DaniLeigh and Teyana Taylor Release A Year’s Worth of Pent Up Sexual Energy Within Two Hours.
Traveling to San Diego as part of the Keep That Same Energy tour, DaniLeigh and Teyana Taylor’s performance at the North Park Observatory was an absolute visual phenomena. Despite drama surrounding the tour, fans needn’t have worried, as all the performers brought their A-game in delivering what was undoubtedly the sexiest performance the Observatory will see this year.
Bringing out an assortment of DJs and performers throughout the shows two and a half hour runtime, the show never let up once it began. Although the performers seemed more present than the crowd itself, each performer managed to distinguish themselves in their sets. While Jade Novah’s performance lacked the same visual flair given to DaniLeigh and Teyana Taylor, Novah’s performance was nevertheless great. Accompanied by a few musicians, Novah’s onstage romp filled the room with a mix of trap beats and live instruments. If nothing else, the rapper asserted her identity as an artist to soon be reckoned with.
Surprisingly, DaniLeigh’s performance was actually more defined by the dancing rather than the music. The 23 year old performer was clearly utilizing all her skills to put on the best performance possible; everything from the visuals to the musical elements was fantastic. Complete with a choreographed dance routine and support from a backing DJ alongside her own singing, DaniLeigh left no stone unturned in her quest for a perfect performance. Her skill as a performer is not to be understated, as songs such as “Lil Bebe” resonated with a youthful energy that only young musicians can create. And her choreography was something else — witnessing something that well rehearsed is a feat you rarely see in younger or newer artists.
As much as I could praise DaniLeigh, Teyana Taylor was the absolute sensation of the show. Honestly, her performance was so enthralling that the crowd must’ve been too entranced to remember how to move. And it’s probably due to the fact that visually, Teyana and her crew were absolutely stunning. With a variety of outfits which left little to the imagination, their style was something you’d glimpse out of the flashiest fashion magazine. Aided by the perfect unity in which they moved across the stage, every moment was breathtaking from start to finish. Even the improvised moments of the set managed to set jaws on the floor, as Teyana (literally) seduced a female audience member, vogued with possibly the most fabulous man alive, and sang to her child.
And that’s not even mentioning how the music was! Reinforced with multiple musicians, each were merely pawns in Teyana’s seduction of the audience. Songs such as “WTP” pulsed with same heart-pounding energy as the digital recording, whereas slower songs such as “Gonna Love Me” and “Issues/Hold On” maintained their melodic intimacy. Meanwhile “Rose in Harlem” closed the set with one of the best closers I’ve ever seen, as the previous performers gathered once more on stage amidst a flurry of lights, bodies, and noise in what was nearly an overwhelming experience.
If this is what future performances from these artists can look like, then people better keep them on their radar, if they’re not already there. They exhibited, for lack of better words, a true visual feast for the senses!
DaniLeigh Lays Out Her Heart For Us at the North Park Observatory.
DaniLeigh is a fresh, young artist from South Florida signed to Def Jam Records. With an extensive background within the entertainment industry, DaniLeigh is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Upon hearing that she was appearing alongside Teyana Taylor as part of the Keep That Same Energy tour, Peter Swan and Christian Le immediately drove out to the North Park Observatory to chat with Dani before the show.
You went from a background dancer to gaining a huge following and going on tour with Teyana Taylor. Is there any real technique to how you’ve gotten your internet following?
I’ve been on Instagram for a while now, and I’ve just been posting videos of me like, either dancing or singing and stuff. But I really gained a huge following when I did the “In My Feelings” challenge. It kind of went viral for me, so, that was my big spark for the jump in followers.
He mentioned you touring with Teyana Taylor, but I think you’re basically a jack of all trades; you’re a singer, dancer, songwriter, model, you’ve directed a [Prince] music video, and even acted a little bit. What made you focus on becoming a singer, because it seems like you’re talented in so many different areas?
I think I just love music so much and I think music is just the…what’s it called, the “middle of everything” for me, you know what I mean? And it’s dope that I get to express my story through music. I think music is the platform for me to showcase everything I do.
How has touring with Teyana been?
Good! She’s cool, she’s a great performer, it’s very chill, it’s real cool. Everybody’s dope and the concert’s get sold out so that’s a plus for me.
So you’re on tour right now, is this your first time in San Diego performing or…?
Have we ever performed here? No, I think it’s my first time.
Well welcome to San Diego. Going back to your following, you have a special name for your fans: what is it?
DaniLions! Well, I do have some alternate names if you care to hear them?
So, I’m thinking the DaniMonds, like diamonds, or the DamnDanis.
DaniMonds… like diamonds?
Oh… [everyone laughs]
Let’s go back to your background. You’ve been a background dancer for a lot of music videos too, but the one that stood out to me was I found out you were actually a background dancer in a Romeo music video.
Yeah, [laughing] that was when I was like 16!
What was that like, because I used to see him, he had his own Nickelodeon show, he was in Like Mike, and I’m just thinking “this dude’s so cool!”
Yeah, that was fun. That was when I first moved to LA.
Oh really? That’s awesome!
Mhm. Did you watch the video?
