There I stood in the lavish ivory Temple, eye-to-eye with the bronze deity before me….
What may sound like something out of an Indiana Jones movie was actually the beginning of my Friday night at SF’s Temple Nightclub. Temple did an excellent job at providing an elegant and visually stimulating setting for club-goers to rage. The large white room and its Zen decorations were immersed in a color changing neon mood lighting that incited a sense of tranquility. But at the far end of this inner city nirvana was the platform that would soon incite the room to erupt in beautiful chaos, the DJ booth. That night the stage was home to three dynamic duos by the names of Dirty Dynamics, MIGHTYFOOLS, and MANICS respectively. Each of these acts destroyed the decks and drove the crowd wild in their own way.
First up for the night was Dirty Dynamics, a duo of producers representing Dancing Astronaut (dancingastronaut.com). These young DJ/Producers have gained recognition through their party-inducing mash-ups but also have some sweet originals in the making. They immediately got the crowd’s blood flowing with massive melodic Electro-house tunes and kept them pumped the whole set.
Next on the tables were MIGHTYFOOLS. I hadn’t heard of them prior to the event, but after investigating their Soundcloud I was excited to hear what was in store. This Dutch Dj duo is known for their high energy and big room sound. These guys laid down a sweet and salty set that took listeners on one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Their set started off with beautiful house melodies that segued into massive builds that could instill anxiety within the calmest of people. But once the tension of the build finally released, the crowd went absolutely nuts. It was like a giant electro bass bomb went off within the serene setting of the temple, a juxtaposition I won’t soon forget. Towards the end of their set, they slowed it down a bit to unleash some dirty dubstep on the crowd. The crowd was lovin’ it, MIGHTYFOOLS were lovin’ it; everyone was raging and having an excellent time. MIGHTYFOOLS is definitely an act that you want to keep on your radar.
Last but certainly not least was the SF-based duo by the name of MANICS. After listening to their diverse EP titled Personalities, and reading their desire to never be a genre-specific act, I had very high hopes for their set. I intend no hyperbole when I say that these guys killed it. They dropped everything from house and electro to moombahton and disco. To make all of those genres flow so smoothly was an impressive feat. What I enjoyed the most about MANICS was the amount of energy they put into their set to make it a live experience for the crowd. In the booth, they had 2 APC’s along with a midi keyboard to spice up their mix on the fly. While working with all their live gear, they looked like they were having a phenomenal time doing what they loved. The vibe of the room was driven by the passion they showed on stage. After the show, I had the pleasure of talking about production and performing with the men behind MANICS, Chris Sanders and Jordan Deherrera. Find the interview and a free download off their EP, Personalities, by clicking here.
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