As the lights of the Place Bell in Laval turned off for the start of the show on Tuesday night, screams from the large audience engulfed the arena. From the start of the first song, “Never Let You Go”, to his biggest hit, “Firestone”, international DJ, Kygo, had the crowd jumping, dancing and singing along the entire show.
Kygo has a unique blend of downtempo, tropical, and happy electronic sound. Tropical house is a genre of music which has been popularized by artists such as Kygo in the last few years. Tropical house, a subgenre of house music, is described as having an uplifting and relaxing sound. It possesses synthesizer sounds and a 4/4 drum pattern.
Moments after the start of the show, Kygo said to the crowd, “I am so happy to be here and play for you guys!” He performed for just under 2 hours, playing 25 songs. This included his remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, and his latest single “Remind me to Forget”. During his full performance, the whole crowd could feel Kygo’s contagious energy.
Kygo brought out special guests such as Justin Jesso and Bonnie Mckee for his most popular hits such as “Firestone”, “Riding Shotgun”, and “Stargazing”. These artists were able to sing their verses live. This was a great addition to the show as it switched things up from simply watching Kygo perform by himself on his boards. One teenage fan at the show, Mathilde Houle, said she was, “really not expecting that there would be people coming out to sing.” Houle said she was particularly hooked by the performance of “Stargazing” which was, “beautifully played live.”
Kygo had a fairly complex stage for a one-man show. For the majority of the show, Kygo was raised on a 20-foot high rectangular platform where he had his boards and electric piano set up. There, he played his popular tropical house hits that everyone was dying to hear. The rest of the songs were played acoustically on the piano by Kygo, shining a bright light on his incredible talent as a pianist. A young fan at the show, Claudia Lachapelle, said she was, “very surprised that Kygo played the piano during his set. That was pretty special.”
It was a very visually stimulating performance. During the whole show, the beautifully colored displays on the projection screens behind and around the raised platform went along with the beat of the music. Every so often there were flames and fireworks that would rise from the stage as the bass dropped. Furthermore, each member of the audience received a ‘Kids in Love Tour’ light-up bracelet that was synchronized with the music. The bracelets lit up in different colors depending on the song.
The quality of the sound was outstanding. Whether you were in the front row or at the back of the area, you could feel the bass vibration and hear the music perfectly.
Before performing his last song, Kygo thanked the crowd for coming to his show, “I just want to take a moment to thank you guys for coming out tonight. I’ve had the best time playing for you guys, you guys have been incredible so thank you so, so much.” He then continued by playing an acoustic version of “Firestone”, and concluded the amazing night by performing a well awaited remixed version of the hit song.