Recognizable by its pounding kicks, explosive drops and melodic vocals, Hardstyle or Hard Dance has evolved over the years breaking away from mainstream EDM and lodging itself between hardcore and house at a good 150bpm.
Following up a Trance-y March lineup, this year marks the first time ever that Zouk Club KL – Asia’s Largest Superclub is bringing an all-star lineup to the Mainroom with the likes of 2 of the hottest DJs in this scene – Coone and Atmozfears. Given this chance last Saturday (7th April 2018), Kuala Lumpur was the scene for purist electronic music lovers to get a taste of this growing work of art through Zouk KL’s own trademark festival titled ‘HERTZ’.
Local smashing DJ duo – Chukiess & Whackboi got the crowd in both Mainroom and Ace hyped up, till later into the night when Hardstyle lovers were all ready for a hint of Atmozfears. The Dutch DJ extraordinaire, opened with his famous collaboration with Hardwell and M.Bronx, “All That We Are Living For” which drove the crowd into a frenzy, fists pumping in the air, the occasional shuffle by festival clad Zouk-ers with bodies swaying to the catchy melodies of reversed basslines and kick drums.
It was not long till Coone hit the sets at Zouk Mainroom later that night. The room came alive with Coone’s LED visuals mixed with the opening thumping beats of “Here I Come”. The pace and beats didn’t slow as the fourth and final act of the night came. An atmosphere of uplifting sounds and chilling climaxes of Coone’s beats drew just the right vibes at HERTZ; before handing over to Bass Agents who closed the show with amazing energy to cap the night.
The regular resident magician, Chris Fleming – a close-up magician from UK have been roaming the grounds of Zouk Club KL performing his tricks and illusions for guests and regulars on a weekly basis. However, the greatest trick of the night was when former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Ronaldinho appeared at the Superclub after his event at the UEFA Championship Trophy Tour earlier that day. The legendary football player made a pit stop at Velvet Underground and was given the sleight of hand prowess of Chris’s illusions, before heading over to Zouk KL Imperial for a much deserved after-party with a fantastic Saturday Imperial turn-out.
Overall, the night that screamed “Hardstyle baby!” was a huge success and there are already talks of the next installation for 2019 in plans. Fans can be sure that it’s going to get bigger and better next year.
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Words by Alicia K.