It’s been almost four months since Marquee NYC re-opened their doors, and in that short time they’ve continued to build upon the name that has already been famous in nightlife for over a decade. From festival headliners to gritty tech house up-and-comers, Marquee has provided the New York City club scene with a wide array of DJs; just make sure you can get in, because it isn’t easy. The chilly April night last weekend didn’t stop hoards of fans from lining up around the venue to see Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke take to the decks. VIBE was there (after some serious door hustling, we made it in) to catch the Detroit native at work.
Doors opened at 11 p.m. The energy in the room was quickly building with an impressive opening set by Sleepy & Boo. These New Yorkers are no strangers to Marquee, having played there multiples times already this year. As partygoers trickled in, the club came alive – slowly at first – then, as if in an instant, the dance floor was at full capacity.
At around 1 a.m., a hulking bearded figure in a black T-shirt was spotted on stage. It was Claude VonStroke, which meant it was time to tech. In case you missed it, check out our “5 Reasons Not to Miss Claude Vonstroke“.
Staying true to his form, Claude VonStroke delivered a massive and thumping set that threw the crowd into a frenzied uproar. As the night wore on, the music and mood in the room intensified. He delighted the crowd with some favorites from the Dirtybird family, and made two of the most unique track selections Marquee has arguably seen to date. VonStroke swept the crowd into a nostalgic chaos with his remixes of ‘Percolator’ and something that might have been off of Jock Jams Volume 1. At around 4 a.m. he dropped the bomb that many had been hoping to hear, ‘Who’s Afraid of Detroit’.
One of the toughest challenges for a DJ’s live set is track selection. Technical ability becomes irrelevant if the crowd is not vibing with their choices. When it comes to a show at Marquee, this creates a particularly unique challenge. Since shedding their “bottle service” image and attempting to rebrand, Marquee has been able to attract a more musically inclined crowd. (Still, table service lines the entire club along with the 2nd floor). The successful Marquee DJ has to find a way to make their sets unique and familiar at the same time. Taking too many chances, or not enough, can make or break a DJ in this club. Claude VonStroke was able to strike the balance, and the crowd, going all night.
Hard-hitting techno, groovy baselines, and a unique track selection… New York is clearly not afraid of Detroit.