Written by: Ash M @themindrandom
After a long wait by devout fans of the hardstyle movement, Q-Dance finally crossed over the big pond and held its first standalone event in North America on October 5th at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Though they have appeared at two American festivals, EDC and TomorrowWorld, The Sound of Q-Dance was a milestone in the company’s history of well-known and well-loved productions that pay homage to the harder styles of dance music. The lineup featured 6 of the genre’s heaviest-hitters including Noisecontrollers, Wildstylez and Dim Mak’s newly signed artist Coone.
Since The Shrine was a bit removed the rest of the downtown area, the artists were able to take full advantage of the sound system; the bass could easily be heard from outside and was even “shaking the house like a mother***in’ earthquake!” Just waiting in line got the anxious ravers hyped up- everyone was screaming, “wooing” and just couldn’t wait to enter the auditorium where the best hardstyle event on this side of the Earth was taking place. Upon entry, attendees were greeted by a typical warehouse-vibe, including people clad in UFO pants and decked out in kandi bracelets and cuffs. The most breathtaking aspect of the venue was the GIGANTIC demon-skull flanked by two GINORMOUS wings sitting atop the stage! The opening DJ, Humanoise, was conveniently stationed on a podium with the Q-Dance insignia front and center. He got everyone warmed up with some electro house that almost crossed over into hardstyle- it was a slightly toned-down approach that was well-received since everyone would be able to completely “get loose when the (harder and faster) beats dropped.
Q-Dance Hardstyle Top 40
When each DJ took to the decks, the crowd got progressively more excited and energetic, especially for Coone, who played for an hour and a half. Unlike most festival-style events, not many songs were repeated between DJs. It was a truly unique listening experience in that every set was very different and showed each artist’s distinction within the hardstyle genre, which can be difficult to do. Each set was broken up by the ethereal Q-Dance announcer’s voice and featured dubstep and hardstyle tracks, this standard format also sets them apart from other production companies. The lineup also featured artists that are rarely seen in this country so, it gave everyone a new and fresh look at the genre and it also proved to be the perfect showcase. Noisecontrollers, Psyko Punkz, Gunz for Hire, Wildstylez and our host for the evening, MC Villain all proved that they can truly command ANY audience, especially since hardstyle is still relatively underground in the United States. The energy never died, not one bit, not even during the short interludes. Everyone was truly there for the Q-Dance experience and we GOT it, all 150% of it including awesome pyrotechnics.
Drawing over 3500 hard bass aficionados from all over the country, The Sound of Q-Dance was the debut event for North America. The venue was absolutely amazing and the chill West Coast vibes were shattered for all six hours of pure, raw, and ground-shaking hardstyle and hardcore music straight from the heart of Europe. It was an event not to be missed, as Q-Dance managed to bring festival-level production to a smaller scale and truly wowed everyone there. Everyone was clearly starving for more and are very excited for the next announcement of more Q-Dance events on our shores. Fans finally got their wish when the aftermovie for The Sound of Q-Dance was released on November 20th: the second edition of the US pioneer event will be taking place on March 8th at the same location. Check out the extremely well-done and nostalgia-inducing post-event movie: