This Friday, May 3rd, Webster Hall’s “Girls and Boys Night,” is about to get funky. Pretty Lights Music’s own, Gramatik will be in the house dropping his signature style for all the girls and boys to get down to.
With over 100,000 tracks sold on Beatport, Gramatik earned nominations at the 2010 and 2012 Beatport Awards for “Best Chill Out Artist” and “Best Chill Out Track,” respectively. Unafraid to break through boundaries and cross genres, Gramatik has sampled everything from the blues to The Beatles. Throughout his entire catalog is an abundance of musical influences, including jazz, soul, hip-hop, and funk. What’s apparent, as his soundcloud page would suggest, is that even Gramatik himself, struggles to classify exactly what genre he’s producing. But as long as the Slovenian producer keeps dropping hits, we have no qualms about that.
It’s no mean feat to be one of the best parties on Fridays in Manhattan week in and week out, but Alex English and the GBH crew make it look easy. On April 5th, Webster Hall played host to the incredibly talented musician Griz as part of a tour supporting his album Mad Liberation. Click that link. Seriously. The whole thing is free, and it’s incredible.
One of the beautiful things about music, all music, is the tangled web of one genre’s evolution into another over time and space. Sometimes though that evolution moves quickly, and the force of a few people smash sonic forms together. It’s fitting then that Josh Friend fronts a band whose debut Album is titled Evolution Theory. He and his brother Tony along with their their friends Nick and Matthew are Modestep. Defying genre, they are rock/dubstep/metal/soul/electro musicians and they do not shy away from experimenting; both with the content of their album and their high-energy live show.
Modestep are a bunch of rowdy English boys who bring live instruments into the laptop dominated world of electronic music. And March 27th, they’re bringing it to Webster Hall. These guys aren’t Big Gigantic or Pretty Lights though; their sound is hard, aggressive and in your face. Over the last two years they’ve been putting out singles like the track “Sunlight” and the massive “Feel Good” the latter of which has an awesome music video. This past February they brought those releases and whole bunch of other music together to finally release their debut album Evolution Theory. The album features a number of big tracks with the fifth single from it to be released sometime soon and features Kindergarten Records young gun Popeska. Their live act is supposed to be epic and they’ve performed to hundreds of thousands of people already on their tour (they just played Ultra and are slated to play at Coachella as well). It’s tough to say that a group with over 50 million + plays of their music on youtube is on the rise, but they’re only going to get bigger. So don’t miss the chance to see them in an intimate setting like Webster. Because next time they come through New York, it’s going to be even bigger.
In a trend that none of us are mad about, some artists are taking over Webster Hall for the weekend. A few weeks ago Tiesto Dillon Francis graced the stage for Saturday and Sunday and this past weekend Feed Me with TEETH ate up the crowd and spit ‘em back out smiling. As Feed Me, Gooch creates music that isn’t limited to any one sub-genre of EDM but is an amorphous sort of sound that drifts from hard electro, to dubstep, mixed with seemingly random bits of alternative rock or drum n’ bass. His production credits show a unique range and an impressive ability to have a voice that leaves an almost immediately recognizable signature on every track he works on.
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2012 was a big year for them; “L’amour” brought their popularity to new heights, and “Cry(Just A Little)” was reworked and released by Flo Rida on his album Wild Ones. “Don’t Blame The Party” and “Out Of My Mind” were huge bangers that capped an already huge 2012. And as I’m sure you can imagine, they’ve been in high demand touring around the world.
2013 is going to be another big year for Bingo Players, so i’m sure they’ll want to set the tone early when they stop by New York City this Friday at Webster Hall. Girls & Boys parties are always a good time, so get your tickets here, and we’ll see you there.
Jon Gooch is the man behind Feed Me and he is more talented than you are. It’s okay, don’t be upset. He’s more talented than most of us mere mortals. Aside from making his own brand of amazing boundaryless music, Gooch draws and designs the Feed Me character (a little green goblin with a shit-eating grin) as well as designed his incredible light show known as ‘Teeth’. Feed Me and the man behind it are about making music a journey and the ‘Teeth’ become a part of that journey truly allowing the DJ (who will also mix lighting clips for the ‘Teeth’ while mixing music) to transport his audience.
His style can’t truly be pinned down but for a sampling of range you might check his brand new Death by Robot EP which features tracks with elements of dubstep, electro, drum n’ bass, fund and disco. Or check out his collaboration with the Crystal Fighters “Love Is All I Got” an indie pop/rock electro-dub track that tells an awesome story. Or better yet, just check him out in a couple weeks at Webster Hall where he’s playing with Mord Fustang. Originally scheduled for one night the city clamored for more and Alex English and the GBH crew made another night happen. You can check him out, WITH TEETH on Saturday or Sunday.
Looking for the perfect way to close out the year? Why not spend it with French sensation Madeon as he returns to Webster Hall on December 28th. The 18 year old boy-genius undoubtedly had an epic 2012; from breaking into the DJ Mag Top 100 (at 54 no less), to playing the likes of UMF and Coachella, its hard to believe that Madeon just played his first US show last October (fittingly at Webster Hall). He certainly has catapulted from internet sensation to international superstar; you know you’ve made it when your single ‘Finale’ is used in an NBC Summer Olympics commercial.
Madeon’s unique brand of poppy electro will be supported by NYC’s own The Knocks, and of course Alex English and EO’s favorite local bass master, rekLES. Be sure to grab your tickets HERE before they are gone – this will surely be a night not to miss!
OWSLA road warrior Kill The Noise finally released his highly anticipated Black Magic last week, and the EP certainly lived up to expectations with its refreshing take on bass music. While dubstep has arguably become a genre over-saturated with mediocre productions that simply rely on the craziest sounds and biggest drops, Black Magic focuses instead on intricate melodies, infusing the tracks with a certain musicality that one often does not find in other aggressive dub creations. In a recent interview with Billboard, Kill The Noise, or Jake Stanczak, noted that he â€˜spent a lot of time trying to do things at different tempos. Our last EP was mostly dubstep and a little bit of electrohouse and all that. This record is a little less dubstep and a little more different genres and a lot more musicalâ€¦I set out to explore more of my musical ability, showcasing that skill.â€™
Any bass lover in the Greater Metro Area knows that the Friday night Girls & Boys parties at Webster Hall bring the best of the best. So in case you missed him earlier this year (or at EDC Alaska), DJ Awareness Karate Master and Taco Lover Dillon Francis will be taking the stage at this week’s fiesta. Not only will he unleash his infamous brand of moombah/trap/dubstep upon the crowd, but he also announced earlier this week that all proceeds from the show will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Throw in a set from LA’s up and coming artist Clockwork, you’d be a fool to miss it.
In honor of this event, Girls & Boys resident DJ rekLES has uploaded an exclusive mix that highlights the best artists from the fall series – check out the FREE stream here!
Even though limited tickets are still available here, EO & rekLES are also offering a chance for you and a friend to experience it all from VIP. All you have to do is like rekLES and EO on Facebook, and comment on THIS FACEBOOK POST letting us know why you deserve 2 VIP tickets to see the moombah madman in action!