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The Weeknd, live.

Chalk it up, the Weeknd

As I walked along the waterfront this evening, I came across this quite random chalking. “The Weeknd” looked great in yellow chalk, along the side of whatever wharf shed this was. It reminded me of Pitch, and though we’ve already mentioned how great Jessie Ware, SBTRKT and Gui Boratto were, we’ve neglected the Weeknd.

I first came across The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) when I heard a song on an NPR broadcast (Public Radio is a good thing!). The song, House of Balloons, included a sample from the Siouxsie and the Banshees song Happy House. The guitar was slowed right down, but I recognised it right away – a remnant from my mis-spent youth, appropriated from the mis-spent youth of the generation before me. I have, since then, become completely hooked.

I was lucky enough to download his three mixtapes before the release of the album Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the tapes*. If you weren’t, it’s probably worth getting. Because it’s a m a z i n g.

Our friend and her sister are also huge fans, and at Pitch, we were all stupendously excited to see how the music we loved converted into a live experience.

We were not disappointed. It was not a flawless performance, and at times, the live sound struggled to capture the layered richness of his recordings, whilst the vocal performance was at times a little pitchy. But Tesfaye has awesome stage presence, and he had the enthusiastic Dutch crowd thrashing about in front of the stage in ecstatic rhythm.

PJD

Photos by CIA & PJD, Pitch Festival, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, July 2012.

* Mixtapes seems like an awful misnomer in the age of digital music.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marieke #

    I went to see Beach House in Paradiso the other night, and as they played ‘Master of None’, I had to think about that performance of the Weeknd too! (They sampled Master of None – but since you’re king of samples PJD, am sure you already knew this ;-)) You are so right, not such a great performance, but it was tons of fun! Pitch is def on the list for next year! Miss you guys!

    November 22, 2012
    • Oh, we miss you too! I actually didn’t know that sample – I guess there are limits to my knowledge (had better adjust the about page, I guess!).

      Pitch, next year?! We expect you to be in New Zealand then… =P

      November 28, 2012

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