Laidback Luke returns to zouk after an awesome and memorable show at ZoukOut’10. I had fun at ZoukOut’10 and decided that this time, I don’t want to miss his guaranteed awesome show as well. I arrived at roughly 11.30PM due to an anxious call from my friends that there were long queues.
True enough, I was greeted with tons of people all hovering outside the club (which I suppose is a normal saturday night scene but am not exactly very used to, since I don’t really frequent clubs that often). On this night, I came solely for the man. Not for the alcohol, dancing or any social mingling. Heck, I did not even think about an entry to Phuture.
The opening gig for Laidback Luke was Sandro Silva, one of Holland’s promising and upcoming DJ. His tunes were wicked and sexy. Even though there were several tracks I couldn’t identify, they were melodious (and sexy) enough to get me grooving. Among the identified sound were tracks from David Guetta’s latest album “Nothing But The Beat” including Sunshine (With Avicii) and Titanium (Feat. Sia).
While it’s my first time getting to know about Sandro Silva, I’m sure I’ll be listening to more of his stuff because they are really good. Yes, a new dutch talent is born.
Laidback Luke came out at 2am. My friends and I were in the sardine packed crowd since 1am. It was well worth our wait. Everyone was excited about his appearance and was already all hyped by the time Laidback Luke showed up, and just like a true maestro who knows his crowd, he started off with an awesome mix of Benny Benassi – Cinema.
As the show went on, snippets of Axwell – Heart Is King, Steve Angello – Knas & Show Me Love, Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me & Swedish House Mafia – Save The World & Miami to Ibiza were played, among plenty of other great tracks. Not forgetting Avicii – Levels, the wicked tune that’s been in my head since I first heard it months ago. Apparently, “Levels” did not only got me pumped, but also the entire crowd! Knowing exactly what is “in” at the moment and mixing it well enough to showcase individuality yet not losing the tune’s original essence is what makes Laidback Luke a real maestro at his job.
To exude versatility, Laidback Luke also played different genres from time to time and the crowd was still strongly captivated throughout. Hip Hop classics like Jay-z – 99 Problems, Terror Squad – Lean Back and Dr Dre Feat. Snoop Dogg – Next Episode were also played. Of course, Katy B – Katy On A Mission was played when it was time for Dubstep.
When the time came for originals from Laidback Luke, I was a tad disappointed when “Natural Disaster” didn’t get to the full glory of its incredible and unique beats but I got over it after a while, as the man really knows how to drive his crowd insane. Throughout the entire set, he showed 100% enthusiasm and from a female fan’s perspective, he looked really cute with that constant smiling (and dimples) and doing his signature hand signaling for every track. Towards the end, this man played around a little, building up anxiety and anticipation before he dropped the bomb to play “Turbulence” which drove us all to insanity!
As an audience, it’s really a plus point to know that the performer/musician etc. that you’ve come to spend time for is immensely enjoying what he or she is doing. Even from all that sweatiness and messiness in the crowd, I could still see how much passion Laidback Luke has in what he’s doing. May I just say, this man only gets better each time.
What I can conclude is, I can’t get more of Laidback Luke‘s gigs and sure enough, there’s a guaranteed attendance here for the next time he’s back.