Okay, so this was a fun night. Troyboi came to perform in Denver at one of our paper venues, Ogden Theatre, and lay down his very specific brand of life-altering, world rocking trap music. Now while we’ve been hitting up EDM shows since Moon Tribes in the desert outside of Yuma, trap music is a little new to us. Still, from the openers on, this was a fantastic show.
For some background on Troyboi, allmusic.com tells us that,
British producer Troy Henry, better known as TroyBoi, is a multicultural electronic music artist who has produced and remixed tracks for rap, R&B, and pop artists in addition to releasing work under his own name. The native of South East London, England arrived during the early 2010s and is most frequently associated with trap music, though his output has also veered from electro-house to commercial dance-pop…In 2017, Henry issued his debut full-length, Left Is Right, a bass-heavy collection that included collaborations with Healthy Chill, Nefera, Y.A.S, and Ice Cube. The next year, he issued the EP V!BEZ, featuring David Stewart on the track “Spooky.” The follow-up, V!BEZ, Vol. 2, landed later that year.
Ok, cool. We love diversity. And we def fux with some English hip hop and EDM.
The opener for Troyboi’s show at Ogden, Shank Aaron, hails from Denver, Colorado. He has “been making his mark in this hotbed for bass music for over 4 years” according to his Soundcloud page. He might have left a little bit to be desired in terms of showmanship and dance moves, but he definitely got the crowd ready for Lunice.
Lunice might have been the best of the three for the night, in our humble opinion. Jambase tells us that, “Since 2010’s show stopping Stacker Upper EP sold out in a matter of weeks, 23 year old Lunice Fermin Pierre II has toured the world with his charismatic high energy live shows. But in the studio this guy has shown yet more prowess and scope than any of his beat-making peers. Remixes and collaboration with the likes of Diplo, Deerhunter, Young L, Wacka Flocka Flame, XV and Gucci Mane gave him a serious buzz.” His engagement with the crowd, dancing, incorporation of dope hip hop beats, and overall setlist, was killer. We were definitely moving to that and will probably spend more time digging in his crates than any other.
That’s not to say that Troyboi wasn’t dope. His stage show is incredible. I’m pretty sure most of us haven’t seen a DJ with a stage show as robust and dynamic as his. Extra performers, Destiny singing Frustrated live alongside him, a local aerial team, belly dancers, smoke machines, fog machines, pyrotechnics, and confetti made for a dizzying spectacle of musical magic that had everyone in the room losing their damn mind. Keep in mind that I noted on Twitter at the start of the show that the crowd was already totally obliterated. People showed up ready to party and were lost in the zen of the whole situation.
In any case, we’re not here to do review of music we’re not extra familiar with, so we’ll just leave you with this: if you haven’t seen a Troyboi show, you need to get out there and check it out. Shout out to Dojia and Bella for the invite. Thanks for introducing me to new music.
Enjoy some De La Vaca photos.