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Despite all the spreading news about the festival around a month before, ISMAYA Live has successfully wrapped up Djakarta Warehouse Project 2017 on 15-16 December 2017 at JIEXPO Kemayoran. For two days, ravers from all over the world gathered in one place to show how the festival showed the diversity and unity under music.
On Day 1, we arrived around 1830 WIB and went straight to see Trilions at Cosmic Station. With new formation consists of Six Pratama, Marquee, and MC Joey, the trio warm up the area with popular tracks. Then it was time for Hizkia took over the deck.
Hizkia played some House tracks that made the crowd danced. Slowly, the area was filled with ravers. We also took a peek at Neon Jungle where OKIOCTO and then Jade Rasif played some tracks to warm up the crowd. The excitement built up from the crowd when Tony Romera played groovy tracks.
We went to Garuda Land and saw the magnificent Garuda Bot design. It reminds us to mecha anime such as Gundam. Robin Schulz was playing that time. His deep house tracks made the audience sing and dance, especially when his notable tracks like “Prayer In C”, “Headlights”, “Sun Goes Down”, and “Sugar”.
We were back in time to watched MaRLo. Although he was added last minute to replace Vini Vici, he delivered massive set. Tracks from latest “Altitude” album and his anthem tracks successfully made Trance lover dance with full energy. Then the tension was cooled by iLan Bluestone who is known with his signature Progressive Trance tracks.
Tracks from iLan Bluestone consists of tracks from Anjuna labelmates and of course his new track called “Another Lover”. The set from iLan made the crowd cooling down for a bit and geared up for next performance, NWYR.
Side project of Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst from W&W made their Asia debut at DWP17. The 3D visuals was stunning, with two dragons spout the fire breath. NWYR brought back the old sound of W&W and some psy-trance. When they played their collaboration with Vini Vici called “Chakra”, the audience danced like crazy.
Marshmello made everyone at Garuda Land danced with his mashup tracks and also his hits like “Alone” and “Take It Back”. Then we watched Zeds Dead destroyed Neon Jungle with their Dubstep tracks. To end Day 1, we watched Tiesto back at Garuda Land and his performance accompanied with fireworks.
For Day 2, we decided to stay only at Elrow Stage. We anticipated this special stage with theme Psychedelic Trip. When we arrived, the area was decorated with psychedelic theme. The deck decorated with colorful bus and had “Rowdstock”, inspired by Woodstock, written on top of it.
Hudi started the day with some deep dark tunes of Techno, followed by duo Yesterday Afternoon Boys. Trio Fun On A Weekend, consists of Winky Wiryawan, Evan Virgan and Kenny Gabriel, heated up the area and made people dance. They also dropped their newest track called “Tom Tom Club”.
After Fun On A Weekend, Elrow’s own resident Marc Maya continued the flow with some Tech House signature track. This was the time when the party really started. From the beginning, Elrow crews distributed stickers to the crowd.
In the middle of Marc Maya’s performance, the crew started to blow confetti. Stilts player in costumes and 5 Ondel-Ondel (Jakarta’s traditional clown) came out and blended with the crowd. Totally festive atmosphere!
We headed out to Live Etc. stage where Hip Hop genre made its debut with performances from 88rising artists. Joji started the night and the crowd filled the area in no time. We came back again to the Live Etc. stage to watch Rich Chigga and everybody cheered on him. Rich Chigga dropped his hits, like “Dat Sick”.
Back to Elrow Stage, Chelina Manuhutu was on stage and keep the crowd dancing. Once again, the confetti, costume players, and ondel-ondel were present. After Chelina, another Elrow resident, Toni Varga keep the mood up high.
We were very excited to see Loco Dice in his firs appearance at DWP17. When he came up, everybody was cheering at him. He was one the anticipating performer at Elrow Stage and he delivered with beast set! Not a single person stay still during Loco Dice performance.
The last performance of the night was Richie Hawtin. Once the legend dropped his first tune, everybody cheered very loud. Although this was not his first time coming to Jakarta, but Hawtin never out of ammunition to make people dance.
We went for Hardwell at Garuda Land and watched the fireworks that conclude Djakarta Warehouse Project 2017.
In terms of lineup, this year was the most interesting yet. We’re not talking about lineup in main stage, but more to the side stage. Performances from 88rising marked Hip Hop debut at DWP and showed that DWP is always evolve every year.
We couldn’t get rid of our disappointment when we’re watching DJ L. This Shanghai-based DJ last year blew us away with his dark Techno set. So when this year DJ L was part of the lineup, we were so excited. We were expecting another deep and dark Techno set like last year, but this year he played Trap and Bigroom. We were so disappointed that we left the area after 10 minutes. Lesson learned: never put a high expectation from the DJ that just enter the Top 100 DJ Mag this year.
However, Elrow Stage for us is the winning points from DWP17. Dubbed as craziest party in the world, DWP17 brought small portion of the craziness to Jakarta with massive lineup and party atmosphere. It may small portion, but the impact was huge. We literally never felt in an atmosphere like that. It was truly a psychedelic trip. We’re expecting another Elrow Stage in Jakarta in the future.
We expect another level of party next year at Djakarta Warehouse Project where they will celebrate its 10th year anniversary. We will wait what will ISMAYA Live team bring for next year. See you next year!
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