Kygo is well known for his airy, tropical remixes of popular songs. Kygo’s production is clean and professional; I find his music relaxing yet dancable. His tracks are often slower and include lots of stabby synths and catchy tunes. Recently, Kygo signed to Columbia Records, essentially establishing his career (and probably his bank account). My favorite song by Kygo right now is his remix of Often by The Weekend. Listen to Often (Kygo remix) here:
Live, Kygo played a relatively simple set. He djs with a DDJSX four channel controller and one CDJ (I assume for backup purposes). Most of his songs are around the same speed, so transitioning between them was very smooth and simple. Here’s an interesting article criticizing Kygo’s Djing. While I obviously prefer that any artist should play varied sets, both me and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the music. An artist like Kygo is kind of in a niche genre, and he surely isn’t someone I would see twice so I could see the “variety in his sets”. How much tropical house can there be out there?
The show was at The Sinclair, a small venue/restaurant in Cambridge. When I walked in Kygo had already been on for a few minutes. His fans were donning smiles and Hawaiian shirts – consistent with the tropical house tracks Kygo was spinning. The entire show Kygo was smiling and singing along with the music. The vibe was entirely happy and relaxed, a perfect way to end my Wednesday night.
If you missed Kygo’s Endless Summer Tour, be sure to catch his last few North American shows (both with Thomas Jack):
10/17 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/18 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL