Marc Bassy’s launch party brought a sharp crowd, good vibes and incredible tunes to New York City’s Ace Hotel.
These days, it’s rare to find an artist that sounds stronger during a live performance than on a pre-recorded track. Marc E. Bassy, a singer-songwriter from California, is one of these rare finds. No stranger to the songwriting gig, Bassy was previously a member of the chart-topping band 2AM Club and has composed hits for artists like Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz. And now, after a brief hiatus, Bassy has chosen to take to the stage again – this time, for himself and by himself.
In the basement of the Ace Hotel, the set for the launch of Bassy’s EP titled Groovy People, the mood was a mixture of chill and high-class. In various corners, rising models mingled with one another as members of Republic Records moved from room to room, sampling tequila-infused cocktails curated for the event. A DJ set played soft techno in the background, energizing the crowd in preparation for Bassy’s performance.
Once Bassy took to the stage, the crowd halted, channeling all of their energy towards the artist. How could they not? Bassy thrilled the crowd with incredible vocals – sounding, at times, strikingly similar to the artistic powerhouse Justin Timberlake – whilst his music dropped hints of Reggae, R’n’B, Rock, Trap, and other genres, demonstrating how truly versatile Bassy is as an artist. During his set, Bassy’s vocals ranged from funky and upbeat to deeply emotional and raw, jumping from tracks such as “Free Love” to “Drunk & I’m Drunk” to “Last One I Love” – each song landing on a different tier of style and emotion.
On-stage, Bassy didn’t say much. He communicated instead via his music and body language. This was enough to show that he is dedicated to his supporters and in touch with his art. He used little to no pre-recorded tracks during his performance. Instead, a range of musicians played along with the artist on-stage, contributing percussion, keyboard, guitar and backing vocals. Matching the crowd, they grooved along with Bassy. All set before a glow the colors of a California sunset, there was an immense amount of warmth emanating from the stage. In the crowd, friends and lovers wrapped their arms around one another, swaying to Bassy’s music, sharing love and positive vibes.
For one of the few times he spoke, Bassy silenced the room. He faced the crowd, laying himself out before them, expressing his gratitude.
“I just wanna say that – everyone settle down – I’ve been writing for many years and its means a lot to be up here [performing my music].”
The crowd cheered, supporting Bassy’s current venture, as he began a call and response with lyrics from one of his well-known tracks, “Some Things Never Change.”
“Money. Fame. Always on my brain.”
“Some things never change, some things never change.”
Judging by the crowd’s response and dedication to Bassy, it’s safe to assume that these things won’t be changing for a long time. With his stellar repertoire, pure talent and loyal crew of “groovy people,” Bassy is set for success. Watch this space.
Marc E. Bassy’s EP Groovy People is available on iTunes and Spotify.