NYE NYC 2002
Gotham, New York
Monday, December 31, 2001
Mix four parts party, three parts DJ, two parts party people, one NYE and shake. Voila!
A midnight toast at a friend’s house party with Dick Clark to start off the night. Somehow the intimacy of friends is always a prerequisite for the midnight ball drop in Times Square. After downing a couple flutes of champagne and nibbling on hor’deourves, my boyfriend and I set off on our NYE agenda. Three parties in the queue and we’re off to a brilliant start in 2002…
1) 1:30am - We arrive at the Metropolitan Pavilion for Timo Maas, Terry Casey & Crystal Method. A quick conversation with one of the organizers revealed that another NYE party organized by Great British House with headliners such as Pete “Shaker” Bones & Danny Krivit form Body & Soul had been shut down by the FDNY (Fire Department of New York). So with crowd overflow, the party was set in motion. Woeful tales of the queue were heard but by the time we arrived we sailed right into Timo’s set. A bangin’ set from Timo for the masses included all-time faves Green Velvet’s Flash, soothing melodies of Planet Funk’s Chase The Sun and an often unheard remix of Alanis Morisette’s Uninvited. The beautiful Pavilion afforded plenty of room to dance and projections and sound to fill a room of 2,000. Unfortunately only half those bodies were still there by the time we arrived. The early open bar from 10-12am must have done in some of the party people early. It’s all about pacing one’s self – party smart. Around the main room, visual projections of the World Trade Center towers brought cheers from the crowd as we remembered what we’ve lost and all we have to look forward to in 2002. We hope clubbing in NYC in 2002 will flourish now that hizzoner Time Man of the year Rudy Guiliani is gone. We can only dance & hope. Next stop…
2) 4:00am – Centro-Fly has often been billed as the hottest club in New York and lately they’ve been working it with top-notch artists like the Chemical Brothers, Hybrid and Steve Lawler in addition to being the home for Subliminal Records & Erick Morillo. Tonight is no exception, as up-and-coming producers-cum-DJs Trendroid took hold of the decks. Unfortunately, the guestlist was closed, so we moseyed along our itinerary, as clubbing in Gotham can be hard on the wallet, we need to pick and choose wisely. From all accounts though, Trendroid was a wild success as they continue to climb the ranks with a recent spotlight appointment by Mixer magazine (the only US equivalent of Mixmag) in their issue of the hottest upcoming artists worldwide to watch in 2002. The dynamic duo of Matt Edwards & Pankaj has been exploding on dancefloors worldwide. Pete Tong has been caning them “as the ones to watch” and similar praise from the likes of Danny Howells, Satoshi Tomiie comes in the highest form as they continue to drop their tracks on the dancefloor. Trendroid had the highly successful debut release Ignition/Hausjam on Twilo Recordings, the Superchumbo remix of Revolution on FFRR and have upcoming mixes for Renaissance, SAW, Bliss, and EQ/Stomp. Their next original, Trendication to House has been signed to Twisted. Look out for these droids to “take control!” across the pond on Saturday, Feb 23 Renaissance party @ The Cross (London). Anybody need a doctor in the house?
3) 4:30am – Last stop Danny Howells @ Vinyl. Without a liquor license, Vinyl provides some solace from the drunken NYE masses and whatever was being consumed resulted in an all-time good-time vibe. I think it was the strong penchant of the party people to dance. Upon entry into the club, the warmth emanating from the dancefloor and the people made us realize we had found THE party to ring in the New Year. Danny Howells has been Gotham’s own savior since the demise of Twilo. He has carried us through with bi-monthly ten hour marathon sets that have taken us far and away into his land of “deepsexyfuturistictechfunkhouse" and beyond. Tonight was no exception as he turned up the adrenaline. Danny is by far one of the best clubber’s DJ. He is one with the party and he shows it. His antics in the booth only demonstrate his love for the music and the crowd. In lieu of a NYE “event” we found a *party* with all the trimmings. While we were greeting the NYC clubbing crowd already in sweaty party mode, I heard the familiar strains of the now-classic Heaven Scent. I ran out onto the dancefloor to see the party people explode into a mad frenzy. Pure bliss to start of the New Year right. It was a magical moment to remember and savor as we move on after a difficult year. For the rest of the night Danny gave it to us long and hard with surges of energy from the music to fill the room. His ability to sustain that over the course of 11 hours is the work of a true maestro. Danny delivered another marathon set to ring in the New Year and whew! what a great way to start. 2002 is starting to look pretty good.