The amount of Gareth Emery reviews we’re written on KFT is verging on obsessive. But what can ya do when the guy just puts on phenomenal shows, especially since Drive, is perhaps my favorite album of the year. Coming straight from seeing Porter Robinson (absolutely incredible!!) at the Fillmore Miami Beach I decided to be a warrior and hike to LIV to meet Zach.
Mednas got the crowd swaying with an opening set that like usual exceeds that of most (if not all) residents we’ve ever heard. We can’t wait to hear what music he has in store, because something’s telling us he has some of his own music on the way!
Opening with the brilliant intro aka “Entrada” the crowd was feelin’ toasty from the start. Entrada of course meaning entry in Spanish, the track has become Emery’s iconic intro song throughout all of his Drive Tour. Mixing in a little “Dynamite/Locked out of Heaven,” got the show off to the races. It’s one of my favorite mashups of his that he plays out at all his shows, and it really flows naturally. Tiesto’s “All of Me” rework, his collab with Krewella “Lights and Thunder” as well as a rendition of “Sky Full of Stars,” Gareth gave everyone something to dance to whilst screaming their hearts out and channelling their inner American Idols.
Then he broke out “Beatiful Rage,” a trackI have mentioned before as maybe the sleeper off of the album. Not really overpowering but gentile trance and a really solid voice backing it up thanks to LJ Ayrten. Meanwhile, Emery commanded the stage, clearing showing the crowd LIV was one of his favorite places to be. Can you blame the guy? The place ain’t half bad.
But seriously, the thing that struck me was how many people actually knew every single damn word to every single damn song. Hands to the sky, we all serenaded shamelessly, reciting “Eye of the Storm,” (video below) “Concrete Angel,” and “Million Years.” Following up the spree of Drive songs with Calvin’s “Blame” and Audien’s live set slayer “Pompeii” I didn’t think the crowd could handle it all! Finally the time came for the finale “Long Way Home.” I don’t normally use this phrase but that song is just 4 minutes of “the feels.” Goosebumps, shivers down the spine, the whole nine. What I love about the album is it has the perfect intro song (“Entrada”), and a really fitting closer with “Long Way Home.” I think it’s always advantageous when an album has a beginning, middle and end – Gareth’s does that. We just wish there was no end that given night…
Overall, it’s always a really refreshing experience seeing Gareth live. I firmly believe that he had the album of the year in EDM thus far, as Drive is flawless from top to bottom. The album is a real journey, and Gareth was able to accurately convey that journey on the decks of LIV that night. He connects with the crowd, uniting the room as a whole. Needless to say, the guy left everyone awestruck.
*Shouts to our boy Jona for letting us experience the greatness, he’s pretty much an honorary member of KFT at this point.
**Credit to WorldRedEye Photography for the photos. Check out the entire album taken the night of the performance: http://worldredeye.com/2014/10/gareth-emery-at-liv-4/