This is the second year in a row that I have ended up at Webster Hall for New Years after-hours and I’ve now decided to make it a tradition. Just days after I attended last year, I started writing for Daily-Beat, and what a ride it has been since then. This time, I was front and center watching one of my all-time favorite producers rock the stage for 2 hours straight. There was no better way to start 2014.
Wolfgang Gartner took the stage at 4am and started the party right. He kicked off with Steve Aoki & Autoerotique & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, “Feedback” then transitioned into his and Tiesto’s banger, “We Own The Night” and feeling nothing but the music, my arms banged into the front barrier in the midst of throwing them up and down. Without the urge to look away, I felt the vibe of the crowd and everyone dancing around me. I couldn’t believe my ears when he started to remix Modestep, “Another Day,” my exact words being “I can’t believe he’s playing Modestep! That’s fucking awesome!”
After two hours of the electro house/dubstep/nu-disco mix we all got thrown in our face by this EDM master, RL Grime took the stage an immediately switched the vibe to the trap songs we all know and love. Slowing it down just a bit, this alter ego of Clockwork threw down the classics “Rollup” and “Infinite Daps" along with 2 Chainz “Birthday Song.”
By this time it was 8am and the ragers were ragin’ but it’s started to clear out a bit. Gesaffelstein and Brodinski showed up from their earlier set at Slake, still dressed to impress for the New Year. To my surprise, these two Frenchmen take the decks side by side and drop their European techno beats for the remainder of the night including everything from “Pursuit” to “Belgium” and “Obsession.”
Come 10am, I just didn’t have it in me to stay and try out the continental breakfast, even though I probably could have devoured the entire buffet. Thankfully, I came prepared with sunglasses that didn’t leave my face from the second I stepped out of Webster Hall to the moment I walked through my door. Until next New Year’s, Webster Hall, happy 2014!