually got some energy going he'd kill it by letting the track play too long, or mixing into a much more quiet track (EQ! EQ!).

    Then at 5:30 another DJ came on, who was definitely from Hybrid because he pounded some incredible nu-skool breaks, thumping progressive, and played a number of Hybrid remixes and tracks, which the first guy didn't do. Unfortunately, it was 5:30 and by 6 am most of the crowd had left and the club was looking pretty barren. All I could think was who the hell puts their headliner on at 5:30?!?

    Sandra Collins was storming. She played some great tracks including the John Creamer remix of Troy and the POB mix of Heaven Scent. Her set was growling and pounding but with that uplifting emotional quality of trance.

    All in all a show worth the price of admitance, though that middle part was pretty sucky.

    And if you get a chance, see Hybrid do a live PA. They were a surprise guest at Glastonbury in 2000 and were just incredible.

  13. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    Hernan wasn't there, me thinks that was the two guys from Hybrid, switching it up.

    Yummi! Take me with you someday, please!
    I'd love noodles after a night of dancing. :)

  14. rentboy

    rentboy TRIBE Member

    Gasp! i can't believe i'm reading negative reviews...like wtf are you expecting???

    they're not solely a breakbeat outfit...they produce proggy stuff too ya know...

    overall, i think it's gonna be my set of the year...the prog was slamming (i love the way some people automatically slam prog as dull...really? was that dull? i guess slamming would be 200bpm then?)...

    Ya see, if Hybrid dropped a 3 hour set of nothing but breakbeat then it would get kinda dull...by switching it up and making you anticipate the break tunes only aids the crashing impact that these tunes have when dropped.

    Big tune highlights...the fucking phenomenal Ils-Next Level!!! safe track!!!
    That Azzido Da Bass remix had me yelling whenever the drop kicked in....the final 3 tunes alone made the night worthwhile (Papua New Guinea, Radiohead Remix of Everything, and some scorching break track)....

    overall, these boys know how to program a set properly, they are tight as fuck mixers, and honestly i never spotted one shit tune last night.

    Toronto crowds are fucking weird people.


    btw, Malia and Heather OWNED last night!!! they tore that floor up to the fianl beat!!!

    big ups to all the people i chilled with...respects to Cheezewhizz for making the 7AM finish!!
  15. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    My quasi-review...

    I was so tired last night, but I did it!
    I stayed till 5 in the morning, I danced and I'm still standing.

    Last night was fun! I loved the decor, B&H pull it off everytime. The first hour usually consists of me looking around at what they've done and giving them props for actually putting some effort into it.

    Luke was great, as always. Even better than usual last night though. Good that he had some extra time to display the skillz. Sandra Collins....what a hottie. And she looks like she's having so much fun! And she smokes! Coooooooooooool.... I liked her set. It was nice and hard. A little funky. Definitely Ass Shakin'. Hybrid was pretty good too. It was hard to make the transition from Prog to Breaks last night. You know when you start dancing a certain way, getting into a certain groove....

    La la la Tribers! Biggups to the "Dancing in Front Krew"! Tribers love their music, they love their dancing. And I love them for it! I was incredibly tired last night, but I found the energy somewhere, and when I did, I was dancing hard. Sooooo good!

  16. Che

    Che TRIBE Member

    yeah, stop talking about it people.

    What a fantastic party. Everything about it was amazing.
  17. djcheezwhiz

    djcheezwhiz TRIBE Member

    ok maybe i had different music going on in my head....

    but, wasn't the track before radiohead, "if i survive"??? ...a very ecclectic mix of partiers last night, but it is always so amazing to share nights (be they good or bad) with so many people into the music...tribe, GU, familiar faces being part of a collective experience, make this whole partying thing a lot of fun & after the music that's what it is truly all about...

    nesta, you are so right!!!...way to many amazing parties going on last night & they were all rammmed...i would have loved to check out element, or goldie, dimitri...the guvernment was packed for calderone/creamer...what a crazy party night, we truly are a world class city here in toronto...tom, sunny good to see you guys could do the multiple party thing...

    hands up if you're going to howells :D

  18. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    I can't think of a single track, remix or production wise, where Hybrid has incorporated "funk". They're progressive breaks. They do trancy elements and non 4/4 beats, and do it pretty well. But funk isn't their thing.

