H<3art Beats Celebrates One Year With Emalkay Pinch Bagger Vance & Sweetpea
On May 19, 2018, H<3art Beats hosted Jaenga’s Toulambi album release party as its first branded event at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York. In the time hence the budding NYC-based collective has risen from strength to strength. With founders dedicated to creating an immersive and eclectic experience, a talented and multi-faceted team with an array of skills as well as a growing like-minded community that represents all backgrounds, The H<3art Beats wave hasn’t even begun to crest.
Willing to dive into a wide expanse of genres but with a lazer sharp focus on crafting an environment where revelers can feel safe and freely enjoy the music they love, the H<3art Beats team has exhibited a pioneering spirit already in its early days. The team has displayed a zeal for attracting artists from all sonic dialects and their roster of impressive bookings already includes dance music all-stars like ill.Gates, Phutureprimitive and Kill Paris as well as some of the most cutting-edge artists on the rise like Khiva, J. Worra, and Skiitour. As co-founder Ashlyn Fulton puts it, The H<3art Beats collective is comprised of creatives who have lived and breathed dance music culture:
Through attending events as a typical party-goer, to writing for a music blog, interviewing artists, and taking photos, I never thought I’d end up on the event production side of this crazy industry. Being apart of H<3art Beats has not only showed me how to throw a show, but it’s deepened my understanding of how things are actually run behind the scenes of the events I’ve been attending for over a decade. Not to mention I’ve made some amazing and lifelong friends along the way!
Recently the H<3art Beats team celebrated their one-year anniversary with a stacked lineup that once again featured some of the most influential names in electronic music. Tectonic Records label head Pinch co-headlined the anniversary soiree with bass music savant, Emalkay. Hometown hero Bagger Vance put on for his city and joined forces with London drum & bass menace Sweetpea to bookend a sumptuous night of bass music.
Bagger Vance got things underway, exhibiting all the skill and bravado that has made this genre jumping maverick an absolute local legend in the New York underground. Poised for a massive 2019 of his own, Bagger Vance showcased his deft touch behind the decks blending bass styles together into a perplexing but undeniably debonair set that had The Knitting Factory pulsating with anticipation. Catch Bagger Vance do what he does best at the NYC Underground show hosted by Basshead Squad tomorrow night at Sunnyvale.
Resident superstar vocalist Charmae brought the house down once again. The stunning singer is one of the major highlights of the H<3art Beats events and she unveiled her tremendous new single with Conrank entitled “Bullet In The Gun” out now on Circus records. Charmae is the spell-binding embodiment of the H<3art Beats ethos and she’s got her sights on rising to the top with upcoming performances at Elements Music & Arts Festival where she will kick off the festivities on Friday at 4:30 as well as Yonderville Music & Arts Festival where she will be crowned Queen of Yonderville.
As the venue filled out from wall to wall it was time for a true OG of the game to make his way to the stage. As one of the foremost names in the world of dubstep and UK bass, Pinch has pleft and indelible mark on the scene for over two decades now. With living legends like Skream, Benga, J. Sparrow, Digital Mystics and so many more all releasing tunes on Tectonic, its safe to say Pinch is a bonafide taste-maker. Revered for his ability to incorporate seemingly foreign elements into his dub, Pinch’s approach to bass music has always been refreshingly dynamic and creative. His set ebbed and flowed like a meandering stream of smooth basslines and luscious sonic textures. From dancehall to jazz, Pinch introduced some truly eye-opening wrinkles into his performance that had the most discerning members of the H<3art Beats crowd biting their bottom lip and getting lost in the vibes.
H<3art Beats is certainly cultivating a community that really stands out and comes together as Carol Omo-Aba of the H<3art Beats creative team explains:
Thank you Heartbeats for giving me a place to connect with people who share the same love for music and culture as me. This team has taught me that nothing is better than being yourself and enjoying life with the people you love. I am continuously inspired by the talented artists I meet and am glad to be apart of a platform that lets them express their true selves.
Emalkay took over from Pinch and brought unbridled energy to the stage. From the word go Emalkay ramped up the intensity with his trademark heavy-hitting style. Classic tunes like “When I Look At You” and “Fabrication” shook The Knitting Factory to its very core. As the UK native unleashed a tidal wave of bass upon the dancefloor, festivities truly whipped into a frenzy. Masterful as he was vicious Emalkay proved that bass sets can be both heavy enough to shake your spine but deft enough to evoke a sense of real musicianship.
The night came to a close with Sweetpea making her North American debut. The drum and bass trailblazer showed exactly why the H<3art Beats squad was so dead set on bringing her to NYC. With an intoxicating blend of liquid dnb along with heavier iterations of the genre, Sweetpea put together an absolutely hypnotic set. Lost in a trance the crowd indulged in every last track during the dying embers of the night.
H<3art Beats resident drum and bass aficionado Raffi Asdourian was especially stoked for Sweetpea’s stellar closing performance:
“When I first joined the Heart Beats crew, it was from afar, as a consultant/guardian angel because I wanted to leverage my knowledge working in the Film & TV industry to give the leadership (my friends) insight. I also wanted them to think about Drum n Bass as a viable genre to represent in the US. A year later with a sweet DnB booking under my belt, I never could have imagined how magical and rewarding this journey would become because working with a group of like-minded and absurdly creative people is so inspiring. So grateful to be part of this amazing team!
With a year in the books, H<3art Beats is showing no signs of slowing down. The team has already announced their next show, a massive collaboration with Soundboy and Tsunami Bass to bring Distinct Motive and Levitation Joes to the Brown Note in Brooklyn. Co-founder Damask Pamela Shcantz has her sights on the future and is primed to guide this growing community into uncharted territory:
Over the last year H<3art Beats has built a community of like-minded people that celebrate connection on the dancefloor. I feel blessed to have helped cultivate a heart opening event that has brought so many people together and excited to see what this year will bring.
Damask Pamela Schantz