Khiva Crushes NYC Debut With Grundy & Chief Kaya For H<3art Beats NYC [Event Review]
In the ever-evolving world of New York City’s nightlife, the only constant is change. To survive in the center of the storm event brands need to exhibit creativity, talent and foresight. Rather than following trends and fitting into cookie-cutter dimensions, the best events always bring something bold and new to the table while also capturing the zeitgeist of the times. H<3art Beats is an event brand turning heads and planting its flag in Brooklyn.
Comprised of a talented mutli-faceted team, H<3art Beats is establishing itself as one of freshest names in the dance music scene. With a slew of cutting-edge bookings coupled with the team’s dedication to creating a uniquely immersive atmosphere, H<3art Beats parties have quickly become must-attend events. This past Friday the team welcomed Deep Dark & Dangerous dynamo Khiva to The Knitting Factory to make her highly anticipated New York City debut.
With the stage set proceedings kicked off with H<3art Beats resident badman Wubwitz rinsing The Knitting Factory sound system. As one of the event’s regular contributors, Wubwitz never fails to bring the heat with his low-end style and utter mastery on the decks. The local legend set the tone on Friday night with a scintillating mix rife with reggae-dub vibes that got the crowd loose. Ashley Charmae also leant her considerable vocal talents to the festivities during the set change with a hypnotizing solo performance, just yet another deft stylistic touch rarely seen at other events.
Chief Kaya and Grundy embodied yet another phenomenal booking from the H<3art Beats crew. The longtime collaborators joined forces once again to set Brooklyn alight with their meditative brand of bass heavy tracks. Grundy took the stage first, bringing with him charisma and bravado that permeated the crowd.
The dancefloor’s energy turned primal as the Michigan native whipped the scene into a frenzy with ridiculous low-end frequencies. After a few stage-crashers got in on the action Grundy put the finishing touches on a truly imperious set. Chief Kaya exuded a far more subdued demeanour but the calm and collected bass assassin took no prisoners. An expert in crowd control, Chief Kaya unleashed someof the biggest tunes of the night including heaters off of the Champion Sound EP, his newest collaboration with Grundy.
Finally, the time came for the empress of sound system music to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Shrouded in an “I <3 NYC” t-shirt, Khiva emerged from backstage to a raucous bellow from the crowd. Set to reach yet another milestone in her meteoric career, Khiva took her place in the middle of the handcrafted heart-shaped stage, awash in a sea of 3D-mapping visuals. From the onset, Khiva took the energy levels through the roof.
Pandemonium took hold as Khiva set into her groove. H<3art Beat’s ultra-talented troupe of dancers joined her on stage adding yet another dimension to the entrancing performance. Dripping with hip-hop angst, Khiva’s set took the H<3art Beats family on a voyage through time and space, paying homage to timeless classics like “Going Back To Cali” from the Notorious B.I.G. but also incorporating the new age swagger with tracks like Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up.” Bouncing between moments of deep meditative bliss and an uproarious party atmosphere, Khiva’s set had something for low-end lovers of all kinds.
With massive performances at festivals all around the world like Outlook, Shambhala and Bamboo Bass, Khiva has already established herself as a global force in bass music. However, her NYC debut further underlined the fact that she is not simply one to watch for the future but a true tastemaker and pioneer changing the game right now.
The entire H<3art Beats team should be proud of the experiences they are crafting. From the hand-made stages uniquely built for each show to the impressively curated lineups, this crew is taking strides to create something that brings together and celebrates the community that it represents.
It’s clear that these parties are hosted with intention and genuine love for everyone who attends. Mica Oszczakiewicz, the wizard behind the H<3art Beats’ visual spectacle, perfectly explained the team’s artistic dedication:
I think that the visual or holistic experience when it comes to shows can sometimes fall by the wayside because music is obviously so central to the experience. I work hard because Damask (H<3art Beats co-founder) supports the idea of the room being an integral element of the experience during shows. She supports my vision to slowly bring the stage design from the projector screen to a full room visual experience. I think that being at a show should transport you, to a safe and happy and free place and I have a part in doing that by visually setting the tone. I’m really happy to get to work for H<3art Beats because there’s a lot of support for experimentation and pushing the limits of what I and we as a team can do.
Be sure to check out the next H<3art Beats event February 22, with Phutureprimitive, Edamame, iX, Slyph and Dicey.