The Prince: DJ Gesaffelstein’s Reign Over Brooklyn
Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing French DJ (& heartthrob, tbh) Gesaffelstein (Geh-sah-fell-steen) perform at Output in Brooklyn, New York. I consider Gesaffelstein somewhat of a hidden gem – to those familiar with the EDM scene, he’s an absolute legend. Still, it appears that most people have never heard of him or his music. His tracks give off pretty deep-house vibes, but with a series of demonic bangs, clashes, and buzzes interspersed at different volumes and tones throughout. In terms of collaborations, he’s worked with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Rey, and Phoenix. He also produced the lead single on Kanye West’s Yeezus, “Black Skinhead,” which makes sense given his classically loud, abrasive style. He may not be for everyone, but once you get into his stuff, you just can’t get enough. Gesaffelstein actually declared that last year’s Coachella performance would mark his retirement from music – but I am so, so glad that he lied. Admittedly, he did keep us eagerly waiting until 2:30 AM to come on stage. It was well worth it though – his set was SICK. There is just no other word for it – with the Halloween vibes still in place, his diabolical, static, and somehow sexy beats set the mood just perfectly. And I just have to say it – he looked beautiful. A friend actually asked me after the show: “Do you like his music, or how he looks?” I immediately replied “both,” of course. He dropped many favorites, including Pursuit, Control Movement, Depravity, and my personal #1: Hate of Glory. These songs maintain a pounding rhythm and suspenseful in nature. Blasting from the unmistakably perfect speakers at Output, it was truly as though we entered into Hell. And with the Gessafelstein Soundcloud limited in options, I was delighted to finally hear a set of unfamiliar songs from him. The one I’m most excited to have heard, though, is “Hellifornia,” a track off his 2013 album Aleph. The title is self-explanatory – it has the high-pitch, synthy vibes of ‘90s LA (think “Nuthin’ but a G Thang”) but in a wicked, sexy way that could only come from Mr. Gesaffelstein himself. Give it a try below.