The Grandtheft Listening Party Expect The Unexpected And Keep It 100
Friday, October 16, Grandtheft returned to his second home and took over the Hoxton to have his cd release listening party. The crowd was live as it always is inside this venue. The night got off to a strong start with up and coming Dj DamnKids. He’s set the tone for the night with lots of up tempo and and in your face bass drops all the while mixing in some of his own creations. DamnKids set was well received with the crowd bouncing and getting their groove on.
When Hrmxny took over the decks it was a seamless transition and he wasted no time in keeping the vibe going. As the witching hour struck, people continued to pour in, by this time Hrmxny was in full control of the decks and the crowd.
As Grandtheft made his way to the stage to setup and takeover from Hrmxny a raucous applause came from the crowd as both previous sets had got the crowd primed, now it was time to get down and dirty. Grandtheft took to mic, Hello Toronto, its good to be home. Welcome to the my cd release listening party, Are you ready? I can’t hear you, Toronto, are you ready? The crowd erupts! Grandtheft then puts on a masterful display of mixing 101 by dropping mellow downtempo bass then segueing into in your face trap bangers all without skipping a beat. On this night it was easily evident why Grandtheft is the go to Dj for major pop stars, when they are looking for someone to re-mix their songs.
It wouldn’t be a homecoming if your friends didn’t show up. About half way through his set Grandtheft pics up the mic and says is “Thugli” in the house. They then joined him onstage for a song or two before fading back into the darkness. During the night he showed quite a deft touch mixing in some of his most well known remixes, then dropping tracks of his up coming Ep “Quit This City.” Grandtheft asks the crowd who’s ready to hear “Quit This City”, give it up for my girl Lowell. Even though Lowell didn’t have much space to perform she rocked the space she had and the crowd loved every second of their performance. How do you top a live performance of your title track near the end of the night? Well you drop a 0-100 medley mash-up. Grandtheft is not your typical Dj where when you hear a song and can almost predict where the drops and transitions are going to happen. Grandtheft is unpredictable in this, he seamlessly sews the beats together and then hits you with a drop or transition when you least expect it, when it happens, the rush, that euphoric high, its what you talk about in that moment on social media or next day with friends and co-workers, every moment at the event is an animated story instead of a vanilla rehash recap.
One thing that surprised me, but was throughly impressive was his mash-up ability, Grandtheft’s complete disregard for genres, he blended it all regardless of bpms or style, he’s well on his way to becoming one of the very few Dj’s in the world who can do this and do it well(Mix Master Mike, A-Trak). Grandtheft delivered sonic eargasm’s that the packed house happily bounced, gyrated and swayed to till the last beat echoed from the speakers.
On this night the Toronto, showcased and supported local homegrown talent from start to finish. DamnKids is a promising talent to watch. Hrmxny, did a remarkable job holding the fort down. Grandtheft showcased why he’s one of Canada’s finest and most sought after Dj’s at home and abroad.