Australia’s number 1, 2 and 3 DJs brought a little bit of bounce to Maison Mercer
this past Friday September 19
. Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher
and Timmy Trumpet
reigned down and gave Toronto a little bit of their Aussie flair with a night dedicated to Melbourne Bounce
. Much to the pleasure of many, Maison did not have a dress code that night, so everyone could come in anything they felt comfortable in to get their bounce on. Up All Night
, a monthly brand party, partnered with project O
, MHM Live
to bring a night for the books.
I arrived at 11 as GTECH was warming up the crowd. The dance floor was still pretty empty but within 5 minutes it was difficult to find a big enough space to claim your dance room. One thing I absolutely love about Melbourne Bounce is the variety of songs you can choose from different genres to incorporate into the Electro-House and horn-infused Dutch House sub-genre. Tracks such as The Prodigy‘s Out of Space, Pink Floyd‘s Another Brick in the Wall, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ By The Way and GTECH’s remix of Nate Dogg – Gangsta Walk were played. The temperature started to rise quickly. If GTECH’s set was any indication how the remainder of the night would go, it would be one where you walked out of Maison covered in a layer sweat and I was very okay with that.
At midnight Timmy Trumpet
took to the decks. This was the first time Sydney-born Jazz
trumpeter has played in Toronto. To a chorus of cheers, Timmy began his set playing his trumpet over the opening of Adele
. Lana Del Rey
vs Cedric Gervais’ Summer Time Sadness
& Dirty South
– City Of Dreams
and Timmy’s Freaks
were incorporated into Timmy’s set. A definite highlight was hearing Timmy play his trumpet over Guru Josh
mixed into Coldplay
‘s A Sky Full of Stars
. It was a moment of peace during an otherwise hectic night on dance floor. Hopefully, Timmy comes back to Toronto as I agree completely with what he said into the microphone: “It’s my first time here and I already miss you.” We miss you too.
While Snapback was playing, Timmy threw a bunch of snapback masks into the crowd. Several attendees put them on and I saw one person walking out Maison with it still on his head. If you have not had the pleasure of listening to any of Timmy Trumpet’s productions, I suggest you do. Not only is he a talented musician but also a talented producer. His sound is hauntingly beautiful when his trumpet accompanies tracks. The last song in his set was Kayne‘s Bound 2.
For anyone who has not had the pleasure of meeting Will, Joel or Timmy, they are all tall gentleman. There is also something to be said about going on tour with your buddies. You have the unconditional support, night after night, by comrades who understand the not-so-glamourous tour life. Another great thing to see was Will and Joel were completely present with their focus on Timmy during Timmy’s set. In fact, all three guys stayed in the Maison main room throughout the night greeting fans but most importantly supporting each other.Will Sparks
‘ set started at 1 a.m. For anyone who was at Maison when Will stopped by in April 2014 knew exactly what they were in for. Bathed in blue, Will started his sets with his energy level at 150, Oh Yeah
could be heard coming through the speakers. I took this time to take a breather and get a drink of water. Upon my return, it was non-stop bouncing until my departure. This is What The Bounce Is
were some of Will’s tracks played during his set. Timmy Trumpet made a guest appearance atop the DJ both during Will Spark’s edit of Melbournia. Also played was Lights
by Ellie Goulding
and I Could Be The One
featuring Nicky Romero
was the final DJ to step to the decks at 2 a.m. The energy in the room was still on fire and I took the time to check out my favourite dance space of any venue, the back. To my surprise many Toronto Bass Community
folks were in attendance, some shuffling their hearts out. I took this time to really get down and groove to the music. Similar to Joel’s previous set at The Hoxton
in April 2014, it was filled with a great mix of tracks. DMX’
s Party Up (Up in Here)
, Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
, 7 Nation Army
, All the Small Things
, Blood Rave
, Get Low
, The Hockey Song
by Stompin’ Tom Connors
‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit
were mixed into the infectious bounce beat. The crew was all smiles as each song came and went. As Showtek – We Like To Party (Neple Remix) was playing, GotSome featuring The Get Along Gang’s Bassline was mixed in. The remaining dancers went absolutely crazy. I took my exit shortly after this, dancing my way out Maison with a little more bounce in my step.
Everyone who was in attendance had a fantastic time from start to finish. I have no idea the next time a Melbourne Bounce event will happen in Toronto but I highly recommend you do not miss one. Timmy, Will and Joel have a fantastic time on the remainder of the tour and we hope to see you soon.
Up All Night
Natalia Toussaint – EDM TOR