Petit Biscuit Debut Chicago Performance Concert Review
Mehdi Benjelloun, better known by his stage name Petit Biscuit, is a French Moroccan DJ and music producer. He recently performed in Chicago’s Concord Music Hall marking the artist’s first time playing for a crowd in the Windy City.
Many of you are probably familiar with Petit Biscuit (English translation small cookie) without even knowing it. At some point this year, ‘Sunset Lover’ made its way into your music stream. Fun fact, this song was actually self-released in 2015 and re-released in 2017 hitting various charts around the world including U.S. airwaves.
Performing on a Tuesday night, Petit Biscuit packed the venue that has seen hundreds of artists roll through including Datsik, Flux Pavilion, Tchami, Rezz, Anna Lunoe, The Aston Shuffle, What So Not, Autograf, and most recently Matisyahu. There were more people than I had anticipated for a show on a weeknight and with a relatively “early” start time (doors opened at 6pm while the first act Electric Mantis went on around 7:15 p.m.).
Without the use of a laptop, the young DJ got on stage and stood behind his synth pad surrounded by other instruments (keyboards, electric guitar and drums) he’d make use of throughout the night. Playing from much of his 2017 album Presence, Petit Biscuit opened with ‘Creation Comes Alive’ that immediately got bodies moving followed by ‘Oceans.’
To my surprise he played the track that has helped him gain traction within the EDM community–artists and listeners alike–‘Sunset Lover,’ pretty early on in the night. He slowly teased it in and played a few beats making the crowd yell even louder for its live rendition. When Petit Biscuit finally started the intro melody, the crowd turned into a sea of little swaying phone screens capturing the moment.
His music definitely has a vibey, dreamy flow to it that gets you smiling from the inside. Think of a mix of Flume meets Mura Masa meets Hermitude and Odesza, oh and sprinkle in some RÜFÜS DU SOL. Simply put, his music has that feel good energy about it.
The vibes that night were light, fun and fresh. Petit Biscuit didn’t need much on stage. His light set-up made it easy for the audience to really focus on the music and the beautiful production that is accompanying his U.S. tour. The visuals were so aesthetically appealing and colorful that they complemented perfectly his upbeat music.
Seeing such young talent already achieving a signature sound particularly through the use of vocal chops makes me eager to see what 2018 has in store for Petit Biscuit.