The H<3art Beats Collective has exploded on the dance music scene in Brooklyn with incredible force. They have been throwing thrilling shows all year long and have recently launched their new clothing and merch line that can be found on the H<3art Beats website. Lead by Joe Forcina, Ashlyn Fulton, Frank Giambrone, and Damask Schantz, each co-founder has something extraordinary to bring to the table.
Born and raised in NYC, Co-Founder Joe Forcina found his love for music when playing the drums in high school and by immersing himself in flow arts in the form of gloving. His keen sense for what is up-and-coming in the underground dance music scene makes him the incredible Director of Artists and Repertoire for H<3art Beats bookings. He spins under the moniker Toe Drag and discovers new talent by scouring Soundcloud mixes and by frequently attending underground shows. Finally, his skills in design have accelerated the custom stage designs at the H<3art Beats events, making the collective music and art focused.
From sunny Southern California, Ashlyn Fulton has been a staple in the NYC dance music scene for the better part of a decade. She is an incredible writer and photographer, which has helped H<3art Beats thrive. Ashlyn manages the booking, production and financial sides of H<3art Beats, adopting the title of Co-Founder and CEO. You can find her spinning at clubs around NYC under the moniker Shlyn.
Another H<3art Beats Co-founder, Frank Giambrone is deep in the trenches of the festival circuit with ties to Shambhala, FriendShip, Electric Forest, and Burning Man. He is the heart of the music collective making sure the good vibes are present at H<3art Beats events. His design skills and personal connections helped to cement their place as a New York City staple.
Damask Schantz, from Portland Oregon, Co-founded H<3art Beats in 2018 with the idea to create experiences that merge all of her passions: music, art, and dance in a way the bass music scene has never seen before – and she manifested this unique and theatrical event to life! As an entrepreneur deeply inspired by Burning Man, she leads the collective team to one successful event to another while also managing the promotion and hospitality sides of each event.
The H<3art Beats collective wouldn’t be complete without numerous other players that are on the booking team, design team and stage management team. You can find out more about the team at the About Us section of their website.
Up next for the team is their first-anniversary show on May 10th at the Knitting Factory with Emalkay and Pinch. Resident and Grammy-worthy singer Charmae will sing her new original tracks while their resident bass ballerina dances in pointe shoes and tutu.
Check out their Soundcloud here for new mixes and music from their artists.
The efforts from the H<3art Beats team brings inspiring events every month to Brooklyn. Cheers to their success and here’s to many more years of events to come!