M.A.P. Turned 3D: WTV Interviews Gl0bal

For the second post on the day, we have the Gl0bal management team. It is through their contact that ‘WYN’ caught our ear and we were able to come into contact with this artist. We have been sitting on these posts for some time and are super excited to finally be getting them out; even more so because of another Gl0bal release today! So if you are coming here hot off the ‘WYN’ post or just stumbling in by luck, it is time to formally meet the Canadian-based artist: Gl0bal.

Before Gl0bal, there was a guy named Mickhel on the other side of the world. Growing up in the UK and then hopping continents, Mickhel brings meaning to his stage name in more than one way. Originally crafted from his initials (M.A.P.), Gl0bal came to fruition because DJ Map didn’t seem to have the right ring. With the dynamic bass/trap sound he has come to produce, it makes sense that he changed his name to mirror a three-dimensional dynamic map.

Though the full chronological growth of Mickhel was not really discussed, we were easily able to discover the Gl0bal growth-path. Like most stories, it began with an interest in the scene. Seeing shows and experiencing the art of DJing sparked Mickel’s interest. Artists with dynamic set catalogs like Calvin Harris, Diplo, and Skrillex inspired (and still do inspire) him. Each show/festival stacked on that and turned interest into action. Dipping his toe into the scene as an open-format DJ grew into messing around and learning production. Then taking that knowledge and practicing and perfecting what Mickhel found value in. Patiently crafting sound that he really valued, is what chipped away at the time between then and now. Gl0bal was born out of the passion for music, and the belief that what he was creating had massive value. The value that Mickhel independently felt for his craft is what has Gl0bal on the WTV page. His self-belief made creation and brand development so much more than making it big: it is about doing justice to himself. By knowing his worth and building his production talent, he allowed himself to always bring his best and let people find it on their own. His mindset always left him ahead of what people were catching-up to hear. 

Gl0bal started taking ears with that production cycle. By 2017, he had come into contact with Chuckie and released on his label Dirty Dutch. He had made hip-hop and electronic originals. Then used those talents to feature Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire on his track ‘Jump Up’. He closed out 2017 by grasping the title “Western Canadian Miller Brewing DJ Champion”. With a portfolio of music and achievements, Gl0bal was just warming up. He hit some crowning achievements recently, by signing tracks to Circus Records and hearing his tracks used by top tier artists. With all that happening now, we come to find there is even more for the future. Gl0bal teased a big festival announcement in our interview but kept it sealed as to which one. So stay posted for that next shining achievement. No matter what milestone he checks off the list, however, nothing stands above making an impact in the scene and providing for his family doing music. He also mentioned playing Tomorrowland, because who wouldn’t want that?

Taking a step off the stage and away from the production screens, we had to see what Mickhel does to maintain the professional drive. He said there are probably four things you can find him doing while away from producing and Djing. First and foremost is the gym, going hand-in-hand with the basketball court. Staying active is a must, and is first priority when not creating. If he’s not pumping-iron or crossing kids up, he is probably enjoying night life. Mickhel understands the importance of having fun and letting loose. Going out and enjoying his go-to vodka soda, is a great break from the grind. Although the staple is vodka soda, we had to get a feel for his beer choice. The Canadian makes some American’s proud with his claim to liking the diesel of beers: Budweiser. If there happens to be anytime in between going out and working out, Mickhel could probably be found chowing on some sushi playing some video games. Other than that, it is all music. 

Making music is a tough gig. We always ask artists to give some words to those of you just starting or those struggling a little bit. In Gl0bal’s case, his actions are supplemented by his words. He gives the advice to make music that you value, continuously. No matter the size of the flame, if you keep adding fuel/value to it, it will keep burning bigger and brighter. The more you add the more likely people are to see the flames. In lamens terms, make fire music and the rest will come with time. You have to be patient, understand there will be struggles, and just keep making music for people to hear. 

The only other advice came in regard to his pre-show ritual. Gl0bal always takes a pre-show nap and advises you never to underestimate its power. He also takes some moments in silence to calm the nerves. It is all about doing what makes you feel best because the people come to see you when it boils down. 

