It's hard to have a negative experience at Output and the Mixmag Live event this past Tuesday was no different. Yes, it was a Tuesday and yes, it was raining, but it was still a packed house with great energy and a (truly) legendary lineup. Richie Hawtin was the headliner for the night, there to specifically showcase the newly minted MODEL 1 Mixer by PLAYdifferently (which Richie co-designed), and had support from the renowned Little Louie Vega, Julia Govor and Matador.
Luckily for us, Mixmag was kind enough to capture the entire event via Facebook livestream, which means you can catch each one of these sets whenever you want. Julia Govor got the party started with her infectious beats, truly capturing the Moscow underground vibe and transforming the dance floor. Honestly, this was one of my first opportunities to catch a set by Julia and she didn't disappoint. Not only is she an incredibly talented DJ, her background is as impressive as her beats. Starting out as a member of the Russian military band, she evolved to become a DJ, jumping from Moscow to New York, from the underground to side-by-side with Richie Hawtin. Check out her entire set here!
You can't even talk about the New York house scene without mentioning the next artist. Little Louie Vega has been making the rounds for longer than most of us have even been alive. Bringing a Latin influence to the night, the drums, the bells and the soulful house samples took the characteristically minimal music for the night and made it Louie's own, like only he can do.
I would have to assume that for the more technically knowledgeable and inclined, the MODEL 1 mixer truly made a difference in the performance. Regardless, I consider myself lucky to watch such a respected artist perform such a memorable set in his home city. Turn up your speakers and let Little Louie Vega take you on a trip through New York house and techno with his unforgettable set!
Louie Vega Mixmag Live at Output NYC
It was hard to top such impressive openers, but would you expect anything less from Richie Hawtin? Taking the reigns behind the mixer he helped design, I can only imagine that he must've felt more in tune with the tracks and the atmosphere than ever before. As with the other artists, this was my first opportunity to see Hawtin perform live. I knew he had a bit of a reputation (especially since that whole speaker incident), but was eager to see the artist that can placate even deadmau5's mercurial personality with his technical and production skills. As you can see below, Hawtin didn't disappoint, dropping a set filled with some of the darkest, grooviest techno I've heard.
Richie Hawtin Mixmag Live at Output NYC
Rounding out the night was Matador, who was playing a special "live" set to close out the event. Laptop open, MODEL 1 mixer glowing and all kinds of buttons flashing, Matador crafted a unique set just for that night. His technical prowess was on display as track after track he drew the crowd in until the unforgettable close. Watch Matador build a set from scratch below!
Matador Mixmag Live at Output NYC
Among the undeniable human talent on display at Output. the MODEL 1 mixer has to be mentioned. As stated before, co-designed by Richie Hawtin, the MODEL 1brings another level of mixing to a DJ performance unlike what we've seen before. For those interested in specifics (about which I have no qualifications to speak), check out Hawtin's video introducing the new technology here.