If examined from an aerial view, Broadway’s PlayStation Theater on Saturday, February 18th would show a serious lack of available space. Not at all uncommon to the 45,000 square foot venue when the musician playing that night has sold out the show. And indeed, Parisian future house pioneer, Tchami sold out his twelfth stop on his thirty-three city “Prophecy” tour.
Attendees paired in close clusters, matched skin to skin by a crowd whose sold out status rendered dance space an economical boundary of supply and demand. When Tchami rose to take the decks, he stood before a pulpit, illuminated by the glow of the stained glass cathedral window visuals that functioned as the stage’s backdrop and as Tchami’s thematic religious orientation.
Ticket purchasers to the “Prophecy” show were in store for a service much different from traditional Sunday mass as Saturday night transitioned into Sunday morning with a stroke of a clock, made inaudible by the beats delivered by opener, Mercer.
The set contained a diversification of Tchami classics. He fulfilled desires of fans via Prophecy, the wildly successful Malaa collaboration. He played You Know You Like It, the Tchami remix of the AlunaGeorge/DJ Snake single, and Not Coming Down, his re-imagination of the Candyland & Zak Waters song. Tchami dropped Dombresky’s Utopia, Kidenko & George Kwali’s Crank It, Format:B’s Chunky, and Sikdope’s Snakes interwoven among his own works.
Shufflers cut their last shapes as Tchami offered his final blessing to PlayStation attendees, the extended/Ibiza Annual 2014 Us&ca Edit of his own track, Untrue. As the LED lights of the pulpit came to a gradual rest, and the brilliance of the stained glass window visuals dimmed, the energy of those present at PlayStation Theater did not cease to buzz.
“Where do I go, in the after life?” attendees asked in the style of the 2015 hit single, After Life, where the term “afterlife” did not signify a reference to hell or heaven, but to the restless period that follows the close of a show.
But thankfully for attendees, future house thrill seeking would not stop at PlayStation Theater. The exclamation of “Tchami after party at Webster Hall,” was spoken by various voices as crowd members slowly filed out of the theater. Saturday’s PlayStation performance became its own “Prophecy” for an entrancing Webster Hall Gotham follow up.
Words by Rachel Narozniak of Blacklisted.