Wax Tailor Brings Trippy
Sounds To Phoenix
Wax Tailor - Time To Go.
French Trip Hop And Hip Hop Producer Brings His Illustrative, Melodic Show To The Phoenix Metro And Gives The Packed House A Monday-Night Escape
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 30, 2013 — If you were looking for the best thing to do on a Monday night, Crescent Ballroom was where you needed to be earlier this week.
The downtown Phoenix hotspot was headlined by French trip hop artist and producer Wax Tailor, and for most of the patrons of the trendy venue the fact that it was Monday did not stand in the way of their good time. How could it with $2 PBR’s at the bar?
“I am going to dance so hard,” said Phoenix artist Kristy Theilen.
“This show is definitely going to be stony,” said musician Dagger Pan of Neurotic Pleasures.
The former French radio DJ — who is also French trip hop/hip hop producer, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût — played to a packed house, and most of the people who packed it came with the same mindset as Pan and Theilen: to dance their asses off to the trippy sounds of Tailor.
This was Tailor’s first visit to Phoenix, and a negligible hip-hop duo opened the night with a cliché set featuring their weed smoking song, their song about how they get all the ladies, their “deep” introspective song, and their “brand new” song.
But as soon as Tailor took the stage, he proved why he is considered one of the premier trip hop producers and performing DJs in France. And by the time he was finished, he left Phoenicians wondering as to why he hadn't been invited to the desert sooner.
Tailor incorporates music, storytelling, and even cartoons to accumulate a fascinating and unique multi-media art show on stage.
To begin his set, a TV announcer type voice tells what sounds like the beginning of a children’s bedtime story, and the screen set up behind him has the cartoon of the story.
The story, entitled “Dusty Rainbow from the Dark,” which is also the name of his most recent album, leads seamlessly into the beginning of Tailor’s music, and is incorporated throughout the set.
The music is inspired by the “enchanted world of children,” according to Waxtailor.com, and is a “charming allegory on the escapist power of music.”
The show attracted a variety of local personalities: from artists and musicians, to hip-hop heads and dance music fans and everyone in between. They all were drawn to the transcendent sounds that have made Tailor famous.
The escapist qualities of the music may have been what had the most Phoenicians dancing this particular night away. Who doesn’t want to escape their life on a Monday and be taken on a strange, but satisfying adventure of sights and sounds?
Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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