Illenium, whose birth name is Nicholas D. Miller, is continuing his rapid ascension in the American EDM scene. The Chicago-born DJ, who produce tracks in the future bass, trap, and dubstep genres, released his third album, Ascend, on August 16. Since the release, Illenium has seen Ascend reached #14 on the US Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the US Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
He recently concluded Phase 1 of his Ascend Tour this past weekend in San Francisco. Illenium performed his main Ascend Tour show at Chase Center on December 14th and two “Throwback Sets”, which primarily contain memorable tracks from past albums and EPs, on December 13 and December 15 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Here is the review of Illenium’s show at Chase Center on December 14.
Ascend Tour at SF’s Chase Center
In the Ascend Tour show at Chase Center, the atmosphere was electrifying as Illenium took the stage. Before Illenium performed his set, the opening acts were William Black, Dabin, and EKALI. Throughout Illenium’s whole set, there was a fantastic collection of pyrotechnics ranging from flares to rolls of flash-paper that excited the audience. Illenium entertained the crowd with his guitar playing, drum beating, and mixing skills, all in the same show.
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When Illenium played “Sad Songs” with Said The Sky providing the supporting instrumentals and Annika Wells giving the vocals, the attendees stood next to one another, and came to an embrace while they swayed from side to side to the track’s tranquil melodies. As he played his remix of Halsey’s “Without Me”, Illenium got the crowd turning on their phone’s flashlights and waved them while serenading to the track, which is another emotional moment in a show that was mostly filled with bass drops and sprouting flames. Interestingly, the most exciting moment of the show happened when Illenium picked up a guitar and smashed it on the stage.
A Spectacular Performance
Although there were thousands of fans who might have seen Illenium for the first time, there may be some people in the audience who have already seen him perform the last time he was in the Bay Area. On July 14, he was at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California where he headlined Audiotistic. His performance at Audiotistic was phenomenal and, just like at Chase Center on December 14, he showed the crowd why he’s one of electronic music’s most popular DJs today.
Illenium will fly to China after Christmas weekend where he will perform in Beijing on December 28 and Hong Kong on December 29 for Creamfields Hong Kong. Additionally, among his upcoming tour stops in 2020 are X Games Aspen on January 25, BUKU on March 20th, and Lollapalooza Paris on July 19. Illenium’s not a superstar specifically for American fans anymore, now the world gets to see who he‘s all about.