These are Stories of You’s and Me.
Featuring no other than David Choi.
Yesterday, David Choi took Howard Theatre‘s stage with his guitar.
In the crowd, it’s clear David’s fan base consisted mainly of high school and college girls. Yet, a decent amount of men and a handful of non-Asians filled the room.
A man and his guitar opened the tour. While he might be an up-and-coming artist, he still has a lot to learn. A moderate opening act; nothing impressive. We couldn’t even catch his name.
After the second curtain flew up, the room became filled with the impressive voice of Tess Henley. Raspy and jazzy, Tess proves she has more than just piano skills as the room turned silent after her first few notes. Heads turned to gaze upon this mysterious woman on stage. She fills the stage with soul and power, an element often difficult to find in a young woman.
She mentioned it was her first time in DC and she contained her excitement of being on stage. She controlled all her beats and mixes. Playing bass on her left and playing piano on her keyboard, while also nailing all her notes; the audience became consumed by her.
She begins singing “Wonderland” explaining she dated someone and expressed her desire to be with the person, and didn’t receive much back.
“How can I feel so alone, when I’m not?” questioned Tess. She realized in a dream world, both she and her man would be together. After careful reflection, she began singing.
Tess’ control of her voice and pronunciation of her original lyrics are stronger than her second tune, a cover song. She brought us to our own “wonderland” listening to this song.
The song came to a close and as she finished her final notes, she laughed, only to blurt “so…happy songs!” A chuckle goes through the audience. She begins a more upbeat song off her EP, “Positively Me.”
Suddenly there was a pause and she explained her band couldn’t join her performance. The lights went dim and she began creating beats on a loop. But all came to a sudden stop when she began playing her first notes on her keyboard.
As her performance ends, she humbly signed autographs near the merchandise booth. A line of praising young adults approached Tess, taking photos (yeah we saw a selfie or two!). She graciously enjoys the company of each and every fan until she hops on a bus headed to Philadelphia.
So before David Choi takes the stage, we caught up with him for a quick second.
How’s the tour going?
It’s going well. I’m pretty tired.
What are you days usually like?
Well yesterday I performed in Philly; the day before that Atlanta. It’s been one show after another and those are the toughest. Luckily we have some days in between to rest up. After Boston, I’ll be able to take a little bit more of break and catch up.
About your new album, it’s a lot darker than your previous one. Can you explain your inspiration as a whole?
Yeah, for sure. It’s been about a two-year break since my last album. I’ve gone through dark moments in my life that really inspired songs as a whole. There are a couple of bright songs though.
What’s your favorite song off your new album?
I don’t really have a favorite song. My first single was “All I Need.” People seem to really enjoy “You & Me.” “Where’d you go wrong,” which is the saddest one is also on my list.
We’ll see. The album just came out so I think people still need time to digest it.
What’s your favorite part about performing?
Most of all, it’s about meeting the people who support me. I enjoy playing for them live. Of course, traveling in general, playing with local musicians and trying to improve every performance as we go along the whole tour.
David opened with “All I Need,” immediately bringing girls to the tips of their seats.
His mellow, soothing voice encompassed the entire room.
After his second song, David brought out a ukulele, calling it his guitar’s first-born daughter. He explains a social media campaign for #YamahaDC and #StoriesTour. Only to begin his song “Together.”
Before playing “This One’s For Me,” David explained he tries not to be influenced by music that people only like. He wrote this song to remind himself why he does what he does. He snaps a photograph of the crowd, later seen on his Instagram.
There are a few awkward moments, such as the loud crackle when he plugged in his guitar. A handful of awkward pauses between David talking about his inspiration and when the band played music.
While he mentioned he’s bad at transitioning from song to song, he took pride in his awkwardness (the man basically called himself out). While there are moments of dead silence, his voice is clearly practiced and mastered perfectly for live audiences.
In the final moments of the show, David brought a couple from the audience claiming they dated nine years total. As the room filled with the twinkle of “By My Side,” the couple swayed lovingly as if their wedding was taking place.
David closed with his upbeat song, “Missing Piece.” It’s sad he won’t be “by my side” as he heads to New York, the next stop on his tour. We’re hoping he’ll be back in the future.
David Choi’s “Stories of You’s and Me” 2015 World Tour continues now through April 24th at major cities. Drop by his website for VIP Add-On tickets to meet him backstage before the show.