This past Friday I had the pleasure of groovin’ the night away with my fellow deep house fans at the Tchami show at the Observatory North Park in San Diego. A native Parisian DJ whose fame skyrocketed after co-writing one of DJ Snake’s hit songs “Turn Down for What?” – is rumored to know how to make a crowd go crazy! While in a priest outfit?!? Unheard of. Regardless, I had to see what the buzz is all about around the producer who’s made a name for the future house genre.

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Known for hosting artists of all musical styles from rap to alternative to reggae, the Observatory in North Park is the go-to spot for seeing your favorite artists at a close distance. It was no surprise this sold-out show had a line around the block. Fellow French DJ and producer Mercer opened the show mixing electro house beats and getting the crowd ready for the main act.

Finally, it was time for Tchami to take the stage. At this point in the night, fans were filling up the main room of the red velvet-lined theater and waiting for the Parisian producer in anticipation. Some highlights of the night include dropping his top tracks “Promesses” and “Adieu”. There’s no doubt these were his crowd pleaser bangers as you could feel the energy escalate when these songs blasted through the speakers. But it was his bootleg of “Gangstas Paradise”, hit collab with AC SlaterMissing You”, and remix of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” that blew me away.

Tchami’s stage presentation was not one to disappoint either – with the high-propped stage and glass-stained window visuals and lights changing to the beat. The visual aesthetics of the LED altar were probably the highlight of my night. Nothing like the feeling of raging in a church! It was as if we were fully immersed in a Sunday school sermon with Tchami preaching with his musical genius. Each time I looked out into the sea of people, the energy was through the (velvet) roof, fans were engaged, and the dancing never ceased. Switching back and forth between deep house, abstract bass and EDM, this priest-outfit wearin’ DJ really stole the show. If you’ve ever wanted to see Tchami live, catch him on this epic tour before it ends!

Photos: Jesse Gassaway