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Review: Cazzette and Dada Life at Lavo NYC 9/15/11
For the second time in recent months, Lavo New York opened its famed DJ booth up to Dada Life on Thursday night. The first thing I have to say about this duo of Swedish DJs is that they are two very weird dudes with some even weirder fetishes. For those not familiar with them, Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom have an obsession with bananas, champagne, and, as I learned on Thursday, transvestite zebras.
Anyways, before I elaborate more on that part, Cazzette, another duo of Swedes, opened up for Dada. The two guys in Cazzette, Alexander Bjorklund and Sebastian Furer, are only 17 and 21 years old, respectively. Crazy, I know. Though not very well known yet, Cazzette is currently touring with Avicii. And they’re managed by Avicii’s manager, Ash Pournouri (you know, the one who talks way too much on Avicii’s LE7ELS podcasts). Clearly, Sweden produces amazing DJs at a young age for some reason, and Ash has a talent for picking them up. Avicii has voiced his appreciation for his manager over and over again, so Cazzette is in good hands, and I’m thinking that we’re going to see big things from these guys over the next couple years. Cazzette was high-energy and obviously talented, and they opened with hits such as Tiesto’s “Maximal Crazy” (which sounded unreal on Lavo speakers) and their own bootleg of Swedish House Mafia’s “Save the World.” My one major piece of advice is that they really, really need to work on their awkward hand motions.
Once Dada Life stepped into the booth, various banana and champagne paraphernalia had appeared from somewhere: 6-foot long blow-up bananas, banana balloons, 6-foot tall blow up champagne bottles, a dancer dressed as a banana… you get the point. There were also nude dancers in zebra body paint wearing full on zebra head masks. And then there was a 10-foot tall tranny dressed up as a zebra. It was basically a circus.
Dada opened with “Just Bleep Me,” their re-make of Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” just like they did at Lavo back in July, and they followed with Afrojack’s “Replica.” Dada’s set was very strong and featured a mix of big EDM favorites right now, along with a Tiesto throwback (can’t ever go wrong with that). Highlights included: Afrojack and R3hab‘s “Prutataaa” vs. Empire of the Sun’s “Walking on a Dream;” Calvin Harris’ “Bounce” (R3hab Remix) and “Awooga”; the Tiesto classic “Adagio for Strings,” as well as his new “Maximal Crazy;” Avicii, “Levels;” Swedish House Mafia’s “One;” Chuckie featuring Gregor Salto, “What Happens in Vegas;” and Dada’s own “Unleash the Fucking Dada,” “White Noise / Red Meat,” “Happy Violence,” and their sick remix of Kaskade’s “Dynasty” featuring Haley. Please note that throughout the entirety of their set the duo and their banana dancer consumed at least a dozen bananas. Yes, real bananas.
Suffice to say, Dada Life put on a damn good show. Even though the duo inquired on their Twitter handle yesterday, “Why do everybody say that we’re “crazy”? It feels completely normal to be us,” these guys are definitely crazy. And talented. If you haven’t gotten the opportunity to see them live yet, I strongly suggest you grab a banana – or three – and head to their next show.
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