There’s something about Roger Sanchez that always makes you want more and on Friday, 20 April he did just that, leaving us all with taste of true DJ talent and exhausted bodies. No wonder he’s enjoyed a career that’s spanned three decades, this man truly did show Perth how it was done.
I have not witnessed the S-Man since he played on New Year’s Day in 2003 on the Swan River shores and was keen to see this EDM veteran show us his stuff again nine years later. It was like walking in a club a decade ago with all the same faces just at a new location all waiting to see what the S-Man had in store.
Oli warmed up the decks for the headliner, delivering a cold funky house fusion that got the crowds moving. To bring in the only DJ that can pull off a hat and vest in sexy style, Oli mixed Gotye ‘Somebody that I used to know’ and threw down an acapella vocal introduction ‘Roger Sanchez is in the House’. The S-Man entered to a roaring crowd, the moment we were all waiting for had arrived!
Roger really brought it, smashing out a tech house set interlaced with classic tracks, tricked up with effects. His mix of Radio Head’s ‘Creep’ brought out our inner rock chicks, as did Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Waiting For’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’. Grooving it up, Sanchez dropped Robin S’ ‘You Got To Show Me Love’, which had everyone united and singing as vocal anthems do, and then he illustrated his diversity by mixing in an electric mix of Benni Benassi’s ‘Cinema’ and his very own track ‘2gether’, which had the crowd seriously moving. There were even echoes of RnB throughout the evening ensuring that there was something for everyone.
The S-man’s style is uniquely awesome. He mixes with four decks, building the tracks up with loops and samples to a massive peak where he then slams it all shut to expose that banging beat which sends crowds into states of pure anarchy. He certainly blew Villa’s dancefloor up mixing like this.
Sanchez finished his set in style with his own tune ‘Another Chance’. A great way to end his set but not the night as Ace Basik took over the stage and tore it up with his blend of tech house and electro that kept the crowd jumping till close.
I hope I have painted a picture of something that you should be upset you missed, as Roger Sanchez played a truly inspiring set that catered for anyone and everyone – a rarity in this age of genre snobbery.
Thank you Boomtick for bringing him back to town, I am sore and content and cant wait to see him again.