30 Days, 70+ Performances, and infinite memories made.
Red Bull Sound Select has brought it's 30 Days series to Chicago for the month of November and boy oh boy am I thriving! Through my work at WLUW 88.7 FM Chicago Sound Alliance, I was fortunate enough to photograph and cover Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Bailey Wiley for their 8th show of the 30 taking place at the Metro. Check out some of their music while browsing pictures and coverage from the event.
As Taco's (DJ and member of Odd Future) sister, Sydney Bennet comes from a family like-minded talent. Starting off as one of OFWGKTA's producers, then forming the voice of The Internet, Syd has started her solo career off at a full tilt. A smooth voice over R&B drum kicks, with lyrics of love and loss. For a wednesday night, everyone doesn't seem to mind the late set time since Redbull is passing out complimentary energy drinks. Playing most of the songs off of her latest solo project Fin, she also shouts out to The Internet and Kaytranada one time with "Girl" and "You're the One", respectively. Syd's calm and romantic demeanor presented in tracks like "Got Her Own" and "Over" ring with authenticity and intentional craftsmanship. With a new EP dropped the day before her Redbull Sound Select show, her humility and hustle keeps her fanbase growing.
Charlotte Day Wilson
First introduced by collaboration with Canadian & creative counterpart Tommy, otherwise known as River Tiber (who has additionally produced for Kaytranada and the like), CDW herself has taken off via her self-titled EP, CDW. With thoughtful eyes and a light hand on her guitar strings, her soothing voice washed over the crowd like a warm breeze. Sounds like hers can soothe the soul, give you an undercurrent of loneliness, and make you fall in love all over again with R&B.
As the opening act, Wiley's energetic performance set the pace from the beginning of the night . Also toting R&B vocals, Bailey herself is a performer at heart. Workin the stage back and forth; she mirrored the crowds excitement at the rest of the nights events. In addition to her own songs, the performance hit its' peak when she bursted into an rendition of Erykah Badu's Tyrone.