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Manila Killa Fills the Bluebird Theater with Melodic Bliss

Manila Killa Fills the Bluebird Theater with Melodic Bliss

Kierstin Rounsefell

June 24th, 2019

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Chris Gavino (Manila Killa) is a Washington based producer and DJ who began producing music when he lived in the Philippines. Growing up around the world, this young melodic genius primarily learned his production skills via self-taught Ableton lessons. Over the course of finishing up his college career, he gained an insane amount of streams online, co-founded the independent label Moving Castle, and performed at countless festivals around the United States.

On June 20th, Manila Killa brought the 1993 Tour to a close at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado. This two-month long tour touched down in 10 other cities before making its way to the Mile High City with support from MELVV, ilo ilo, and AObeats. The Denver edition of the tour featured support from Denver locals, Shae District, and Boulder local, Covex.

Manila Killa At Blue Bird theater , Denver CO.

The show started about thirty minutes behind schedule, so by the time that the duo Shae District went on, there was already a handful of people spread throughout the venue getting drinks and quietly chatting. The overall crowd energy was fairly quiet and low but picked up as soon as Shae District brought live vocals and instrumentation to the stage. Their music was very positive and vibey, complete with the use of a trumpet, electric guitar, and drum pad.

As the venue started to fill, Covex took to the stage next. This young producer and DJ has taken massive strides in the last few years of his career. Opening with his recent release “Breakaway” with Cosmoe and Cxsiddy, his contagious smile and upbeat stage presence completely brightened the energy within the venue. Covex also used a drum pad during his set in addition to a keyboard, Roli Block, and his signature live vocals.

Throughout his set, he had a complex, ever-changing display on the LED screen behind him. Covex‘s hour-long set was very versatile, as he seamlessly transitioned between more emotional melodic music to deeper electro house and back. Along with fan favorites such as “Fortress” by Illenium and “Potions” by Slander and Said The Sky, Covex also played an unreleased track called “Forgive Me” which is coming out next Thursday.

By the time Manila Killa came on, the venue was about 75% full. The crowd was full of anticipation and excitement. The stage setup consisted of a larger DJ booth that was already back lined, and the table legs were lit up with multi-colored LED lights. Water colored visuals added to the aesthetic appeal of his set. The crowd’s energy slowed down a bit; everyone was chill as they enjoyed the show. In the back of the venue, more people were talking as they were getting drinks and taking in the environment.

He played a few of his most popular songs, including “Everyday, Everyday,” featuring Nevve and “Wake Up Call,” featuring Mansionair. At one point, he brought Covex up on stage to perform his remix of “All 2 U.” Everyone put up their phone flashlights and lit up the venue, really making for a memorable moment.

For those of you who enjoy chill, melodic music complete with vocals and live instrumentation, Manila Killa is not a show to miss! This writer could tell that he had put extra effort into making the show an entire experience. Guests of all different ages were able to enjoy themselves. As of right now, Manila Killa only has a few more events scheduled for the summer: Brownies & Lemonade in Los Angeles and High Seas Festival in New York. We highly recommend checking him out if you ever get the chance.

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