Henry Steinway, better known as RL Grime, is the Los Angeles native who’s making the most noise in the hip-hop infused EDM scene. His debut full length record 'Void' had the audacity to propel yung Henry to the biggest stages across the globe this past year, his skills as a DJ also helped this a bit. With a loyal support from almost every DJ on the festival circuit as well as a brand that gravitates around RL Stein books and Halloween, RL Grime has earned himself one of the most powerful thrones in trap music.
Photography by Conner Lee Coughenour
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It was a chilling Sunday night in the heart of Hollywood,
the Roxy would soon be shaking with bass. After selling out shows in Pomona and Santa Ana this past weekend, Henry wanted to give back to his loyal hometown fans with this small performance. Tickets could only be won through an online lottery, which means that everyone in the audience had gotten lucky. With a stuffed venue and an opening set by the jersey-club king DJ Sliink, our audience was nice and loosened up for RL Grime.
The curtains opened while fog began filling the room. The excitement could not have been spookier as RL Grime stepped onto the hot stage. He dropped a new track in the realms of heaven trap, something he has been messing with recently. It was not long until he began dropping bombs of his signature trap to popular hip-hop bootlegs. Henry acts as the vein connecting the soul of festival EDM and DJ Mustard’s influence on pop music, his selection presents something powerful for everyone.
RL Grime always performs an extremely technical set, but what impressed us the most is his ability to keep it fresh. He constantly puts together interesting mashups using old and new music to hype up the crowd. Crowd pleasers along with his own material and festival EDM hits makes up the majority of his set. When it comes to his epic single ‘Core’, Grime has been adding onto the way he drops it for over a year. This time he freshened things up by using the second drop to speed things up into drum and bass – this was easily the peak moment of the performance. After a solid hour and a half of bombs RL Grime finally closed out the hometown set with his remix of The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’. The ominous heaven trap vibe connected his outro with his intro.
“Five of my friends applied for the ticket raffle and I was the only one to get in,” boasts a fan of RL Grime who was seeing him for the first time tonight. After seeing him at all of the massive festivals this year it was really refreshing to catch him at something like this. The energy in the room was dense, everyone had an insane amount of respect for Henry and they allowed him to take this 500 capacity venue to the next level. It is extremely rare to catch such a talented artist in an intimate setting like this. We have no doubt that this one would go down on everyone's list as one of the most memorable performances of 2015.
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