Earlier this month French house producer, Tchami, kicked off his 32 date US tour. From Florida to Washington the future house pioneer is hitting all major cities, big and small. No DJ can pass up a stop in New York City, so this is where Tchami made his way mid-tour and it wasn't under the radar. Not only did Tchami grace us with a sold out show at the Playstation Theater in Times Square, he also swung by the legendary Webster Hall to play a late-night set to make sure to stay true to “the city that doesn't sleep.”
Mercer joined Tchami for his NYC show, and kicked off the night at Playstation Theater, setting the mood with plenty of bass hits to get the place really heated. People packed the
floor section, and before Tchami even took the stage the venue was filled back to the seats.
Next up, Tchami took the stage behind his cathedral themed set-up that was a hit last year. The crowd erupts and doesn't stop going crazy until 2am. As the lights flickered colors turning the venue into a church, and the DJ it's priest, hits started coming out from Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y's “Body Language” to TJR & Nom De Strip's remix of “Propaganda.” Of course we heard Tchami's new track “Adieu” and bangers like his remix of “You Know You Like It” to bring the house down. Throughout the night, Tchami kept the attention of the crowd with all kinds of house music.
I'll be honest, this place was literally hot from the energy of all the moving bodies. Not to mention, the production. Ah, the production. I caught a glimpse of the lighting tech mid-venue, and wasn't able to look away. This guy had a DJ style set-up for Tchami's full production, from a midi keyboard hooked up to the stage lights to a launch pad and sliders. I tried to talk to him, but he was so busy jamming out all I got was a few words and the video below (spoiler: it doesn't do it justice).
A treat for the NYC crowd was the live choir Tchami brought out as a choral track dropped, featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers, and the priest-like DJ prayed.
Almost danced out, we grabbed some Redbull on our trip over to Webster Hall for round two. With Delta Heavy playing the basement and Sacha Robotti and Sirus Hood on the main floor, it was a stacked night at Webster. Tchami took the decks over in the wee hours of the night, and the crowd was just as energetic as the hours before. I ended my night around 4am, but the crowd was still going.
Come back soon, Tchami.