When I first heard that Hardwell is coming to New York City, I blocked that date (November 15) on my calendar and promised myself that there was absolutely no fucking way I’d miss his performance. Many, if not most, of my friends who live in NYC aren’t fans of electronic music so if I had to go to the concert alone by myself, I will, by hook or by crook. Luckily, I made several new friends this summer and we went to the concert this Saturday.
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Hardwell. He’s one of my favorite DJs ever. EVER! EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER! The last time I saw him perform was this summer in Ibiza. I saw him twice at Ushuaia and it was worth seeing him. I *live* for his music. I always start my day listening to his recorded sets while in the shower. And then I play his mixes and tracks throughout the day, while I’m running errands, werqing the streets, when I’m on the subway or at the airport. I love feeling that extra kick, that extra rush from playing his tracks.
If I have the opportunity to see my favorite DJs constantly, trust me, I will. I hate having to wait for a major music festival or when they travel here in New York to hear them play. Seeing them perform in huge venue in real life is much, much different than watching them on YouTube or listening to their tracks on my phone. I get chills from hearing music in FULL blast, seeing the light and laser shows, feeling the confetti on my skin and my face after falling from the sky. I love surrendering my body and soul to the music and feeling the same exact feeling as thousands of strangers who are with me at the venue. Good vibes all around. It’s a full-on, feel-good sensory experience that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere.
After the concert, I went backstage at his green room for the post-show celebration.
Hardwell performing at the Madison Square Garden (for the first time) is a HUGE feat, not just for him but also for electronic music. The venue is usually for blockbuster mainstream artists and huge sporting events. To see Hardwell bring a packed house was a major accomplishment. To perform to a full audience dancing and having the time of their lives, at the Madison Square Garden arena, is every artist’s dream. I’m so happy Hardwell fulfilled that.
I loved his three-hour set. It was a fun mix of his classics thrown in with a few new tracks and a handful of different popular electronic anthems. It’s much different than his Ibiza or music festival sets. It felt like a “Best of” performance, after all, his tour is (appropriately) named “I am Hardwell”. He long made his mark in the music scene but this time around, he finally made his mark in a legendary New York City institution. Congratulations!
Remember that time back in the dark ages when iPods were all the rage and good ol’ Uncle Karl Lagerfeld went on a publicity spree showing off his collection of over 100 iPods? One could only imagine having a personal iPod nanny at their disposal. I’m honestly have no clue whether or not iPods are still around (hint: too lazy to google) but the idea of having my own slave updating my iPhone and my laptop with all the latest tracks is kind of amazing, no?
Here are some of my favorite new tracks perfect for the new season. Autumn is upon us bitches! If you see me werq, I mean walk, the streets with my headphones on, the likelihood of me listening to one of these tracks is quite high. Enjoy!
Aviator sunglasses by Saint Laurent
Isabel Marant Watson Camouflage Lurex Top (click HERE)
3.1 Phillip Lim neoprene pleated shorts (click HERE)
Belt by Louis Vuitton
Damier Petit Malle clutch by Louis Vuitton
Sandals by Givenchy
Galantis – Runaway (U & I) – Kaskade Remix
Sick Individuals – Made For This
Dubvision – Turn It Around
Hardwell x Chris Jones – Young Again
Calvin Harris x John Newman – Blame
Dannic x TV Noise – Solid
Alesso – Heroes (Acapella) Vs. G. Emery – U (W&W Remix)
I thought I’d share some of my fave highlights on Day 2 of Electric Zoo 2014 Music Festival. At first I was like, hmm, should I go back for another round? Maybe, maybe not, maybe, maybe not. I ended up going on Day 2 and I have zero regrets because Day 3, like last year, was cancelled PREMATURELY by the authorities because of this so-called “severe weather forecast”, which, btw, didn’t happen. Just a few minutes of drizzle (YAASSSSS!) and pretty much this side of the Atlantic comes to a complete halt. Americans, especially in the East Coast, are particularly paranoid when it comes to weather.
I loved Dyro, Zedd and Armin’s sets. I had so much fun hanging out with the kids. I think I’m gonna maximize this moment before I reach that point of no return. I don’t wanna be one of those 40 year olds who look like 40 year olds but act like a bunch of 16 year olds, ya know? Not a good lewk.
I can’t believe summer is almost over and fashion month (PLEASE DON’T REFER IT AS “FASHION WEEK” BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW IT AIN’T A WEEK) begins, well, on Wednesday. Going all out over the weekend was a good way to remind myself that I’m human, I’m capable of letting my hair down and have lots fun.
I’ve always wanted to go to but I never got around doing it over the past few years because of my travel schedule but I blocked the whole month of August this year as personal “me” time and I finally did it. Yes! I went to the opening yesterday afternoon and I had lots of fun. For those of you who don’t know what Electric Zoo 2014 is (hopefully an annual event moving forward) a three-day EDM festival at Randall’s Island here in New York City.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of EDM. I’ve been listening to it for years, way before it was even called “EDM”. I love the music. I really do, especially progressive/electro house, even cheesy commercial house at times. It’s cheerful and uplifting. I get so much joy and pleasure dancing hard to the beat, it’s indescribable. On a purely selfish note, I personally love dancing like a lunatic because it’s my version of burning calories aka working out.
I love a good outdoor party session versus partying in a nightclub. The older I get, the more I loathe clubs. I guess I started early. The first time I’ve stepped foot in a club was almost 18 years ago — when I was 14! These days there’s too much bullshit involved in clubs. Gathering people, queueing (if necessary), getting in, waiting in line to get a drink if you don’t have a table, paying exorbitant amounts of money to get a fucking table, and then you have shitty music AND shitty people who don’t dance.
