Vancouver-based DJ/Producer Teen Daze was in Ottawa this past Friday, March 29 on the occasion of a mini-tour of Eastern Canada that is taking him to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Around 40 to 50 people gathered at the Mercury Lounge on Good Friday to catch the artist for a live DJ set.
True to the Ottawa scene, doors opened at 8:30 pm and the show was set to start at 9:30 pm, but since so little people had arrived at that time, Teen Daze waited until 10:00 pm to begin his set as there were no special guests opening for him despite what the event poster indicated.
Teen Daze started with more mellow and ambient sounds and he gradually picked up the tempo with composed and well-arranged tunes as people progressively gathered onto the dance floor. He played tracks from All of Us, Together along with newer ones from The Inner Mansions among others.
Unfortunately, as it can often happen with technology, the music was cut off three times throughout the set and wether this was a problem from the venue’s side or from Teen Daze himself, it didn’t tamper too much with the crowd’s mood who seemed to enjoy what they were hearing.
Although he regularly uses a microphone during his live performances to project vocals that overlay some of the tracks, Teen Daze didn’t do so this time around as it was solely a DJ set. Having said this, something was missing from the overall look and feel, perhaps it was a visual component that would’ve projected the music’s emotion onto a screen as if to spill the artist’s soul on a canvass for our eyes and hearts to absorb. This could’ve potentially driven the audience closer to the music during the performance, both physically and emotionally. Thankfully, the Mercury Lounge’s in-house lights, lazers and smoke machine helped create the ambiance.
Granted, whether instrumental or vocal, his music is certainly not for everyone and caters to a precise niche audience, one that enjoys meditative, sometimes contemplative chillwave sounds that allow you to drift off into other realms of consciousness. It’s music that makes you want to move while immersing you into a dream-like world of beautifully arranged sounds.
Despite the lack of live vocals, visuals and repeated technical difficulties, the Ottawa crowd embraced the chillwave tunes played by Teen Daze and had fun throughout the set as they danced the night away.
If you’re into ambient/lo-fi/electro-pop/dance sounds, then be sure to check out Teen Daze’s music via the artist’s bandcamp.