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Gig Review: Local DJs Coda & Heylady supporting ‘A Guy Called Gerald’…

Gig poster

It is no wonder that 2 of the most well-established DJs in New Zealand had the honor and right of playing along side legendary Gerald on March the 20th.

Opening the night was Leon (aka DJ Coda), who rocked the space for an epic 4-hour set, providing a masterful collage of old and new fine Techno. Host of The Floor (one of the hottest and freshest Techno shows in Wellington’s airwaves, running every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm through RadioActive 88.6FM, Coda showed a confidence that only comes with DJing for over 20 years, supporting massive names such as Derek May, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Ritchie Hawtin, Alex Paterson, among many others.

As midnight kicked in, the British master hopped into the decks to own the stage, playing a set that could be described as a chronology of his career; starting with early Acid House, deepening into Jungle and Breaks, following with Drum N Bass, landing back with new clean Techno and Deep House. Like everyone else, I realized how versatile Gerald really is apart from regularly teasing the audience with samples of well known-songs, and making sudden changes into unexpected directions, he made sure every person had a fix of their favorite part of him.

Although the event read “Doors Open @ 8PM”, the night wasn’t yet over!
It has to be noted that it takes a lot of guts and skill to hop into the stage after the echoes of a grand master are still resonating in everyone’s ears. It was not a problem for local party-chica Heylady, who got an instant cheering from the crowd as soon as she started setting up her gear. Dancing and smiling as usual, she rocked the house and kept those energies going till around 4AM (quite a thing given that a lot of people were already dancing for hours). Showing a exquisite taste for firs-rate techno, Heylady provided the cherry on top the ice cream, and left us all go home with an bellyful of cool music. A perfect night of satisfaction!

Gig poster sourced from Bodega Facebook Events/March 19

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