This past Friday at Webster Hall in New York City the Norwegian phenomenon Kygo took to the decks with his signature chilled out brand of deep, funky house. This was one of several stops on the 22 year olds first American tour. Between the crowd reaction and quality of music, it is obvious that it will be the first of many. The night kicked off with a few local openers and Tropicool, who got the crowd into a dancing mood with his set of melodic deep house. The venue was packed. It was clear during the opening sets that while everyone was enjoying themselves, they were all there for Kygo. At 1:30 in the morning they finally got what they were waiting for.
It was an awesome thing to see attendees getting just as excited for Kygo's chilled down 100-110bpm style as they would for any and all big room bangers that are played out most nights in the Webster Hall mainroom. For the next 90 minutes Kygo raised his right arm and swung it to the beat as he masterfully mixed in and out of his biggest tracks. With each transition the crowd cheered as they recognized the intro to another favorite. While Kygo played a wide range of his music, the remixes of Marvin Gaye's classic ‘Sexual Healing' and Ed Sheeran's ‘No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop' were without the doubt the two tracks that got the most explosive receptions. My favorite moment of the night was when he dropped his remix of Passenger's ‘Let Her Go'. I seriously could not stand the original of this song (I still can't…), but Kygo made me see the song in a new light and now I really cannot get enough of his edit.
As the crowd slowly bobbed and weaved to the beautiful and infectious bass lines Kygo expressed his gratitude to the crowd for their attendance. But just as fast as it had begun, Kygo played out his encore and left the stage. Judging by the smiles and overhearing things such as ‘That was life changing', it was clear that Kygo knocked his performance out of the park. While this stop wrapped up his North American tour, there is no doubt that Kygo will be back soon. Which is a very good thing, because an artist with talent of his caliber needs to be heard by everyone possible. He falls into the rare category of music that appeals to buffs of all genres. He has remixed artists from Dolly Parton to Ellie Goulding and done so flawlessly. So with that being said, if you have a chance to see Kygo at any point or at any venue, take it immediately and I promise you will fall in love with his music just as fast as a few thousand people did on Friday.