Last Friday night’s show at The Camden Assembly brought out Zilo, a multi-talented artist who according to her website’s bio has a “love for painting, poetry and writing [which] has evolved into music”. It’s exciting to see an artist whose process shows a willingness to experiment and understand the best creative outlet to let their emotions be placed.
The 24-year-old Londoner has not been releasing music for a long time, with her first Soundcloud upload dating back to less than two years ago. Her debut project, The Nature Of The Beast, was released on September 2, 2018, and received mostly positive reviews from music critics. I wasn’t familiar at all with any of her songs and decided to attend her gig just off a 15 second preview on the most useful app on the planet, DICE.
Zilo performed for about an hour with the backing of two vocalists and a talented band. What stood out to me, in fact, was how good the group was. On many different songs, she flexed her warm and soft vocal range. The band was really on the job helping her get the most out of The Neptunes-esque track “Adore”, a personal favourite now. On the track “Hit Me Up”, the electric guitar worked around the crispiness of the drums.
The bands overall chemistry, topped with the light yet elegant voices of the backing duo resulted in their hours of rehearsal being rewarded with the audience’s feedback. In the long run, Zilo will benefit from her live performance’s skills as it is becoming one of the most, if not the best skill the artist can have, and a piece of revenue they can benefit from.
During a brief speech, she introduced all the members on the stage, one of them being the backup vocalist Q Hairo, who was ready to take the lead this time and perform an unreleased song. The place was on fire. What it seemed like a shy vocalist turned into a charismatic performer with raw yet soothing melodies, surprising everyone. If Q Hairo is sitting on this type of material, be ready to hear more from him.
Zilo created one of the most relaxing and open-to-meet atmospheres I’ve ever been to. She graced the stage with candid energy and good-natured laughter.
If you’ve just been introduced to her and you have R&B in your headphones 24/7, I highly recommend that you don’t waste time and check out her music now. She has a lot to offer.
You can stream Zilo’s debut project The Nature Of The Beast on Soundcloud below: