Last Friday, October 21st Vanic takes over Music Hall of Williamsburg. A Vancouver native, Vanic is currently doing a North American tour.
The DJ/producer is known for his melodic trap music. He brings his infectious melodies and reverberating beats to Brooklyn this Friday.
It’s Vanic’s first NYC performance since signing to Sony music’s Disruptor Records. Although Vanic is an up and coming artist, there is no doubt Vanic will be a star when it’s all set and done. After seeing Vanic live I know that he’s taken his talent to the next level.
Music Hall of Williamsburg is building its reputation for breaking new electronic artists. In the past two years at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I have seen Kygo, The Knocks and Galantis live. Artists from other genres and rappers Mac Miller and Vince Staples have played there also.
Vanic’s Brooklyn debut is like the bigger artists shows when they were still underground. Friday wasn’t a sell-out and there wasn’t a line down the block. $20 tickets were available upon arrival and I purchased one ticket even though I retrieved my all access pass later.
As a Vanic fan, I’ve seen him develop since his first release and ‘Skinny Love remix’ by Birdy. Last January, I was there when Vanic headlined at Webster Hall. Also, in April I attended Coachella when Vanic performe. In August I went to Moonrise Festival where Vanic put on a show. Seeing Vanic’s progression from producer into a legitimate live DJ was pleasing.
Vanic’s productions are large tunes. Each Vanic song has a signature sound. You recognize a Vanic song when you hear one. I enjoyed hearing one opener dropping Vanic’s ‘Circles’ featuring K.Flay. There’s an unwritten rule for openers not to play bangers. Yet it was amusing because I picked it out as Vanic’s song and the track flowed with the DJ’s set of pop remixes.
If you went out Friday night, you were there for Vanic. Vanic’s fans filled the floor and the entire area in front of the stage. Once Vanic hits play, the audience is dancing all night.
Since January I can see the difference in how Vanic has evolved. Firstly, he has more music. The Disruptor Records signing involves new music. Besides ‘Skinny Love’ all Vanic’s new music is the focus now.
Secondly, Vanic has defined his musical tastes. As a trap artist, Vanic’s music is loud, stylish and feel-good. As a DJ, Vanic’s set list is trap music. Energetic and upbeat, Friday night Vanic transitions from Samurai featuring Katy Tiz into ‘Circles’ and then ‘Can’t Hide’ by Whethan into ‘The Hills remix’ by RL Grime and ‘Inside Out’ by The Chainsmokers. Vanic’s repertoire has breadth and balance.
Thirdly, Vanic engages with fans often. His custom stage setup is a large V. Behind the decks, Vanic uses a low voice when speaking to his fans. He feels what fans want to hear and delivers. You feel like you’re a part of his show because there’s music everyone can enjoy.
Vanic’s show Friday night is a testament to his dedication. His productions are becoming popular in the mainstream consensus. His own mixing skills have improved immensely since he began DJing. Vanic is unpredictable with the music he drops. I think that I left Friday night left a great impression. Vanic’s name might be underground, but you could see and hear that he’s on the verge of much more.