Coming into contact with Mickhel and his mangement team has been a great experience. It is always so great the music and people that come our way, and this is no exception. Reviewing ‘WYN’, getting to work with Gl0bal on this interview, and bring light to the latest track ‘Believe’ has been a real honor. We are so glad that you found us, and hope to remain in contact. Thank you for your time and your music- we hope to see you soon at this festival you are announcing!

Until next time.

Peace.

Church In The Church: Tchami At The Bluestone

Our first show covered in a minute was quite the night. Last week we took to one of our favorite venues to shoot and cover Prime Social Group’s presentation of Tchami. This is a show that we were so excited to experience, for so many reasons. First, being back in the Bluestone. Second, seeing a must-see artist early on his new tour. Thirdly, having the privilege of shooting the even thanks to PSG. And lastly, getting back into the saddle of mid-week shows. How it all stacked up is what we bring to you today.

Venue

The Bluestone is one of the highlights of the Columbus scene. An old church repurposed to hold amazing artists is just something that is so unique and so fun. The aesthetic of the venue is so big. In stature, it has that open feel because of the vaulted ceilings and the simple tiered viewing experience. From the bottom floor to the VIP upper mezzanine, the venue gives a great listening and viewing experience from any angle. The church and universal center stage are always such a great opportunity for any artist, but especially for the house apostle Tchami. This venue is so clean and functional. It never overcrowds and always delivers on every aspect the fans of Columbus (or any other city) are looking for. 

Artists

The lineup for this show bounced around a little, but the subtle volley between styles was not anything to ruin the night. If anything it came off as a little strange, but also gave a little variety. The genre pivots just acted as a pallet cleanser.

Starting the night was a WTV duo that never disappoint: Fear & Lowe. Although we caught only the tail end, the two gave that great house energy that is crafted with cleanliness and bounciness. The two always have a great time and assure their listeners join in on the fun.

The bounce from the house genre came in the second slot with 13. This is an artist that was not on our radar, but we made sure to put on after. We saw the many strides to success he is making when looking him up, and then saw why when getting into his set. Although the set was far from house, his style was something really cool. A lot of bass being brought through trap, low BPM, and dubstep knit together this really rich low-end experience. Although his place in the night seemed a bit confusing, his growing presence in the scene was clearly earned. 

The main event begins as an altar was revealed in the center of the stage. Tchami came to the stage after his team fiddled with the set-up for a minute, to make sure the show went forward flawlessly. It moved forward into the set, and Tchami really brought out the best of himself. After formerly seeing him, he really stepped it up from our first encounter. He had such great energy that permeated into every aspect of the set. His visuals were so unique, as they used a double LED overlay. His sound was an awesome balance of pace and house variety. Every slow down rose into high energy moments and tracks all of which had the crowd vibing through their Thursday night. Tchami embodied his reputation and filled the church with the hefty sermon that is the Elevated Tour.

Done Wells & Needs Work

The cohesion of Tchami’s set was undoubtedly the highest point of the night. The altar in the Bluestone worked hand-in-hand to sell the Tchami brand and enhance his aesthetic. The crowd was eating up every moment of the literal Bluestone church and the one that Tchami’s team looks to develop in every venue of the tour. Beyond just the altar stage, the lighting and smoke were just creamy and synthesized so well into the music and vibe of Tchami.

The only improvements needing to be made were conscious decisions to enhance the tour. First of those was just the set-up time. Tchami’s team wanted to assure the tour kicked off to a strong start, and brought the best show to Columbus. This lead to about a half-hour break before the headliner came on. In hindsight, we saw all the work was necessary for the show. However, in the moment, we were getting impatient to see Tchami come on. The variation of genre is always desired as well, to give a little contrast through the show, but felt a little odd for this concert. Fear & Lowe to 13 then Tchami was just an unexpected path to the night and could be improved, but then again without it we would never have been exposed to a new artist.

It feels so good to be back in the night air for shows that we are so excited about. So thank you to Prime Social Group for organizing the night, and giving us the push to get out to cover it. The shots we got and the experience that came along with is always priceless. Thank you to the PSG team for making the night happen, as well as the artists for coming out and bringing the tunes to the family of Columbus EDM.

