Simply Wow! That is how impressed I was with Jorn Van Deynhoven at Nevermind last Saturday afternoon. Whilst everyone else was out enjoying lunch, or trying to enjoy another winter day in Sydney or simply even still recovering from the night before, Nevermind was the perfect option to witness some amazing uplifting trance from one of the best in the business, Mr Jorn Van Deynhoven.
Ironically, there is of course something unusual walking into a nightclub at 2pm in the afternoon, but for any endearing trance lover, 2pm was a pleasurable feat, especially knowing what would then transpire. Holding a day event in a club was always going to be a gamble and early on, this was quite noticeable as Nathan Cryptic played to a largely vacant dance-floor and club. However, Nathan Cryptic, carefully was still able to entice the limited and spirited crowd into enjoying some really straight-up, progressive tracks, before finishing off with an appropriate holding pattern of uplifting classic trance tracks including a remix of Above and Beyond’s ‘Can’t Sleep’.
Evidently, though as the club seemed to have a mini surge of people enter the club and briskly make their way to the centre of the dance floor there was no mistake that Jorn Van Deynhoven definitely was the artist that people were there to hear. This is where over four and half hours of total, unadulterated, bliss manifested.
Jorn Van Deynhoven went straight into a mainstay of euphoric, vocal tracks, grabbing the crowd’s attention from the word go with tracks consisting of euphoric melodies and heavy synths – something that has been quite evidential of late in many international artists’ live sets. As Jorn Van Deynhoven continued his emphasis on captivating, atmospheric tracks delivering empathy and emotion, these tracks were characteristic of solid build-ups, uplifting but driving bass layered melodies felt through the Funktion 1 sound system in which of course were well matched to the sweeping lasers and wandering multi-coloured lights. These elements only helped to further enhance the blissful experience. As the crowd continued to feed on the trance delights of Urban Astronauts vs. Jorn van Deynhoven and Temple One’s ‘See the Halo’ and Oceanlab – ‘Satellite (Above and Beyond Remix)’ which were both appropriately woven into a meshed blanket with other elusive classic trance favourites. This however was just the beginning of a mammoth world class set.
As the set progressed, uplifting and endearing charismatic vocal tracks and remixes from Jorn Van Deynhoven’s own arsenal of productions included Dark matters feat. Jess Morgan – ‘The Real You (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix)’ matching the mesmerising laser enhancements and prolifically connecting tracks with the cinematic atmosphere of vibrancy. With the track listing now leaning towards familiar tracks including Armin van Buuren vs. Sophie Ellis Bextor’s ‘Not Giving Up on Love (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix)’ and Talla 2xlc feat. Skysurfer – ‘Terra Australis (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix)’ these tracks continued to attract applause from the most reserved reveller in the club. Ram vs. Dash Berlin – ‘Man on the Run to Ramsterdam (Johnvas Mashup)’ also lend to the energetic flow induced in a notion of appropriately played tracks of revered favourites.
The usual big room trance tracks from Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold and other quite notable artists were all inclusive. Dash Berlin’s ‘Til The Sky Falls Down’ was quite a highlight as well with the characteristics of the track’s mammoth endearing build-up and gigantic euphoric complexion. Whilst Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – ‘Concrete Angel (John O’Callaghan Remix)’ and Above and Beyond’s ‘Sun and Moon’ both induced the perfect opportunity for the crowd to release their vocal talents.
Jorn Van Deynhoven continued to lash out crowd favourites including Dash berlin – ‘Never Cry Again (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix)’ and Dash Berlin’s ‘Disarm’. Relentlessly, continuing the surge of uplifting vocal trance remedies, whilst being able to sample the crowd vocals as a sure way of gaining the crowd’s acceptance. Jorn Van Deynhoven then timely executed a whole range of more progressive trance favourites, inducing a rush of speed and chaos of progressive, chunkier beats, those inclusive of Tenishia – ‘Always Loved, Never Forgotten (The Day Will Come)’.
As the hours rolled out there did not seem to be any sign that Jorn Van Deynhoven was tiring and in fact, his set was becoming even more unbelievable and at times perfection was actually something possible. The emotive part of trance was well evident as Jorn Van Deynhoven played Laura Jansen’s ‘Use Somebody (Armin Van Buuren rework)’ providing a solid connection with the crowd. The crowd was enjoying this magical carpet ride as Jorn Van Deynhoven continued past his allocated three hour set. Tracks including Chakra feat. Kate Cameron – ‘Love shines through (Alex Morph remix)’ well supported by the dazzling array of picturesque laser collisions. Nevermind’s ‘cosmic’ laser display was exuberant as the rays bounced off the mirrored walls gracefully and suitably complimented the sheer beauty of the uplifting trance sound intensively being relished on the Funktion 1 sound system.
As hour number four passed, Jorn Van Deynhoven continued, all the tracks consistently blissfully met by the crowd and the club’s sound and lighting production aided in a theatrical sense, bringing together all the solid elements of a well-tuned trance event. As Jorn Van Deynhoven delve deeper into his CD case, tracks including Andain’s ‘Beautiful Things (Jorn Van Deynhoven’s Sundale Mix)’ and Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – ‘We Control The Sunlight’ both resulted in a large, appreciated cheer, completing a set that technically was woven as tight as high-quality Egyptian cotton bed sheets.
Awe Inspiring and endearing tracks including Ferry Tayle & Static Blue – ‘L’Acrobat (Andy Blueman remix)’ and the piano infused track of Henrik Christensen – ‘New Life (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)’ continued to gain righteous acceptance from the crowd before even more soul, enriching uplifting vocal tracks including Will Holland feat Jeza’s ‘Start Again’ and Agulo feat David Berkeley – ‘Fire Sign (Suncatcher Remix)’. You might be asking where known favourites and productions including Ram – ‘Ramsterdam (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix)’, ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Headliner’ featured within this mighty set. Well to be honest all definitely featured, but amongst the undeniable multitude of amazing trance music tracks, all I can safely say is that there were definitely no complaints at any stage from the captivated and enlightened crowd.
What the crowd at Nevermind had witnessed was true trance poetry in motion. Jorn Van Deynhoven’s set had taken the crowd on a journey of all things beautiful, mystic and artistic about great uplifting trance music, a journey that unfortunately could of been witnessed by so many more people.
I hope that even though these words will never substitute the real life magic experienced by the crowd on Saturday, this review helps people understand the true pleasure of experiencing this artist in the perfect environment. If we were only to witness three hours of Jorn Van Deynhoven this would have been an amazing pleasure alone, but to witness over four and a half hours of total trance bliss was undeniably unbelievable. The next time Jorn Van Deynhoven comes out to Australia – I will be definitely there regardless of where and when.
[Article originally written for inthemix.com.au]