Posts Tagged ‘show’

April 18, 2018

A “high five” is definitely in order after the epic night I just had last night. I’ve been waiting a very long time to see Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid live. The fast rising singer songwriter is was named BBC Sound of 2018 earlier this year, which made me kick myself even harder for having to miss out on her few performances at SXSW back in 2017 (most of them were before I’d arrived into Austin). I didn’t expect to have a chance to see her at the Independent in San Francisco, considering how easily she could have sold out an even bigger venue, but that’s exactly where I found myself last night, thoroughly captivated by the songbird’s pristine voice, sassy dance moves, and glorious pop songs. It’s only proper that we indulge in the Scandinavian starlet’s latest single High Five today, while I’m still aglow from the show. Her crisp sonorous voice and the melodious song’s ravishing drumwork bring me right back to last night’s exultant bliss. Will we get a debut album announcement soon? I sure hope so! If you’re not on I Heart Moosiq’s Instagram yet, make sure you follow along with some of our live music adventures, here! Check it out our footage from Sigrid’s sold out show for a taste of how amazing she is live. Stream High Five and some of Sigrid’s other recent singles on Spotify, here.

Hallucinating On A Spiritual Level – Elohim Show Review

October 20, 2017

Reviewed by Nicholas Shutes

Hallucinating on a Spiritual Level – is what I dubbed the Alison Wonderland and Elohim Tour. The ’Sensation‘al Elohim has been one of my favorite up-and-coming artists. I was first introduced to her live show when she opened for LANY at Popscene SF in 2015, and she always dazzles the crowd.

After seeing her multiple times at Lollapalooza I honestly was more excited to catch her than the headliner at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA when the show was announced. Especially since this year she’s come out with tracks from a few of my favorite Chicago producers Whethan and Louis The Child.

As someone who follows her on Twitter I’ve been loving all the reactions to people discovering their new love Elohim. Wandering through the crowd at The Fox and hearing people ask “Who is this? She’s killing it!” made my heart smile with joy. It’s always thrilling to ride “The Wave” when an artist blows up.

Seeing how Elohim has done several festivals, is opening for Alison Wonderland and Jai Wolf to finish the year, I can’t wait till she’s headlining her own shows! Additionally I cannot wait to hear this unreleased song.

When you get the opportunity do not miss your chance to catch her show!

Follow Elohim on: Twitter / Soundcloud / Facebook

Learn more about her upcoming tour dates, here.

May 1, 2017

Hometown fans of local indie heroes Cathedrals are looking forward to the arrival of June 8th with great anticipation, because on that fateful evening, Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin will be making their long awaited return to the stage with their first headlining San Francisco show in quite some time. Ahead of that date and on the heels of last month’s ravishing single Don’t Act Like A Stranger comes a dance pop dazzler named Try To Fight. Though this vivacious carousel ride comes as a surprise, we find ourselves falling in love instantaneously with this deep thumping, vibrant thrumming variant of Cathedrals. Try To Fight’s nimble synth arpeggios and Brodie’s breathy radiant vocals even remind us of Kiesza and her spry hybridization of UK house and R&B pop. The single is available as a free download, here. Find out more about Cathedrals’ SF show at the Mezzanine on June 8th, here.

May 27, 2016

SAID THE SKY Interview @ Slim’s SF 05.14.16

*interviewed by Nick (with Amy in attendance)

Denver’s Said The Sky has been touring with his good pal ILLENIUM on the Ashes Tour, and I Heart Moosiq had the pleasure of chatting with Trevor Christensen after the producer dropped a powerfully enrapturing set during their sold out stop at Slim’s in San Francisco earlier this month. Read our interview below.


IHM: First off, welcome to San Francisco. Has Illenium shown you around?

Said the Sky: Yeah! So the first time I was out here was a while ago and it was with Nick and Sean and everybody. We stayed with Nick’s family because his parents live out here. It was a vacation so we weren’t really stressing out over shows. It’s one of the most beautiful pla… like I’ve never been anywhere else where it’s like San Francisco. It’s got a totally different vibe, and that sounds really hippy-esque, but the whole atmosphere is totally different from other spots.

IHM: Is this your first time actually touring and going around the US?

Said The Sky: Yeah yeah. Legitimate tour, this is 100% my first tour.

IHM: Illenium was telling us that you met when he moved to Colorado. How’d you guys end up connecting?

Said The Sky: That was through this dude Chris Cox, who goes by Omega, and lives out in Denver. He’s really one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet, really humble, has an ear for music and mastering and everything. So he was mastering both our tracks at the same time. He was like “Yo, you two should work on something together” and I heard some of [Illenium’s] stuff and was blown away. We just ended up moving in together since we were both leaving our places at the time and it was really good timing.

IHM: Was that when you guys started working on tracks together?

