Published on November 12th, 2012 | by Daniel Shaw0
New York Goes HARD With Wolfgang Gartner at Terminal 5 11/9/12
The excitement was pretty tangible upon entering Terminal 5 on Friday night for another installment of HARD NYC and for good reasons. Terminal 5 is one of the best venues in New York, it rarely hosts electronic artists, and it snagged the legendary Wolfgang Gartner for the night. Proxy’s groovy techno beats pumped the crowd’s energy preceding Gartner’s arrival and he was definitely a pleasant surprise for the night.
Wolfgang took over the decks at midnight. He towered above us atop the giant stage and brought the energy hard and fast. Although no one in the audience was particularly surprised to hear signature tracks from Gartner’s discography, some of the IDs (to me at least) he dropped caught the audience by surprise and rattled Terminal 5′s excellent sound system. I was beyond satisfied to have the opportunity to hear new material from Wolfgang. “Love & War” is a track you cannot fully appreciate until heard live. Gartner’s energy was apparent to the audience through his playful taunts and smiles, which spread quickly through the venue. The crowds’ singing challenged the volume of the sound system during “Redline” and “We Own the Night,” two of the distinct anthems of the night. All three floors erupted during the Gartner classic, “Illmerica” which highlighted my night at HARD NYC. Friday night showcased Gartner’s ability to craft his own distinct sound. Although each and every track in his set held a distinct sound, Wolfgang welded them together creating two hours of pure, electro-house glory that only he could create. When it comes to electro-house, very few other DJs can do this as well as he can.
Friday night showcased Gartner’s ability to craft his own distinct sound. Although each and every track in his set held a distinct sound, Wolfgang welded them together creating two hours of pure, electro-house glory that only he could create.
Visually, the production at HARD NYC was quite stunning. I was looking forward to Gartner’s infamous ‘Death Star’ (his stage production) but instead we were greeted by a similar stage set up, in a slightly smaller magnitude. Although I initially was not a fan of this set up, as the night progressed, Terminal 5 changed my mind through some other nice additions. An enormous disco ball hung above the main dance floor, shattering the light and creating an swirls of sparkling light that made Terminal 5 feel like the depths of outer space. The lights in the upper rafters greeted all three floors of Terminal 5 with powerful lighting as well.
All-in-all, Gartner helped create a memorable night for everyone at the show. Reactions from the audience as the venue emptied ranged from “he killed it” to “I can’t even think!” (the latter a bit more humorous), HARD NYC certainly brought it hard and I look forward to what they have in store for New York in the future.