Feed Me Torches Webster Hall With Champagne Drip
As 2016 rolls on with neck-breaking momentum towards the sun and excitement of festival season, New York City continues to be shelled by mind-blowing shows. Last weekend the Big Apple’s oldest running nightclub, Webster Hall, welcomed one of the most lauded names in dance music to their stage. Jon Gooch a.k.a Feed Me, made a scintillating stop in NYC during his North American tour which will be wrapping up in New Orleans on the 12th.
Last Saturday’s show kicked off with the blistering energy of New York native TJANI, who got the party started with another one of his trademark eclectic sets. Upon entry the already packed dance floor of Webster Hall buzzed with electricity and anticipation, as TJANI weaved together a composed yet lively mix full of future bass and house. Although I only caught the last few songs of his opening performance the Sotto Voce affiliate showcased his talent for reading the crowd and connecting with his audience. TJANI’s deft touch upon the decks and infectious energy made for the perfect opening salvo for what would be one wild ride at Webster Hall.
Few things in life are as sweet and rewarding as stumbling across a new and exciting artist. Music is the spice of life and whenever you can find a new sound to enrich your day, you should definitely count yourself lucky. Last Saturday my eyes were open to the majesty of the extremely mysterious and enigmatic Champagne Drip. Taking the stage in his NYC debut, Champagne Drip made a bold and lasting impression, which has certainly made him one of my top artists to watch.
With the composure of a seasoned vet, Champagne Drip turned Webster Hall inside out with one of the most imaginative and varied sets I have seen in quite some time. As the master of his very own genre which he has named “Drip Hop,” Champagne Drip took the crowd inside Webster Hall on a dreamy journey soaked in shimmering synths and velvety percussion. Early on in his set Champagne Drip took the unsuspecting audience by surprise by unleashing his ridiculous remix of Bassnectar’s “Me & You.” As the familiar vocals cascaded through the Hall’s speakers, hearts lifted and the frigid temperature of the world outside was soon forgotten. Mind-bending synths accompanied by scintillating, rolling hi-hats blanketed the crowd in a viscous layer of futuristic vibes.
Displaying an adept mastery of various genres, Champagne Drip pranced between the lighthearted styles of future bass and tropical house, while also dabbling in the heavier disciplines of drum and bass as well as dubstep. The unbelievable spectrum of sounds that this new kid on the block displayed was truly breathtaking. After dropping a sumptuous remix of Elliphant’s “Revolusion” and Grandtheft’s “Summer In The Winter” it was clear that we were all witnessing a truly talented up-and-comer with a very bright future. If you get the chance to check out Champagne Drip for yourself my advice is to do everything in your power not to miss him. Check out his SoundCloud here.
Finally it was time for the night’s main attraction to take the stage. The last time Feed Me hit Webster Hall was back in 2013 when he brought his infamous Teeth stage with him. On Saturday night however, Gooch got behind the decks unadorned by the flashy visual installation, committed to laying down a truly one of a kind DJ set. Howls and a hollers of excitement erupted from Webster Hall’s dance floor as the Sotto Vocce label head revealed himself to the hundreds of waiting fans. Feed Me opened up with a bang, unleashing his boisterous new single “Trouble.” As the tribal drums of “Trouble” engulfed Webster Hall, pandemonium soon took hold of the already raucous dance hall. Feed Me’s patented glitch soaked tracks rumbled out of Webster Hall’s sound towers with reckless abandon.
As Pokemon card visuals populated the LED screen behind him, Feed Me dove into a slew of dope new songs as well as crowd favorites. Gooch blew away the crowd with bangers like Flux Pavillion and Matthew Koma’s sweltering single “Emotional,” to Skrillex and Must Die’s outrageous tune “VIP’s In The Back.” Perhaps the most tantalizing song of the entire night was Feed Me’s latest collaboration with Kill The Noise, “I Do Coke.” The crunchy industrial house track made multiple appearances throughout the night, splicing through multiple edits and reiterations. Although Feed Me stayed away from overplaying his smash album Calamri Tuesdays, my favorite track of the night was certainly the imperious, bass-laden destroyer “Rat Trap,” which shook the downtown venue to its foundation. As always Feed Me’s cult classic “One Click Headshot” transformed the dance floor into an undulating sea of madness, as careening bass and maddening synths split Webster open like an atom bomb.
Before he left the stage Feed Me posed a very serious question to the crowd before him. The choice was simple, what would the last song of the night be drum and bass or dubstep. Perhaps to Gooch’s surprise drum and bass won by a landslide, and Feed Me unleashed an unreleased and unholy masterpiece upon the bass hungry crowd. Feed Me wrapped up the night by satiating the audience’s love for d’n’b with Nosia and the Upbeats’ vicious single “Dead Limit.”
All in all, this was a night for the history books. Feed Me proved that whether he is playing with his famed Teeth stage or not, he is certainly a master of his craft. Champagne Drip absolutely smashed his NYC debut and I went home floating on cloud 9.