Chuckie @ Marquee, Sydney (30/11/2012)

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Chuckie’s tour schedule throughout 2012 has been manic, playing over 200 gigs in cities around the world. Tonight, Mr. Dirty Dutch himself made one more stop on the ever-busy itinerary, gracing the fresh halls of Marquee Sydney for the first time ever with his trademarked bangin’ bass-heavy beats and high-pitched synths.

From the start, Chuckie proved he was capable of hyping up the crowd. Making his entrance to the DJ Booth at around 12:30am, the place lit up like a rainbow sea with the light batons handed out by the go-go dancers and everyone in attendance quickly kicked into gear. Saluting fellow names on the Stereosonic bill, Chuckie began his set with a myriad of big timers including Tommy Trash’s Cascade into Adrock’s remix of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know, into Tiesto’s Maximal Crazy. It was already an electric atmosphere and the room was fixated on the man at the centre of it all.

Chuckie worked the crowd during his set, yelling out “let me hear you make some noise if you like house music” and getting a loud reception every time. And then there was his now infamous “WHO IS READY TO JUMP?” – let’s just say he didn’t have to tell them twice. You could almost feel the vibrations from the crowd jumping to his track with Laidback Luke featuring Martin Solveig, 1234. If you are familiar with his epic set from Electric Daisy Carnival earlier this year which has been circulating the internet, you would have been jumping in your boots with the uncanny similarities of his set tonight – especially when he delivered the Tetris Rapture Edc edit of Knife Party’s Internet Friends and Tony Romera’s remix of Bingo Players Rattle into Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick’s Live Your Life, whilst still surprising us at the same time with newbies like Icona Pop’s I Love It.

The night continued on in the same fashion with his own tracks: Breaking Up, What Happens in Vegas and what brought him to mainstream game, Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl featuring LMFAO. All night long, Chuckie’s one request was for everyone’s energy by shouting, “Energy! Energy! Energy! Give me your energy!” One moment he is playing some thumping Dirty Dutch, next he is moving into trance, then progressive, dubstep and even some trap to end the night. Alvaro’s Make The Crowd Go and Showtek and Justin Prime’s Cannonball made an appearance, with a refreshing remix of the overplayed Calling by Sebastian Ingrosso into Three 6 Mafia’s Tear da Club Up ‘97, followed by Nicky Romero and NERVO’s Like Home. Midway through his set was like a refresher course, playing the best EDM remixed tracks of the year.

But the grimiest, most down-and-dirty moment was when he dropped Benny Bennassi’s Satisfaction, teasing the audience with into Jay-Z and Kanye West’s N*ggas In Paris. Can this track ever not work? Followed later with the RI Grime and Salva remix of Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T and 2 Chainz’ Mercy. By this point it seemed as though Chuckie had covered all of his bases.

Now with Chuckie’s set past the half way mark, no one thought he would pull out any more surprises – boy, were we wrong. “If ya’ll tired you better go home, if you wanna party make some fucking noise”, he yelled through the mic. Downing shot after shot, Chuckie held himself together just fine with Ludacris’s What’s Your Fantasy and Rick Ross’ Blowin’ Money Fast, Shazalakazoo and Chernobyl’s Zica Memo. Pierre Cardin’s House Remix of Someone Like You into Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400- epic yes.

As the night rounded out, it was very easy to make the call that this show was easily one of the best of recent memory. And after his trailblazing set, I woke up Saturday morning with a voice in my head. That voice belonged to none other than Chuckie yelling “Ok, who is ready to jump?”!

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