Last Saturday Rapture debuted their first ever Frequency event at Nest, and what an impression they made. They had a huge entry into the scene by introducing two huge names in Trance to Toronto. I have so much to say about this event, so here goes!
I arrived at Nest around 10:15PM, a hot minute after DeeCee opened the event. As usual, there weren’t many people there at this point, but DeeCee didn’t seem to care. I always enjoy watching him spin, as he always seems so immersed in the experience. He was playing some driving progressive stuff, a perfect intro to what the rest of the night had in store. This was quite different from what I’ve heard him play recently, so I was pleasantly surprised with the change-up. I had my fibre optic whip with me, and decided to take advantage of the space on the dance floor while people started trickling in, feeling the flow of the music slowly pick up with the entry of each new person.
I was lucky enough to join in on the Meet and Greet that the Rapture team had organized for the winner of their contest. This meant that I was in the green room with the organizers and the DJs for a portion of DeeCee’s set, although I could still hear his driving beats turn from dark progressive into full-on trance, with tunes such as MaRLo’s Hold It together, Tiesto’s Lethal Industry, and Cosmic Gate’s Exploration of Space pumping through the venue, getting everyone ready for the rest of the night’s madness.
While I was still in the green room, Denton got ready to take the decks for the very first time in Toronto. He seemed excited, which was great to see. I decided it was time to join everyone else on the dance floor, and as he started his set off with his own track Blizzard with David Forbes, it became clear that this night was going to be a complete banger. At this point I was happy to see that the club had filled up considerably, too.
Denton played quite a few of his own tracks, which I always appreciate a DJ doing, such as Revolution, Curtain Call, and my personal favorite, Zombie. There were only a few lulls in the beats with lyrical songs such as Flynn and Denton’s Say My Name and Sean Tyas’ Twilo ringing through the speakers, prompting the crowd to sing along. His one and a half hour set flew by, and as he closed with Sneijder’s Love of My Control, I remember thinking “what, already?!” He certainly set the stage for the next debut, and if you were unfortunate enough to miss it, you can listen to his full set below!
I haven’t seen a crowd that genuinely happy on the dance floor in a very long time (and keep in mind I go out almost every weekend!) – It was absolutely magical. Everyone was having the time of their lives, including me. Each transition and track in Jones’ set was perfect, but a few favourites that made me lose my mind were Jones’ own Keep On, Buckle Up, and of course his personal favourite Good Love, as well as Simon Patterson’s Roll the Credits (Jones himself said SiPatt is one of his influences… and dear god, how can you not love this track? It has everything you could possibly want!). I could have easily had Jones play another two hours – that’s how good his set was. If you missed it, you sure as hell don’t want to miss the next time he’s in town!
Amber Wilkinson – EDM TOR