Friday Night Lights: David Heartbreak and Seven Lions at Webster Hall
Friday night Seven Lions and David Heartbreak headed to Webster Hall in NYC to give New Yorkers a rage for their money, and boy did they get it. In my 23 years of being, I have seen a range of awesome artists at Webster, including greats such as Boys Noize, Netsky, and Gramatik, and I have NEVER seen a line as long as I saw on Friday night outside of Webster Hall. So I knew it was going to be an wild night.
I thought the choice in David Heartbreak and Seven Lions back to back was interesting. David Heartbreak has his roots in hip-hop music and it shows in his DJ style. His music is much darker and heavier with a harder emphasis on the bass line. His reggae mixes and dubstep throwdowns were just the right level of tough. Several people that night told me his set was their favorite.
Contrastingly, Seven Lions was a much lighter, trancier sound. Even though both artists played dubstep, you could distinctly tell that Heartbreak was heavier and grungier, while Lions was much airier. Lions’ sound had much more emphasis on the treble and major chord lines, which is why you “feel” it more in your head (whereas, with Heartbreak, we felt the sound more in our feet) and causes you to jump up and down and throw your arms in the air. Seven Lions also had a really interesting and strong stage presence which reminded me a lot of Bassnectar, especially because of his long hair that the he let loose and thrusted around to the beat of the music (not coincidentally, I saw some serious bass heads that night).
Overall, the night was incredible and the contrast between the dark and light music of the two artists worked well. It was the kind of night where the walls were sweating from the heat built up by the dancing bodies. At 4am I left with sore but happy feet.