Thomas Gold - Maya Day & Nightclub - 5/24/13
Friday, May 24, 2013
Maya Day & Night Club
After a solid day of watching The Walking Dead, thanks to Netflix and various other websites I would prefer not to get in trouble, I found myself at Maya for the first time to see Thomas Gold hit the decks.
Like The Walking Dead, many people awaited outside of Maya in a hungry, shambling line, only they were hungry for EDM. After some complications and confusion, I finally made my way through the doors into Maya. Before I walked in, I happened to take a quick turn back to see Axis Radius silent, dead, and almost desolate across the street. It was odd to see it so empty--not even open, at that. Steve LeVine Entertainment (SLE) had a new center for EDM: Maya.
The set-up of the venue resembles a Vegas-style club. It was impressive to see, but yet the majority of people in the crowd were still those who were typically found at Axis Radius or Wild Knight already. Of course, the drinks seemed a tad overpriced, but I allowed my mind to just absorb everything around me.
The pool was spectacular, though I was disappointed at how distant it felt from the DJ booth; I think it'll be impossible to fully enjoy both at the same time. But there's plenty of space, and the go-go dancers last night were painted gold, which is a nice touch. Thomas Gold. Nice catch, Maya.
Regardless of what I'm saying, the venue is nice. You get the picture: Lights, bar, dance floor, food, pool; Maya seems to have it all. But the venue is nothing if the acts and music can't support a good time, and Maya seemed to have that under control when Gold took the decks at 12:05 am. Of course, even before he stepped in many in the crowd were dancing chaotically to music, shuffling, and grinding--I even caught a couple salsa dancing. At least it looked like salsa dancing.
Gold took the decks in an environment that was as new to much of the crowd as it was to him, and got started with several EDM anthems to get the crowd into the music. His own rendition of Calvin Harris' take on Florence + The Machine's "Sweet Nothing" got the crowd singing. And of course Gold dropped his own style into the already remixed song, adding a melodic, trancy and progressive house Gold polish.
So many songs were played, in fact, that any true EDM lover might have questioned the notion of the DJ in the first place. Songs like Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Nero's "Promises" swept over the crowd. It was as though Gold needed--or at least felt like he needed--to drop some anthems to get the crowd, which was half-fans and half-novices, going.