For me, going to the club is always a fun time. I love the lights, the music and most importantly, the vibe of hundreds of clubbers in unison totally feeling the music. Every so often however there are those special nights in the club when everything is so perfect, so intensely amazing that time seems to stand still and for a few hours you are transported to a whole different level of state of mind. Such was the case this past Thursday night at Ruby Skye when Garth Emery stepped up to the deck and proceeded to blow the doors, walls and roof off of the club. With Ruby Skye beautifully decked out in Mardi Gras finest and the floor jammed with revelers, the #13 DJ in the world launched a set to solidify his place as an icon of the future of the trance genre. Throughout the over two-hour set, Emery seamlessly mixed melodic trance tracks with upbeat progressive tracks, adding in innovative mash-ups and house tracks at perfect intervals. He effortlessly weaved all of the classic Gareth Emery tracks, such as “Mansion”, “Into The Light” and “Citadel” with remixes of “Punk” and even “Big Sky”. A night with Gareth Emery would not be complete without his recent #1 hit “Tokyo” mashed up with Fedde Le Grande’s remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” and of course, “Sanctuary” which ended the main part of the set as cannons shot gold, silver and purple foil confetti to rain down on clubbers going totally crazy on the club floor. A special highlight of the set was the first play in San Francisco of his newest hit “Concrete Angel” which was overwhelmingly embraced by the cheering crowd. The track, which I reviewed here recently as a “new masterpiece”, sounded even better on the excellent sound system at Ruby Skye. As the night came to a close, even Emery seemed surprised at the intensity of what had occurred as he told the crowd, “I knew this would be a great night, but not THIS great!” and then with the clubber’s approval, he added in one last spin of “Concrete Angel”. It was the perfect end to the kickoff of Mardi Gras and indelibly sealed the night for all time as a memorable experience, not just for us clubbers, but for the genre itself.
Video of "Sanctuary" and the finale of this incredible night of future trance can be viewed on my YouTube channel .