Never has Webster Hall seen a Girls & Boys Friday night with such a diverse lineup as this past Friday’s. UZ (@balltrapmusic), Birdy Nam Nam (@BNNofficial), and French Fries (@lefrenchfries) brought to New York City a great mixture of dubstep with live scratching, french electro/tech house, and of course trap.
Birdy Nam Nam opened the night, and you could tell the crowd was a little apprehensive. It is difficult to place a genre on them, because they incorproate so many elements of many EDM genres with live mixing/scratching. BNN prides themselves on using the turntable as a musical instrument. The French Foursome have been around for years and have just recently caught the eyes and ears of Skrillex, who signed them to OWSLA and remixed their song “Goin’ In”. The build up of the first song they played had a lot of people confused and unsure how to dance especially because the dj beforehand had finished out his set with moombahton (Pendejas by Alvin Risk to be exact). A few people in the crowd were looking around confused as to what they were about to hear/see, awkwardly bopping their heads, yet as soon as the bass dropped and BNN started live scratching à la A-trak, the crowd went wild as some people thrashed, others leaned, and some even did the Bernie. The overall consensus was that this set was going to be great, and definitely something different then what most were used to. The highlight of this set was when they dropped “Wild For the Night”, the Skrillex/ A$AP Rocky remix of “Goin’ In” which was recently released on A$AP’s album, Long.Live.ASAP. The crowd literally went Wild for the night since everyone knew this song.
As the dance floor started getting more packed, Birdy Nam Nam finished out their set and stepped aside for the elusive headliner, UZ. UZ is one of the current EDM legends of Trap, and what adds to his appeal is his mysteriousness. He dj’s with a mask on and has not revelaed his identity, yet AC Slater, Dave Nada, Craze, and Kill the Noise have all made Twitter claims saying they are the real UZ. He has gotten support from artists such as Diplo, Flosstradamus, 12th Planet, RL Grime, and Bauuer. For such a short career, UZ has done releases on Mad Decent, Jefree’s, BNR, Mau5trap, and OWLSA; not bad seeing as he’s only been relevant for about a year now. The mystique of UZ is complemented by the fact he is one of the best trap DJ’s and producers out there at the moment. As Harlem Shake has become the Levels of trap music, so many props given to UZ for NOT playing Harlem Shake in his set. Instead, he chose to play lesser known but still amazing songs such as “2012” by UFO! and Bro Safari (this was the highlight of his set in my opinion, no one ever drops this!), and the VIP remix to his song “Booty 2 the Ground” featuring his pal CRNKN, which had all the ladies dropping their booties…to the ground.
Closing the night out was my personal favorite, French Fries. French Fries is a french electro/tech house producer who dabbles in fidget house, moombah, and even trap, amongst other genres. To put a genre on the variety of music he played in his set would be impossible as he amazed me and everyone else present as he seamlessly went from dropping songs such as “Let Me Bang” by Salva and Brenmar, “Bag of Money” by Rick Ross to the L-Vis 1990 CC remix to “Reminder” by Bok Bok, amongst his own songs – a remix of Figure 8 by Ellie Goulding, and a remix of Bust ‘em up by Crookers. It’s no wonder French Fries has such support among the dirtybird crew, Night Slugs, Mad Decent, OWSLA, and of course Clek Clek Boom. After UZ finished his set, the dance floor cleared out just enough that there was room to bust out some moves, and this was perfect as this set allowed everyone to release whatever energy they had left – everyone in the room couldn’t stop dancing until his set finished at 4 am when he came to the front of the stage to give all his fans high 5’s and take some pictures. At just 18 years old, French Fries definitely has a bright future and is a dj to look out for with upcoming releases and definitely not one to miss live.
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