Amazura is home to the largest underground raves in New York City and is loved by nearly everyone who gets a chance to experience what it has to offer. In honor of EDC, Stimulant Events and Epic Entertainment held an official afterparty featuring a wide range of popular underground Djs. Bustin Loose 3 attempted to pay tribute to the legendary music eras by having a 70s and 80s theme. Some of the artists on the roster included Scot Project, Dank, DJ Dan, Frankie Bones and X-Dream. Since it was conveniently close to CitiField, attendees did not have to wait too long to continue their raging after day two of EDC NYC.
Being one of the few legal warehouse venues, Amazura upholds high standards to ensure everyone has a carefree, great time. As soon as you step over the threshold, you’re greeted with an extremely spacious dance floor complete with a bar, body painting area and kandi table. Since it’s considered an underground club the crowd is usually dressed in full-on rave gear: fluffies, tutus, Spirit Hoods, LED hula hoops, poi and LED staffs/sabers. If you’re not used to the underground, it may even come as a bit of a shock especially when hardstyle is banging from the gigantic speakers. Considering it was an 18+ event rather than the typical 16+, the turnout was excellent and the vibes remained unchanged.
Since it was an important weekend for EDM lovers all over NYC and beyond, Stimulant and Epic Entertainment decided to change up the sound for this event. Rather than bringing primarily hardstyle Djs, they brought underground legends that helped shape the scene back in the day. Scot Project, a leader in the tech-trance genre spun a lot of electro house as well as hard trance. He kept the atmosphere bumping throughout his set and added some new flavors to the mix to keep everyone amped.
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DJ Dan came as a big surprise because his set mostly consisted of tech house, which I have never experienced while at Amazura. It was fresh and well-received by the crowd even though it is not what they are used to. It brought the vibes down into a groovy and nostalgic mode that almost served as a lesson because underground raves share roots with what he chose to spin. He also threw in some electro house tracks that helped to segue into Dank’s set.
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Dank started off with some electro house and played 2012 summer hit “Cannonball” by Showtek. He eventually transitioned to a dubstep section and continued to mix it up throughout his set. Everyone absolutely lost it when he dropped Showtek and Noisecontroller’s newest release on OWSLA “Get Loose.” I was pleasantly taken aback when he played a heavy bass version of a popular dancehall song from the 90s. It’s not everyday you hear such an approach to genre that does not really coincide with EDM. It was pretty awesome! He concluded his set with some Knife Party-esque dubstep that brought up the excitement even though the night was almost coming to a close.
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Although Epic Entertainment and Amazura are associated with dubstep and hardstyle acts, the EDC Day 2 after party was treated differently and met with overwhelming positivity. By including tech house and electro house artists on the roster, a special and refreshing atmosphere was established. It was nice to hear tracks and genres atypical of the warehouse scene and I look forward to future events that take a similar, more eclectic approach. It would attract most of the same people but would hopefully bring some newcomers and continue the evolution of NYC underground raves.