Just last year Dim Mak’s first ever hardstyle artist, Coone, released his debut full-length album Global Dedication which features a total of 14 tracks. Hailing from Belgium, Coone began producing hard house but, eventually moved toward hardstyle and jumpstyle. Aside from producing, he also owns the Dirty Workz label which features Psyko Punkz, Da Tweekaz and Dr, Rude. Being signed to Dim Mak earlier this year marked a significant milestone in his career that sparked a lot of buzz among his fans. After garnering significant praise for the album he has embarked on multiple tours throughout the year. His latest one included a stop in NYC at the legendary Webster Hall. This came as major news to the underground club kids and fanatics of hard bass since he was the first representative of this genre to take over the decks of the Grand Ballroom.
Though Halloween was technically over, Saturday Nov. 1st was still marketed under Webster Hall’s usually event but cleverly changed to “Frite Nites” in honor of the spooky holiday. Attendees still showed up in costume, as well as the bartenders. The venue was also decked out in amazingly creepy décor including skeletons, grim reapers and other stereotypical characters that represent Halloween. Hardstyle still remains a rather underground and often misunderstood genre, the true fans of it always remain dedicated and attend such events in full force. The usual crowd from Amazura could be seen sprinkled all over the Ballroom mixed in with Webster Hall’s usuals. It was going to be very interesting to see how both parties would get along once the hard stuff began.
In true Amazura fashion, X-dream made an appearance but as the opener and MC Masta Chief was there to guide everyone through the night’s festivities. The familiarity was strongly appreciated in such a different venue for hard bass lovers. Once the clock hit 2am (or 1am because of Daylight Savings), Coone emerged onto the stage with a stellar intro from the MC. He began his set with “Madnes,” one of his first releases on Dim Mak that features Lil Jon and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Though Webster is typically known for trap, house and other mainstream genres, Coone made sure to stay true to his sound and delivered nothing but the hardest and rawest tracks in his arsenal. His set included many favorites such as “Drunken Masta” by Psyko Punkz, “Monstah,” “Times Getting’ Hard” and of course his anthem for this year’s Defqon 1 “Survival of the Fittest.” Everyone could be seen stomping and shuffling their asses off without any fear of the ground collapsing. It was a beautiful sight to see; but even more intriguing were the reactions of the crowd who were clearly gaining an intro to hardstyle. Most people eventually left but there were a good amount that stuck around. To bring the night to an epic close Coone dropped “FTS” by Showtek which is also the number one hardstyle track of 2014 for another consecutive year! Everyone was chanting along and pledging their dedication to the harder styles of music.
Webster Hall nearly imploded at the sheer amount of bass that was blaring from the speakers. The Grand Ballroom was overcome with manic energy that lasted from 1 to 4am and left revelers wanting to rage even harder. A revolution in hard bass occurred at the hands of Coone and it was truly amazing. Based on the success of Frite Nites, hopefully more hardstyle events will be hosted at Webster Hall in the near future.
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