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Kayzo talks about his Unleashed XL tour and what it means to headline The Discussion board in Los Angeles [Interview]


Kayzo’s humble beginnings as a scholar of Icon Collective in Southern California seem to be a lifetime in the past, now that he’s simply introduced his Unleashed XL tour for 2023, ending with a headlining efficiency on the iconic Discussion board in Los Angeles. Since he began the mission in 2012, he’s hit each marker of progress and has steadily grown as an artist and particular person, resulting in this actually monumental event.

The Unleashed XL tour is on sale now. We caught up with Kayzo over the telephone this week to speak about his greatest headline present to-date, reigniting the Unleashed tour after COVID, and what it took make this all occur.

So I’ve recognized you for I take into consideration seven years now, since that first interview within the pizza store in North Hollywood.

Oh, my God, dude. Yeah, that’s such a throwback. I forgot all about that setting till now.

I used to be at your first Doghouse takeover at Avalon in 2016. I believe I used to be at your first EDC too if you went again to again with Protohype and Lookas in 2015.

Oh, yeah, the bassPOD, we opened it up at doorways.

Now you’re headlining one of the iconic venues in Los Angeles, The Discussion board. When that provide got here by means of, what was going by means of your head, particularly wanting again at the place you’ve come from?

You mentioned it finest. It’s one of the iconic venues in Los Angeles and one of the iconic historic venues round simply judging by its historical past. It’s been 5 years, happening six subsequent 12 months, from my final headline play in LA which was on the Palladium.

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Was it actually that lengthy?

Yeah, dude, isn’t that loopy? Yeah, it was like 2017 once I did the Palladium. And so, clearly, with COVID our plans that we had at the moment acquired pushed again, so it’s been 5 years for the reason that final LA present, you understand, LA being form of sentimental for me. It’s vital to me as a result of it’s the place every thing began musically for me again in 2012 so ensuring that we placed on the most important, finest Kayzo present that we are able to presumably do in Los Angeles is form of like high precedence, proper? It’s form of like, you set the tone with it. It’s like a mile marker and form of efficiency in Los Angeles, at all times for me. So after we have been form of determining the place we wished to play, what our goal was, and what our purpose was for the present, The Discussion board at all times caught out to me as a result of, you understand, I’ve been to different reveals on the Discussion board. Non-dance music reveals particularly. And I bear in mind the final rock present I noticed there. It was Carry Me The Horizon in 2019, and I noticed Fever 333, and I forgot who performed within the center. But it surely was the primary steel and rock present that I noticed at The Discussion board. And there’s simply an vitality in there that was –

That present was with Thrice. [laughs]

Yeah. Okay. It was with Thrice. Yeah, present was unimaginable. And, for me, it’s simply, you understand, rising up, listening to you understand all varieties of totally different rock, steel, pop punk, various, form of hardcore stuff, publish hardcore, and likewise coming from a sports activities background, by means of hockey, that sort of sports activities/enviornment fashion venue, these varieties of venues basically, I at all times form of gravitate in the direction of as a result of it’s a superb illustration of my life with sports activities and my life with music now, since they usually home these varieties of occasions. So, the vitality in these varieties of arenas, particularly The Discussion board, like once I noticed that present, I form of knew proper then and there that was like– I bear in mind, I used to be with my supervisor at that present. I used to be like, “Dude, we are going to play this venue in the future. We have to play right here,” like there’s one thing about this place that simply units it other than every other venue that I’ve been to in LA for music at the moment. And so when that provide got here in, it was form of surreal as a result of I knew it was doable to do The Discussion board. I simply didn’t know when, and I simply didn’t know the way it will come about. And so when that choice grew to become obtainable, it was tremendous full circle for me. I began to recollect all of the reveals I’ve been to there and simply having that dialog with my supervisor like, “We’re going to do a present there.”

I’m so excited for the present and it’s been one thing that we’ve been engaged on for months, and we’re nonetheless engaged on, when it comes to making it excellent for everyone by the point Could rolls round.

