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Russ Hayes' new years revolution at The Rel House

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Russ Hayes kept the music in heavy rotation at The Rel House, on Dec. 31. He was the main support and Twitch was the headlining act. They alternated between sets, until New Years Day.

Before Hayes began his set—he pressed play to see which instrumental he planned on using, on the CDJ to his right. He spoke to Twitch and asked how fast they wanted the tempo to be and how many beats per minute they wanted to start off. They both agree with 126 beats per minute. To warm up the crowd, Hayes decided to go with a groovy instrumental and they began the showcase around 7:43 pm.

Shortly after 8 pm, Hayes asked Twitch how much time he had left for him to complete his first set. Twitch responded by telling him he had less than 40 minutes to go, with his performance. After receiving word, the tone of his records became more bass heavy. He then ejected one of the discs and inserted John Digweed’s “Live In Slovenia” album, to blend into the mix. As the music played—he adjusted the knobs located on the upper portion of his mixer together, in order to influence the sounds.

Around 8:15 pm—vocals were heard, for the first time. The sound was manipulated to the male’s voice and the lyrics he delivered were unclear, as Hayes continued to use John Digweed’s “Live In Slovenia” album. As the voice remained present, Hayes switched out one of the compact discs and exchanged it with Digweed’s the “Live in London” recording. As the song he chose continued, he inserted Omid 16B’s remix of John Creamer and Stephane K’s “I Wish You Were Here” and transitioned into it.

Hayes took a break and returned to the turntables and mixer, as Twitch wrapped up his first set around 9:30 pm. Hayes kept the music going and matched Twitch’s instrumental with a track from John Digweed’s “Live in Argentina” album. Throughout Haye’s second set—he continued to use Digweed’s “Live in Cordoba” and Whatever’s Clever’s “September 2013” records. As Hayes continued to mix the tracks, Twitch advised the crowd they had been spinning records for 16 years.

Twitch and Hayes alternated one last time, shortly after 11 p.m. During the showcase, he continued to take the audience on a John Digweed trip. With one minute left until midnight, he paused to welcome in 2014.

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