Snails & Brillz: The Perfect Touring Duo
As I sit here behind the keyboard typing this post, I try and think back to one of the craziest club shows I’ve ever seen. I’ve always been more of a fan towards the smaller, more intimate club concerts, rather than the huge, over-crowded festivals (don’t get me wrong, I love those too). So trying to think of the craziest, highest-energy shows I’ve seen was kind of tough… until I saw Brillz and Snails.
Last week, the two artists stopped by Foundation in Seattle as part of their Twonkaholics Tour, and I can honestly say I have never been to a show like that in my entire life. As soon as we walked in, the energy level was high, there was a great crowd, and just an all around great atmosphere, and Snails hadn’t even taken the stage yet.
Ever since I saw Snails back at Freaknight in Seattle over Halloween weekend, I have been itching to see him again. In my opinion, he had one of the best sets of the entire festival (mind you the second day was canceled, and we only got to experience the first night), but even with that, he had blown me and all my friends away. Since then, I had been on the lookout to know when he was coming anywhere near Seattle again, and two weeks later, he announced his tour with Brillz, and was coming through Seattle on the 19th, so I immediately got my tickets.
When the day finally came, Snails did not disappoint. I was afraid that I had built it up too much in my mind, but wow, I could not have been more wrong. As soon as he opened up with ‘Slugz‘, everyone in the crowd knew it was game time, and people started dancing exactly how you’d think people would dance to a genre called vomitstep. He mixed in perfect amounts of trap, dubstep, and his own signature songs with so much energy, you could feel it in the crowd. I am not exaggerating at all when I say he was one of my favorite all around acts of 2014 (growth, production, live DJing, etc.), and if you ever have the chance to see him in a city near you, do it immediately.
I had seen Brillz once before when he came through Pullman, WA, with The Chainsmokers as part of the Road To Paradiso 2014 Tour back in the Spring. At that point, I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard much about Brillz other than a couple of his tracks, most notably his ‘Clarity’ remix that garnered him so much success. So when he opened up for The Chainsmokers, it’s safe to say that I was pretty surprised about his talent and track list of the set he played.
It wasn’t until I started seeing more videos of him at shows, and at the beginning of the Twonkaholics Tour that I realized that I needed to see him again. I had seen the energy that he had been giving off at shows, and his added elements of Twonk gear and dancers took it to the next level. So when he followed up Snails later in the night at Foundation, needless to to say I was in shock. Every song he played, somehow made the crowd go crazier than the song before that. His stage presence is unmatched in the scene right now, and I think that most people who have seen him recently can agree with me. He was up all over the stage waving towels, and dancing as hard as everyone else in the crowd. I’m not a fan of hype-men on stage at all normally, but there was something about his crew up there that got everyone up and dancing, instead of yelling annoyingly loud in the microphone.
All in all, I can easily say that Snails and Brillz was the best all around show that I have seen at a smaller, intimate venue.
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