EMAS Weekender: 2-4/9/2016 Hayden James & Zzazel

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Hayden James @ Villa Nightclub

by Dom Blanke

On Friday night, local Sydney legend Hayden James was in town for his ‘Just A Lover’ Tour.  I started the night at the Ibiza Pre-Party that EMAS threw in a dope basement right in the heart of the city thanks to our partners hipflask the app and Feral Brewing Company. Then I headed down to Hiline at Ambar to support some of the EMAS boys that were playing! I left just in time to catch Hayden’s set at Villa and when I got there the room was already vibin’. Hayden James has a few stand out chill bangers like Something About You and Permission To Love that I was definitely keen to hear but what makes him most interesting for me is his remixes of other artists tracks. Hayden somehow manages to take tracks that I already totally love and embellish them for the better!

Throughout the night he played a few of my fave remixes, kicking things off with his remix of SAFIA – Embracing Me followed with his remix of Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive. These songs are impossible not to groove along to and I don’t think I saw a single person not getting into it. His next remix on the bill was of Dillon Francis – Without You (feat. T.E.E.D.), featuring some sweet choppy Flume-esque synths that I love. He dropped his OGs – Something About You and title track Just A Lover to round out the set and just when I thought it might all be coming to an end he surprised everyone by closing with an encore of Something About You but the ODESZA Remix!! Anyone who knows me knows that one ODESZA track can take my mood from a 2/10 to a 10/10, but Hayden was already sitting on a 9/10 and the lights and confetti cannons really just added to the whole experience and ended the night on a fabulous note!

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HILINE: 1 to Watch ft. Zzazel

by Zac Bozanakis

Getting to Hiline any time before 11pm is usually a foreign concept to me, but having one of EMAS’ best DJs open up Ambar was definitely an incentive to break the usual rule. And what a time to do so. Zzazel’s set incorporated his very own remix of Zhu’s – Faded, that got the crowd going. For an opening set, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people on the dancefloor, especially at Ambar. Zzazel featured his musical artifice with, not only his song selection, ability to double drop whilst maintaining an opening set vibe. Overall, the set was amazing and I believe Zzazel will be an artist to put on your watchlist, not just for new content, but for appearances in future gigs.

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