Reposted from Joonbug.com, Written by Danny Bonilla.
The beloved Laidback Luke returned to Pacha to play a very special Thursday night set this past week. Known for serving as a mentor, his passion for kung fu, and being a guru on the decks, the crowd had high expectations for Thursday night, and they were not disappointed. Without a doubt, it was even better than what anyone could have imagined.
Claiming that Laidback Luke is a great DJ is a fact that cannot be disproven; this has perhaps been agreed upon by just about anyone and everyone who has seen him perform live. The die-hard fanbase behind this guy says enough in itself. Although having an extensive discography of singles and remixes, Luke is primarily known for his live performances in which he takes the crowd through a whirlwind of emotions, due to his incredible musical selection and mixing skills.
For such a talented DJ to be headlining a Thursday night show at Pacha, you would expect a packed house, but surprisingly the venue appeared more laidback than usual. Unlike most nights, the dance floor was particularly inviting and afforded fans the opportunity to do their thing, which we definitely enjoyed.
Following Sandro Silva’s opening set, he smoothly slid right onto the stage, without much of an introduction. But right away people noticed that the man everyone was waiting to see was on stage as screens all throughout the venue began to read ‘LAIDBACK LUKE’. Suddenly, an assembly of L-shaped foam fingers filled the air while fans’ yelling and whistling fought hard against the rising sound beginning to project from the speakers. And then it was finally time to really get the night started.
As stated earlier, this guy knows how to mix. Just as he always does, Luke brought his A-game to the decks. He threw on a variety of tracks from Martin Garrix‘s latest single, “Proxy,” to Calvin Harris‘ radio smash, “Thinking About You,” and even a remix of Kanye West‘s “All Of The Lights.” There were moments where he would play the best 30 seconds of several songs back-to-back, blending them so perfectly into each other that you wouldn’t have even noticed if you weren’t listening closely. His ability to keep the crowd on their toes was phenomenal – you truly never knew what he was about to play next. It all seemed so easy for Laidback Luke, but the crowd was still in awe with every transition and drop.
This had to have been one of the quickest sets we had ever gone to, because within a blink of an eye, it was all over. But without a doubt the amount of dancing and screaming and straight up wildness that ensued within those beautiful 120+ minutes is unforgettable. Few artists are as inspiring as Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, and while we are not the first to nod to the man we know as Laidback Luke, it is certain that he will go down in history as one of the most influential DJs and producers that electronic music has seen in years.