Published on April 10th, 2012 | by EDMinsider0
Celebrities Nightclub Vancouver with AN21 (Full Review)
Go ahead. Dismiss AN21. I dare you. The younger brother of house music royalty Steve Angello, AN21′s surge of popularity isn’t the result of simple nepotism. His chops are well-honed. Instead of coming out hard to demolish any potential comparisons with his brother, AN21 exudes a quiet confidence, he feels out the crowd — seamlessly transitioning from the high bar already set by his openers. He delivers masterful control of mood and atmosphere. As he dances in the booth he showcases not only his technical prowess but also his party attitude. Gauging the crowd as he plans out his set, his timing impeccable; he grabs the audience by the balls and throws our own raw energy back in our faces — amplified ten times over.
It’s a give-and-take between crowd and DJ. It’s how a house concert should be. His understated remix of Cinema is representative of the whole night — pitch perfect, masterful choice of breaks, and a HUGE tease with the drop. The heaviest moment of the night comes when he drops some dirty dubstep for ten seconds then blends it into rough house that makes you involuntarily dance. First your hips swing and then your arms fly high and before long Celebrities is a heaving mass of dance floor madness.
Not shy about waxing nostalgic, he plays remixes of Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Otherside, as well as playing Daft Punk remixed with Skylar Grey’s Coming Home. He electrifies the crowd with his original remix of Pendulum’s The Island. Dancers surround his booth on either side, feathers falling off their skirts: people pick up the feathers and throw them up in the air with gleeful abandon. An absurd Easter Bunny makes the rounds and takes pictures with the happy party go’ers.
Nothing makes sense but it doesn’t matter because everything is tied together with the lighthearted spectacle of AN21′s tantalizing electric beats. The high quality light show is complemented with dancers on stools. The visuals are outstanding. The Easter Bunny gets more action than anyone else, dancing with pools of beautiful women — his smile never fades from his big furry face. Bass rattles chests in a way that rivals The Commodore.
At the 2:00am mark, I notice a Teddy Bear joining his Easter Bunny friend. Although this bear had nothing to do with Easter, he was accepted with open arms by the throngs of people still rocking hard on the dance floor. Stand still for ten seconds on the dance floor and you’ll feel the entire building heave with the collective weight of the entire crowd: it’s 2:15am and nobody is tired. The night seems to go on forever, and everyone is goddamn thankful for that.
By this point AN21 is joined by the Easter Bunny, Teddy Bear, and feathered dancers, aka, his DJ booth is bumpin’. Just another night at Celebrities, you might think — but AN21 made this a night to remember. For a free party, Celebrities and Blueprint put on an amazing show. AN21 proved that he doesn’t need to crawl out from underneath the monolithic shadow of his older brother: the spotlight shines on AN21 because he bloody-well deserves it.
Article by: Grant Peterson