K?d Takes LA’s Breath Away [Event Review]

K?d Takes LA’s Breath Away [Event Review]

K?d (pronounced kid) aka Patrick Cybulski seems to be taking the electronic music scene by a storm. The young 20-year-old producer has blown up in the last eight months releasing tracks like “Glitch Boy” and “Lose Myself”, which made it onto Billboards Dance/ Mix Show Airplays Top 40 List in May of this year. Up until recently the rising producer seemed like he wanted to fly under the radar with his “faceless” aesthetic and depictions of himself through anime characters. Inconspicuous aesthetic or not, his music is anything but subtle.

I was lucky enough to get tickets to see his sold out show at Exchange LA last week. I’ve been a fan of his for a few months now, after I first heard his remix of GTA’s “Red Lips”, and soon after hearing one of my now favorite “Discover” track. With many arguments on the internet as to what k?d’s genre really is, I didn’t know what I was in store for. I anticipated a sort of future house, dub glitch evening, but what I got was a bit unexpected. To my surprise, k?d played a great deal of psy-trance and happy hardcore throughout his whole set. He of course threw in all of his most recognizable songs, but I kept turning to my friends with a scrunched nose and crooked smile every time an unpredictable song played.

k?d at exchange la

photo credit Michelle Gootkin

The up and coming party throwers Brownies and Lemonade hosted the night and made sure k?d fans had a good time. In the middle of his set, they threw out giant floaties that resembled lemon slices, which I’ve never seen done at Exchange LA before. They also didn’t let us down with the rest of the line-up with up-and-comers Kaizen, Ramzoid, and Andrew Luce spinning before k?d and Slumerjack as the special guest after.

k?d at exchange la

Photo Credit Michelle Gootkin

So how was it overall? Amazing. I’ve been to countless individual venue events, both in and out of the country and this was in my top ten favorites. I absolutely love the fact that k?d is reintroducing a less popular genre of electronic music such as psy-trance into his sets. Nowadays, bigger named artists who play incredible music can, at times, sound a bit monotonous and we hear the same songs played over and over. K?d’s set was like a breath of fresh air, with new music to experience and enjoy. Not only that, but the vibes at Exchange LA were high and happy, as per usual. I will definitely be looking out for k?d on more lineups and producing more beautiful music in the future.

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