Carpe Diem with Virgil Abloh
You ever have one of this nights where you really want to go somewhere but have no one to go with? You know you'll regret it if you don't go, but the thought of going out alone is almost a daunting undertaking which, in itself, gives you all the motivation not to go. I am here today to say: "just do it!"
Thanks to the powers of social media, I was made aware of an appearance by none other than Virgil Abloh in D.C. this past Friday. Without a partner in crime or a right hand man, I hemmed and hawed about whether or not to go. This is the same day I posted on my social media about "Carpe Diem", you know, seizing the day. So at 11:30, I pulled up my big girl pants and hit the road.
I arrived just in time to experience the set by DJ Kidd Marvel. He definitely did a fantastic job setting the tone for the rest of the night. The crowd was very youthful, on-trend and eclectic. It was helpful for me to hear a lot of the music that I often skip over in a setting like this--they knew every song word for word and the acoustics in the building actually had me relating to the music I didn't know off top more than I thought I ever would.
And then the main event was upon us. I can't really explain the level of precision and execution that Mr. Abloh displays in his set. I am not a DJ but have always admired them. With my up-close and personal position, I was able to watch the man behind the controls in what seems like his element. D.C. concert promotion team, Nu Androids with Mitch Mathis, brought Virgil to town, learn more about their shows at: nuandroidsmusic.com.
Kanye West's creative director and the mind behind street wear brand Off-White shines behind the 1's and 2's like few others can. Any true hip-hop fan would have been in heaven on earth with this set. The crowd was lit, for lack of better terms, and he effortlessly rocked the crowd for over 2 hours. It was definitely the best time I've had in a while and a testament to getting in there and doing the things you want to do in life, because you only get one. Live life my people and if you ever get the chance, see Virgil Abloh live!
I didn't get as much footage as I thought I would. My next goal is to get a good camera for future events, but in the meantime, check out the videos below to get a feel for the night. And remember: Seize the muthaf*<%in' day!