FRONT ROW | FEKI @ WORKERS CLUB
As Melbourne faced predictions of some of the worst weather in years, Brisbane’s Feki took over Workers Club to provide a pleasant distraction from the weather warnings. Supporting his recent single Love You Better the producer delivered an enjoyable night.
The struggle with support DJs is that no matter how good they are, they have a tendency to struggle to hold a room, and that couldn’t have been more evident than for both Tiber and DAWS performances. Each had impressive sets that showcased their own tastes and interests while keeping the beat bouncing, yet few fans had the interest to linger. The ease of access of bar and tables outside hardly offered motivation for those unwilling to dance in an otherwise empty room. These sets were of a decent to high calibre, it just really wasn’t the right time for them.
For Feki, the room filled up, highlighting how many people had been nipping in and out during the support slots. It was good though, as it meant that his easy to dance to material was engaged with, and the room could fully feel the energy of the material. The show leant exclusively on his own work, but with only four songs to his name, this did cause a sense of lack of familiarity with a reasonable amount of the content. But, the calibre of these releases ensured interest was maintained.
The highlight of the performance probably did go to the remixes of Lorde and Rufus, each opening up the room to lyrics and sounds that they were familiar with no matter their previous encounters of Feki’s work. The remixes had a fresh take on iconic songs so still felt unique and part of the experience, but enabled the further break down of barriers between producer and audience.
Overall, Feki’s show was one that made for a fun night out. The venue may not have been perfect for him, and the turn out a bit more lacklustre than he deserved, but it was a solid showcase of what he’s been working on. The teasing of a collaboration with Woodes in particular builds excitement for what’s up next.
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