MOTi – Vancouver Club Set
By Hazen Witemeyer @Hazengirl
Catching a killer set by Dutch DJ/producer MOTi was the the last thing I expected to do when I joined my family for a reunion in Vancouver, Canada – but thanks to my awesome cousin and her amazing colleagues at Spotlight Productions, me and seven of “rellies” stepped away from the family festivities to experience a musical journey like we had never seen before.
I might have been the only one of our group who had MOTi on my playlist before the show, but every single one of us loved the set. This was made possible by one thing and one thing only: MOTi is talented AF. In the words of one of my cousins, who prefers soulful singer-songwriters to house music in general, “MOTi was just on a different level.”
Never having seen an act in Vancouver, I was curious if my steam-punk cat shirt and face bling would be out of the ordinary, but actually the Harbour Event Centre was like any other big-city nightclub featuring a great EDM artist (save the British spelling.) I particularly appreciated that the venue had fewer VIP tables and more dance floor compared to the clubs in places like Miami, since music is all about the movement in my book. The crowd was young, fun and PLUR.
MOTi opened his set with his remix of Galantis’ “No Money” and kept the warm up phase fairly mainstream, including Alesso’s hit “Falling“ and Firebeatz’ “Where’s Your Head At“,. The audience loved hearing his probably best-known track, his collaboration with Martin Garrix, “Virus“.
A third of the way into the set MOTi began speckling in remixes of classic alternative bands like Blink 182 and Capital Cities. MOTi also paid homage to Linkin Park following the tragic news of Chester Bennington’s death a week before with “Numb”. In the next, deftly-executed turn, MOTi turned down the alt-rock and turned up the hip-hop with remixes including “Goosebumps“ by Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar. Throughout, MOTi wove an electronica-thread, intermingling tracks that blur the lines between genres like Justice vs. Simian’s “We Are Your Friends“.
Finally, he settled into an incredibly smooth and compelling future house run that included his own masterpiece “Valencia“. Even as the crowd got sloppy, the music played with fabulous focus and intention.
MOTi played the perfect club set and took the audience on a truly special musical journey that few DJs are equipped to lead. If you have the opportunity to join one of these expeditions, I highly recommend it.