There’s something about seeing someone you’ve loved since your formative teenage years. Someone who has helped shape your current music tastes, made you feel like you had taste, and also made you realize that there were more levels and depths to music than just “oh I like how that sounds.”
Enter in Craig David and TS5, his DJ alter ego, which isn’t really much of an alter ego but rather a spectacle — a showcase of where this man came from, who he has become, and where he is going.
David is an industry veteran who started off dabbling in R&B sounds in the early 2000s and with his more recent albums, including this year’s release The Time is Now, he has experimented more with genre-blurring — blending together dance and electronic beats with his naturally soulful vocals.
Not only did David deliver his signature hits including “Fill Me In,” “What’s Your Flavor,” and “7 Days” but also nodded to the era where he broke onto the scene. Remixing his own songs in with the likes of TLC and House of Pain, he showed his versatility by also incorporating his current releases with today’s bangers.
Here’s the thing with a TS5 show, it’s so hard to articulate mainly because everything about it comes down to a feeling. A feeling of release, pure euphoria and nostalgia — where all of your insecurities melt away and all you care about is where the music is taking you. Live shows are where you’re suppose to leave everything at the door and fully engulf yourself into sounds that the performer delivers and Craig David does that in his own unique way and to the fullest.
Amongst his fans that night was Justin Bieber, who seemed to share the same sentiment that everyone else at The Roxy in Los Angeles felt that night. Bieber jumped on stage at the end of David’s set to sing his praises, pointing out that David has inspired him in his career, which is easy to see and hear.
There ain’t no party like a Craig David party because it truly doesn’t ever stop.