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!
HILINE: 1 to Watch ft. Zzazel
by Zac Bozanakis