By Juan Contla
The day after Christmas till New Year’s Eve is always referred to a BIG WEEK for New York City; a time where the biggest names in dance music gather for a week of massive shows. 2015 was no exception with names such as Dillon Francis, The Chainsmokers, Knife Party, Fetty Wap and many more joining in on the festivities.
Pier 94, host of two much anticipated shows, kicked off their party with Oliver Heldens and Knife party on their opening night accompanied by Bender, SNBRN, and Ephwurd for a night of trap, future, and deep house.
This was also Heldens’ and Knife Party’s first time back in NYC since they performed at EDC New York; where at the after party, at Pacha NYC, they teased a possible collaboration with the crowd. Both parties have expressed the interest in working together in the past and are known for playing each others music during sets. Throughout both of their sets, fans had only one question on their minds; Will there be a collaboration between the two debuted tonight?
Heldens was the first headliner playing music from his new label, Heldeep Records, and alias HI-LO. While Knife Party played a bunch of new tracks from their new EP titled “Trigger Warning”. By the end of the night no Heldens-Knife Party track was played, but a new collaboration was debuted.
Before ending with their signature “Bonfire” closing track, Knife Party announced and played a new track featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Starting with a classic bass build up leading to a future house-like drop that can only be expected from Knife Party.
Overall both acts were able to deliver new unreleased tracks and were one of the more anticipated shows of the week. With both rarely coming to the New York area aside for festivals it was a nice change from the usual acts that participate in BIG WEEK.