Martin Solveig’s skills behind the decks certainly contend with the heavyweights. His eclectic mix of dance music and all other genres had DC nightlife rocking something furious at Lima Lounge. Sporting a polo with his iconic headband, Martin was dressed for a 5-set thriller. Not only is his style extremely different, it’s also optimized for serious dancing. Every song choice and every transition was smooth and seamless. In an era when hip hop artists want to make dance music, Martin wanted to play hip hop. He managed to transition from house to progressive house to dubstep to hip hop and back.

Mr. Solveig opened his with a bang. Starting with the Grammy-nominated Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) by The Temper Trap and transitioning into Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers (Armand Van Helden Remix) then straight into Wolfgang Gartner’s Illmerica, you knew the night would be wild and crazy. As the each song reached its climax the strobe lights flashed, Lima filled with cold refreshing smoke and the crowd of Lima Lounge DC went absolutely fucking crazy. Martin even treated us to a very special listening of his new single, Big in Japan, from his upcoming album. It was the first time he played it live, and lucky for us DC Nightlife was the first to hear it. Over the night his set only continued to get better. He played his cult classic Hello, Calvin Harris’s Holiday (Laidback Luke Remix), Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce, Heads Will Roll (A Trak Remix) by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, remixes of ACDC’s Thunderstruck and Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys, Shake The Wall by Nick Terranova vs Oasis, a dubstep remix of Hip Hop by Dead Prez and much more. Anything Martin played was an instant success. The crowd wanted more and more, and as always Martin continued to drop bomb after bomb.

For his first DC nightlife appearance, Martin threw down hard. He showed DC nightclubs that he knows how to party. Be sure to check it his new album when it hits later this year. It will be a killer.

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