MTV Review: Sohn Sells Out Shepherd’s Bush Empire
The electro producer got by with a little help from his friends…
By Hannah Colson
Friday night saw electronic producer Sohn take to the stage for an epic show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with a whole host of his talented friends, including Laura Doggett, Years & Years and special guest Kwabs. How did it go down? Read on to find out…
The Feeling: Enthusiasm, excitement and pure TFI Friday from the crowd, with lashings of talent and creativity from the stage to satisfy them with. Ms Doggett’s hauntingly beautiful set opened the show, including a performance of her latest single Phoenix to a somewhat curious crowd, before Years & Years brought their tropical fusions to our awaiting ears. An MTV highlight was their cover of Sean Paul & Blu Cantrell’s Breathe that had the Friday night crowd singing (or rather slurring) along to the classic cover!
Once Sohn (aka Toph Taylor) began to perform it was clear that the highly anticipated show was going to smash everybody’s expectations. Inspiring vocals were met with high-quality live production throughout the set, especially when performing tracks from his latest album, Tremors. Perhaps a bit more personality from Sohn would have been appreciated, but it was his first sell-out, headline show - maybe he was nervous?
The Look: Somewhere between Star Wars and Calvin Klein. A well-fitting dark tracksuit was teamed with an oversized hood that was worn throughout the set. What would his mum have to say about that?!
The Tunes: A futuristic collage of glitchy melodies with just enough pop-style vocals. The Wheel and Artifice were probably the best-performed tracks, but ultimately, it was all mighty special – especially when Sohn got Kwabs on stage.
Banter: Little from the man himself. He takes himself pretty seriously. In a sea of twenty-something fans, there was an older couple singing along to every word, who we later found out were Sohn’s mum and dad. Too cute.
Sweat Factor: Pretty substantial. In the stalls at a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire show on a late summer’s evening you don’t expect it to be Arctic conditions.
Summary: A gig that gave a lot of bang for your buck, in that you paid to see one act, and got four. Thanks, Sohn!