In a surprise release this week, Killy dropped a 25-minute project titled, Surrender Your Soul – and it probably wasn’t by coincidence, considering his first major sold-out solo concert was coming in the days to follow.
What was originally set for the Mod Club quickly got moved to the bigger venue of the Phoenix Concert Theatre after tickets sold out for the 20-year old artist in minutes. Coming off the hype of “Killamonjaro” and “Distance,” Killy has managed to create a fanbase of teenagers, particularly tapping into the Asian market given his own ethnicity, and suburban kids who wear du-rag s without the waves.
Needless to say, Thursday rolled around and the line to get into the venue for the all-age concert swerved down the block. While doors opened at 8PM, Killy came out at 10PM with all of his friends; literally, the entire stage was full of people taking instastories for their own feeds, and not quite giving Killy a chance to take in the moment on his own. But that didn’t stop the crowd from screaming at the top of their lungs, despite the venue’s temperatures rising to an alarming level – a level so high that a young women hopped the barricade and puked from dehydration all of 3 inches away from me. As security tried to pass water bottles around, Killy also threw water on the crowd. Pro-Tip to the Venue: Turn on the air at sold-out concerts.
Killy ran through SYS with the crowd calling back his every word. At one point, he tried to crowdsurf, but the crowd couldn’t hold him up, and somehow he lost his shoe (similarly to when he lost his shoe at his Red Bull show a few months back). Suddenly, his friends on stage started diving into the crowd one-by-one, almost as if a fight popped up and they were coming to defend him – but, they just came to retrieve his shoe. That’s friendship, and at this point, I now know why they took up space on stage.
With an almost hour-long performance, some of which didn’t seemed to actually be performed but rather Killy catching every few words of his high-level backtrack vocals, it’s clear that what he may lack in technical performance, he makes up for in personality.
Photos: Tse Daniel
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