Toneshifterz @ Space Nightclub, Sydney (24/03/2012)

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My relationship with hardstyle of late is best described as leaving a sense of want, mainly due to the fact that the music, as Roger from American Dad would describe it, achieves only “each song sounding the same, yet somehow managing to be worse than the last”. While the second half of that comment may be a bit harsh, the first is not. Even with my uncertainties about the music that would be played tonight, I had been to several Masif hardstyle events before and they’d never fell short. The fact that Australia’s biggest hardstyle DJs, Elie Abwi and Olcay Ertek, AKA Toneshifterz were playing was incentive enough for me to give the genre that initially got me in to EDM another go.

So putting my reluctances to hardstyle to the wayside, I made my way to the Space nightclub and found a noticeably younger crowd, which alongside a light and audio setup that would rival any other club in Sydney, made the atmosphere in the club that much more electric. The first DJ that I saw on the night was Steve Hill who was launching Hard Dance Awards 2012 an album mixed by himself, Zatox and Kutski. His set was packed with energy, however it was only the calm before the storm that was about to be delivered.

As Steve Hill’s set drew to an end, it was time for S Dee – who is set to represent Australia at this year’s Defqon 1 in the Netherlands – to take his place, and from start to finish he kept the crowd on their toes. His track Equipment proved a sure crowd pleaser, but my favourite from his set was Quatre Mains by Noisecontrollers, which was the first time I heard a dubstyle track live, and I can gladly say I am now hooked. S Dee’s set was a cracker and what I thought would be the set of the night.

By now, it was 2am and it was time for the Toneshifterz to take their place behind the decks. After receiving a grand introduction by MC D they opened their set with a Wildstyles bootleg of Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, accompanied by confetti – which felt like a nice welcome home present for the Toneshifterz, who have been based in the Netherlands since last year. Their set was electric and they demonstrated why they had earned the main slot for the evening. The crowd was fervent, on numerous occasions overrunning the stage and dancing to the beats that were being dropped. The set was loaded with tracks from their new album Till Daybreaks Meet, but some of the standout tracks from their set were their remixes of Carte Blanch and Take Me Away and the Zatox remix of Epic.

Before we knew it the Toneshifterz set had come to an end and it was time to call it a night. And what a fruitful night it was: with a display of the genre clashing tracks getting me back on the hardstyle bandwagon, which I’d left by the way-side earlier. Masif did a great job hosting such a great event, for some reason they pull off hardstyle events like no other club, in comparison to their trance events which often leave me wanting, this along with an absolutely electric crowd made for one of the more pleasurable clubbing experiences of late. All I have to say now is bring on Showtek!

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