Erick Morillo Raises the Bar at Gold Room
Atlanta house music is on the rise. With the chemistry of powerful electronic artists flowing through the clubs and ears of Atlanta, it’s easy to see why house music is breaking barriers. Legend Erick Morillo was booked alongside local long-time favorite Tocayo at Gold Room this past Saturday, for example. I had the joy of attendance and thought I’d take the time to review this party. However, this editorial will focus also on very robust experiences that reflect the rising house scene in the ATL. Many of Bullet Music’s articles had already focused on Tocayo, and he needs little introduction to Atlanta house goers. Nonetheless, the journey can be explained simply by some observations about my experience:
I prepared as normal to accommodate for a late night, drinking plenty of water and parking at the venue Gold Room. I felt the need to explore the area around the venue (as some house venues are located in quite expensive locations, see Mambo Ibiza). However, I learned that this was a busy area filled with much to do (including your pregame special location). I headed back to the club after having a drink at a local bar. Gold Room offered a fantastic clubbing experience, equipped with Hookahs, sparkler bottle delivery, and a beautiful giant chandelier (and not a disco ball). It truly was a fantastic venue for both artists.
I had already been put on the guest list so I thought I’d come early and enjoy the experience offered by Tocayo. Nonetheless, Tocayo provided unique rhythmic, Latin, and powerful bass-driven vibes well into the night. His set was fruitful with great mixes, powerful drive, and an appropriate feel for warming up the crowd for the night ahead. I knew right away that Tocayo hinted to a very big night early on. I headed back to the bar for yet another drink, as things were definitely heating up.
Erick Morillo made his entrance around 1:00 AM as the screams from the crowd roared around me. I stood nearly ten feet front and center of Erick when he picked up the microphone to call out to his audience, “Atlanta… glad to be back!”
He introduced himself and his label, the mighty Subliminal Records. It had been some time since Erick had visited, so this experience was visually emotional for many in attendance (including Erick). I was happy to have stayed right up front dancing. His performance was wild and moving, both sonic and emotional, and offering a huge array of tech house and vocal house for the crowd. The set was fun-filled, technical, and blistering all at once. The visible passion by Morillo was extremely moving, displayed by his sweat-driven vigor. Time warped hour by hour as Erick wrapped up his set around 3:15 AM.
The underground house music scene in Atlanta is blossoming, and all the while big acts continue to visit and support local favorites in the city. This is a really good sign for house music aficionados, and I personally look forward to reviewing more shows in the very near future for all the house heads out there.
Photos by Quincy Dudley for Bullet Music