Jon Gooch has been a respected EDM artist for almost a decade now. He started out making drum and bass under the name “Spor.” After conquering that scene, in 2010 Jon Gooch came out with a different name and a different style of music. His new project “Feed Me,” has blown up since then and has created a new genre of it own. In trying to find a proper term for Feed Me’s genre, I couldn’t sum it up in simply one or two words. His style is filthy electronic music combined with hyped up dubstep and dirty bass lines.
The Webster Hall in New York City has been a staple in the New York dance club for two decades. Thursday to Sunday every week, it is a wild dance party running until early hours in the morning, with full and enthusiastic crowds dancing even after the last song has been played. At the show, I was told by many die hard Feed Me fans that supposedly the Webster Hall is his favorite venue of all time to play at.
The night started with openers Alex English and Mord Fustang, who both brought energy and life to the already big crowd. All night I saw very few people not dancing, and not one single person had anything but a smile on their face. Throughout their sets, the music intensified and the lights became brighter and more colorful. By the time Mord Fustang was closing up his set, the crowd had been properly pumped up and prepared for what was about to come. The entire room and even down the stairs was filled with anxious fans waiting for Feed Me to start.
As soon as Mord Fustang finished, the lights all dimmed. The only sound to be heard for a few moments was the sound of the crowd chanting and screaming for Feed Me to play. Suddenly, a large LED grinning smile was shining in the face of the crowd, and everyone went absolutely wild. Although the venue was so packed and filled with people, almost everyone began to jump, dance, and go nuts.
Feed Me played a fantastic set until about 3:30am, dropping such crowd favorites as “Pink Lady”, “One Click Headshot”, “Thumbs Up (For Rock And Roll)” and “Cott’s Face”. He kept the crowd restless and going crazy for the entire time. Unfortunately, at no point did the crowd get any smaller. If anything, people just kept piling in. Most places on the dance floor were hard to move around, especially with people constantly shuffling through. But away from the center of the crowd was where the wild dancers were. Although there was no real “open” place to move around, those who really wanted to dance were able to make a little room for themselves and went crazy, making those around them join in. Despite the over-crowd on the floor, the people were so enthusiastic, animated and ecstatic that it almost bypassed the fact that there wasn’t as much room to move.
Along with the giant grin right in front of the stage, there were plenty of other very vibrant and wild light displays going along with his music. The setup of the Webster Hall was good for being able to see the show, unlike a lot of other venues I’ve been too. Unless you were standing behind the bar at the back of the room, you had a clear shot.
For the most part, the entire night was mind-blowing. The lights were awesome, the music was loud, the acoustics in Webster Hall were very good, and the sets were eccentric enough to keep a crowd going for the entire five and a half hour show. Aside from the crowded room, the only other bad part of the night was the ridiculous line for the coat check afterwards. I was lucky only having to wait about 45 minutes for my coat.
Although I’ve said that the venue was over packed, I would imagine that for a more relaxed concert it would have been fine. But for something as wild and obnoxious as Feed Me, it was almost disappointing to not have enough room to absolutely lose it. It was such a ridiculously good time, I was contemplating going for their second show the next night at the same place. If you haven’t seen Feed Me yet, make it a point to go. It’s a guaranteed good time with good music.
Review by Kati Gorneau
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.