TROYBOI Show Review

Author: Nathan Allen Sihakom

Robotic voice: T-R-O-Y-B-O-I. The signature callback at the end of a Troyboi track. When you hear his name spelled out, you know who is responsible for the killer track you just heard.

Headlining an incredible show at The Majestic in downtown Madison, WI, Troyboi and friends brought nothing but FLAMEZ. With special guest, Slumberjack and Louis Futon, you couldn’t have had a better night.

Opening act Slumberjack, hailing from the big down under, Perth, Australia, got the crowd going with a rowdy DJ set, playing anything from future trap to “Raindrop 2099,” a very filthy remix to Migo’s “Bad and Bougee.” One half of the Slumberjack duo manned the decks with his long blond hair, announcing to us exclusives being played for the first time; one track made with Alison Wonderland.

Louis Futon performed next, encircling himself with digital instruments, and turning himself into a one-man band.  He’d turn around and drum, go back to his pad, then turn and play the keyboard. To describe his music, the one word I had in mind is: hip. It was a feel-good set, but he was able to encompass the grime of trap music along with beautiful sounds. He also dropped exclusives on us, announcing to the crowd.

T-R-O-Y-B-O-I. The super producer from East London, England. Troyboi is signed with Jim Beanz: Timbaland’s right-hand man and musical driving force for the hit show “Empire.” Featuring songs from his new 20-track album “Left Is Right,” Troyboi’s set at The Majestic brought more to “trap music” and “electronic dance music” then your typical DJ behind the decks. There were dancers with skull faces, tutting, popping, and manipulating their bodies with isolation moves. Beautiful women in black dresses came onstage along to booming trap music, playing violins and the cello. There were women swirling around suspended above the stage from black drape or suspender. I was surprised by all the pageantry displayed in Troyboi’s show. It was very entertaining.

Playing tracks from his “Left Is Right” album, Troyboi brought intoxicating bass, rocking the crowd for the rest of the night. I also had my wish come true when he announced he was going to play one of his favorite tracks, as well as mine “Do You,” for the 2nd to last song.

From the violinists and cellist, skeletal dancers, Louis Futon playing a digital drum, you couldn’t ask for a more fun show. And it all ended with that robotic voice: T-R-O-Y-B-O-I.