Published on June 27th, 2012 | by Ilenia Cangelosi0
Review: Manufactured Superstars get WET & WILD at Gansevoort Park NYC – 6/24/12
Sunday parties are in full effect at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop and things are certainly heating up this summer season. The season opened up with Joachim Garraud ‘Invading’ Park Avenue on Sunday June 17th, and this past week ‘Sunday Funday’ continued with the Manufactured Superstars, who definitely brought a little heat over to the Gansevoort Pool.
Shawn Sabo and Brad Roulier, major advocates of this little website you may know as Beatport.com, have come a long way from their web developing days, now traveling seven days a week to serve the masses playing over 100 global gigs a year. Shawn Sabo originally from New York, teamed up with Denver native Brad Roulier back in 2004 to work on Beatport.com but it wasn’t before long that they wanted to put to good use their own knowledge to deliver the music that they felt the EDM community needed. I would say they nailed it, bringing together a mix-mash of pop, electro, house, and dub to formulate a sound so energized and unique, causing a conundrum of good vibrations with every performance, at every venue, amongst every crowd, across the globe. Shawn & Brad don’t conform to the industry norm, certainly not with their spaceman suits but they’ve stated in several interviews that their goal is simply “to make audiences dance and have a good time”, and they do just that. We didn’t get to catch them in their spacesuits this past Sunday June 24th at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, although useful as good floatation devices, would not have subsided too well in the summer heat. The fans just simply wanted to dance, having bombarded the red carpet line of Gansevoort Park from 3:00 p.m. sharp with much strife and difficulty at first, but no worries because the best of the best entered the rooftop area ready to splash in the pool and dance amidst the poolside couches to the electrifying beats of Manufactured Superstars come 5:30 p.m.
Shawn and Brad hit the pioneer decks with full force, which were elevated a foot above pool and ground level so that they had a panoramic view of the crowd while still keeping a personal, intimate setting. The guys of Manufactured Superstars needed to drive a boost of energy over the pool area as the opening artist subtly played light, pop-house tunes at a lowered volume to set the mood as everyone settled by their poolside bungalows. When Shawn and Brad came on deck the sound system suddenly percussed with powerhouse tracks like Filo & Peri’s “What You Came Here For”, one of everyone’s favorites at the moment – Wiz Khalifa feat. Snoop Dogg “Young, Wild, and Free” which was re-edited with an electro-pop touch, followed by the classic “Let the Sunshine In”. The Crowd on the roof of Gansevoort Park was getting fiery as beautiful men and women were splashing and dancing in the pool alongside the Gansevoort Pool Dancers that captivated us with their neon bikini’s and hoola-hoops, heightening the energy across the indoor/outdoor pool area into the early evening hours. The Manufactured Superstars knew how to keep the poolside crowd on their toes when they transitioned “Where’s Your Head At?” into their original track “Drunk Text”, both so fitting for a Sunday at the Gansevoort Park Pool. Some poolside remembrance of Whitney Houston was in place when Shawn & Brad effortlessly transitioned into their set an upbeat edit of “It’s Not Right, but it’s Ok”.
What really hit home for me was when The Manufactured Superstars played the distinguished opening vocals of Oasis “Wonderwall” extended over two minutes, only to go into an electrifying edit of The Wanted – “I’m Glad You Came”. The energy at the Gansevoort Park Pool this past Sunday was unforgettable, even once the sun perched over the pool area, the boys of Manufactured Superstars new just how to keep the momentum going, ‘Letting the sunshine in’ throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Finally towards the end of their set, the Manufactured Superstars helped “Raise Your Weapon” with their take on the hit Deadmau5 track before they stepped down from the Pioneer CDJ thrown around 7:30 p.m. It was a Sunday of fun in the sun at the Gansevoort Park Avenue all thanks to Shawn Sabo and Brad Roulier of Manufactured Superstars, always looking to please our ears and feet – and always delivering.
Luckily the fun didn’t stop there for EDM Insider and the guys of Manufactured Superstars. EDM Insider caught up with EDM duo after their set for an exclusive interview. Stay tuned for the full video interview on EDMinsider.com soon!
Article by: Ilenia Cangelosi
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Ilenia Cangelosi Ilenia Cangelosi is a native New Yorker with a passionate "MBA" in Electronic Dance Music. A long time connoisseur of dance music having been exposed to New York City nightlife at a young age, Ilenia loves everything EDM from Trance, Minimal, Techno, House, Drum&Bass and all things world festivals. Follow Ilenia (@miSziLenia) on Twitter & Instagram to stay up to date on the latest & greatest in all things EDM!