Wompblog is an independent blog dedicated to the best of NYC’s bass music ecosystem. It’s where I list all the events I think are worth going to. I’m not affiliated with any promoters, DJs, labels or clubs (though obviously, I have my favorites). I don’t care about clickthroughs, conversions or controversy.
The mission here is to help bring visibility to the events that deserve it. The vast majority of stuff you hear about dance music in NYC is generated by those with something to gain; the teams promoting those events, the artists involved, the media outlets hunting for what will draw the most eyeballs, or the street teamers hoping for guest list. Which is to say, it’s hype. It’s an echo chamber.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But for the people who are on the dancefloor, it’s not very useful for finding the place you wanna be.
Wompblog listings are heavily curated around the quality of experience for attendees. Obviously a good lineup is important, but it’s just as critical to have a legit soundsystem, genuine vibes, and (perhaps most importantly) space to dance. Glossy flyers and big name headliners are cool, but neither are essential for having a great night out.
Do you throw shows that I should be listing? Hit me up: wompblog [at] gmail or @womp_blog on twitter.
Who’s runnin this joint?
I’m Evan, but the internet calls me squidelephant. In ’06 I moved to New York and started experiencing its incredible diversity of electronic music. From outdoor house explosions like Soul Summit, to renegade warehouse raves, to the subterranean vibes of Dub War; I found that the party ecosystem in NYC was thriving, but fragmented.
It would be trite to say that I’m attempting to “bring it all together”. But I am trying to help people find what they’re looking for. If you like some of the events or music listed here, chances are you’ll like the rest.
WTF’s a Womp?
WOMP is onomatopoeia for the low end in dance music. But it’s more than that; it’s the alchemical reaction by which vibrations in the air transform into people dancing. WOMP is sound, physicalized.
All manner of electronic musics beget womping, but my favorites tend to be house, garage, glitch hop, juke/footwork, beats, dubstep, future bass, drum n bass, bassline house, fidget house, ghetto house, ghetto funk, nu-funk, breaks, breakcore, purple, skronk, skwee… you get the idea. Danceable stuff with low-end and musicality and soul.