REVIEW: Jay Lumen @ CODA (Toronto) | May 1st, 2015


By Erin Holdbeck, Senior Editor. This past Friday, CODA played host to a sold out show featuring one of Europe’s biggest names in tech house, Jay Lumen.  The 4-hour set by the international giant was exactly what Toronto tech heads were searching for to kick off the spring event season.

The Hungarian super star, born Csaba Lumnitzer, has been involved in composing and playing music for decades.  After studying classical music for several years he starting getting involved in the local DJ scene playing clubs and parties that he organized.  Eventually he began producing his own tracks, which have been released on some of the biggest labels in techno and house including Drumcode, Saved, and Octupus Recordings.

Friday night started off hot both music and weather wise.  While I was already ecstatic upon arriving since I (finally) did not have to wait in the infamous CODA coat check line the opening set by Toronto’s own DJ Addy also helped warmed up the crowd.  The dance floor was practically bursting that the seams by 11pm already full of energy eagerly and awaiting Lumen’s arrival behind the decks.

By midnight, the crowd’s cheers indicated that Jay Lumen had entered the booth.  He wasted no time getting into the groove of things as he opened with the Nice 7 Remix of The Beat by DJ Pierre and Supernova suggesting we were in for a long night of upbeat an energetic techno and house.  The next few hours moved on smoothly as he dropped several of his own tracks including “Departures” and “Rollin’” as well as several Drumcode, Octopus, and 100% Pure releases.

While his set wasn’t quite as heavy as one would usually expect from Lumen, he demonstrated that he is an expert at reading a crowd and had the dance floor packed until close.  Overall, Lumen brought the fire with a classic techno set, exactly what can be expected from a seasoned veteran like himself, and proved the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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