Review: Tchami Invades Brooklyn Mirage, 9/11
The dance music world is currently anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new EP from future house innovator Tchami. Although the After Life EP does not yet have a release date, the French DJ-producer is already at work supporting the release having embarked on a tour by the same name. Originally set as a nine-date tour across the U.S., he gave fans a special treat by celebrating the tour with a Brooklyn pre-party, in what would be the first of a two night stint in NYC.
On September 11, Tchami headlined the previously unannounced event at New York City-based event company Cityfox’s Summer pop-up venue Brooklyn Mirage. The East Williamsburg venue offers an old-school warehouse rave feel — the perfect environment for the house and techno sounds that rang out into the early hours of the morning. The Brooklyn Mirage is also another venue establishing the Williamsburg area as NYC’s new official hub for dance music, alongside popular clubs Verboten and Output.
Tchami took the decks at the packed out warehouse armed with some new tunes, including his two popular singles from his forthcoming release — the title track of the release that features vocalist Stacy Barthe, and “Missing You,” his collaboration with AC Slater that features the soulful vocals of Kaleem Taylor. Both of these singles hint at what greatness awaits fans upon the official release of the After Life EP.
His performance served as a proper kickoff to a monumental tour for Tchami, and one that will be providing a new live experience for fans, complete with his new collection of tunes and a new cathedral stage setup, which would be featured in the following night’s sold out gig at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza. You can catch a glimpse of some of the Brooklyn Mirage action with the photos in the gallery above and the video below.
Joining Tchami on the lineup for the night was New York’s own Haruka, who would deliver the kind of rave-friendly house/techno sounds that have made her one of the New York scene’s most familiar faces. Check out a snippet of her performance below.
Also serving as support for the evening were fellow NYC up and comers Housing Corp, who were fresh off landing a spot on the tour for the Hollywood film We Are Your Friends, alongside Hook N Sling, Anna Lunoe, Makj, Thomas Jack and more. Earlier this year, they released a remix of one of their favorite Drake tracks, “10 Bands,” alongside the native New Yorker and disco-house DJ-producer, NSR, another one of the night’s openers. You can listen to NSR’s full set from Brooklyn Mirage below.