Fareoh returns to Santos Party House for a Special Hometown Set
Posted by Middy on December 20, 2012
I had been very excited to see Fareoh for a second time after his Halloween set with Adventure Club & Nero, especially in a club setting where he would be the headliner with more time to craft the ideal Fareoh set. I got to the venue around 11:45 and the place was largely empty as you would expect in a New York City nightclub, with a few groups dancing on their own to the soulful tech grooves of the opening DJ. As time progressed from midnight on, the crowd started to fill in, many wearing santa hats and costumes because of Santacon that day. Fareoh was late getting to the venue and this threw off the opener who reverted to some safer, commercial plays a little after 1am as the venue was getting very full.
At around 1:30, Ian Spurrier, better known by his stage personna, Fareoh, arrived at the venue and wasted no time getting right into it. The venue itself has a very unique charm and style, as it does not go for the big LED screen or the big laser displays, but rather puts the DJ booth front and center in the middle of the crowd and allows for a more intimate setting between the DJ and the audience who surround the booth on all sides. Fareoh, playing to a packed club of people dressed in clothing ranging from full on Santa costumes, to your usual clubbing attire, to the guy in a LED suit (way to be), wasted no time making sure his presence was known on the decks taking the lead with a big room, bootleg heavy set.
Fareoh had said that he would be bringing a special set for this occasion and he did not lie, showcasing a whole host of unreleased and exclusive bootlegs, working hard behind the decks to engage and keep the energy high for a crowd who for the most part had been going at it for the majority of the day. He carefully weaved through tracks like the Michael Calfan remix of “Falling To Pieces“, the Deniz Koyu remix of Kaskade’s “Turn It Down” a bootleg of Tommy Trash’s remix of “The Veldt” and the ubiquitous “Epic” and more. Fareoh did not play many of his tracks in his own sets, which is a little surprising, but when it came to playing to peaktime cuts like “Stormchaser” and Plastik funk & Tujamo “Who”, the club was loving every second of it. Fareoh snuck the Diplo & Grandtheft remix of “Sweet Nothing” into his set in the middle and the trapped out elegance of the track hit the soft spot at that moment and brought the place down.
Overall it was an outstanding, hazy night filled with santa hats, an outstanding set, an expensive cab ride home and that dude in the LED costume. Fareoh said he was going to do something special for his hometown in NYC and he did not disappoint. Fareoh left the decks at around 3:30 to a beaten and battered crowd and after snapping a few photos with fans, left having conquered Santos. We look forward to seeing what he has in store in 2013 and what Santos will bring with its great setup and its young and promising lineups. Big shout out to Jordan Liss for making this all happen.