Written By | Joshua Habtwold
LA-based house producer Dillon Nathaniel, a well-known act in the house scene who has opened up for big-name EDM acts like Destructo & Malaa came by to Toronto to initiate his Warehouse-based set at the one and only, the Velvet Underground. He recently released one of his original tracks, “Pressure”, through Atlantic Records and all streaming services available. He also became well-known through his collaborative projects with many EDM acts in the scene and is much recognized by his consistent BPM mixes and deep house bangers.
Once doors opened, the vibe didn’t start off until 30 minutes later, where local Toronto house artist and DJ, Mikey Palermo came by and performed a stellar b2b (back-to-back, in EDM jargon) with local Toronto photographer and DJ, Justin Astro. During their set, a good amount of people showed up to vibe with the artist, and danced the night away. While spinning the ones and twos easily, Palermo’s mixes were mainly 120BPM and brought more of a deep house/90’s house-type vibe, which was quite interesting. With Palermo rocking a 21 Savage-styled shirt and the crowd dancing to their mix, the engagement between both artists and the crowd was very vivid, and everyone was shuffling all over the place once the beat intensified until the end of their set.
It wasn’t until minutes later that Dillon Nathaniel came by and greeted both DJs and the crowd, and started off his set with developing mixes that would start at 70-90BPM. During the rising set, everyone came by to the front and danced the night away through much shuffling and happiness.
Nathaniel didn’t seem to break a sweat and managed to vibe with his production once certain mixes reached up to 120-124 BPM. The crowd enjoyed every minute of what Dillon brought to offer and it even became a point when a fan jumped by the speakers and danced like it was nothing. The engagement, the solidified production, and the unique composure by Nathaniel made the night, a night to remember. To me, this was an EDM show that really changed the aspect of how crowd engagement is a potential factor. For instance, the increase of BPM to the change in between mixes really became a factor in how this show was unique in its entirety.