‘Small circuit tours always go off when it’s a sell out and with Easy Life and Che Lingo at Southampton Joiners it followed in that fashion.’

As a gig goer you buy your ticket to a gig as a fan of the band but when the tour sells out no matter your excitement before it steps up one notch further: small circuit tours always go off when it’s a sell out and with Easy Life & Che Lingo at Southampton Joiners it followed in that fashion.

The crowd were young and full of hunger piling in the door after queuing eagerly outside knowing this was going to be a special night. Chatting with fans, some had come as far as Torquay wanting to catch a glimpse of Easy Life intimately before the venues grow.

DJ Jacky P

‘Starting the night with [DJ Jacky P] … added to a night that the crowd will be talking about long after the Snapchat ‘stories’ have disappeared.’

The tour was announced with 2 acts; Che Lingo and Easy Life, but the crowd were treated to DJ Jacky P before Che Lingo hyping the crowd with his killer tunes and infectious banter. Every crowd member who arrived wearing Easy Life merch became an honorary ‘brother’. The crowd would have been satisfied with the two phenomenal acts following DJ Jacky P but starting the night with a DJ who read the crowds music tastes and personalities added to a night that the crowd will be talking about long after the Snapchat ‘stories’ have disappeared.

Che Lingo

 

‘With Che Lingo’s dynamic, charisma teamed up with Jacky P’s comedic personality dropping the beats the crowd unite[d] …shouting back Che’s ‘TRIP’ call outs.’

Che Lingo is not just a musician he is an artist, a man that knows how to make his sound work for the room and how to win over and audience. Che tells the crowd that his mantra is T.R.I.P which stands for The Risk Is Proof and he lives by this giving the crowd his all. Che’s music has elements of grime, hip hop and R & B which can often bring an oppressive vibe to a night but with but Che’s dynamic, charisma teamed up with Jacky P’s comedic personality dropping the beats the crowd unite and it’s not long before all arms are waving, and the crowd are shouting back Che’s ‘TRIP’ call outs.

Murray of Easy Life and DJ Jacky P

 

‘The party didn’t let up throughout the set from either the crowd, the band or the touring party knowing that this will be [Easy Life’s] only small show tour.’

With technical issues hampering the extremely long changeover the crowd were beginning to look bored, but that boredom turned into party mode within the first bars of Easy Life and the appearance of Murray. The party didn’t let up throughout the set from either the crowd, the band or the touring party knowing that this will be their only small show tour. Easy Life are a band of individuals who were brought together in Leicester in part due to their musical interests but more apparently from this performance was their musical intuitiveness of each other; it was obvious from the faces of many of the crowd that they had never seen a band seamlessly work a stage all playing multiple instruments with perfect precision.

Easy Life show the world that they may have a laid-back attitude to life but they will do all they can to bring their music to life in front of their crowd to studio quality perfection; at one point Murray was crowd surfing urging the crowd to send him back to the stage so he could play his keyboard part. Murray didn’t make it back and the crowd didn’t mind; they were too busy worshipping their hero. In a culture of streaming you can listen to new music immediately after its release and do this all without paying any money, thereby making touring become a viable way of making a living bands are all too aware of how complacency can break a career but from DJ Jacky P’s early banter, Che Lingos TRIP call outs to the crowd surfing and drink flowing party at the end of Easy Life’s set no gig goer went home without an unforgettable experience.

For that reason, we can say with almost certainty that with Easy Life having just announced another tour stopping in Southampton at the larger 1865 venue many of the same crowd will be back for more. Easy Life’s Spaceships Mixtape having just dropped no one was expecting any new material, but Southampton were blessed with as yet to be released ‘Houseplants’, a number that fitted as well in their set as any of their previous releases. Easy Life clearly have more to give us and with this one track display we’re certain the quality will not be letting up soon. It seems the band’s success is even coming as a surprise to them right now with them receiving their first encore, an encore they weren’t prepared for humbly apologising before playing ‘pockets’ a second time.

Words: James Wadsworth

Photos: Sophie Mortimore https://www.sophienina.com/

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