He’s been a guest DJ on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo and Friends, was sought out by Chris Martin for an exclusive Coldplay remix, and his tracks boast ten of millions of plays on SoundCloud. And on June 8, Kygo showed San Francisco what all the fuss is about.
The Norwegian producer played a 90-minute set to a sold-out crowd at The Independent on Sunday night, preceded by fresh disco grooves courtesy of opener Tropicool. For those wondering if the young artist’s spectacular remix powers can translate into a quality performance, the answer in undoubtedly yes.
Kygo opened with his remix of Ed Sheeran’s Fire, a bright track loaded with the producer’s signature majestic beats, soft chords, and flute-like synths. As the set progressed, Kygo continued to dish out his feel-good spins on Kyla La Grange’s Cut Your Teeth, Ellie Goulding’s High for This, Seinabo Sey’s Younger, Syn Cole’s Miami 82, and more. Though he made sure to deliver his beloved remixes to fans, Kygo interspersed his own work with an impressive mix of genre-crossing tunes, including alternative folk duo Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance and the breathtaking house track Come With Me by Nora En Pure, all the while maintaining enough of a beat to keep the delighted crowd dancing non-stop.
Kygo appropriately closed things out with his tropical version of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing and his spin on Ed Sheeran and Passenger’s No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop mashup. By the end of the night it was clear that at a mere 22 years of age, Kygo has managed to accomplish what many artists struggle with throughout their careers: to obtain a sound unmistakably his own.