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.
We arrived around 9pm and headed for coat check in the basement. Though very friendly, only one attendant was working forcing us to spend a large portion of Codes’ set dancing in line. Thankfully, there was live sound and video feed from the show upstairs displayed on several flat screens around the basement bar area. A Rochester NY native and Brooklyn resident, Codes’ soulful style is a reflection of years of hard work and time spent in the industry with some of the best; his funky combination of nu disco and tech-house opened up the show with a loungy, label-party feel.
Those new to EDM most likely aren't familiar with the DJ battle scene, but it holds significance in the world of music demonstrating how turntables can be used as instruments. One of the most noteworthy pioneers of this skill is DJ Craze, whose mastery of mixing earned him 3 consecutive DMC World DJ Champion titles from 1998-2000. Possessing a deep kinesthetic knowledge of elements like juggling, scratching, and needle dropping, he is one of the most coordinated turntablists in history. Craze can sample a tempo with unfathomable accuracy, even while executing his signature stunt moves. His style has developed over the years to incorporate more modern big bass sounds, adding dance energy to his jaw dropping performances. The Miami native delivered an energetic set, showcasing his incredible talents on vinyl decks while dropping a bassline-heavy trap and house set. Featuring recognizable bangers like Gent and Jawn’s ‘Turn up” and GTA’s “Funtcantasy” mixed with solid jungle party sounds like DJ Fresh and Jay Fay’s “Dibby Dibby” and Chase & Status’ “International”, Craze found the perfect balance of funky and dope. His set stood as a shining example of raw talent and surpassed all of our expectations.
Check out our video of Craze opening his set:
Headlining the evening was Slow Roast label co-owner Jake Stanczak or Kill the Noise, a DJ/Producer who honed his craft alongside Codes growing up here in NY. By the time he took the stage, the crowd had filled out and MHWb had turned into an appropriately sweaty peak party environment. With what looked to be the entire label onstage, Jake greeted the crowd and immediately started throwing down a relentless succession of dirty trap and dubstep tracks laced with filthy electro house. Collaborations “Thumbs Up (for Rock and Roll)” and “Dill the Noise” are both long-time Fuck Real Life favorites, and remixes of Knife Party’s “Sleaze” and M-Machine’s “Ghosts in the Machine” had us going hard. Towards the end of the set, Craze jumped on the decks with Kill the Noise, and the whole Slow Roast family was onstage and interacting with the crowd. T-shirt giveaways and shout-outs completed the small, label-party feel that made this night such a fun departure from our normal NYC party runs. We’ll be keeping an eye out in future for more Slow Roast events and releases; we would love to attend more intimate parties like this one!
For an idea of what it was like to be there with us, check out these staff-shot videos of KTN and Craze going back to back with DJ Codes jumping on and off the mic!
"Slow Roast Recs" was founded by Craze and Kill The Noise, and includes Codes, Brillz, Klevar and Senor Stereo. The label is distributed by A-Trak and Nick Catchdub’s Fool’s Gold Records. For more information on Slow Roast Recs and the artists mentioned in this article, please follow the links in the More Information section below!