Underground Sounds: G Jones Puts the Bass in Bassment Saturdays @ Webster Hall
It was quite a wild evening for New York City’s bass family last Saturday when G Jones took the stage as part of Webster Hall’s BASSment Saturdays. Accompanied by Sober Rob, Moduloktopus, Honeycomb, and Subset – the weekly party took bass music to a new level of heavy as the dark venue transformed into a hard-hitting dance party with a character of its own.
The venue’s ambiance only added to the awesome energy that took over this night, as the traditional weekly party is known to throw down it’s own way that seems to set it apart from other events. I noticed the distinction immediately. With an underground secluded vibe with black walls and dark corners, the space gives an intimate interaction between fans in the standing area and the musicians on stage — making it seem more like an exclusive party rather than a regular show. And that was more than okay with me.
Moduloktopus was first to play that night, showcasing his tunes through expressive and creative energy on stage to the point of actually ripping his shirt off. Talk about passion. Sober Rob and Honeycomb followed his performance as bassheads began packing into the standing area. The anticipation was heavy as everyone waited for Greg (aka G Jones), who I spotted in the crowd at the end of Honeycomb’s set as he shook hands and interacted with multiple fans while making his way backstage. The dark and crowded venue was now screaming and chanting as Mark Martinez (aka Subset and head honcho of BASSment Saturdays) narrated the upcoming performance while keeping the energy up and alive.
An incredibly talented beat-boxing duo now took the stage, providing a proper introduction to G Jones with their sharp vocal beats. The venue transformed into an authentic underground hip-hop show for a good 5 minutes, getting the audience into a warm up groove before the bass took over. As Greg finally took the stage, everyone went wild and mosh pits started forming. We were now officially tuned into G Jones speakers. The room turned up as his signature the hard-hitting bass and trap beats took over, starting the set with his own extended spin on Grandtheft and Keys N Krates’ “Keep It 100.”
The overall energy level, drops, and transitions heard throughout the set flowed naturally and effortlessly — showcasing the raw talent that G Jones possesses and proof as to why he’s one of the rising bass producers in the game lately. He was also sure to give everyone their fair dosage of Bassnectar during the set, dropping his “Don’t Hate the 808” remix as well as his most recent ‘Nectar collaboration, “The Mystery Spot.” The crowd reacted well at this point to say the least — and by well I mean that the energy in the room was so high at this point that I don’t think a single person in that room was focusing on anything other than the fact that they were A) dancing/sweating like crazy and loving it or B) in dire need of a water bottle from dancing/sweating like crazy but not interested enough in leaving the bass music for 5 minutes to go grab one.
Taking a moment to collect myself from the immersive motherload of bass I was experiencing, I took some time to look around at my surroundings as I stood mid-center in the basement of Webster Hall. The room was now dark and foggy with flashing lights and lasers piercing through the space above the crowd. Below the lights and smoke, hundreds of fans’ shadows were dancing in unison as they showcased their individual moves without shame or hesitation. Many of them were full-on head banging and probably still recovering from a self-inflicted stiff neck. Others got down and low to the ground – going lower and lower as the bass got heavier. Everyone else was jumping around and moving with the music, never hesitating to smile at the person next to them or within view. Everyone around me looked like one big family, all connected to one another through the music.
The energy got real high at this point as G Jones transitioned into his final and heaviest mix of the night. At this point, the power of grimey bass and trap music took over the venue as everyone took their remaining energy left and seemed to intensify it by one-thousand percent. The drop pulsated and rattled my senses. The crowd yelled and threw their arms up as they seemed to melt into one another — moving and breathing in unison to the beat. The speakers were literally shaking. Strangers probably made out with each other. I’m pretty sure time stood still and I saw a crowd surfer remain suspended in mid-air for a couple seconds, I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that G Jones brought this genuine force of energy to Webster Hall’s basement last Saturday and it was energy I haven’t encountered while attending a show in quite some time.
Attending a G Jones show is an experience of its own. He brings a forceful musical character to each set that always strikes as different from his previous ones and you can’t help but love it. He’s managed to evolve as a producer into the future of bass music and is only getting better as time passes. Overall, the exclusive and intimate environment of the basement mixed with the heavy-hitting beats of G Jones fused together perfectly. If you ever have a chance, check out a show one Saturday night in Webster Hall’s BASSment. It’ll be an experience you’ll be sure to remember.
Also, check out G Jones on tour for the remainder of 2015.
Photography: Colton Richardson