BEXX DOUBLE SINGLE LAUNCH
17 OCTOBER 2020
‘Best Electronic Producer’ nominee of the 2019 WAM awards, BEXX released two-debut singles Friday October 16th, with a launch to boot on the Saturday October 17th at Northbridge institution The Bird. For me, I believe a single launch must fit the criteria of a celebration – first for yourself (congrats on the single), second for your friends and family (congratulating you on your new single), and third for your fanbase (heck yes new music from an artist I like). With that in mind, I wandered into the vibrant exposed brick structure to find where the party is at?
Stand out features were the insanely satisfying harmonies and high energy beats which kept everyone up and moving right until the night finished up just before midnight.
The first thing that catches my attention tonight, is the fluro-orange bunting strung up throughout the inside and courtyard of the venue, and the fluro-orange safety mesh fencing covering the bottom portion of the stage. Perhaps one would think that there’s some sort of construction underway? Until spotting five people also in fluro-orange dressed like if Billie Eilish became a tradie. Nothing screams celebration more to me than decoration and party fits’ – so as for the look of this event, I’m impressed so far.
I sat down outside in the spring night temp, soaking in tobacco stained air with subtle a subtle scent of shaker fries, as DJ LIVVY worked her magic over on the courtyard decks. Pretty much every seat outside was taken, people being social and chatting away, until a Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) x Milkshake (Kelis) mix from DJ LIVVY in the corner got a reaction from nearly everyone, and caught me off guard for sure in the best possible way.
Next up was a last-minute fill in (as SOWDY was unable to play), 506 + YNGRACH who brought some melodic rap with energetic dance beats. 506 had effortless stage presence, really coming alive when the crowd was getting into it (which was for most of the set). The impressive range as a vocalist and lyricisms as a rapper really stuck with me after the performance. YNGRACH brough an energy in the musical backing that had everyone in the room stomping their feet along to the sonic beat and swaying to the chunky bass.
It was after this set that I bumped into BEXX herself and we chatted briefly about how her night was going. She takes her role as a singer seriously which is admirable, not drinking before the show as it dry’s her vocal cords out. Working in a marketing background, she put all her skills in the field to good work attracting a really great crowd – and by this I don’t just mean size (which was packed), but the quality of the people, the community of people that make up this sub-culture, this scene. Everyone was very respectful and the few new people I met as they came up to congratulate BEXX seemed very lovely. In this time BEXX and I ran into her parents who came along to support her as well, which is always sweet yet slightly nerve-racking. The flood of support that was pouring from so many individuals in the short time I was next to BEXX was astonishing, a LOT of people had come there for her and came to celebrate the double-single drop with her.
At this point the venue was filling up nicely, as vibrant female hip-hop queen Hyclass graced the stage dressed in fiery orange – accompanied by Natalie Mae in an icey blue frock and Buff / Buff Baby on the decks, who had all the moves down packed. Just like fire and ice, Hyclass burnt it up with the hottest bars, Natalie Mae keeping it ice-cool with her sensational soul-filled voice.
At 11pm everyone headed inside gathering as close as they could to the stage, ready for BEXX. Building anticipation, A huge ‘BEXX’ projection with bleeding blues, pinks, and oranges beamed at the back of the stage, the people in orange folding out into their positions as ‘Satisfaction’ (Benny Benassi & The Biz) blasted. This seamlessly faded into the “BEXX” set featuring a five-piece band consisting of a live drummer, a synth/program operator, two backing vocalists (with great synchronised dance moves) and BEXX herself. Stand out tracks from the performance where the emotion filled catchy hook in ‘I Loose It’, the two singles in which the event was launching ‘Hold Tight’ and ‘Burn It Down’ and a sassy little number to close the night off titles ‘Corporate B****’. Stand out features were the insanely satisfying harmonies and high energy beats which kept everyone up and moving right until the night finished up just before midnight.
BEXX double single launch at The Bird had the decorations and look of an all-out celebration. The sound was great, and featured some of WA’s finest in electronic, rap and hip-hop music. Overall, the feel was a high energy night out, but not at all ‘sleazy club’. Inclusive and well structured. For me it felt like a party where I (and anyone) was welcome. A celebration for a local producer + performer that was well deserved.