Loudpvck, Jai Wolf, ALEX ENGLISH, Girls and Boys 2.0 at Webster Hall 11.21.2014
Written by Poselski Brothers and Liz Tillman for EDMNYC
To celebrate the Girls & Boys 5 year anniversary, Webster Hall made sure it dressed the Grand Ballroom floor to ceiling for the occasion. Typically, Webster Hall reserves its balcony floor for the VIP section, but for this event, the VIP section’s chairs, couches and tables were moved to the ballroom’s main floor where a new VIP section was formed. The balcony was decorated with silver balloons that spelt out “Girls & Boys,” to get everyone in a celebratory spirit.
NYC local 23 year old electronica producer, Jai Wolf, opened for Loudpvck with remixes from AObeats, Manila Killa, Hunt for the Breeze, DJ Soy Sauce, NGHTMRE, and others. His set was so smooth that you couldn’t even tell this was his first time playing at the Grand Ballroom of Webster Hall. “I’ve seen Skrillex, Zedd, What So Not, Flume, A-Trak, and the Chainsmokers play on this stage so to do the same is quite humbling,” says Jai Wolf about the experience.
The native Los Angeles duo, Loudpvck, comprised of Kenny Beats and Ryan Marks, ran the trap all the way from their west coast roots to Webster’s sound system on Friday night in a most exciting fashion. Unfortunately, Kenny broke his leg before the duo could take over New York’s legendary venue, but Ryan made up for his absence in his stage presence and antics while repeatedly jumping off the DJ booth and high fiving raging fans in the crowd. Throughout the night, he engaged with the audience as if he were hanging out with his best childhood friends.
Loudpvck threw the crowd back to the 90s with Biggie’s “Big Poppa” and Tupac’s “California Love.” The rest of the set was comprised of EDM classics including “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi and “I can’t stop” by Flux Pavilion. The momentum of the show enhanced when other hit songs from Flosstradomus, Carnage, Diplo and Skrillex were given a trap remix treatment that Loudpvck so creatively developed to rework the song into something both fresh and familiar for the partygoers. As if the killer music set was not enough, Loudpvck took a DJ 101 tip from Carnage’s book and threw money into the sea of fans mid-set. The swarm of singles flying through the air put everyone in a frenzy of excitement and compounded the crowd’s liveliness, which made the energy on the dance floor irresistible.
Girls & Boys is a collaboration between Kenny Schachter, Co-President of New York’s Webster Hall, Thomas Dunkley of long-time New York electronic music promoter GBH, and Alex English, who doubles as the party’s resident DJ. As one of the city’s longest running weekly parties, Girls & Boys has served as a forum for artists to expose their music to New York’s electronic music community. “Girls & Boys has been the most consistent party for the New York electro and EDM scene in recent years. Week after week, from the newest rising names to the established kingpins, it’s always popping,” A-Trak comments.
Skrillex, Deadmau5, Kygo, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson, Tommy Trash, DJ Snake, and Tchami are just a few that had their break out shows at Girls & Boys. Justice, Calvin Harris, A-Trak, James Murphy, and Disclosure have also graced the stage over the years. “We’ve always been about promoting electronic music we love, says GBH’s Tom Dunkley and with the recent uptick in interest in electronic music, the landscape has never been better… but we can’t rest on our laurels – it takes a lot of work to make sure that we keep booking the artists that get us, and the crowd, excited.”
For 5 straight years, Girls & Boys has led the charge in the New York electronic music scene. The weekly party has developed a reputation for breaking cutting edge electronic artists to sold-out crowds at the legendary Webster Hall. Friday November 7th 2014 marked the start of a new chapter for Girls & Boys. To celebrate, the team behind the famed party revealed some amazing upgrades. Armed with a fresh look, Webster Hall’s brand new L‘Acoustics Kara sound system, and of course a killer fall line-up. Girls & Boys is poised to reach new heights in its 6th year.
“The party has always been about creating opportunity and community for both artists and fans,” says Kenny Schachter. “The most rewarding part of Girls & Boys to us is seeing the same faces every week having the time of their lives and watching the artist’s careers take off after their show with us. The idea that we had some part in creating that opportunity is what keeps us so passionate.”
Girls & Boys is every Friday at Webster Hall.
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