Until next time.

Peace.

Dom Dolla & Sonny Fodera at Trism: Tricked Out Trism

Last week Wednesday, we took to a fresh new rearrange of the venue Trism. The first concert in quite some time at Trism. Unlike the venue though, the artists and event company were no strangers to us. We had the pleasure of working with Prime Social Group once again; it is thanks to them that we were out to see Dom Dolla and Sonny Fodera (and the oh so familiar local support). The night was another awesome experience and one that was set up extremely well, in regard to both logistics and overall flow. 

Venue

Trism with an all-new twist. The venue now offers more space and dynamics, than at any time in the past. Of course, the staple wall of windows, simple shape, and tiered wooden stands remain; however, they took out the unnecessary clutter as well as made improvements to the stage and seating. Rather than having the weird tiered square-step sculptures take up the front entrance of the club, they now left it open. Trading that seating in some simple faux leather couches in that area, as well as right in front of the stage (on either side). Trism has utilized space a lot better, especially for those who want to dance. Other than spacing, other notable changes include a moved smoking area and a simpler stage setup, with upgraded visuals. Smokers now are out to the side of the club, along the glassdoors, to cut down on the front of the house clutter. It seemed to work, but may pose issues at a concert that is more packed. The stage was an undeniable home run all around. They cut back on how far it comes out, which again helps the spacing. The spectacle of the venue is now the beautiful LED screen and amped-up sound. These two additions excite us beyond belief, to continue to see shows at Trism. The sound and visual quality are so strong and really provided a heightened concert experience. 

Artists

Christian Bistany: This set felt more like a home than a house. Christian currated a very inviting set that was developed by the music. It felt more intimate and technical to the house genre, and was a really solid start to the night. We love to see the originals pop into his mix. By using vocal tracks less, he showcased his dedication to the Tech House intricacies. 

GVNR: A set that balanced well with the former. GVNR ramped up energy with more vocals and bass, while still adhering to the house structure. He was playing a lot of familiar tunes that got the crowd singing. His set was extended, for quite some time, but he was able to balance out the growing energy and then maintain it until the next act. 

Dom Dolla: Returning to the low vocal use, Dom Dolla brought a set that was very low-end focused. His tracks and transitions felt very Euro house, which was the grit of his set. He was able to integrate some nice vocal clips but kept to the down low bounce of house. A vibe that reflected into the very realistic and blueprint visuals, what his set featured.

Sonny Fodera: Bouncing back to the heavy vocal use and high energy. Sonny Fodera brought the house music that screams party. His set was electric, smooth, and had a lot of wavy movement. Creating ups and downs within tracks and transitions really made the set pop. Visually he was able to use vibrant colors and defined shapes and emulate the same emotion his set gave musically. 

Dom Dolla b2b Sonny Fodera: Both headliners came back onto the stage and balanced their house sets. We got tastes of that deeper Euro house that Dom originally brought, and then the very mainstream party house the Sonny brought. The two then bled into one another, until we really came to this shifting shade of gray. Their b2b settled into the bass ear but was defined by midline inserts and those energetic top lines. It was really a cool set to see come together, especially after given the opportunity to see both artists separate. 

Done Wells and Needs Work

The improvements and the artist-to-artist contrast and flow stand out as the positive highlights of the night. To see two local WTV fam artists play next to each other, and then see two big label artists do the same with the same transition was a moment of pride as well as amazement. And to see it happen with the amazing new backdrop while hearing it clearer than ever- there is not much more two guys could ask for. It all felt like a super cool reveal, which we for sure not expecting. 

The night was really solid and built a lot of excitement to continue to go to Trism. Nothing that the venue did made the night worse, however, we were disappointed with how the bigger artists arrived. GVNR was killing it through all of this, so huge shout out to our fam before we issue the complaint. Really it is less of a complaint and more of a “do better”. But the team that was setting up for Dom Dolla & Sonny Fodera could not seem to adjust without cutting the sound out during GVNR’s set, which we felt was rude. After messing with the soundboard during the set, the set was lengthened a ton because Dom Dolla was late. The timing of the sound adjustments and the timeliness of the headliner just sat a little off with us. Nothing that ruined the night, just something we felt could have been tightened up. 

