Highline Ballroom has seen quite a few late nights recently, as the guys from Verboten have been bringing some banging underground house parties to the recently revamped venue. The fans are listening, and not only coming out in full force, but staying until the lights come on. This week, Dutch producer and Rejected Label head honcho Joris Voorn returned to New York to the type of forward thinking tech house sets he’s become known for lately.
One thing that sticks out about these Verboten shows, is that they do a great job picking out support acts for the entire night. Most of the time, they barely feel like support acts – and I think that’s the intention. It’s usually a rare appearance, an up and comer, or someone who’se just plain talented. This week, Los Angeles producer Trent Cantrelle, and Italy’s Davide Squillace set the mood with deep vibes that permeated the room, slowly bringing the energy up for the appearance of the night’s headliner.
Voorn took the stage at around three o clock and instantly showed the crowd what everyone was buzzing around down in Miami this year – Voorn’s back to back set with Nic Fanciulli was one of the most talked about of the week. Voorn’s developed his own style of house, mixing elements of tech and deep house with unique drum beats, creating somewhat of a signature style. This was fully on display at Highline, taking the crowd on a journey through peaks and valleys without ever missing a beat.
Next week, UK producer Maya Jane Coles will be hitting up Highline fresh off a highly talked about performance at Coachella.