Photo: Jorge Meza
21-year-old singer and songwriter Gus Dapperton has been blowing up the indie music scene since 2015 with his synth-infused dream pop anthems. The New York native is easily recognizable by his unique fashion style consisting of a bowl cut, jewelry, eyeliner, brightly colored clothing, and thick rimmed glasses. His songs, including singles “Prune, You Talk Funny,” “I’m Just Snacking,” and “Moodna, Once With Grace,” have garnered millions of streams on Spotify.
His newest single “World Class Cinema” was released on Oct. 19. I had the chance to catch Dapperton at his sold out show at the El Rey Theater last Sunday – & here are three reasons why his live shows are a must-see.
1. He has outrageously good fashion sense
Few people can pull off a spiked-at-the-edges bowl cut as effortlessly as Gus. He made quite an entrance at Sunday’s show when he literally jumped onto the stage sporting flow-y red tartan pants paired with a white tank top and layered with a short sleeved cardigan. The attire was accessorized with thick rimmed red-tinted glasses and dangly earrings. If his charming fashion choices aren’t convincing enough, here are some more reasons to see Gus live.
Photo: Jorge Meza
2. His supporting acts are phenomenal
The supporting act for Gus’ show at the El Rey was Beshken, a jazz guitarist and DJ whose live performances combine electronic and organic elements with custom visuals to enhance the audience’s experience. Gus and Beshken collaborated on the song and music video “Faceless” back in 2016, and their friendship is still going strong. Other artists who’ve opened for Gus include Still Woozy, Luna Luna, and Hypothetical. Make sure to get to the show early so you can catch the opening act.
3. His show is one big dance party.
As the lights come off and the band starts playing the intro to “Gum, Toe and Sole,” the crowd starts screaming loudly and singing the chorus before Gus even takes the stage. By the time the stage lights come on and Gus has joined his band on stage, the room has turned into a vivacious dance floor. Simultaneously singing, jumping, and playing guitar with an infectious energy, it’s evident that Gus is enjoying his performance just as much as the audience is. “Feel free to get up and dance,” Gus tells the audience, “We [himself, his band members, and Beshken] will be dancing here on stage.” The night ends with a bang as Gus performs an energy-filled cover of “Twist and Shout,” he and his bandmates jumping wildly as Beshken returns to the stage and starts crowd surfing.
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