New Years Countdown with BassJackers, KeysnKrates and Many More…
New Years-a time to reflect on successes of the past year and make resolutions for the future, and after some quiet contemplation, rage your face off at one of the plethora of parties being thrown in your city. In this case we are in Toronto and our party, which was located in the heart of the Exhibition Fairgrounds, was at the storied Liberty Grand.
The night’s celebratory music was provided by Bassjackers, KeysnKrates, MakJ and Rl Grimes amongst others. The event venue was tastefully decorated and separated into three rooms with three distinct sounds; each sound contained from one another, creating a dedicated space for the differing melodic and pounding beats.
A hard-to-miss screen behind the Dj booth airs the countdown while the crowd yells out the few remaining seconds in unison. Simultaneously, bottles of bubbly arrived at the Dj booth and at the stroke of midnight, revellers were treated to a champagne shower, creating an aura of a lavish affair. Traversing through the crowd to check out other rooms was like trying to get a off a packed streetcar during rush hour.
Keys n Krates, got people bouncing, swaying and gyrating for their entire sixty two minute set, under vibrant lights and décor, set the festive mood for the chock-full room. If you’ve never heard of Keys n Krates, you’ll need a much-needed introduction! Keys n Krates are the “ultimate live-remixing experience” – a three piece band that combines live instrumentation, turntablism and live sampling via keyboard. This trio comprised of hard-hitting Adam Tune on drums, subtle and soulful Matisse on keys and last but certainly not least, world champion Dj Jr Flo on the 1’s and 2’s. This epic trio never fails to entertain, delivering awe-inducing experiences.
As we continue our journey throughout the sprawling complex that is the Liberty Grand, we stop at an oasis to quench our thirst. Shifting through, we run into some revellers who want a picture or two and are obliged by our photographer. Making our way back to the main room, MakJ takes over the turntables and delights the crowd with sonic sonatas and stuffed giraffes. By the time MakJ had spun his last beat of the night, the crowd was pumped and primed for Bassjackers.
Bassjackers pleases the crowd, taking over on the turntables with a mission. The party-goers erupt with applause breaking into dance with the drop of the first track. Tracks such as “Savior” by Bassjackers, Linkin Park’s “Numb” were but a few of the noticeable songs played at different points during the night. As the party progressed, women climbed upon the shoulders of men to get the attention or maybe a bird’s-eye view of the the Djs’ hypnotizing spinning. Halfway through their set, Bassjackers jumped onto the Dj booth and interacted with the crowd, giving it an intimate feel.
Shortly thereafter, Dj’s Joe Ghost, and MakJ, joined Bassjackers on stage and the trio spun for the remainder of the night. The show’s energy combined with the New Years’ atmosphere, carried the crowd into the wee hours of the morning, leaving the carousing fans exhausted yet thirsting for more.
We take away a few lessons from this night: Be sure to plan ahead- as we all know the “thirst is real” on New Years, tip any busker you see, don’t kiss any strangers without fresh breath(don’t kiss a “friend” without REALLY fresh breath). The TTC is free all night, so no excuses not to use it; however, they don’t stock those handy airplane bags for emergencies (you best bring your own).
Story by Tee Onek Photos by Ftfphotography