Said the Sky: Drop Our Hearts 2 was before we moved in together and from there it progressed more and more into collaborations.

IHM: How did the Owl City – Fireflies remix come about? Were you asked to do it?

Said The Sky: That’s actually really funny! It was actually one of [Illenium’s] ideas. I grew up listening to Owl City and I loved that shit and he was like “Dude, you should just remix it.” I never actually considered that because it was already perfect the way it was. So I was like, “Okay, it’s not a terrible idea. Let me try some stuff.” I actually sat on it for a while. It wasn’t something that I knocked out right away. I had the first couple of minutes done, basically the intro into the groove section, and I was really happy with it but I didn’t know how I wanted to drop it. After about a month or two I finally figured it all out. But yeah, it was not official. We even tried to reach out to the record label but never got a response.

IHM: I thought it was an official remix. It was the first song that got me into you. I have to ask because I know a lot of artists sit in the studio to create something, but with your music … your music makes me think you sit in a meadow and meditate. Where do you get your inspiration?

Said The Sky: That’s so funny because I’m the most lame person you’d ever meet. I’d love to go to a meadow but I’m a lazy piece of shit. I usually sit in my studio and write some music. That would be amazing though. I pull influences from a lot of spots. Growing up, I love my family. My mom and dad ended up divorcing. I saw them all when I was young, they’re still nice to each other, but it’s just the environment I was growing up. Just everything. Positive vibes were instilled in me so young. Now even listening to music, you just pull stuff from everything.

IHM: Is Seven Lions one of your biggest inspirations?

Said The Sky: 100%. Definitely. Oh my God, yeah. He was one of the first artists that got me into melodic dubstep. That was my first passion – well, I got into trance first – then I heard Gemini. He was probably the first melodic dubstep artists I’ve heard. I don’t know if you’ve heard his stuff. He’s got ‘Graduation’ and ‘Blue’.

IHM: He just came out with some new stuff recently.

Said The Sky: Really?

IHM: Yeah, he just put it out.

Said The Sky: Yeah, the last one I heard was nothing like his first stuff.

IHM: Yeah, it’s a really different.

Said The Sky: But he’s good! Really dope stuff. Gemini was really a huge starting inspiration. Then I heard Seven Lions and it was a whole ‘nother level. His chords, notes, and musicality. He’s got the sound design in there that takes it to the next level.

IHM: How was the show in your hometown Denver?

Said The Sky: One of my favorite legs of the tour so far.

IHM: Does your family usually come out for that?

Said The Sky: They’re both on really weird work schedules. My mom gets up at like 3 in the morning and works till 1. I generally play late enough where I wouldn’t even ask her to come out that late. There was one event where I was opening for Prince Fox and I feel like that event would have been perfect for her. So she came to that. My dad and stepmom have come out to a few shows, like they saw me at Red Rocks, but he works till 11pm. So work schedule makes it tough.

IHM: I wanted to go Red Rocks at some point.

Said The Sky: Never been?

IHM: I haven’t even been to Colorado.

Said The Sky: Dude you have to go sometime. People are nice in Colorado. Like you say hi to anyone and everyone will be polite and respond back. I went to the east coast and I didn’t get that vibe.

IHM: Well, you’re playing at The UNTz Festival. Will there be other festivals you’re playing at?

Said The Sky: There is one, but I don’t know if I can officially announce it.

IHM: Illenium’s performing at Lollapalooza and I was hoping you would be there.

Said The Sky: No, honestly, so the plan right now is after the tour I have a few festivals I’m playing. For the most part I want to take several months off from shows. The next few steps for me are working on music. I’m really pumped up with this one track that is like ‘Darling’ but with some other indie-rock inspiration that I’ve been pulling from. So I’m writing more music that’s more consistent that I can put out regularly. In the long run I want to put out a live set. Right now I’m just DJing with a traktor and CDJs, but what I really want to move to having a piano on stage. I’ve been playing piano for so long that it’d be silly for me not to do that. [Illenium] had me out at Decadence last year, tuxed out, just to play the piano and I never felt more at home.

IHM: Dude, I think I saw a picture of that.

Said The Sky: No way, really?

IHM: Yeah, when I looked up “Said the Sky Lollapalooza”, there was actually a petition to get you on the lineup. There was a photo of someone in a tux and I thought to myself, “well that’s kind of random”, but it makes sense now.

Said The Sky: Wow, no shit. If it was a white grand piano then it was probably me. Actually it wasn’t even a grand piano. It was just a keyboard inside the frame.

IHM: That’s dope.

Said The Sky: Yeah so that’s the next step, a live set. I love DJing but man, I love playing the piano.

IHM: I saw Lido playing the piano at both Coachella weekends and it was phenomenal.

Said The Sky: Dope!

