Published on November 28th, 2015 | by ponyforprez0
Skechers Sundown Festival 2015: Epik High continues to set high standards
If you thought only sweet young things from Korea below the age of 25 could shake things up in Singapore, you’re wrong. The three members of Epik High are not just married, two of them (Tablo and DJ Tukutz) are dads. Yup. Time to catch up, Mithra Jin!
Yet, when the trio were in town last Saturday as the headlining act for Skechers Sundown Festival 2015, it was clear that their fan base here is nothing but solid. These boys (men?) certainly prove that age is nothing but a number, and they seem to only get better as the years go by.
Opening the show with ‘BORN HATER’, the set was kicked off to an epic high (no pun intended) with the group’s enthusiasm and on-point lyrical flow. We were treated to goofy and theatrical introductions, slick dance moves from DJ Tukutz, and a whole lot of fun from the seasoned musicians. Something we don’t get from newer acts these days is pure, raw talent and commanding stage presence – which Epik High effortlessly encapsulates.
Continuing to hype the crowd with hits like ‘Fly’, ‘High Technology’, ‘Eyes Nose Lips’, ‘Fan’ and ‘Don’t Hate Me’, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who knew the words to all their songs, even the ones that were released a good number of years ago. I believe that these are fans of Epik High who’ve been with the group since their earlier days, and have allowed Epik High’s music to resonate with them in more ways than one.
There are many reasons why I like Epik High. Mainstream Korean music has taken a saturated turn in recent years with tight management and cookie-cutter concepts, and with that it’s getting harder to find artistes that manage to retain raw talent, unfiltered personalities (as real as they get), and popularity – all at the same time. While I wouldn’t position Epik High as musicians that are better than others, I don’t deny that they definitely command a high amount of respect from me for their camaraderie and ability to put out consistently good music. This might only be their second time performing in Singapore, but I’ve no doubt that they’ll return with even more to show us!