So that you’re now the third EDM artist prior to now 12 months to announce or play on the Discussion board. You already know, Subtronics and RL Grime. And also you talked about that you simply haven’t seen any EDM acts there. The one ones I’ve seen prior to now 5 years have been Armin van Buuren and The Chainsmokers. What do you suppose is going on that artists, notably, it appears, bass artists, at the moment are taking part in The Discussion board? Are they opening as much as it or is bass attending to that crossover space the place The Discussion board is now like, “Yeah, we are able to do that.”

Proper. It’s a superb query, I believe slightly little bit of each. I believe sure acts such as you talked about a minimum of within the final couple of months, and I used to be on the RL Grime present too, which was nice, actually, actually dope present. It’s a venue the place an artist that basically takes satisfaction within the imaginative and prescient and the storytelling behind the model and the showmanship of the present, it’s a superb place to point out off that story exterior of the everyday membership and even regular venue. It’s only a greater stage, and it’s a distinct sort of viewing expertise than different venues which you could go see. So I believe The Discussion board, clearly they’re coming round to see extra dance music in there. Dance music is at a superb place for these like giant scale reveals. The reveals that they placed on there, whether or not they’re digital particular music, or with myself who does a mixture of rock and digital that’ll convey, like with out gifting away an excessive amount of of who now we have and what we’re doing, like we’re bringing a complete dwell expertise exterior of simply DJing to this present and to the tour that I simply introduced even exterior of LA for my set. That form of resembles what I did in 2019 with Unleashed however on a bigger scale in a distinct format, and likewise, you understand, there’s going to be help bands and totally different dwell parts to the present that form of convey it full circle, make it really feel not much less like a rave, but it surely brings the the storytelling and the backstory of the place I come from musically, what I take pleasure in exterior of dance music to the desk.

I believe they see this as a superb alternative for artists to take greater dangers. And check out various things out that aren’t simply the conventional, customary, massive LA present. So I believe The Discussion board offers us a platform to take greater dangers. And I believe they’re enthusiastic about showcasing that with the newer era and the newer types of music like digital music and never simply being so band-centric and you understand, “We solely do bands, we do dwell music,” they’re now form of shifting and diverting in the direction of additionally having extra digital music in there. So it’s form of simply coming with the occasions. Identical to every other main metropolis venue, pageant. We’ve been seeing it for the final 10+ years, the illustration of dance music artists or levels at main crossover festivals are just about customary at this level. So I believe you’re beginning to see that bleed over into the arduous ticket touring facet of issues with artists, you understand, digital music doesn’t have to simply essentially be in a membership or a venue that homes simply digital music. Now you’ll be able to take it to The Discussion board or, you understand, you see acts play at SoFi Stadium or Allegiant in Vegas like with Illenium. If there’s a narrative to be advised, and there’s an viewers for it, I believe these venues are far more welcoming to it now.

Completely yeah. You type of already touched on my subsequent two questions slightly bit, however I’ll simply maintain it transferring. Beforehand, you talked about the RL Grime present on the Discussion board, and I bear in mind seeing you there the evening earlier than Escape. And I form of talked about to you want, “Oh, you’ve acquired a giant announcement at Escape, huh?” I clearly had no concept it was going to be concerning the Discussion board on the time. I don’t know for those who bear in mind this.

Yeah we have been on the bar speaking about it.

Had been you making an attempt to, like, cover a smirk the entire time, such as you knew?

Yeah. I imply, it was simply form of like I used to be making an attempt to maintain it beneath wraps simply solely as a result of like, not that I used to be afraid of anybody saying something. I simply was excited; we had already filmed this actually, actually, actually cool promo video that I premiered at Escape to delicate announce the present to everybody in LA that was at my Escape set. So I simply wished like that to be like, exterior of the promoters that booked the present and my managers, I wished even like buddies and those who I communicate with within the trade to be utterly shocked and likewise blown up, like, let that be an enormous second, so I used to be making an attempt actually arduous to simply maintain it beneath wraps till that second occurred at Escape. You already know what I imply? However I used to be positively excited to be there for that present and form of simply get a superb perception of like, what’s to come back and what the capabilities are from a manufacturing and showmanship standpoint at a venue like that, and it was actually, actually thrilling to see what might be executed in that venue.

