Gareth Emery is a name that is very well known amongst Vancouver’s EDM community. The British DJ/Producer has been frequenting our city for the better part of the past decade and has acquired quite a following in that time. Its really in the past three years in Vancouver that he has gone from a relatively unknown DJ, to a headliner that guarantees to sell out any club.
Last Thursday, going into this show I was pretty confident that I would be satisfied with Gareth’s performance. Every other time I had seen him live I had left the club with more than one Garuda anthem stuck in my head. Gareth’s rise in fame has also prompted larger scale production for his live sets, therefore I knew I was in good hands. I was also a little bit skeptical about Caprice being a good venue for such a headliner, but this skepticism was quickly vanquished.
Mr. Emery started his set at around 12:45am, and soon after dove into his new house/electro banger called “The Saga”. This track has had some mixed reviews from his fan base, but it certainly had the desired effect of pumping up the crowd. A sizeable portion of his set was a graceful mishmash of tracks covering a lot of different styles of EDM. Such big room tracks included “Language” by Porter Robinson, “Maximal Crazy” by Tiesto and to our surprise he dropped “Sandstorm” by Darude, arguably one of the first EDM tracks to infiltrate the North American market in the 90’s.
The crowd was absolutely captivated with signature tracks of Gareth’s such as “Tokyo,” “Into The Light,” “Exposure,” “Sanctuary,” and of course “Concrete Angel.” He even played “On A Good Day (Metropolis)” a song that has dominated the sets of trance artists for almost three years now.
What made this set from Gareth stand out so much compared to his previous ones was his balance of melodic infused trance with other genres of EDM. On the one hand his older loyal fans were satisfied with the tracks he hammered out on the CDJ’s but also newer fans who aren’t huge on trance had something to enjoy. The combination of both really sets Gareth Emery apart from other DJ’s and only adds to his growing fan base.
I dont really have any criticisms of the show except that his set ended a lot earlier than the 4:00am that was advertised. Apart from that his energy, track selection, and crowd interaction were all terrific. I definitely think that the sleep deprivation and painful day of work the next morning was worth it for everybody who went to this show.
Photo Credit: Ariel Gelmon