IHM: Well we can’t wait to hear and see it.

Said The Sky: Thanks for your support. It’s been awesome having your support every time I put out something. It means a lot to me.

IHM: No problem. Especially after seeing how much joy you have performing and how easy-going you are as a person, we love supporting great artists like you.

SAID THE SKY: Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter

May 23, 2016

ILLENIUM Interview @ Slim’s SF 05.14.16

*interviewed by Nick (with Amy in attendance)

I Heart Moosiq was blown away by Colorado based San Francisco native ILLENIUM’s sold out show at Slim’s in San Francisco with SAID THE SKY and SF’s own Electric Mantis in support. It was a magnificent evening, the crowd was flying high on cloud nine, and ILLENIUM even found time to sit down and chat with us. Read our interview below.

I Heart Moosiq: Welcome back home. What was the first thing you had to do when you got back to SF?

Illenium: To be honest I haven’t even had the chance to do anything yet. I got in at 5:30 then we just booked it [to Slim’s] to finish setting up and doing soundcheck. Then we went down the street and got some really good German food. After the show I get to hang out at my parent’s house tomorrow.

IHM: Are they actually here at the show?

Illenium: My dad is, my mom is flying back tomorrow. She’s in Europe on a family trip with my sisters. We have a show in Santa Cruz tomorrow so we’re driving down there tomorrow then back up. I’ll have Monday and some of Tuesday off. Gotta head back down to LA Tuesday for another show.

IHM: Tomorrow’s show at Santa Cruz, is it at The Catalyst and have you been there before?

Illenium: No, I’ve never even been there before.

IHM: It’s a warm venue. It gets really hot in there since it’s small.

Illenium: We were originally  going to do a smaller room there but then we sold out really fast. So we moved to a bigger room which I’m really excited for.

IHM: Cool. I wanted to ask you what made you move from SF to Colorado.

Illenium: You know I just love the mountains and I love skiing. It was also a point in my life where I needed a little change. I kind of got into some shit in San Francisco that wasn’t the best for me, then I needed some space from it. Colorado really worked for me and I’m grateful for it because that’s where I found music. San Francisco though is still my favorite city. The city itself is so beautiful and a lot of inspiration comes from here for me. I could potentially move back here one day, but it’s much cheaper in Colorado.

IHM: Definitely. Where are you in Colorado?

Illenium: Denver. I originally moved to Aspen for about two years, then I moved to Denver about three years ago.


IHM: How long did it take for you to meet Said the Sky over there?

Illenium: I met him over two years ago and we moved in together with Sean, my tour manager, after about a month and a half after we met. We figured this is kind of working so let’s try it and it’s the best roommate situation ever.

IHM: And you guys have a few songs together.

Illenium: Yeah, so pretty much everything we make we help each other with it. Like he’s helped me so much with the music theory side. I’ve had a little bit more of the production and mixing. Everything is collaborative in a way. We help each other in any way we can.

IHM: So when you decided to do the tour you were just like, “Yup, gotta bring him along”?

Illenium: Yeah man, I love his music. It’s always been an inspiration to me and I feel like as he keeps growing … you know … it’s such a great opportunity to check this guy out if you haven’t seen him. He plays awesome music live. It’s an opportunity for me to tour with two of my best friends.

IHM: It’s my first time seeing him and I love his energy. He looks really happy to be up there and enjoying himself. It makes me feel happy for him and I don’t even know him personally.

Illenium: It’s contagious. He’s an awesome dude.

IHM: How do you find vocalists for your tracks?

Illenium: You know vocalists, it’s kind of tricky sometimes. I personally love working on a song that’s very bare. Like pretty much progression and a rough structure and then getting a vocal and building everything around it. Or literally getting an acapella and building around that. I’ve had a lot of fun just making tracks and putting vocals on top of it – it gets a little tricky because when you’re making it and building it around the vocal, it’s easy to mix it. If you’re making a track without the vocal then it’s like mixing a huge element. But as far as finding a vocalist, that’s where my tour manager Sean is insane. He digs into soundcloud very deep. He use to work for the EDM Network and use to run a few channels and they were all indie-vocal stuff. You also just got to reach out. You reach out to 20 and maybe one or two respond.

IHM: That’s cool. I didn’t know if people would go to open mics and other local shows to find artists.

Illenium: I wish it was more like that. I’m sure it use to be like that. Probably doesn’t happen much for me because I don’t leave the house much. It is kind of tricky because there is recording technique that goes into that you might not see it with a live singer. I’ve worked with amazing vocalists but sometimes recording their voice can be tricky. Which is a fun element for me.

IHM: I wanted to ask about your logo. To me it looks like a phoenix.

Illenium: It is a phoenix.

IHM: That makes a lot of sense with your album being “Ashes”.

