In a sea of New York parties, the Verboten series stands out as a shining star. The combination of top-tier talent and a focus on music rather than bottle service brings the most discerning fans to Verboten events, creating party vibes unparalleled in NYC. The company struck gold once again Friday night when acclaimed Brazilian musician Gui Boratto unleashed his beautiful melodies on the Highline Ballroom. With support from top Japanese producer Satoshi Tomiie and NYC DJ Brad Miller, this was one of the company’s best parties to date.
Walking into the large ballroom you could feel a sense of tension, the crowd eager to hear the man that had been pleasantly invading their headphones for years. Brad Miller’s set was the perfect way to start the night–trippy synths and vocals infused with deep tribal rhythms reminiscent of Guy Gerber. I’ve heard Brad play on multiple occasions and each time he’s wowed me with a diversity of styles that’s quite rare in the New York City scene; he’s a must-see whether you live here or just visit. As the opening hour progressed, the dancefloor filled up nicely, hands raised high when Gui entered the spotlight. Boratto started energetically with the chilling Striker and never let up, blasting the dancing masses with unforgettable classics and unreleased bombs. Playing completely live on a setup consisting of a laptop, APC40, and JazzMutant Lemur, Gui wore a perpetual smile as he dropped hits like No Turning Back and his remix of Massive Attack’s Paradise Circus. The two hour set was a dark and sultry musical masterclass. Satoshi Tomiie then hopped up on the decks to close out the night with a bouncy mix of progressive tech house and acid house. Tomiie’s energy was infectious, leaving many dancing into the daylight hours.
Verboten events are not to be missed. Event production gets better every time, sound is top quality, and the bookings are phenomenal. Future events include stars such as Kate Simko, Art Department, Oliver Huntemann, and Josh Wink at a variety of venues, so don’t miss out on New York’s premier party series.
Photo credit: Mallory Contois