Datsik Smashes Long Island
This past Saturday, Datsik performed with openers Terravita and Getter in Huntington at the Paramount. The show was bizarre to say the least. The venue is actually a popular spot for random major artists to pop by (such as Limp Bizkit on 4/30) as well as boxing matches (random?). The venue is set up so you walk into a bar and bathroom area, then you either head straight through to the main dance floor in front of the stage or head up some stairs to the wings where there is stadium seating, table service, etc. It’s my understanding that you had the option to purchase VIP for $50 or GA for $30. Now, let’s say you’re at Webster Hall, which has a similar format with a dance floor on the ground level and a VIP area above on the wings. What makes sense is that VIP can go upstairs AND downstairs, while GA is relegated to the floor level. At the Paramount it was backwards: VIP was stuck upstairs while GA could go on the ground floor or upstairs. Very weird
Another very weird feature was that there was no age limit. Any age could come. There were come kids there with there parents. There were some kids who’s parents came and scolded them for being drunk, or out partying, or whatever. And there were think kids who you thought, “Where are their parents?!” Now, I was out in high school, taking the LIRR to the city to see punk shows or Irish rock bands or whatever, and it drove my parents nuts. But I kept it pretty sober and I played it safe (NYC is pretty far from my suburban home, especially when you’re only 14 or 15); for me and my brother (my rage buddy back then), it was all about the music and damage control (with our parents I mean). These kids were nuts: they were grinding on each other, whole sections of kids making out, girls in just their bra and panties (and braces!), girls crying, wide-eyed kids with just blackened eyes. It was like some sort of child Twilight Zone where they all look 13 but act 23. Oh well, such is the direction dubstep (and I would suggest most popular forms of “EDM”) is headed.
Oh, and did I mention that because there were all these teenieboppers, they didn’t serve alcohol? Yeah, 3 fully stocked bars and all you could get was soda and water. Even if you were 21, it didn’t matter.
However, I have to say the staff was super friendly and helpful. At one point I left my phone at the box office and when I called the helped me to return it! The bar tenders didn’t charge me for my soda either. And the bathroom attended helped me to search for my phone when I did know where it was. I’m guessing the venue was on it’s A game with all the kids around: they didn’t want too many issues with hospitalizations and angry moms.
So, the music. Terravita was a dubstep DJ with an MC. The MC actually was a pretty good rapper: his voice was clear and crisp, which is not something I usually find in live rap. The DJ also had some really nice remixes/mashups, where he would throw in a random song like Gotye “Someone that I used to Know” or a classic rock song, and then really nicely transition into a heavy dubstep or dnb song.
This mix they did for UMF Radio back in December is a pretty good summary of what ensued:
As soon as Datsik took the stage, however, the dubstep took on a new tone (not that all the kids had to go because it was past their curfew). Datsik
launched off with much more sexy, sensual dubstep beats and I really loved that change, everyone seemed to actually. Datsik only played for about an hour, but unfortunately by half way through his set it took on a more heavy dubstep sound (sometimes, dare I say, brostep-y). After several hours of dubstep, despite the fact that I am a pretty strong lover of the style, my ears were groaning. Nevertheless, when it ended at 1:30am I was really shocked– I thought for sure he was going to play longer than 1 hour!
After the show, my friends and I thought about checking out the Huntinton bar scene because we had heard it’s pretty poppin’ (yea, I just said that). Alas, it twas not poppin this night. Sigh. Overall, I’m glad I got my dubstep fix in, and the DJs were really good but the genre is definitely getting a little over the hill, in a Benjamin Button kind of way.