This was a really great night for us. Getting to work with PSG, seeing the new Trism, being present for the WTV fam, Dom Dolla, and Sonny Fodera as the put on amazing sets, and enjoying it with our friends really bookmarked the day. We hope that Trism keeps hosting shows because that was such a great takeaway from the night. As always thank the artists, PSG, and all the fans for making the event possible.

Until next time.

Peace.

Haunted Fest 2019-Columbus: Masked Music Mania

In Columbus, October brings not only one but two days to dust-off and break out the costumes. We have the national delight of Halloween, and our personal favorite Haunted Fest. We had the extra sweet treat of covering the festival, as media. As always a huge thank you to Prime Social Group for the privilege, yet again, to cover one of their events. They have been a great organization to work with and we like to see the events they are able to craft. 

Venue

The Lausche Building is one of the expo centers that make up the Ohio State Fairgrounds; it is also the building that harbors Haunted Fest. This massive building is an empty carcass of concrete and metal to be transformed into a venue for any event. Its size and location, in the fairgrounds, makes it easy to find, however, there seemed to be no understood Uber drop-off point. Everyone seemed to be getting dropped in different spots and then hoofing it the rest of the way. Once you hit the front gates though, it was smooth sailing. The box office was well staffed, the line moved decently fast, and you were let out into the open outdoor area, which meant there was no build-up of people. The expo center door is massive and allows you to see all the way to the back of the building, as soon as you walk in. Before entering the actual venue, the landing area had a bathroom station, two food trucks, and plenty of space to grab some air (or smoke). Getting out of the chilly night air and into the venue, we are just thrust right into it. The venue is a rectangle where the perimeter is all vendors, Silent Disco, VIP areas, and the stage. The space in between was just filled with the LED mirrors that have been a staple to PSG fests, a couple of podiums for dancers, and of course the crowd. It was very bare-bones and slightly front-loaded. With only one stage and limited Silent Disco headphones, everyone was cramming into the spots they could hear the music loudest and see the stage best. VIP and Ultra VIP were investments that really enhanced the experience. Both gave great views of the stage, with way fewer people. More room to move, while still having really solid views. 

Artists

Mitch James X Reckless: It was so awesome to see a WTV fam member mainstage, going back to back. Both Reckless and Mitch James brought phenomenal energy to the opening set. The Reckless stage of energy and swagger were there, and Mitch was there to match. The two had a really great balance and feed on one another. It was crazy to see them give the crowd energy and then cycle it back into their set. They created so much for such an early slot with their music selection, light show, and personalities. 

STANKTNK: Over on the Silent Disco, the Bass Cult champ and WTV fam member delivered a brain shattering set through the colored headphones. It was amazing to see the support he had from his Bass Cult family, as well as the building crowd. Even when you took the headphones off after listening, his set was so big that it seemed to keep playing through your head. 

Yami: Still on Silent Disco and still WTV fam. Yami brought another set that brings light to the energy of electronic music. He links genres and sounds without discrimination, in order to keep chasing that high-energy vibe. His nerdy costume demonstrated he studied how to get people to listen because he had a sea of blue headphones.

Beach Boys: A duo that brought really great feels. They were playing club classics and stitching them together with up and coming electronic tunes. Making the venue pop with a solid light show was just gravy to the main course that was their track list. 

Young Bombs: Aqua Man and Edward Scissorhands will never be the same. This dressed-up duo had that “anything is EDM” vibe, which took us down all sorts of paths. From classic rock to rap back to punk, every track turned and took us back to the jumping joys of bass. They had a set that rounded everything out to be high-energy. 

Dombresky: You can’t have haunted without the house. Nice simple visuals and smooth bouncy transitions were the focal points of his passionate set. He really set the dancefloor on fire, as his red-gloved hands created and directed energy. He was a fun DJ to watch because you could see the happiness radiating from him.

