Steve Aoki and Datsik – Paramount Theater in Hunington Village
On a Sunday evening at The Paramount Theatre in Huntington Village, in what will hopefully be the start of many more EDM shows at this great venue, Steve Aoki and Datsik graced this recently opened Long Island spot with their DeadMeat Tour. For those that have not had a chance to check out the Paramount, I would definitely recommend going to a show here. Even if you don’t live on the Island, it’s not a difficult place to get to. It is right down the road from the Huntington train station, so it is easily accessible by mass transit. Plus, if you have a ticket for the show, there is an actual trolley that takes you to and from the venue – and runs until 2am. It’s pretty cool to take the trolley into town a bit early, and get something to eat or drink at any one of the many amazing bars/restaurants that Huntington Village has to offer. I also work at Besito (great restaurant) a couple of nights a week, so getting out of work and walking about thirty steps to see a show is a no-brainer.Autoerotique opened the show with their genre-spanning brand of techno. They have an interesting sound, and I would love to see them again. Definitely enjoyed how they could go from techno and house, to rock and metal without missing a beat, all while keeping their set moving.Datsik came up next, and was really impressive. I was very excited to check him out, as this was my first time seeing him, and he did not disappoint. He crushed his set with some really big songs. His remix of “Niggas In Paris” was sick. Everyone went nuts when he went into “Internet Friends” by Knife Party. This song has been on everyone’s radar in recent history. “Swagga”, the Excision/Datsik track, was hot, and had everyone struttin’ their stuff. Overall, Datsik’s set definitely had my neck aching just a bit the next day. His dirty style of dubstep makes it impossible to not bump to it.
After finding a nice spot on the balcony, with a great vantage point, we got to enjoy Steve Aoki in style. Opening with “Steve Jobs”, the crowd was ready for what is always a wild ride when Aoki takes the stage. “Turbulence”, the track that features Laidback Luke and Lil’ John, made an appearance in the set as well. The Aoki/Afrojack collaboration “No Beef” (ft. Miss Palmer) was right on with keeping the party going. His sets are always great for some crazy stage antics; as always, plenty of champagne was uncorked and sprayed all over the crowd. There were several people that got cranberry juice dumped all over them, which makes for a fun laundry session. One girl even got nailed in the face with a cake. Every time I see Aoki, I love watching the craziness ensue (from a distance, mind you).
It was a great way to spend the last night of the weekend. Even though the Paramount wasn’t that packed, those in attendance definitely looked like they were having a great time. It is a cool venue, that will hopefully get the right type of promotions soon, because it would be a shame to see such a well put together place not reach its maximum potential.