April 2, 2011

デヴィッド・チョイのライブ行ってきた:David Choi Live in San Francisco

Believe me. David Choi looked much cooler on stage. 


My 10-year-old daughter is a big fan of David Choi.   So when he came to San Francisco, she asked (threatened) me to buy tickets and off we went.  All the way to the cafe, I was wondering, "of all those musicians out there, why David Choi?"

Turned out to be an awesome night.  David Choi looks much better on stage.  Usually it's the other way around, right?   Time to hire better videographer.

The audience were a bit nerdy but happy folks.  Some were punching smartphones during the pre-opening sessions right in front of local musicians. Is that the norm?  It's just magical that David Choi could get them hooked on his music.

The front row was somewhat dominated by huge guys and girls munching burgers, leaving my daughter jumping and hopping all the time. I thought it was cute.  She needed more exercise anyway, for she skipped her gymnastics class for joining the live.

A couple of people requested him to sing Korean hit songs, but he said, "my Korean is not that good."  The new song sounded much like John Mayer's Daughters.

Now I'm listening to his CD my daughter got.  Every song has very interesting parts.  He has a lot of color.  If you're tired of every-song-is-the-same pop musicians, I bet it's a refreshment.

Again, his music is not quite what you expect from his goofy appearance on YouTube funny videos.  But in a positive way.  He'd do better if he chooses right audience and settings.  Probably live performance in Tokyo, No?  It may open another door for him.

But he may want to stay as is.  He's, after all, a musician who has been promoting through website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace all by himself and who comes out to greet everyone in the audience when the show is over.

As BreathesAudio's review says (it sums up my feelings), his music is something anybody can relate to, and that's his best quality.


娘はデイヴィッド・チョイ(YouTubeで人気の韓国系ミュージシャン)が大好き。チケット買え買え脅すので、「なんでよりによってデイヴィッド・チョイなのよ!」と内心思いながらライブにお供したら、これがなかなか良かった。

YouTubeでは三枚目のおちゃらけキャラなんだけど、ステージでは意外とかっこいいのだ。普通逆だよね? 歌うまいと、かっこ良く見えるものなのね。

観客はハッピーなYouTubersの集まり。前座の地元ミュージシャンが歌ってる目の前で携帯カタカタ入力してるのにはヲイヲイ~と思ったけど、そんな彼らを自分の音楽にグワッと引き込むんだからすごいよねー。

なぜか最前列に巨体の男女4人組が陣取っていて(歌う目の前でバーガー食っとる!)、娘はずっとピョンピョン跳ねっぱなし。それが妙にかわいかった。ジムのクラスさぼった罰だな。

韓国のヒットソングのリクエストもあったけど「韓国語あんまりできない」って話してたよ。初披露の新曲はジョン・メイヤーの「ドーターズ」みたい。娘が買ったCD今聴いてるんだけど、どの曲にも必ず面白い音が混じってる。たくさんの色持ってるんだね。

くどいようだけどYouTubeのドタバタのイメージで行くと全然違うのです。東京でライブやるとか、訴求する相手と演出もっとちゃんと選んだら可能性広がると思うなあ。

…と勿体無く思う反面、こうしてYouTubeやTwitterやFacebookやMySpaceで宣伝して素のままのキャラ通してるのは、ジェイソン・ムラーズのプロモビデオみたいの作るリソース(予算・人・金)ないのもあるだろうけど、ポリシーなのかなと思ってみたり。

AmyBreathesAudioがツアーの感想をここにまとめてるけど、全くもって同感。「誰でも自分と重ねて聴ける」のがデイヴィッド・チョイのクオリティーなのかもね。


First Album "Only You"
"All songs written, produced, recorded, and mixed by David Choi."
作曲・プロデュース・録音・ミックスすべて自力。



Second Album "By My Side"




iTunes [David Choi Music]

2 comments:

amorilp said...

Nice review of David's San Fran show and thanks for linking to me! ;)

satomi said...

Thanks for dropping by my little blog:)

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