Von D. at Loft 168, February 26
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Better than: Kat Von D from LA Ink.
Out on the sidewalk a block away from Loft 168, we could already hear the metal grates over closed storefronts reverberating with bass. Always a good sign.
Less promising, though, was the lack of activity around the venue's front door. It was the first dubstep event the club has thrown since its recent shift in management. So it's not surprising that the party was under-attended. It is, however, a shame. The modern and classy NYC loft-style layout was a perfect space for the sharp, clean bass lines Parisian DJ Von D. spilled out into the early morning hours. But the sparse young crowd (many of the attendees appeared to be barely 18) on the dance floor was not enough to match the DJ's dynamic and very physical performance.
For his part, it didn't seem like Von D. gave a fuck about the turnout. Totally absorbed in his music, he slid back and forth across the turntables, expertly weaving intricate, contrasting, and surprising combinations of sound, often using Serato Scratch, a tool that allows traditional vinyl-style mixing and scratching with a digital music library. The Miami Dubstep crew, including Gooddroid, Somejerk, and Methodus, warmed up the party, bouncing their heads from behind Von D.'s equipment, and stepping in to help save the music when Von D.'s computer crashed not once, but twice.
|Alison Blair paints to the music at Loft 168|
The Crowd: Many skinny and nearly androgynous high school boys in preppy outfits; pretty young girls; dirty, overweight hippie-types; hard core electronic music lovers in black t-shirts.
Random Detail: Gooddroid's hair looks like a morbid and mangled My Little Pony mane.
Overheard in the Crowd: You don't "overhear" much of anything when the bass is pumping that loud.
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