White Oak Music Hall was jam packed with nothing but positive energy and infectious vibes on the night of July 20th. Illenium’s SOLD OUT Houston show brought amazing intimate vibes to the venue, and there was no shortage of tears or headbanging left out.
Walking in to White Oak Music Hall for the first time felt like walking in to an art museum. There was a long hallway painted pure white leading toward the main stage area and bouncing off echoing shrieks of excitement as concert-goers met up with friends. Inside, Prismo was busy opening the show while the closed-in walls of the stage area bounced those beats back evenly and crisp. His set was light and quick as he succeeded at warming up the crowd.
Next, William Black took the stage. The crowd continued to grow as Illenium’s set was nearing. William Black gave the crowd a taste of what was to come with a perfectly designed set that combined smooth melodic feels with absolute bangers. By the time he was finished with his set the small GA area was filled to capacity – the crowd was ready for the man himself…
Illenium was joined by Said the Sky on the keyboard and the two joined forces to take the crowd on an incredible adventures night.
Illenium’s Houston show sold out quickly and certainly lived up to the hype. Tickets were even selling for 4 times the actual face value – they were a hot commodity on social media. Nick Miller, better known by his stage name Illenium, fed off of insane vibes and delivered a unique set unlike anything I’ve experienced from him before.
Nick opened with originals including “Crawl Out Of Love”, a track we can look forward to hearing on his newest album. From there he jumped between his signature melodious, chill, dub step sound and hard basslines guaranteed to break necks! He added soft guitar-like sound picks along with drum pads merged with heavy synth and dark bass to create an extremely well-rounded set.
His visuals were a dynamic mix of bright colored clouds, vibrant flowers, and dark twisted images of monsters and fire. They coincided with his set perfectly and added to the building vibes in the room.
Nick jumped on the mic to create a stand out moment saying – “I know I’m in Houston so I gotta play some trap. Do I have any trap heads in here?!” The crowd responded by losing their minds, and there wasn’t a single still body in the building as he mixed straight trap fire.
Nick debuted a new collab with Kill the Noise that invoked chills everywhere. That gave the crowd a taste of a harder and a more bass focused Illenium. After dropping those crowd favorites such as Slander’s “Love Again” and Kaskade’s “Disarm You”, Illenium finished it off with his “Don’t Let Me Down” remix. The crowd shouted for more as he left us with the debut of his (now released) collab with Zeds Dead. Watching Illenium play live was a treat for everyone and he definitely he left his heart out on that stage.
The crowd dispersed quickly and congregated outside of the doors where I heard nothing but amazing feedback. Three patrons I talked to who have seen Illenium numerous times swore it was the best set he’s ever played. Nick came out for a few minutes to sign jerseys, perlers and take pictures with fans. He then went on to play three more nights of sold out shows in Dallas, Austin and San Marcos. Illenium’s Texas run was the perfect way to kick off his 2017 tour.
I’d put Illenium on your watch list – I see great things for him in the future!
Listen to Illenium’s newest collab with Zed’s Dead titled: “Where The Wild Things Are”
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Photos by Nicholas Warren