Rezz: Space mom playing a Halloween festival only seems right. Branded by her low and slow production, she is always sure to rumble the crowd. Though she did do her brand justice, it did not feel as creepy as we would have expected. The set was more melodic than spooky, but just because it wasn’t what we were expecting doesn’t mean we didn’t vibe with it. It was still that good wonderful and wonky feel.

RL Grime: All hail pope Grime; closer of Haunted Fest 2019. He brought a whole lot of bass, a whole lot of energy, and a whole lot of CO2. His set was the definition of an amazing ride. He brought in his top tracks and mixed everything into a brew that was surprising and electric. Hard drops developed from soft tracks. Transitions were always a coin flip because you never knew what was coming. R.L. Grime just really wrapped up the night up and even put a bow on top.

Done Wells & Needs Work

To start, the line-up and merchandise PSG was able to curate was super strong. Both embodied the theme of the festival well and were strong draws. In addition, the venue is a continually great choice that provides a lot of room. Haunted Fest utilized most space very well, especially in the VIP experiences. The single-stage single-day setup makes for a quick and easy festival, which is becoming a staple for Columbus EDM listeners.

Along the lines of improvement, we felt that there were just issues with numbers. We really want to see a greater number of feet between the stage and LED mirrors, since they really sandwiched people between them and the stage. Also more usable restrooms for GA in the building. We loved VIP because it was always a quick bathroom trip, but for GA fans the lines are pretty long. Lastly, we want to see more Silent Disco headphones. There was a line there all night, so why not increase the supply with such high demand? Especially with the one-stage festival, we feel that is the only other thing that lets people build energy if they aren’t vibing with the main stage artist. 

Haunted Fest wrapped up to be another great night. It was a perfect fall night filled with crazy costumes and everything else we love about festivals. We admire that PSG really can give one night a festival feeling. Thank you to PSG again for organizing the event and having us out. As always thank you to the artists who made the night possible. We are super happy to have some WTV fam members a part of that title. And lastly, thank you to everyone who came out. We love spending time in our city with so many people who love music as we do. 

Until next time.

Peace.

Breakaway Music Festival- Nashville Review: Return To Start

With a name so nice, we had to attend twice. Thanks to Prime Social we were able to cover our second Breakaway Music Festival, as official media. We have so much gratitude to their organization for making both Breakaway Nashville and Breakaway Columbus happen and for presenting us with media access for both. It was so fun to go back to the city, where the WTV fam really kicked off, to be with all of the original artists- supporting them and enjoying the event with them. We are equally as grateful for the people we got to spend the event with, as we are for Breakaway Nashville itself. Our second festival as media is bookmarked, in our minds, by all of those that made it possible and the city where we started to take off. 

Venue

Fair Park at the Fairgrounds housed the 2019 installment of Breakaway Nashville. The Fairgrounds venue was an all grass venue that gave Breakaway its own corner of the grounds. The drop off to the festival seemed a little convoluted but, with plenty of staff, we were able to orient ourselves toward the entrance. The little jaunt from the parking lot to the entrance felt so big. It is an open area surrounded by trees with a little bridge in the middle- like we were going to grandma’s house if granny was housing a rager. Once you went through security and ticket check, you turned the corner to the giant triangle of Breakaway Nashville. With one main stage, the setup had no problem establishing a focal point. The stage was planted in the back of the venue, and everything else grew in between that and the entrance/exit. Vendors shaped the venue by boxing the perimeter and then creating a path to VIP. Larger name alcohol and food vendors seemed to line the outside, while smaller/local operations seemed to run diagonally from the entrance to the VIP entrance. That line of vendors not only was the path to VIP, but also the dividing line between the mainstage area and the Silent Disco and small rap stage. This sectioning seemed to work well and allow a distinction to be made between the two listening experiences. The Silent Disco is where we spent a lot of time with WTV fam members, and unfortunately was not covered by a tent this year. We say, unfortunately, not because of the look (since the abstract cover was aesthetically pleasing), but rather because of practicality. Not tenting the Silent Disco actually caused it to be shut down on Friday because of rain, which left a lot of local artists missing out on their slots. Other than that execution though, the venue really was great otherwise. VIP was large and had its own covered bar, there were attractions like a tattoo parlor and roller rink, and options were pretty vast when it came to food and drink.

