While many electronic music fans were pre-occupied with the double shot of Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden and Roseland Ballroom, those looking for a different sound caught the up and coming Dillon Francis, and dub-step star SkisM at Webster Hall. Despite the hype surrounding the show at The Garden, Webster Hall was filled to the brim with neon shirts and dance shoes, with people of all ages jumping around and dancing wildly.
Dillon Francis started with his unique blend of moombahton and dub-step. He breezed through a bunch of his hits including the relatively recent ‘I.D.G.A.F.O.S” which is a certified banger. Francis’ is music isn’t as consistently ‘wompy’ as your standard dub-step DJ and is a lot funkier than the average electro DJ, giving him an extremely danceable set for fans of a variety of electronic genres. SkisM followed bringing a more traditional dub-step sound to the stage. While Francis’ definitely was not slouching on the bass, SkisM brought it to a new level. The walls and floors of Webster Hall rattled and no one seemed to mind, never stopping the dance party that rocked the main room. The bass went on till the early morning as the crowd finally started to let out.
The general crowd response was extremely positive – New York has been craving more Dillon Francis since his opening set for Skream and Benga in October, and the crowds tend to fill up in Webster Hall when the UK’s bigger dub-step DJs come to town. Francis is based out of LA and figures to be back in the New York area again soon so keep an eye out for his next NYC appearance because this artist is seriously blowing up. If you loved SkisM and are looking for more of that UK style dub-step, Caspa will be headlining Webster next week.