We have been additionally speaking about your Unleashed tour. I used to be wanting up earlier than this, you understand, for the in your final album, you introduced that tour. I believe it was like January or February, 2020. And that was like simply a few months earlier than the pandemic, and now you’re doing the Unleashed XL, even greater than earlier than. So, I imply, such as you’ve come out of the pandemic, you understand, completely leveled up. How does it really feel to, for lack of a greater phrase, overcome that adversity and are available out the opposite facet on a a lot greater stage?

Yeah, that was form of a bummer again then. I bear in mind saying the Unleashed tour that we have been presupposed to do. We introduced originally of 2020 after which, like, actually, like two months later, like a month after saying or no matter it was, needed to pull all of it down. I simply had such massive aspirations for that tour as a result of I had simply acquired executed doing the Unleashed, massive one-off solely reveals in San Francisco and Chicago and New York, Houston, the place we have been testing the concept as a result of we have been taking part in Coachella in 2019. So we wished to convey a dwell facet to Coachella, and that’s what sort of sparked the concept of Unleashed to start with, with a few of the reveals. So, we introduced that massive tour. We have been so excited coming off Coachella and people reveals after which the pandemic occurs. And, you understand, I by no means knew if I used to be going to get one other alternative to do the Unleashed present or one thing prefer it. You already know what I imply? Didn’t know what got here out was what was going to come back out the opposite facet throughout the entire expertise with COVID.

After which popping out of it after which getting the alternatives to proceed to grind and work arduous on my craft, and proceed to push this sound and this narrative that I’m doing with my music with rock and digital, getting the prospect to, convey again Unleashed and do Unleashed XL as a result of you understand greater, higher manufacturing and form of a distinct story. I’m similar to tremendous, tremendous lucky and grateful for it. As a result of that authentic tour concept was such an vital piece to my storytelling and I didn’t know if I used to be ever going to inform it. And now I get to convey it again to life in a distinct, revolutionary manner for 2023. It’s like full circle, and it comes with plenty of different progress, private progress, artistic progress, progress in my relationships and you understand my girlfriend, household, and every thing from the pandemic. I want I’d have been capable of do the tour again then. However I’m nearly happier that I’ve been capable of form of undergo much more private and inventive progress and I believe I’ve been capable of form of put myself in a significantly better and totally different headspace that I believe will solely profit the tour and the present and all my followers that come to those reveals. I’m excited that we lastly get to inform it and we get to convey it throughout the US and Canada after which finish it off in LA on the Discussion board.

The lineup for the tour simply acquired introduced as nicely. It’s actually wonderful to see who’s gonna be supporting and taking part in with you on this run. The Discussion board help remains to be TBA. However you understand, you already form of touched on this, with plenty of your LA reveals we are able to count on one thing actually particular. I do know you’ll be able to’t actually get into too many specifics, however is there something you’ll be able to possibly, like, tease?

For positive. Now we have one date nonetheless to announce within the tour that’s like form of spray painted out proper now, after which now we have these TBA helps, not as a result of we don’t know what we’re doing, however as a result of we’re form of similar to ready to announce these at a later date, as a result of, yeah, they’re they’re going to be greater than a standard present. Clearly, venues like The Discussion board are large, proper? So we wish to actually come out the gate swinging and produce one thing particular. And likewise like I alluded to earlier, reveals just like the Discussion board and a few of these greater reveals like we’re bringing a dwell facet to them. So like now we have bands, and bands as in plural, on these reveals, So, I don’t wish to give away an excessive amount of of like, who and what, just like the specifics as a result of we’ve acquired a while till then, however like I’ll say there’s going to be an enormous dwell facet to that present particularly that can separate it from something that I’ve executed in LA and likewise something that I’ve executed prior to now to this point with every other Unleashed present. Keep tuned for that one. It’s going to have some issues that individuals have been asking for outdoor of the band. I get hit up on social media on a regular basis, and a few of these requests are lastly going to come back to fruition on the Discussion board so I believe individuals will likely be pleasantly shocked and excited for what now we have deliberate.

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