Williamsburg was host to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last month, which brought together a wide and diverse collection of DJs and musical acts all focused on pushing the sound and culture of electronic music forward. While the world of EDM is taking the United States by storm, lead by the sounds of modern dubstep and all variations of said sound, space remains for a properly curated showcase series like the BEMF to further advance the music.
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As mentioned in our BEMF festival announcement, a series of acts lead our staff to attend to the two-day festival. The sounds behind those names, while not widely known to the masses, offered strong representations of the future of electronic music both here and abroad. Take for instance, the stripped down, Chicago house-inspired sounds of Omar S who performed at Public Assembly on the night one of BEMF. While new to some, the producer and DJ has been creating music for decades and his modern sound keeps to the original roots while removing all fatty bits that, at times, weigh down music. He held the crowd with a tempo and simple intensity that did not test, but controlled the room, leaving the crowd ready for the thumping intensity of Jackmaster.
I dare say that Jackmaster was the highlight of night one for this writer. There is no more energetic DJ on the circuit today who cuts through edited versions, spanning multiple genres as well as Jackmaster. He offers and plays music for all. From the start, his edit of Talking Heads’ “Pycho Killer” while almost expected to be performed inside the borders of New York City, thumped in a manner that refreshed the track for the modern kids. Throughout his set, the intensity ran the gamut from slowed down house cuts to tech inspired bass tracks which filled the front room.
But the difficult part of a showcase like the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival are in deciding which venue and acts to attend. While we enjoy Omar S and Jackmaster, Photek was doing his thing down the road. We did escape to the Cameo Gallery (just doors from Public Assembly) to hear Braile and Metro Area do their things – both properly unique and fulfilling. We can only hope BEMF returns in 2013.