Saturday December 6th was a very big night for Toronto. Two gentlemen by the names of Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi graced us with their much anticipated return and performed a monstrous set inside the main room at The Guvernment. After a long-term hiatus from the electronic music scene, these two joined forces creating the super-duo that is Deep Dish. No doubt about it, they delivered a show that you would not expect from a group that has been split apart for so long. Deep Dish definitely set the bar very high for any techno show, or any show, coming up in Toronto in the future. Actually, let me correct myself. Deep Dish took that bar and threw it into the intergalactic cosmos.
Before Deep Dish took the stage, resident DJs Manzone and Strong took the decks opening the bill at 10 pm. Although I did arrive at 1am, it is safe to say that they are consistent in hyping up the crowd in preparation for an incredible set. As soon as I entered The Guvernment’s parking lot, you could hear the bass booming. The turnout was massive. As expected, the club was packed! The vibe from the crowd was perfect; everything and everyone moving and grooving together smoothly. Not what you would expect from a big headliner event held at The Guvernment. The crowd that night was mature, friendly, and all there for the same reason: to dance and some amazing tunes by a couple of amazing DJ’s and producers whom are some of many leading the SCI+TEC record label.
Deep Dish went in and out of different sub-genres. They gave us techno, progressive house, psy-trance and, believe it or not, dubstep and some drum and bass. This was the wake-up call of all wake-up calls, bringing us head banging bass and bouncy beats. One track that seemed to be one every one’s minds leading up to the event night was Dubfire’s track featuring Miss Kittin, Exit. As any good musical act would do, they delivered. The crowd was roaring, the floor was shaking and the vibes were unreal. Hands were up and feet were moving as other epic tunes came on such as Dubfire’s rework of Plastikman’s Spastik and Tripi by Sharam featuring Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. A couple songs that especially stuck out for me was Maceo Plex’s Conjure Superstar and Nicole Moudaber’s remix of Everytime I See You. Dubfire and Sharam would switch places every once in a while not only keeping the beat consistent, but working together as if they were of the same mind.
Speaking of the mind, the light show and background visuals displayed during the show was a visual mind trip on its own. Luminescent colours of blue, green, red, purple, yellow, and others painted the room. It was a display unlike anything I’ve seen at this club. Scintillating starry flashes of light moving in a wavelength then dripping like water covered the stage. Optical illusion effects and multi-coloured geometric patterns lit up the crowd. Indeed, it was beautiful to witness.
Ali and Sharam showed us a set that would put chills on an icicle. The heavy-hitter duo Deep Dish performed like their lives depended on it, and for that we came to love and appreciate them a whole lot more. I left the club at around 7am on Sunday morning. I discovered about an hour after leaving that the show was still going! Then it was today that I found out Deep Dish was on until 9am. That was a set for the history books ladies and gentlemen.
Nerissa Quammie for EDM TOR