Artists

Friday:

CVBZ: The first artist we saw, and the start of the rain. Even as the weather conditions worsened, the artist kept the vibe rising. He and his band brought a carefree mentality to the audience and brightened spirits with their music. Rain or shine, they were bringing a good time- and you could see it in the crowd. 

Fisher: It was smooth sailing through this set, and the weather brought the water. Fisher has strong body energy on stage, which is the visualization of the set he procures. With the same base rhythms, nice builds and whacky sound clips bring the variations and peaks to his set. It is all so simple to enjoy and has you just vibing and grooving. 

Saturday:

Achilles: The Silent Disco was back and the fam was up in there. This was the first set we saw in full and he was in full-form. He exudes confidence on stage and with that comfort comes the performance. He has great stage energy to match the heavy drops of his set harbors. 

Emogee: We slipped over to the main stage for the bobble-head homies that played in between some Silent Disco sets. These two only make two faces, but they bring a set with a lot of sides. They have good pacing and variation, which holds the attention of any audience they play to. 

STANKTNK: Back to the Silent Disco for another dose of disorienting dubstep. He played his entire set with a backpack on, so we assume that is where he continued to pull the well-blended set from. 

Gibson Parker: A new addition to the fam that is versatile in many genres, so we were excited to see what he made happen. We were lucky enough to continue satisfying our heavy bass fix. Another dubstep set that brought bass to the face with all different flare.

Ekali: “A man with fashion creating energy at sunset” is the simplest form to describe this highlight set. Ekali brought a lot to the table and ensured that the crowd was having an amazing time with him. His golden hour was nothing below 24K.

Jack Ohle: We snuck in on the tail end and caught some more of the bass, which seemed to be associated with the Silent Disco. A great kid making great music flow.

DJ Leek x Reckless: Dressed to impress with energy to finesse. These two were two peas in a pod on stage and really seemed to be at home next to one another. They commanded attention and directed energy- no matter what they had coming through the red channel. 

Zeds Dead: The duo crafted a very fluid set, which took listeners to all corners of electronic music. It brought a lot of genres to the ears of the masses, and they had a great visual show as well. The big-name DJs brought something to match to Breakaway Nashville.

Kaskade: We are not ones to compare, but this set rand supreme for any Kaskade set we had ever seen. The visuals and effects we so lively. The music he played really brought them to life even more and kept the crowd radiating energy. He had crazy high points and anytime he left one of them- he was sure to be building for the next. A really solid way to close the weekend. 

Done Well & Needs Work

Variation, spacing, and attractions ring out as the weekends huge positives. There was always a good view, from VIP to GA. There was something always new to experience, even when it was pouring rain. There was a level of intimacy that gave a friendly vibe to the whole festival. All of that ties together to make Breakaway Nashville a smaller but worth-while festival experience. We hope to continue to see this, even as the festival grows in Tennessee.

Breakaway Nashville only has to improve on two things for next year, and we see no complaints. The Silent Disco is the most obvious. Not covering the stage and having headphones that are not weather-proof was a combination that spelled disaster- and played out that way on Friday. Covering the Silent Disco is a must, and we hope they now see why; for the sake of the DJs and the fans they bring out. Other than the weather-born predicament, we also saw some directional issues. By this we mean, the direction tents/stages were facing. We liked the small vendor set-up but felt if it faced toward the stage it would be more beneficial to the foot-traffic the vendors see. And then doing the opposite with the rap stage. If it were facing away from the stage and not into the Silent Disco, the sound pollution would have been minimized. These little tweaks would make finding ‘Needs Work’ way tougher, for next year. 

Breakaway Nashville was another unforgettable experience for the WTV duo. We absolutley loved traveling for our first non-Ohio festival. Experiencing a new city, getting down with the Nashville fam members, and experiencing the ins and outs of another Breakaway Music Festival are the fruits of our labors. We have you (our readers), Prime Social Group, and the WTV fam to thank for making it all possible. We look to keep it coming and keep growing it all, with the goal to keep finding the vibe. Thank you.

