What’s it like to party with DJ Pauly D? One word: insanity, which we experienced first hand.
Real name Pauly DelVecchio, the New England native quickly rose to fame toward the end of the last decade- starring in, perhaps, the biggest reality TV show in history: MTV’s Jersey Shore. Despite his television success, music has always been Delvecchio’s biggest passion. Last Saturday, that passion was on full display- along with his signature blowout, and catchphrases, as he took to the stage at Aston Manor, Seattle.
We arrived at the swank SoDo nightclub at 10:15 PM, only to be greeted by one of the longest lines we’ve ever seen at this venue! By midnight, the place was packed to the brim. When he took to the stage- the roof almost flew off!
The audience screamed (there was so much screaming) at the top of its lungs as DJ Pauly D proclaimed “Seattle, we in here!”. Opening with Lil Jon and Aazar’s Lit, we were assaulted with raining confetti, nonstop CO2 cannon blasts, and Lil Jon crunk anthems for, at least, the first five minutes of his set.
From that point, it was fuck genres. We heard it all: big room, trap, pop, hip-hop, reggaeton- even a tiny bit of riddim! There were a few original mashups, which made us nod our heads in approval- his mix of NGHTMRE and The Chainsmokers Save Yourself vs Papa Roach’s Last Resort standing out the most. The only thing that seemed to be missing was trance!
One of the most outgoing personalities on Jersey Shore, DJ Pauly D was just as interactive with his Seattle audience. There were segments where he wanted to see everyone fist pump along with him. “I love Seattle this time of year!” he proclaimed on multiple occasions. On this night, the headliner was having as much fun as the crowd- maybe even more, evident by the number of times he pulled out his cell phone to bring the action to his millions of fans on Snapchat and Instagram.
“I got to leave. You know why? Cabs are here!”, DJ Pauly D said, closing the night with Post Malone’s I Fall Apart. While he may not be your traditional dance music DJ, America’s most popular guido throws one helluva party. Now excuse us- we have some GTL to finish.
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