Event Review: Trance Takeover feat. Sean Tyas, Ryan Tyas, and Monoverse

Winter has slowly but surely begun to creep upon New York City, and weekend nights are more and more turning into a way to keep warm and blow off steam during this frosty hibernation. Many go to less and less events, choosing quality over quantity as the nights get longer and colder. Thankfully, Pacha brought in a New York City legend to ignite the night and bring trance fans out of their apartments from far and wide. Sean Tyas returned to New York City as part of his #IAMDEGENERATE tour, with support from his brother, Ryan, and Monoverse. The brothers have been absent from the Big Apple for about a year, with Sean Tyas brewing up his new ‘Degenerate’ branding, paired with a new radio show and a new, hard-hitting sound.

New York City residents were lucky to see Ryan Tyas open for Sean, and the inspiration he gets from his brother was more than apparent throughout his set. Playing on his New York roots as well, he gave a shout out to locals like DJ Eco, playing his track with Carly Burns “Hurt” to a happy crowd. It was cool to see Ryan and Sean share the decks throughout the night a true bonding experience for the two as well as an exciting homecoming to see friends and family.

Sean took to the decks for an eager crowd, estatic to hear new material from the degenerate leader himself. Tyas made sure his entire set was uncompromising, spouting off massive  tracks like ReOrder and Darren Porter’s track “The Void” along with Porter’s remix of “Physical Overdrive” from Johan Gielen. Paired with his own new material, including his most recent release “Try to Hold On” there was no hope for New York City. We would soon be pulverized by throbbing basslines and epic melodies. The trance rollercoaster continued with beautiful breaks from Jason Ross – Burma (Cold Blue Remix) and the psy-inspired tracks like “Pleasure Kingdom”. Seans set, though hard and fast, was an incredible journey to experience on a cold and rainy Saturday night.

Monoverse closed out the evening with a hard-hitting closing set that proves how versatile he is as a DJ. In New York City, we typically see Santos as an opening DJ for top international talents, but tonight he brought the night to a close by keeping everyone dancing until the early morning. Santos definitely dug into the virtual crates for a large portion of his set, pulling remixes from the early 2000’s to send the NYC trance family into a nostalgic hysteria.

After an incredible night of music, I too felt like a degenerate– my hair disheveled, my feet hurt from dancing, and my eyes struggling to stay awake as I left Pachita. The lineup was ideal for any true trance lover, filled with pure, driving trance melodies, uplifting vocals, and classics that immediately sent you back a decade in music. Despite having to wait for almost a year to see Sean Tyas, it was well worth it. Here’s hoping that New York City doesn’t have to wait another year to hear him spin again!

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Originally written for ENL by Maggie Popovich

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