Shlohmo/Rustie - Output - 3/7/13
Last night, from 10 p.m. until 4 in the morning D33J, Jackmaster, Oneman, Rustie and Shlohmo played to a high-spirited Williamsburg crowd which braved terrible weather to support some of the most exciting rising stars in electronic music. It was an old-fashioned rave atmosphere, soundtracked by the newest sounds in hybridized production. Over the course of the night, genres including but not limited to grime, house, trap, R&B, and Southern rap were unleashed upon the eager crowd, comprised of a mix of students, Europeans, club kids and nondescript young professionals. The fans welcomed the constant onslaught of noise, packing Output's two stories and thrashing together as one, demonstrating a (clearly) chemically-enhanced resilience that only began to diminish about an hour before the show ended.
Output opened just two months ago in a nondescript building on Wythe Avenue and from the moment you step into line, it's clear that the venue takes itself very seriously. Their official copy reads "Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. [We] welcome individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras and bottle service." The employees present took this philosophy very seriously. I was made to check my camera at the door (press pass not a useful ally in this situation) and bouncers wandered both floors all night, discouraging almost all would-be paparazzos.
It's all well and good to talk about promoting a communal experience, as long as the atmosphere within the venue strives to meet the standards set by such snooty language. Output did not disappoint. My friend remarked that standing inside was akin to living inside a gigantic pair of earphones, and the blocks of speakers scattered throughout the club testified to the comparison. There was not a dead zone in the venue -- the sound was balanced and full no matter where you stood.
All this hardware set the stage nicely for the DJ's, who performed in front of a wall of flashing lights which would pulsate whenever the energy of a set was especially high. D33J (pronounced deej) started off the night with a calm set, slowly getting the crowd in motion by playing a relaxing mix of R&B and downtempo EDM. Though he was done before the venue was fully packed, D33j played with an impressive amount of energy, hyping those present by playing his remix of "Started from the Bottom." This was the first and best of three different mixes of the Drake single, which has proven to be irresistible to both producers and rappers.