Last night was my third time seeing Cashmere Cat live and he did not fail to maintain his mysterious but friendly persona onstage.
This time around he performed at the Royale in Boston, MA but, I have also seen Cashmere in 2014 at the MoMA PS1 Warm Up in Queens, New York surrounded by eclectic art lovers and in 2015 at Webster Hall in New York, New York. Both shows were relaxing and the audience got to enjoy the unique but beautiful mix of sounds, beats, and different pitches of voice.
Although I was a little hesitant about this show due to his recent rise in popularity, I was not disappointed. He was not only still mysterious, as he does not talk to the crowd a single time during the set but, he made the crowd go crazy by taking risks like stopping the music right before one of the beats dropped. His set at MoMA PS1 was still my favorite but, it was interesting to see him perform a set that was both more interactive with the crowd and upbeat for the crowd to dance to. At the Royale, Cashmere played some of his older instrumental tracks as well as “Wolves” which he produced for Kanye West. In contrast to the last 2 times I’ve seen him, this time he also played tracks that emphasized the drops and bass that many EDM artists use to up the energy of the crowd. Although this was expected as he has been working with more popular artists, I was pleasantly surprised by how well he integrated his newer sound with his older music.
Originally a DJ/producer from Norway, Cashmere Cat has been able to make a breakthrough in the electronic music industry in the past few years. He performed at Coachella in 2015 and has since been working with and producing for talented artists such as Kanye West and Selena Gomez. His first album, “Mirror Maru”, along with his second album “Wedding Bells,” was based mainly on beats rather than vocals but, his newer albums, “Wild Love” and the soon-to-come “9” both feature more tracks with singers and rappers. This week, Cashmere released his 10-song track list for his next album, “9,” featuring more incredible artists like The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Torey Lanez, and Jhene Aiko.
It’s interesting to see how Cashmere’s sound has changed over the years but, he has still stayed true to his original beats, even at live performances. Especially at shows, true Cashmere fans will understand the complexity of the chill and sometimes even soothing beats he puts together but still appreciate the new sound he has been working on. The album will be released on April 28th and I am incredibly excited to see what else he brings to his music world as both a talented producer and a DJ.