I’m early, there aren’t many people here just yet, but the vibe is good. It’s my first time at Studio No. 7 and it is a beautiful venue. As I walk in I’m greeted by Goran Stevkovski of Project B., the group hosting the event. We haven’t been formally introduced yet, but the greeting at the door is warm and friendly, a nice contrast to the damp overcast night I’m walking in from. The “open air” event has been moved inside due to weather conditions. I’m a bit disappointed by this, live music is always better under an open sky.
As I follow the music around a corner I am greeted by an open room, lined with soft leather couches and lit primarily by candlelight. There is a beautiful piece of modern art with warm, bold colors hanging on the far wall and the DJ booth is surrounded by plants and more candles. Shadows dance across the walls, mimicking the motions of the dancers that will presently fill the room.
It is a long show tonight, there are three DJs playing before the main act, Bedouin, and their set itself is promised to last three hours. I go to the bar and order a mule and sit on the couch, pulling out my notebook to get a feel for the room. There aren’t many people here yet, but the ones who are are talking and laughing animatedly with one another. I am early enough that most of the crowd seems to know each other.
Fellow Bullet writer, Kristin, joins me on the couch. We chat about the night and she introduces me to the members of Project B. with whom she is close. They are very kind and surprisingly humble. The lack of pretentiousness is impressive as Goran tells me about their history and goals as a group. He has a lot of passion for what they do and is excited to share quality music with the community. Tonight’s lineup is a shining example of that vision.
Komron from Q/Q starts off the party at sunset. The Atlanta native describes himself as a “house/progressive/techno DJ” and is affluent in multiple genres including deep house and minimal. He is followed by the sets of Adam who plays deep house and Bobi who plays mainly house and techno. All sets of the evening revolve around a combination of tech and deep house. Filling the rooms with an entrancing, airy vibe highlighted with breathy, soaring vocals over lighter, consistent rhythms that transition into darker sound effects without losing the trance like energy.
Bedouin is the highlight the evening. The duo, Tamer Malki and Rami Abousabe are based out of Brooklyn, but their music carries heavy influences from their Middle Eastern heritage. Bedouin creates a beautiful, dreamlike soundscape that transports the listener to exotic lands to dance with bare feet on burning sands. Their melodies wrap themselves around you, beckoning you to tap into the adventuring spirit within.
Their hypnotic set filled the room for hours, never letting up in intensity. It was truly a beautiful experience and the indoor setting was well suited, though perhaps not as well as the outdoor would have been. I feel Bedouin is something better experienced under the stars. The cloudy skies and drizzle hardly kept the crowd away and as the night deepened the venue filled. It was a very social event it seemed, with the majority of people drinking and chatting as opposed to dancing, a phenomenon that I do not understand.
Bedouin was more than dance worthy, they were mesmerizing, capable of taking you so far away from the outside world that you could get lost for hours at a time, only to return when when the experience becomes too much to bear.