Saturday night at The Warehouse Project was so sought-after that yet again another sell out crowd from all over the country came to the soiree with Richie Hawtin. The English-Canadian has just finished a Thursday night residency in Space, Ibiza, and with his popularity currently soaring, I am unsurprised that Don Hawtin and his all-star line-up sold out Victoria Warehouse with ease.
Deck masters Nicolar Jaar, Heidi, Eats Everything, Subb-an and Seth Troxler were also present, piloting through the night as they stuck to a promise of treating the crowd to the wonders of mysterious and minimal techno. Nicolas Jaar's live performance left the crowd in awe. Whilst maintaining a musical imagination and ability to multitask, he serenaded the crowd during his final track Time For Us, with melodic and moody vocals - evidence (if it was needed) that Jaar is musical to the core and far from a one-trick-pony.
Next to embrace the spotlight, Seth Troxler showed us all what he is made of. After his minimal and spooky start, he progressed into a sound aimed at fans of his default, tech-house genre, with occasional funky techno vibes weaved in between. Having only seen Seth perform once (whilst I was slightly worse for wear), I had no idea what to expect from his on stage free thinking and track choosing. Word on the street set a generally high standard for the menace with the moustache; however he naturally exceeded these expectations with an unfaultable 2 hour set.
Heidi's free spirited stage presence in room 2 infected the room with floating fingers and wavy arms. She typically played a combination of deep house and tech, alternating with the crowds fluctuating vibes. Heidi is due to host her own Jackathon party at The Warehouse Project in December; tickets have already sold out and after the thrills she created on the dance floor, I can safely announce that those who attend are in for a real treat.
Richie Hawtin closed the show. With his set finishing at 5:00AM, he was personally able to wave goodnight to his fans with grooves that stemmed back to the beginning of his career. With no gimmicks involved, Richies set wasn’t just a performance, it was an extravaganza. His influences from Japan and Germany constantly give his gigs an international aura. Being right there as he’s mixing minimal and Detroit techno with infusions from foreign lands really do make your mind wonder abroad to all of these locations. He created a real holiday vibe, as he takes you through Ibiza, Berlin and various Japanese locations whilst you stay under one roof.
The Warehouse Project has taken the UK by storm this year, and with another 2 months until the closing party, like many others, I plan to make plenty more memories and throw plenty more shapes under the roof of Victoria Warehouse.