Until next time.

Peace.

Friendzone At L27: Rooftop Rendezvous

Before we took to covering our second festival as media, there was the pre-party. Our welcome into the city was all thanks to two fam members out of Utah! Friendzone and company got the juices flowing for our weekend, upon our arrival to Nashville. The concert was the first time our duo met their duo in person, as well as, the first time any of us had experienced L27 as a venue. The night was asking to be a night to remember, and as we look back, you will see it how it became just that. 

Venue

High atop the Westin hotel lay the L27 venue. This is for sure the highest altitude we have ever seen a show at, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you get off the elevator on the eighty-fourth floor, L27 feels like the place to be. Very high-class and exclusive feelings are to be associated with the rooftop. It just embodies that who’s who vibe, while it housed all types for the Utah duo. The duo could be broken down into three main areas, each with a slightly different vibe and arial view of the city. The first is the indoor lounge area, where one of the bars was. There was a lot of table seating closer to the stage, but the farther toward the entrance you went, the more couches and other furniture there was. Being where the main bar and the path to the elevators ran through, this area had heavy traffic and was always busy. As you move out of the main bar and onto the pool deck, you see the crazy transformation the L27 makes to become a concert venue. A swimming pool is rigged to hold the artists and equipment above and play out to the two floors of bars. Such a crazy concept and one that plays out very successfully. The above-pool stage give a beautiful backdrop of the city behind and the focal point for both of the rooftop bars to experience the music. The pool deck becomes a dancefloor and the covered outdoor furniture becomes the VIP. The pool deck is simple and reimagined to become something so cool. The last area is the highest view of the city. A spiral staircase, off of the dancefloor, takes you up to the overlooking bar area. This area is directly above the lower bar area, so it matches perfectly in size. Unlike the lower bar, the upper area is better lit, the cooler temperature, outdoors, and has a slightly smaller bar. The furniture upstairs is more casual and less restaurant-like, so it feels way more casual. It is a nice contrast to the lower level, while still embodying the exclusive feel of the venue. The L27 rounds out to be crazy cool and crazy unique. With tiers of bars, music suspended over a pool, and bird’s-eye city views to backdrop the venue exceeded expectations. 

Artists

Friendzone: The WTV fam duo showed us an amazing time, the entire time they were on stage. From our first talks with them, they advertise themselves as able to bring the party anywhere they go. This promise was delivered on more than we could’ve expected. These two play their hearts out on stage and are smiling no matter what happens. The two of them feed off of each other so well and compliment the set with aspects of their individual personalities. Whether it be Hayden bringing the crowd into the set on the mic and dancing around the stage, or Jesse being so immersed in the music they chose to play and have made themselves, the two bring a party that invites everyone. Their set, their friends, and their management create that “friend zone” that the duo adopts the crowd into. 

Done Well & Needs Work

The venue was dream-like, the headliner was crazy fun, and it was all in a city far from home. All of these stacks to make our first night in Tenessee worth the trek, and that is THE Done-Well. We also should mention that the bathrooms rocked, since we always comment on them. They were eerily quite though.

With a strong night, we saw only one downside which was the opening acts, that we saw. We did not catch names, nor did we feel that they were the proper build to Friendzone. The sets felt very different from each other and then even from Friendzone. We had time to get drinks and now be glued to the stage during these sets, so I guess we have that to thank for our level of intoxication that night and detail in this post. 

L27 and Friendzone were all of the energy we needed after a six-hour car ride. Not only was it a blast to see the energetic and party-loving duo perform; it was amazing to have the opportunity to meet the fam members in person. Jesse, Hayden, and their manager, Ali, were crucial parts of the memorable nature of our weekend. We have them to thank for the invite, the exceptional experience, and being familiar faces all weekend at Breakaway- Nashville. So a huge thank you to them for having us out and being such amazing WTV fam members. 

Until next time.

Peace.