Concert Review: Apollo Brown, David Dallas, Suff Daddy, P-Money and Chasm at Civic Underground

This review has taken me a little while to post but I hope you enjoy it, just the same. This particular gig lead me to love my favourite NZ rapper even more, and discover some new artists too on a line-up that was absolutely one they would describe, you gotta see it to believe it.

Apollo Brown, Dot Dallas, P-Money, Suff Daddy and Chasm

So remember when I said November 30 was a big day for me?

Well, other than the release of Amin PaYnE’s debut, “Cosmic Disfunktions”, I was also invited to review a gig at the Civic Underground that night showcasing the likes of Mello Music Group’s Apollo Brown, with support from an impressive line-up including David Dallas (NZ), P-Money (NZ), Suff Daddy (Germany), and Australia’s own Chasm.

And what a night it was. First on the bill was NZ’s #1 producer, P-Money, and he managed to drop down an impressive set including tracks from Common, Nas, Kanye West and Jay-Z, and his old buddy Scribe. I’ve never seen P-Money play live, but he definitely knew how to kick off the night with a bangin’ set.

P-Money and Suff Daddy

Next up was Germany’s Suff Daddy, who I had heard a lot about prior to this gig. Unfortunately, I did not get to enjoy his set as much as I would have liked, as I was getting hit on by some random, but from what I did manage to hear, I really liked the sound of. Suff definitely had the crowd dancing with his set.

Moving on, was a short set from Australia’s Chasm with MC’s Hau Latukefu & The Tongue. I, for one, am not the biggest fan of Australian hip hop. In fact, I kind of despise it. I am yet to hear a good song come out of the Australian hip hop scene to prove me wrong. Aussie beatmakers I have no problem with. It’s just when they start to open their mouths and try rapping with our accent. It’s not exactly a great sound. So in saying that, I don’t really have much to say on this set as I turned a blind eye (or ear) to what was happening on stage at this point.

David Dallas

Drum roll please. It was time for David Dallas to perform, and you know, that Dallas was who the majority of the crowd came to see. The entire venue was packed out and even though, he was only there to play a few songs (as a last minute addition to the line-up), nobody seemed to care! Singing songs from his new Jamiroquai-inspired EP, “Buffalo Man”, as well as tracks from his previous albums, “The Rose Tint” and “Something Awesome”, Dot had everyone in attendance singing along and dancing away to every tune! Though his band, The Daylight Robbery, weren’t performing with him for this particular set, he still made a lasting impression on the Sydney crowd that night.

David Dallas – Indulge Me (Live in Sydney) from the5to9life on Vimeo.

I’ll admit, I didn’t know all that much about Apollo Brown and was more excited to see the other guys in the line-up, particularly my boy, David ‘Dot’ Dallas, off the back of his recent US tour. But in saying that, it seemed like no-one in the crowd really knew him either. Which is a shame, really.

And the only reason, I say that, is because Brown was walking around the club during the sets of his support acts and it seemed nobody had any idea who he was. Just a fellow party-goer of some sort. Held on a beautiful Friday night in Sydney, it was safe to say that everyone in attendance showed up already drunk, or was on the way to being.

Needless to say, I took advantage of that opportunity and managed to grab a quick photo with the main man of the night. đŸ™‚

Apollo Brown and I

Apollo Brown is different than most producers, but he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Detroiters Finale, MaGestiK LeGenD, Danny Brown, Paradime, and Kam Moye aka Supastition, as well as Black Milk, MED, Grap Luva, labelmates Kenn Starr, Oddisee and Diamond District, along with a host of others.

Straight off the bat when it was time for him to perform, Brown got up on stage and started to kick things into gears with his beats, and telling the audience that in no means, was he a rapper, but just a producer, so don’t expect him to start spitting. Ha! Watch here for a little snippet of what we witnessed. Apologies for the sound quality. I suggest, starting around the 0:40 mark.

Apollo Brown – Sydney Live Set (snippet) from the5to9life on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, I didn’t stay for the entire set but I definitely liked what I heard. Another artist to add to my list of new music discovered in 2012. Damn, that list is growing. I’m excited for the new music to be heard and shared in 2013 though.

*Special thanks to Grindin’ for the invitation.