This past weekend, Webster Hall’s weekly “Girls & Boys” party hosted US dubstep heavyweight, 12th Planet and friends on his The End is Near Tour. New Yorks’ famous Webster Hall was filled to capacity Friday night as they welcomed some of the industry’s top producers of dubstep. Kastle, Flinch, and special guest, Kill The Noise accompanied 12th Planet, as he continued on his 28-city North American Tour to promote his newest EP Scion A/V Presents: “The End Is Near!”
John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet, is entering 2012 with a strong year behind him, which consisted of a completely sold-out North American tour w/ Skrillex, to feature his EP “Who Are We?” The LA born-raised producer has seen a significant rise in fame over the past few years and it was certainly evident this past weekend.
Webster Hall utilized all of its 40,000 sq. feet to let music fans choose from a selection of tunes. The “Girls & Boys” party featured electro, mash-up, and house but the real hype was definitely for 12th Planet and company. The crowd was full of EDM fans repping dance paraphernalia from a to z. My favorites consisted of a neon glow stick man, glow stick hula-hoop girl, and the many others rocking the ever- popular “glow gloves.”
Webster Hall supplied their own party additions, consisting of go-go dancers in the ceilings of the VIP section. The DJ booth was elevated and had a LED screen in front that changed effects throughout the night. Webster Hall had several moving strobe lights, additional lighting effects and some good ole’ fog for the party people. The group of west coast performers used the excellent sound equipment on hand and their bass-filled-tunes to rattle Webster Hall like an earthquake, for real.
I got there in time to catch the end to Kastle’s set, which was my personal favorite of the night. It was hard to tell if the San Fran-based DJ/producer was working the 1’s and 2’s based on how much fun he was having. He was so into his music that the vibe seemed to spread throughout the whole building. He got the people moving with his performance and super bass-filled remixes of mainstream artists such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, along with several of his own songs. Kastle’s self-descried sound, which resembles a “soulful twist reminiscent of classic Chicago house,” was definitely in the air and the crowd seemed to love it, I know I did!
It would be expected that 12th Planet would be the man to steal the night simply because he was the headliner that night, and he did not let the people down. Coined by Mixmag as the “US dubstep godfather,” 12th Planet didn’t come on set until about 2:45 am, but you could hardly tell. Eager fans holding their lighters and phones in the air, embraced him, as they waited for the main man to kick off his set.
12th Planet opened his night by dropping one of his newest tracks, “The End Is Near! Pt.1” from his EP “The End Is Near!” The whole place went into flicker show of green and white lights. The LED screen on the DJ booth read “12th Planet” and it instantly became go time! About 1000 + fans came together and rocked to the beat and they didn’t stop until damn near’ the crack of dawn. “The End Is Near! Pt. 1” (link) definitely felt like the right song to start off the night and the fans loved it. 12th Planet had the place on lock as he played his set featuring tunes off of his latest EP and some of his older material. I think its safe to say both, fans and performers, enjoyed themselves tremendously this past weekend.
Its becoming known to EDM fans that 12th Planet is certainly a producer of multiple genres, but has his main focus on the drum and bass dubstep. I feel his mix of hip-hop, grime, and reggae, converted into his unique bass and drum sound is something special. With a significant rise in fame and career status over the past few years, it should be interesting to watch and see what new heights 12th Planet can reach in 2012. His performance at Webster shouldn’t leave any doubt that 2012 will be another big year for the “godfather!”
Thanks to The Culture of Me for the images.