Illenium: That’s the whole symbolism of me moving from San Francisco and coming from a place where – not that San Francisco is that place but where I was – the whole rebirth aspect.

IHM: The phoenix is my favorite mythological creature.

Illenium: By faaaar dude. I just finished watching all six Harry Potter movies too.


IHM: Oh yeah, I noticed at the merch stand that you have the ‘Ashes’ vinyl for sale and it’s signed. Do you always do cool stuff like that?

Illenium: Yup, all these “Ashes” tour shows we do. There were a few shows where we didn’t have any because it sold out so quick. Hopefully we make it through this weekend.

IHM: That is pretty cool. Since you’re living in Colorado, have you have ever performed at Red Rocks?

Illenium: Yes, yes I have.

IHM: How is it? It looks like a beautiful venue.

Illenium: It is. It’s so dope. It’s one of my most favorite venues. It’s so scenic. It’s very special because of where my music started at. Moving to Colorado and I got really inspired when I was at Red Rocks as a normal person attending a concert. So I was like, “I want to play there one day”, and that day was about four years later.

IHM: I love that. Out of all the venues I want to visit I want to go to Red Rocks and…

Illenium: The Gorge.

IHM: Dude, yes!

Illenium: I’m actually playing The Gorge this year.

IHM: Sasquatch?

Illenium: Paradiso.

IHM: That view is going to be pretty cool. Speaking of festivals how excited are you to be playing at Lollapalooza?

Illenium: Extremely excited. I’ve always looked at it as like a really huge festival. It’ll be really fun.

IHM: It’s one of my favorite festivals so I’m really excited to go back there.

Illenium: Yeah, I’ve never been but I really love Chicago.

IHM: They have really good food.

Illenium: It’s on the lake too, so it’s really nice.

IHM: Well I’m looking forward to see you play there and thanks for taking the time to interview with us.

Illenium: Thanks. I’m happy to be back in San Francisco playing a sold out headlining show. And thanks so much for your guys’ support. I’ll be back in San Francisco soon.


There are a few dates left for ILLENIUM’s mostly sold out ASHES TOUR, make sure you catch him while you still can, it’s an exhilarating experience.

ILLENIUM: Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter

Stream Illenium’s debut album ASHES in full below, and purchase on iTunes.

December 23, 2014

I’ve been loving Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen’s fantastic single Kathleen for some time now, and a new live footage video gives me a chance to feature the tune. Kathleen is an irresistibly infectious song off the band’s debut album The Balcony, which gets a US release on January 6th via Communion Records, after releasing earlier this Fall in the UK. Catfish and the Bottlemen will also embark on a US tour come February. Watch the new clip below, which was filmed in Manchester at one of their shows.

Disclosure + Lorde + AlunaGeorge at BRIT Awards

February 20, 2014

I’ll close out the session for now with this immense performance from the BRIT Awards earlier. It’s a combo of three acts I’ve been professing love for endlessly this past year or two. Lorde performed Royals while Disclosure mashed in beats from White Noise. Of course, as Lorde finished up her vocals, who else steps out, but Aluna of AlunaGeorge to do a full on performance of one of the earliest Disclosure tunes that I fell in love with? I need to find time to check out all the other performances from the BRIT Awards. I read that Rudimental performed with Bastille. I gotta see that. Someone fly me to the BRIT Awards next year? Thanks.

Disclosure + Lorde + AlunaGeorge at BRIT Awards

February 20, 2014

I’ll close out the session for now with this immense performance from the BRIT Awards earlier. It’s a combo of three acts I’ve been professing love for endlessly this past year or two. Lorde performed Royals while Disclosure mashed in beats from White Noise. Of course, as Lorde finished up her vocals, who else steps out, but Aluna of AlunaGeorge to do a full on performance of one of the earliest Disclosure tunes that I fell in love with? I need to find time to check out all the other performances from the BRIT Awards. I read that Rudimental performed with Bastille. I gotta see that. Someone fly me to the BRIT Awards next year? Thanks.

Here Comes The Night Time

September 30, 2013

Arcade Fire. Three new songs: Here Comes The Night Time, We Exist, and Normal Person. Incredible guests. Directed by Roman Coppola. ‘Nuff said. I’m serious. That’s it. Just watch. And listen. 

New Sky Ferreira performed live

September 27, 2013

Whoa, I’m breaking usual form and sharing this fan video of Sky Ferreira performing a brand new track titled Heavy Metal Heart, because it’s dang good! She recently unveiled the video for her single You’re Not The One, the first off her coming debut album Night Time, My Time. It’s a long awaited debut, and the single’s good, but I’m much more enamored with this Heavy Metal Heart and eagerly await the studio version. She also looks fierce and passionate performing the track, and let’s just say she doesn’t always look so engaged the few times I’ve seen her live. Looking good, Sky!