Saturday night is for him. It's also for her. Thanks to Poplife, it's for everyone, because the non-gender-specific get-down His and Hers was in full-swing at Grand Central's upstairs Garret.
This weekend, EDM mastermind, composer, and connoisseur Destructo hit the loft for its second installment of their new night. Naturally, the intimate space degraded into a sweaty, alcohol-fueled vibe factory by the end of the night, but that's pretty much what everyone was hoping would happen.
If you beat the crowd to the party, you were rewarded with free drinks from 11 p.m. to midnight. We don't really understand why anyone would turn down free alcohol, so we got there pretty early.
Grand Central co-owner Aramis Lorie of the Poplife crew warmed the place up with lots of danceable vibey jams, a mix of classic and recent favorites with some surprises. He even threw down some Kodiak Furs, the dreamy local synth lovers who helped celebrate His and Hers debut.
The vibe started off chill and escalated from start to finish. The crowd included funky young professionals and danceheads ready to get loose. You know you're in for a party when a dude in a chicken suit shows up. It's an even better party when the chicken has a cape.
The free drinks ran out just in time for the real crowd swell, which meant the bathroom line was going to be a hell on Earth for the rest of the night. Drunk people forming lines is where morals are tested, and the weak go to damned-near piss themselves.
But great music kept flowing as the energy rose. By about 1:15 a.m., the time for Destructo had arrived. Usually when he hits a stage in Miami, it's to go in blazing before a giant sonic showcase in a big room. He said in our interview how much he appreciates the chance to play more low-key settings, and his set reflected the fun he was having in the cool atmosphere.
The crowd was feeling it right away, clapping along and chirping bird calls to the beat. They gathered around his booth, hands up, either hypnotized or busy miming fornication. He took us through dark vibes, deep melodies, techno kicks, and killer dance grooves. He dropped some Todd Terje, some Michael Jackson, and even some never-before-mixed goodies.
"You guys are making my night," he said, throwing down a fresh remix. "This is the first time I've played this song. You guys are digging it."
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Destructo was reppin' his brand, rockin' a sweet #SHIPFAM snapback, and later a Shipfam member's signed captain's hat. He dropped his hit collaboration with Oliver "LA Funky" before it was all said and done, riding out on a sonic wave till about 3 a.m. and handing over the rails to Off the Radar's Ray Milian.
The vibe kept going for a while longer, and upon cashing out our tabs, we realized we somehow managed to drink a more obscene amount than we'd thought. But sometimes, you just got to get caught up in the moment and go HARD, right? RIGHT?
You get it.