When it comes to outdoor parties, once you’re in, you’re in. No nasty, power-tripping bouncers and door bitches to deal with judging your outfit head-to-toe. Everyone’s all happy, giddy (maybe some are on drugs but it’s none of my business) and they’re all united for the love of music. I’m an old soul. I don’t do drugs and all I’m after is a happy place where I can feel young again, throw caution to the wind, get high from the beats and dance like there’s no tomorrow.
I don’t know what it is but it feels liberating. There’s something thrilling dancing, getting all sweaty and wet, having fun, sharing smiles and good vibes with utter strangers whom you’ll never see again for the rest of your life. Oh and sitting on top of the shoulders of very tall men to admire the view of the sea of people and their well-lit phones? It’s a priceless feeling! You cannot put a price tag on sheer happiness.
That’s what I did yesterday and that’s what I’m gonna do again later tonight for Day Two of Electric Zoo!
Any of you guys coming to this year’s Electric Zoo 2014 Music Festival next weekend at Randall’s Island? I’m coming! I’ve been looking forward to this for ages.
Click HERE to buy your tickets. See you next week!
One of the things I dislike about living in New York City is that days go by so fast you’d think the calendar is on crack. I can’t believe it’s Monday tomorrow! It’s gonna be very busy but exciting week nonetheless. I’ll be taping my new series for Conde Nast Entertainment/Teen Vogue plus a handful of events and appointments. Let me share some top tracks on my playlist. I have them all on auto-repeat. I guarantee you these feel-good tracks will uplift your soul.
On me: Shirt by Marni (in collaboration with Katja Schwalenberg, click HERE), shorts by Marni, sandals by See by Chloe (click HERE)
Together – Maor Levi
You – Galantis (Still Young Remix)
Payback – Steve Angello, Dimitri Vangelis, Wyman
Ping Pong – Armin van Buuren (Hardwell Remix)
Everybody Is In Their Place – Hardwell
Overtime – Cash Cash (Vicetone Remix)
Over the weekend, Brooke Candy premiered her latest music video (“Opulence”), in collaboration with Steven Klein and Nicola Formichetti.
I first met Brooke Candy over dinner in Venice the night before she performed at the Diesel fashion fashion. She briefly went to me (around 1:00) during her performance and I was glad to cheer her on.
I love her. She’s definitely one talent to watch.
Happy Monday kids! How are you guys? I don’t know about you but if you aren’t one of the tens, if not, hundreds, of thousands of people who flocked to Miami for this year’s Ultra Miami 2014 Music Festival, let me tell you, you missed a lot. No, it has nothing to do with getting high to have “fun”. Mind you, I’ve never done molly nor do I have plans to do so. I’m thirty two, I have high blood pressure due to years of cigarette smoking (I’m trying to quit, promise!) and I’m way too scared to fuck with my heart. My youth wasn’t spent sober… I’m sure y’all know I have even more dangerous (and expensive) vices, namely Prada and Fendi….
For me, it’s all about the music. I find dance music extremely therapeutic. I’d say I can easily get high just by listening to a major track. A good song is like riding a fast-moving rollercoaster. It can pull you up, drop you all the way down, fiddle with your emotions, bring back memories, etc. And then you let go, stomp around, hands up in the air and do your best fist pump.
I thought I’d share some of my personal highlights from this year’s festival. My favourite sets over the weekend are by Alesso, Nicky Romero and of course, the one and only numero uno Hardwell, who showed absolutely zero mercy, closed Ultra and fucking killed it.
Here are some two new gems from Alesso. THESE TWO SONGS ARE EVERYTHING.
Alesso’s full set for your pleasure.
Here’s the full Nicky Romero set. God damn he’s good.
Hardwell’s earth-shattering, goose-bump inducing set. Worship.
Oh oh oh, 3lau dropped a track called “Always” featuring a collaboration with Blinders and Shaun Frank. I was so desperate to find out the name of the song… and then I had a lightbulb moment. Why don’t I ask 3lau on twitter, so I did. And he replied within minutes right after his set. LOL. I can’t wait for it to be released.
Here’s 3lau’s set. The track begins at 18:25.
I also love “Shadow of the Sun”.
Peace, love, unity, respect. Eat, sleep, rave, repeat.
This track from The Chainsmokers (#SELFIE) is probably the most appropriate track of our generation.
Sooo… like what do you think? Did you think that girl was pretty? How did that girl even get in here? Did you see her? She’s so short and that dress is so tacky. Who wears Cheetah? It’s not even summer, why does the DJ keep on playing “Summertime Sadness”? After we go to the bathroom, can we go smoke a cigarette?
I really need one but first, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE.
I love a good, uplifting anthem. I really do. I find it fascinating how the people close to me often question my taste in music but what can I do? I don’t like to listen to songs that make me want to kill myself or tracks that me depressed. I like happy tunes, you know, tunes I can shake my booty to. Here are some of my favourite tracks of the moment. I like to play them on autorepeat whenever I’m out and about.
Is anyone coming to Ultra Miami next weekend? I’m THIS close to buying a plane ticket but I don’t want to go there alone. Pop me an email… maybe I’ll consider.
Headphones by Frends, Balenciaga sunglasses, floral shirt and shorts by Givenchy, black jacket (not pictured) by Balenciaga, coat by Emporio Armani, backpack by Chanel, fur keychain by Fendi, shoes by Balenciaga
How You Love Me by 3LAU featuring Bright Lights
Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance
Ahead of Us by Lush & Simon, Tom Swoon
Chris Lake feat. Jareth – Helium
Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Marar – Thinking About You
Stadiumx & Taylr Renee – Howl At The Moon
Miley Cyrus vs. Cedric Gervais – Adore You (Extended Club Remix)
Photo via Jasonitos