Long time friends and label-mates Kill the Noise, DJ Craze, and Codes took over Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on January 19th courtesy of boutique label Slow Roast Records. This being our first time at this Williamsburg venue, we were extremely impressed with what the joint had to offer. Even being a sold out show, there was room for everyone to spread out and dance. While most of the time that’s enough to make us love a venue, MHW also boasts a balcony, free water, outlets to charge phones, adequate bathroom facilities, basement bar, reasonably priced drinks, and $2 coat check. The show kicked off at 8pm and was affordably priced with tickets tiered at $18 presale and $25 GA/Door.
Like it or not, the majority of the EDM community commonly recognizes the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s list as a noteworthy ranking of the best DJ's in the world. However, I think we can all agree that gross earnings and popularity contests aren’t the best ways to measure skill and talent. Even though we didn’t go to every party or see every well-known DJ this year, as we begin a new year of exciting experiences, we would like to share our favorite memories of 2013 with you. Keep in mind, this is just the opinion of our group and only takes into consideration the festivals and shows we chose to go to. If you feel we missed out on something last year, please tell us about it in the comment section below.
*** PLEASE NOTE: Artists' sets are posted in chronological order, not by rank ***
Dillon Francis first caught our attention 2 years ago with his runaway hit ‘MASTA BLASTA’. Punchy and cheerful but filthy as hell, it’s an excellent example of Dillon’s signature electro-trap style. In addition to being an excellent DJ and producer, Dillon is an enigmatic jokester; posting silly videos, cat pictures and taco trends to keep him engaged with his fans via social networking. This friendship-like approach to Dillon’s world has paid off in spades; from sold out shows all over the nation to a slot on Ultra Music Festival’s main stage, he commands a formidable and loyal fan base. On December 20&21, Dillon made his triumphant return to New York City for 2 special nights at Terminal 5 during his winter IDGAFOS (I Don’t Give A F@$& Or Santa) tour. We were pleased to see he was booked at Terminal 5 this year after attending last year’s double feature weekend at a swelteringly packed Webster Hall. T5’s triple-level approach with a double mezzanine holds 3,000 patrons, carries unmuddled sound and leaves plenty of room to dance. The large venue sold out early for Saturday’s show with tickets retailing at $35. Although the line to get in looked absurdly long, we only waited outside in line for about 30 minutes, and in unseasonably warm temperatures. Once inside, we found competent and friendly staff everywhere, free water refill stations at the bar, and a spacious roof-top deck for smoking and fresh air on the very top level. Synth-pop/electro hybrid act Anamanaguchi opened the evening energetically, with bright, 8-bit inspired visuals and live instruments on stage. Followed by Cashmere Cat, who rounded out our warm up for Dillon with some disco-house and electronically inspired slow jams.