    Sunny, a question for you. Why is it you go to these types of events when it is very obvious you are not a fan of the music played? It's one thing to be a fan, go to an event, and give criticism based upon that background, it's another thing to go to an event not having an affinity for the music being played and slagging it left right and center. I've seen several reviews from you of non-dnb events where you've done this, and it doesn't appear from the things you say you're an avid listener of the genres of artists you criticize. I'm just trying to understand what the attraction is, and if it's not the music, then what the point is of offering a review afterwards. I just don't think it's fair to the artists or the fans of the music being criticized if the person offering that criticism doesn't really like the music anyways. It would make as much sense as me popping on a new country message board and offering up my two cents on Garth Brooks.
  19. HappyJR

    HappyJR TRIBE Member

    Got there for the beggining of Sandra Collins.

    Not really my cup of tea I guess, but I was pretty damn bored.

    I sat around in the back till 4:00 when the guy (or guys???) from Hybrid came on.

    And, I have to say it was worth the wait.

    The first couple of tracks were just to blend out of Sandra Collins' set... But after that ,it was great. And the breaks were a great touch. And swiching styles repeatedly kept things intersting and actually kept me there till the end of the night.

    I only wish that he had played some more Hybrid tracks.

    All in all, a much harder set then the last time I saw them, but I guess it was a different croud and a bigger venue so...
  20. OLM from HOM

    OLM from HOM TRIBE Member

    Good parties throughout the whole building

    Got there late so I missed Luke, listened to Sandra for a bit and she was pretty good, then went through the Orange Room where there was some funky tracks being played ... then over to the Guv, where it was a 90% gay male/topless crowd. The music was great in there except for the odd circuit track. Dark, dirty beats with some tribal and some vocals. Nobody gives Victor Calderone enough credit, but as a DJ, he's excellent. Some good progressive. I remember seeing Vasquez last year at the same venue, and I just wanted to shoot myself from all of the Circuit being played. Didn't catch John Creamer, but I heard his set was shortened since he wasn't playing to the crowd by playing the ultra-dark/hard beats.

    Anyhow, the girlfriend and I would venture back and forth, from room to room the whole night, soaking up all the amazing things going on. B&H have to be given credit for making the Kool Haus look beautiful, compared to the shitty tent they put up for the Kleinenberg event. My only complaint was that maybe it was too well lit in there, because all you could see were sketchy people everywhere ... fucked up shit.

    Good seeing Steve, wondering where Nesta was ... but we all know he's too good to hang out with us ... lol ;)

    Anyways, can't wait for tonight, and next week.

  21. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    Re: ok maybe i had different music going on in my head....

    i'm convinced that holy thursday is the best night of the year to go out. every year the streets are hopping with peeps making their way out of their cocoons for some spring time vibes. anybody agree? every party last night was a success!
  22. twist

    twist TRIBE Member

    meh I could give a shit about the first two djs. I just wanted to see hybrid... and all I can say is ASS. I've seen far better performances and if you ask me for a three or four hour set dropping only like 10 15 breaks tunes is fucking weak. I've never seen so many muscle bound meatheads in my life... fuck man half of them had bigger tits than most of the girls there. I liked the look of the place tho cool idea with that little loungy place at the back. but despite all the wackness I have to say I had one of the best nights I've had in a while why you ask? ok i know you don't actually care but I got the triple whammy last night. Fuckfinally met Kalemic, Jay, and Steppa. Honestly I could be at a grade 3 recorder recital and still have a blast with those guys and I cannot wait to see and party with all again. Well fucking pleased I must say. The force is strong with these guys.

    next goldclub, marky and craze... FUCKING BUTTA.
  23. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    Re: Good parties throughout the whole building

    ha ha ha

    i'll c u next week for s & d - bring the hardcore party vibes!

    gaetano parisio at my fave venue (element) could not be missed.
    it was a tough decision to make, but i think i made the right choice. :)
  24. Special K

    Special K TRIBE Member

    yea i was wondering what that song was called, ive heard him play it b4 as well...and what was that CRAZY track with the vocals that went "u know whats up"
    ooooooo man that was a SICK track...

  25. coleridge

    coleridge TRIBE Member


    Chirs Lum - Bigger Tool on Tango I think (or is it Siesta) I can't remember. Sick sick track.

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