Electric Zoo weekend has to be considered as one of the busiest days in electronic music for New York City. Whether you’re attending the festival itself or attending the after parties, your weekend is bound to be filled with cameos of various artists everywhere you go. This past weekend Webster Hall held it down with an unofficial Electric Zoo after party that is definitely going down in the books as one of the most energetic shows of 2014. In the grand ballroom for Brite Nites you had Bro Safari headlining with Valentino Khan as his supporting act and downstairs for Bassment Saturdays was a good friend of Bro Safari’s; UFO and his supporting act Choppa Dunks. All four acts in my opinion are some of the best in the scene at the moment with their sound design and all four acts complement each other very well so whether you were upstairs in the ballroom or in the bassment, Webster Hall was packed with regular attendees as well as a crowd of Electric Zoo attendees and various artists that also played Electric Zoo so the night had quite a bit of artist cameos that made for an interesting and fun night on stage.
I started off my night with catching Choppa Dunks in the Bassment, which was the perfect way to start off the night. Choppa Dunks is a great producer and an amazing live DJ to catch, no one knows how to get a party started and girls twerking like Choppa Dunks does. The reason he’s such a great live DJ is because although he keeps to a certain sound design brand with his track selections, they’re always a variety of tempos. From zouk bass, to twerk, to moombahton, to electro house, trap, and whatever else he feels like playing this man restricts himself to no certain bpm but always keeping that zouk/dancehall rhythm and sound with tropical influence. A lot of tracks dropped were remixes of throwbacks which are perfect for a party like Luca Lush’s remix of Sean Paul’s Get Busy and Choppa’s own remix of Beanie Man’s hit song Dude and I don’t know a party that doesn’t get down when they hear ‘Get Busy’ as well as ‘Dude’ those are party classics for this generation. You got a taste of every genre with Choppa Dunks and that’s all you can really ask for when you see a DJ, a variety of style and he delivered.
I headed upstairs to catch Valentino Khan’s set before Bro Safari, and the energy in that room was absolutely electric. You’d think a lot of these people would be tired from partying all day at E-Zoo but that definitely wasn’t the case, it was almost as if they held in all their energy to unleash it at Webster for Valentino Khan and Bro Safari. Valentino Khan has been on a steady rise with his project and if you’ve been to Webster Hall for a while you’ve seen the crowd for Valentino increase in size every time, and this was definitely the biggest Webster crowd I’ve seen for Valentino. I caught his set last year as well with Heartbreak and that was amazing but the set he dropped this year was impeccable. Now officially as an OWSLA artist, Valentino Khan has really branded himself with a certain style and presence, from ghetto-techno, to electro house, hip-hop, and even moombahton. His most recent EP “In Khan We Trust” released last month and has already gathered over 700,000 plays and he dropped quite a few songs from the EP. The EP is a perfect way to show case his current style for DJ sets, it’s melodic and progressive at times as well as hard hitting electro-house with an influence of hip-hop swag. Watching the crowd lose their shit when Valentino Khan dropped his latest hit remix the “Recess Remix” for Skrillex ft. Fat Man Scoop & Kill The Noise was great because no one knew it yet but Kill The Noise was actually in attendance at the show. It was also great to see Valentino drop a little bit of moombahton in his set half way through, honestly didn’t expect that and it was refreshing since a lot of people stopped dropping Moombah.
When Bro Safari came on, it was the one of those nights that takes a couple days after to process correctly because of how insane it was. Whether you were in the crowd, in VIP or on stage, the place was packed and shaking with every bounce and kick drum of Bro Safari’s tracks. Bro’s selection was a serious heavy sound design influenced selection of trap with a blend of electro house, and a bunch of dubstep so the entire crowd was pretty much raging and jumping the entire time. Half way through the set the artist cameos began, and you would begin to see different artist popping up on stage. UFO came from the Bassment to join his good friend Bro Safari on stage, as well as Bro Safari’s good friend Kill The Noise who made several appearances on stage. Producers like gLAdiator showed up as well as Knife Party and NYC’s favorite Codes. So when you see a roster of artists that are absolutely amazing on stage vibing to 1 DJ’s set that’s a good friend of everyone’s, it’s truly an incredible sight and an honor to be in attendance with that energy. I could imagine how much fun it must have been for Bro Safari to spin to a packed out crowd like that of his fans as well as all of his friends around to support him. Truly an incredible night and set to witness. Once again Webster Hall has held it down with an incredible line up, and a night to talk about for the rest of the year and till the next party. And the next party held at Slake was actually even more unbelievable the following night when Electric Zoo Sunday was rained out and cancelled.
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