Article and photo credits by Ash Mullen
This past Friday, Caffeine Events, a household name in the underground rave community hosted their fourth annual Hard Bass Massive at none other than Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens. This edition featured many local artists including Reaktor, Micro, DJ Bandit and of course DJ X-Dream. The headliners were Riggi & Piros, who hail from New Jersey and are known for their big room house hits, and finally another duo who flew all the way from Holland to make their NYC debut- Psyko Punkz! Needless to say the night was going to be filled with nothing but heavy bass that would give attendees moving the entire night.
Riggo & Piros played a pretty varied set that included trap, big room house and electro. Though it wasn’t the hard and furious bass most of the party-goers are used to, it still served as a decent warm up. They made sure to play tracks that may have drawn some influence from the harder side of the EDM sound spectrum. It was great to see a newly rising artist that also represents the East Coast and NY/NJ area.
At the precise stroke of 2am, Wietse Amersfoort and Sven Sieperda aka Pysko Punkz took to the decks and prepared to throw down the hardest tracks of the night! They opened up with one of their newest remixes- Hardwell & Joey Dale Ft. Luciana’s “Arcadia. Unfortunately this did not transition as smoothly as they hoped into a re-vamped version of “Electro Bam” which included a very slow trap/hip-hop intro. As they made it through some complicated technical difficulties involving failing CD-Js and announced that they would make sure to keep the party going, their set quickly resumed with “Welcome to the Zoo” by Crystal Lake. Their set focused primarily on tracks that featured heavier kicks and progressed from pleasant vocal tracks to rawstyle as the night went on.
Psyko Punkz also surprised everyone with a new song called “We Stay Up” that was definitely a great example of rawstyle. They also played a fairly new bootleg of Dada Life’s “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker.” Though the duo mainly stuck to hard dance, they made sure to mix it up and threw in an interesting remix of Skrillex’s collaboration “Wild for the Night.” The night would not be complete if none of their original tracks were dropped; Psyko Punkz played many crowd and fan favorites such as “Love This Life” which segued into “Trippy Hippie.” Once these songs blasted out of the speakers the entire club could be heard chanting and singing the lyrics in unison before erupting into a frenzy of jumping and shuffling.
Showing their dedication to their fans, Wietse would occasionally pop out from behind the decks to throw out some Psyko Punkz flags into the crowd. It was a nice treat for those who were lucky enough to snag one of the few. After their set concluded with a high-paced and intense hardcore track, both guys came out front and took a group photo in front of the crowd. It was a really nice touch that showed their appreciation for their New York City debut! Though it was a bittersweet ending, club-goers will surely be anticipating Psyko Punkz’s return to this legendary city and venue.