East Coast Hard Dance, a fairly new production team in the Northeast really showed their skills this past weekend by bringing Bass Fiends to Amazura Concert Hall in Queens. Amazura is well-known for featuring events that showcase the harder styles of dance music at least once a month, so it comes as no surprise that the event was held there. The headliners were two of hardstyle and hardcore’s biggest names: The Prophet and Tuneboy. Without a doubt, this was one of the most anticipated events for the underground community this spring.
Tuneboy has been involved in the hard bass scene since the early 90s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists in the genre. A decade later he joined Alternative Sound Planet where he met Technoboy and eventually the two went on to create TnT, another force to be reckoned with. Over the years he’s released numerous tracks as Tuneboy, TnT and many other aliases. Needless to say, it was a blessing to have him at Amazura. Naturally, his set was epic, energetic and was a true showcase of the skills he’s owned over time. He dropped the hardstyle-lover’s classic track “FTS” by none other than Showtek and everyone chanted the popular lyrics in unison. He made sure to focus on Italian hardstyle which features a rawer sound that really hits the speakers with unimaginable force. He of course played some TnT songs including “Contrast” and their newest one “Musick.” The biggest surprise of his set was when he dropped their collaboration with Headhunterz called “Synergy.” The room exploded in excitement since it was probably one of the first times he debuted it! Tuneboy definitely threw down and showed everyone why he is such an important name in the hard bass universe.
Next up was The Prophet, who has been in the gabber/hardcore scene since its inception in the late 80s. You could even say he is one of the early inventors of the genre. He is not new to the NYC crowd, having played another show earlier last year, so he knew exactly who he was playing for. Everyone was clearly excited to see him grace the stage again especially since he just released his FIRST album LOUDER. This was definitely going to be history in the making for everyone in attendance. He opened with one of the most jarring tracks on the album, titled “HOO-EY” which begins with a distorted sample of someone speaking in another language, it almost sounded like Hindi or Urdu. Either way, it was an explosive start to his show and got everyone pumped and ready for what was to go down. Following the goal of his tour, he put all of his energy towards spreading the sounds from his new album. He played a good amount of songs from it and even threw in some popular tracks in between. It was awesome to hear the following sequence of tracks smoothly transition into one another, which made for one of the most fun moments in his set: “Natural Born Raver” which eventually gave way to an edit of “The Record Breaking” into “Breaks (I Come Correct) which finally segued into his collaboration with another master of raw beats, Adaro called “I’m the King.” Overall The Prophet stuck to the harder side of the hardstyle spectrum and kept the room shaking with beats that nearly reached 180 bpm.
Bass Fiends surely quenched the thirst of all the hardstyle and hardcore fanatics that swarmed Amazura this past Friday. Featuring two legendary names in hard bass, the night made its mark on the NYC underground. Tuneboy and The Prophet both showcased their skills and further proved why they are such legends and revered by their contemporaries. It was an honor to have both of them takeover the decks and show everyone what they’re about. East Coast Hard Dance also made a significant impact by organizing such a successful event- we cannot wait for the next one!
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