“What is she on?” The question came from somewhere to my right, and was directed at a friend of mine who was dancing beside me, apparently in a more approachable manner.

“Nothing,” he replied. Nothing but sore legs and sleep deprivation, that is. But thanks to a ravetastic set by North Carolina native/LA-based trap producer NGHTMRE— aka Tyler Marenyi — I somehow found the energy to dance like I was absolutely off my face.

It was a particularly good night to be at Necto; Marenyi was originally scheduled for the end of January, but due to illness was forced to wait until this month to perform in Ann Arbor. He (and everyone else) went extra hard to make up for lost time, even treating us to some little-heard collabs. One with Flux Pavilion is still quite mysterious — my research suggests it doesn’t even have an official name yet. “Superstar” with Pegboard Nerds features the voices of Jahan and Yasmin Yousef (Krewella), and was premiered at the Avalon in LA earlier this month with huge success.

These are just a few of the collaborative projects that Maryeni took on in conjunction with creating his first solo EP. He took to Snapchat in February to tease the EP with a tracklist, and later that month promised more bangers in the works with the likes of Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Loudpvck, Ghastly (we got to hear that one too) … the list goes on, and includes the aforementioned songs done with with Flux Pavilion, Pegboard Nerds, and Krewella.

Maryeni’s popularity has skyrocketed ever since the masses got a taste of his style via Skrillex’s Ultra 2015 set, in which he dropped NGHTMRE’s “Street”. The song went on to define that year’s festival season, and his show at Necto certainly lived up to the hype. Maryeni wasted no time getting down and dirty, and stayed true to that fun-loving style throughout. From opening with Zomboy’s “Like A Bitch” to closing with his own “Lighters Up”, his set brought out the best trap has to offer, and I for one can’t wait to see what else he has up his sneaky little sleeves.


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