ANTHONY PAPPA @ BROWN ALLEY, JUNE 14 2008
who: Anthony Pappa
when: Saturday, June 14, 2008
where: Brown Alley
Submitted by Bridge_of_Destiny on June 23rd 2008
There are three certainties in this world - death, taxes, and Anthony Pappa pumping out a ripping set of driving beats.
Anthony Pappa hit the big time many moons ago through the collection of Global Underground Nu Breed cds, and also as half of the production Freefall, who penned the timeless trance classic Skydive, featuring Jan Johnston on vocals.
For anyone that has witnessed the great man in action, whether it be day parties, or night parties, he delivers. And on this occasion at Brown Alley, Australia Post could have taken some notes.
I walked up the endless flight of stairs just before midnight to hear the smooth progressive tunes of Rollin Connection. For me, this Melbourne DJ is like getting home on a cold winters night, and putting on your favourite hoodie and moccasins. You know exactly what to expect, it feels good, and you wouldn't have it any other way.
I also arrived to the realisation that the Pappasaurus was playing an hour early, and as such his set was to be extended by the aforementioned time. As one would expect, a rye grin appeared across my face. Darkbeat had once again outdone themselves with a fantastic layout of lcd screens, lasers and a ripping sound system.
The atmosphere in the venue was throbbing as Monsieur Pappa arrived behind the decks to rapturous applause, and from the moment he slid the fader across, we were taken on a driving 5 and a half hour journey. From dark progressive, to tech house, the punters were left shaking their head in disbelief as each tune outdid the previous. I have rarely heard a set from Anthony that was so dark, with driving progressive techno beats.
At one point the crowd was brought to fever pitch as the CDJ stand was held aloft, and Pappa literally picked the player up into the air and pounded the hot cue button, providing a memorable image for which I will remember for years to come. It was almost as if the crowd burst into an immediate mosh, something I haven't seen at a gig before.
As quickly as Tony had sauntered on stage, he exited with little fuss and gracious appreciation from the remaining punters. A no frills act that lets his mixing skills and track selection do the talking, and the crowd do the screaming. A fantastic night, and it will not be too soon until we are again visited by the Pappasaurus.
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