Yeah, it was alright. He does his thing. I don’t want to compare music now, but him back then versus you now? There’s definitely a clearer and better person.
As he’s said, you’ve been doing just everything for a long time now. You first started just doing YouTube videos when you were about 14. Now personally, I’m not proud of the stuff that I put on YouTube when I was 14. Is their anything that you like to look back on and laugh at?
For sure. I think I couldn’t sing at all when I was 14, so all my YouTube videos are all private now, but they’re fun to watch cause, y’know, I was a shy little girl.
Hey, are you hungry Peter?
I could eat.
You know what, I’m feeling Curly Fries right now.
[DaniLeigh bursts out laughing]
You know, while we’re on the subject, can you tell me anything about Curly Fryz?
I love curly fries! I want some right now… I mean I was in a group back then, and that was our name.
Do you feel like being in that group helped you at all?
Definitely! We were very self-sufficient, we weren’t signed or anything, so we did a lot of independent work. Like, I learned how we did our websites, we wrote video treatments, we were super D.I.Y, so I learned a lot.
So other than this interview, what’s been the highlight of your career so far?
There was a little baby girl. I was singing to a little baby, and it was so crazy! I posted it on my page, so you guys can see it there.
Anyways, you’re pretty talented, but your family’s pretty talented too. You have a brother and a sister who also do music?
Yeah, my little sister, she’s 15, she’s in a girl group, but she’s a crazy singer. She’s super good. And then my brother’s a rapper, he’s pretty fire.
And your brother, did he used to be a barber too?
Mhm. And he still cuts hair too.
Maybe if I come to LA I’ll look him up.
Yeah, he’s nice.
I’ve been looking for a haircut actually… But you’re signed onto Def Jam, and you’re on a US Tour. Do you feel like you’ve made it?
No? What’s next for you then?
Yeah what’s the plan?
The plan is “The Plan,” my album dropping, did you know that? [laughs] In October, I’ll be dropping my album, so after that’s out, I feel like that’s what’s going to make me feel more “on.” But I don’t feel like I’m there yet.
Okay, so he’s already mentioned your YouTube covers, but I have a related question. Which artist would you want to cover one of your songs, and which song would it be?
To cover one of my songs? Drake should cover Lil Bebe.
Wow, no hesitation there! [laughs] So my final question for you is, what’s the tallest tree you could climb, and are you able to prove it?
Yeah for sure, probably like a 14 inch stalk [bursts out laughing].
That’s not even higher than the chair you’re sitting on!
That’s my answer.
And last but not least, do you have anything to say to your fans?
I love y’all fans so much!
Be sure to check out DaniLeigh’s work on Spotify, Apple Music, or SoundCloud.
Post Elvis’ sophomore album, “Apocalypse Kid,” comes solely from the mind of Thomas Torres, and artistically, he’s bounding ahead towards musical greatness. Despite the album’s more experimental sound, especially when compared to his debut, Torres has crafted a riveting and cohesive listening experience for anyone who dares enter his musical wasteland.
In Post Elvis’ self-titled debut, Torres stated that people live in “an era of endless references, a dead pop cultural graveyard left for us to inspect.” Moving onto this latest project, it’s easy to see how heavily Torres leans into this idea, as he samples the familiar and the obscure to create something fresh and interesting. While Torres does utilize his well of pop culture references within his lyrics, the musical sound and style of “Apocalypse Kid” embraces the experimental. Songs such as “Delaware” begin with screeching alarms which transitions into a hip-hop beat, yet this doesn’t feel at odds with the droning, noise-rock of, “Wasteland Man.” Similarly, the 16-bit inspired “Max Pills” drops listeners straight into something that sounds as though it was remixed off an arcade machine just before it turns into a frantic dance song.
Sonically, this album sounds fantastic. Audiophiles may revel in the fact that Torres composed, recorded, mixed, and mastered this album himself; an impressive feat which is heightened when one notices the flairs added to this project. Hearing samples of swords, countdown timers, disconnected phonelines, and (dare I guess?) lasers(!) integrated into the tracks demonstrates Torres’ advancing skills as a producer. Even from the opening track “Live by the Bomb, Die by the Bomb,” and the album’s subsequent interludes, Torres works his magic layering, warping, and finally distorting sample after sample of speeches and soundbites. And fortunately, he doesn’t stop there, as he delivers complex songs which build and deconstruct themselves naturally, without ever overstaying their welcome. Even on slower songs such as “Know Equals Love,” the introduction entrances the listener in a dream-like state, as Torres builds the song up from a rough-sounding, drum pattern, to this almost upbeat-sounding movement whose notes all trail off like a question mark on an incomplete sentence.
Overall, “Apocalypse Kid” is a phenomenal next step for Post Elvis. However, for all intents and purposes, it needs to be noted that this is a bleak album. Tracks include Torres’ wailing, drawn-out, almost broken sounding instrumental recordings — even the “dance” track I mentioned earlier, “Max Pills,” has a frantic, almost anxiety inducing nervous energy pulsing throughout. Lyrically, the themes throughout this album are equally heavy, with dissociation, loneliness, and pain being the paths Torres prefers to lead listeners down. Should however, one believe themselves capable of stomaching the subject matter, then one will find an absolute gem of an album.