Dutch DJ pioneer Ferry Corsten is releasing his fifth album Blueprint via Flashover Recordings on May 26, and on the way to its arrival, he spins at Soundcheck on Thursday, May 18!
It was warm winter Wednesday with a West Coast native bringing the heat! The line was long but in good spirits as the bass start welcomed the crowds inside for a DJ performance by G Jones.
The young talent from California — Greg Jones, better known as G Jones — had a bad start. He faced a few difficulties initially during transition and the audience was briefly left in silence. G Jones got his set started shortly afterward and proceeded to bring the house down!
Pete Tong has seen it all — as radio host, producer, and DJ. The man was there at the start of acid house, and he famously signed Run DMC and Salt-n-Pepa to landmark record deals with London Records.
The Englishman recently began a new chapter of his life, relocating to Los Angeles. He helped Clear Channel Entertainment to launch Evolution dance while still maintaining his popular BBC Radio 1 programs. In addition to being a radio host and a producer, Pete also maintains his tremendous presence as a DJ, taking up no less than three residencies in the United States. He maintains an All Gone residency at Sound Nightclub in his new home of Los Angeles, while he also visits Miami regularly to DJ at Story and SLS Las Vegas at new club LiFE.
In addition to that, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has gone worldwide with festivals like the Winter Music Conference, Creamfields, TommorrowWorld, and SW4.
Well, you don’t have to travel the world to see Pete Tong, because Pete is coming to DC to spin at Soundcheck on Thursday, Sept. 22. What a brilliant opportunity to see a living legend in an intimate space right in our own city!
But in this case, hearing is believing. Become a believer, and listen to what Pete has been doing on Soundcloud:
“The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into uncharted territory. I feel now it’s essential to be in the middle of all that,” Pete said in a recent press release.
Sail into uncharted territory with Pete this Thursday! Tickets are available online.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Ralph Kyau and Steven Moebius Albert are known to the EDM world as Kyau & Albert. The two Germans have produced such massive club hits like “A Night Like This,” “Another Time,” “Velvet Morning,” “Kiksu,” “Megashira,” “Are You Fine?,” and so much more.
In 1997, Kyau & Albert founded their record label Euphonic, which is one of the top brands today. Their successful debut artist album, Here We Are Now, was released on three continents.
To celebrate 20 years of making music together, Kyau & Albert have launched a tour that includes a stop at Soundcheck (1420 K St. NW, DC) tonight, Thursday, July 28! It’s sure to be a night of fantastic dancing.
Listen to the July edition of Euphonic Sessions with Kyau & Albert on Soundcloud:
Of course, Kyau & Albert have remixed some of the biggest names in clubland like Faithless ft. Dido, Armin van Buuren, Kosheen, and many others! Expect to hear some of their greatest work tonight at Soundcheck.
Tickets are available online and at the door.
Kyau & Albert
Thursday, July 28
The premise of Soundcheck (1420 K St. NW, DC), a stylish new nightspot, is to bring the feel of the recording studio to the club scene. As a person who has spent a fair amount of time around recording studios, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to experience that feel firsthand at their recent grand opening party on Thursday.
From the street level entrance, one descends a staircase to the below ground facility. Few things isolate sound transmission like good old Mother Earth, so this is in keeping with the theme. The walls along the stairway and corridors are lined with Aurelex-type acoustic foam and cork, reminiscent of studio interiors (Dr. Wallace Clement Sabine, creator of the absorption coefficient for sound, would be proud).
Upon entering the main room, one is greeted by a sound system that is neither harsh or overbearing. Line array-type speakers buttress the DJ booth, complemented by a satisfying aggressive low end. Speakers are also part of the decor, inset into the glowing lucite cubes that serve as drink tables.
The interior of the Soundcheck nightclub (Photo by Joy Asico)
Thankfully the lighting system is not modeled after that of a typical recording studio, as the latter seldom have use for mirror balls. Here, we are treated to a high tech assortment of moving heads and L.E.D. PAR lights. In addition to the huge video display behind the DJ booth, there are numerous other screens lining the walls from the dance floor to the VIP room. Compliments to the people who set up the opening night promotional reel, nicely done!
On the night we attended, the music started out low to allow for conversation and mingling. It was nice to hear a P.A. system that maintains clarity and power even at low levels, such that it doesn’t drown out discussion. Clearly, the DJ was eager to break loose and drive the system a little harder, which he did as the evening progressed. At the higher levels, the system still maintained thick lows and clear high end. I predict it will keep the dancers in motion on many nights to come!
The disco balls are a welcome touch. (Photo by Joy Asico)
Parklife DC contributor Neal Keller is a professional sound engineer at Omega Studios as well as DJ of the long-running 80’s Dance Party at Tropicalia! For more on Neal, visit http://www.80sdanceparty.com.