Do not worry, I am not moving out west to California, neither is this piece going to talk about the merits of doing so. No, in this post, I will try my best to walk all of you through the amazing experience of being a part of the biggest floating nu-Disco party sailing out the Boston harbor, courtesy of Austen Afridi aka Viceroy. The title of the article and Viceroy’s motto is absolutely befitting to his style of music, at least every time I hear it and close my eyes, summer and happiness is all I can think about!
August 24th, 6:00 p.m., a beautiful and 70 degree day in Boston and nearly 1000 party goers lined up on the pier at 200 Seaport Boulevard, ready to get on board the Provincetown II for Flavor Media‘s end of summer cruise featuring a plethora of artists. This was a ticketed event, with ticket prices ranging from $15-30 and VIP packages available for $40 including express entry and a Flavor Media T-shirt. The fact that the event was ticketed, made the boarding experience very pleasant and fast. The entire crowd was ticketed and searched by security and on board the ship for a timely departure at 7 p.m. Although, the boarding process took some time, the crowd was welcomed by the funky tech house beats of the opening DJ B3RAO on the main deck and the live sound of the band, Karate Show, on the second level. As if that wasn’t enough, Vita Coco was the sponsor of the event and provided absolutely free coconut water to everyone on board, all night!
The ship soon departed the harbor at about 7:15 p.m. and this is around when the handoff happened on both decks and Viceroy took over the decks from B3RAO, meanwhile on the second deck, Tamer Malki and Futured started pumping some quality deep house. Viceroy, hit the crowd with his signature style of disco influenced remixes of old throwback tunes mixed with a wide selection of original productions that reside in the realm of nu-disco and beach house. For a music fan, seeing the crowds response to this relatively obscure genre in Boston was priceless. Instead of idly standing around and occasionally fist pumping, as has become the norm in our regular EDM scene here in the states, people were genuinely enjoying dancing and busting out moves in their little dance circles or equally relishing the opportunity to sing along to their favorite tunes remixed to a modern disco beat. The party continued with Flavor Media’s DJ AI handed over the responsibility to bring the party to a close. He infused a higher tempo electro vibe into the crowd, to bring everyone to the next level and force them to give their all and dance hardcore, for the final segment of the cruise to come to an emphatic end.
The 3 hours went by fast, I guess it is true when they say that time flies when you’re having fun! The variety of music on display was enough to satisfy the desires of all in attendance. A constant question that kept coming up was, “What is this music, where can I get more of this?”, when referring to the beats Viceroy was pumping out. As someone who takes pleasure in disseminating all kinds of music to anyone that would listen, it was very rewarding to see an event in Boston that went the extra mile and organized a party to not only have fun but to also further the scene and educate our city. The overall response to the party from the organizers, performers and partiers was excellent. Performers put their heart into their sets, the organizers left no stone unturned when it came to ensuring the safety and comfort of all in attendance and the revelers upheld an excellent respectful behavior towards each other for a night free of any sort of violence or other undesirable activity. The only thing we were left wanting, were a few more hours or perhaps another chance at repeating history and doing it all over again. Oh well, it is after all the end of summer cruise and despite what the title says…till next year!
— Emma Suojanen (@emmasuoj) August 25, 2013