All was well in my favorite area of NYC minus the few sprinkles that began to fall from the sky; the cool 45 degrees was a nice change considering the horrendous winter we’ve just endured. The comforting vibrations of the bass and warmth of the Marlin Room welcomed my jitters, as I made my way towards the stage. Va$htie–director, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant, and DJ–had the room vibin’ out to some 90’s feels. The Marlin Room is usually the “Top 40” room, so it was refreshing to see a lovely FEMALE DJ switch it up a teeny bit.
As I glided my way across the room in the direction of the basement stairs, this interesting sound infiltrated my earbuds… It was the wonderful sound of DJ Yamez spinning some of that good-good. Now, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Yamez previously through MARVELiTO, so I was excited to see him spinning in the basement, especially since I had no idea he’d be there. He was dropping some of that festival trap & “throw them bows” bouncy drops that had everyone in the “turn down for what” mode.
He built up some nice momentum that perfectly introduced Chicago-native producer Brenmar. Last summer, I attended this free event–Brisk Bodega–where Brenmar spun during the daytime. Unfortunately, he did not get on the lineup for the late-night event featuring DJ Sliink (half host of “The Bandits Basement”). It was nice to actually see him in his element, giving the crowd something thorough to vibe to: club, hip-hop, bass…his usual.
Eventually, I made my way up to the Grand Ballroom, where heavy-hitter producer Just Blaze controlled the decks. If we’re being honest here, I was a little underwhelmed with his set, or at least what I saw of it (I left around 3am). While I absolutely enjoyed jamming out to that old school hip-hop like Dipset, late-90’s Jay-Z, and classic 90’s Blaze beats, the set wasn’t fluid. However, I’m not judging his credibility solely on this ONE night; I still consider Blaze as one of my favorite producers…
Unfortunately, I was not able to see the other acts in the Hall, but hopefully I can redeem myself in the upcoming weeks.