Five Things We Learnt at Young Franco & UV boi


UV BOI and YOUNG FRANCO are two of Brisbane’s most in-demand producers. Only days after the last show of the tour, Young Franco is already across the pond – arriving in Berlin to begin his Kitsune Tour featuring none other than Tkay Maidza. The pair, who have an ultimate bromance, know exactly how to get a crowd going with their own styles – UV boi a little more eclectic and bass driven and Young Franco with his nu-disco bangers. But they play together perfectly, complementing one another’s styles – between them it isn’t a competition, they are just two friends who are doing what they love.

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UV boi and Young Franco took on one of Brisbane’s best venues, The Triffid, a converted plane hanger and opened it up to all ages – an absolutely admirable decision. No matter how long you get stuck behind 17 year olds who are trying to avoid getting the permanent marker ‘X’ that bans them from drinking (anymore that night), the vibes were high.

The night, even before the main acts, had a lot to offer, with Tyler Touché and Golden Vessel supporting. It was an showcase of what Brisbane’s best had to offer. Tyler Touché really worked his range, playing his own songs, remixes and classic electronica to a crowd that happily grooved to his upbeat offerings. Check out his song ‘New To You’ to understand why he is such a master of the happy groove.

The gig was a major experience and with every good experience, I managed to learn a few important things courtesy of Young Franco and UV boi – here is the Top 5:

  1. Don’t underestimate Golden Vessel

The crowd was truly filling out as the skilled and always humble Golden Vessel took the stage. He kicked it off with his own brand of lush beats. But it is important to remember that Golden Vessel isn’t a mere warm up act, he’s got a unique take on electronic music – it isn’t chaotic, you aren’t supposed to go crazy. It’s meticulously calibrated to be one moment soothing and the next grooving, without any warning. The crowd’s hype may have gotten a little out of control as they chanted Connor Grant’s name (AKA Whisperer), a Golden Vessel collaborator who came on stage to do vocals. Yet, any enthusiasm is always appreciated at a gig. It keeps the party going.

Remember, Golden Vessel isn’t about getting loose – Golden Vessel is a little bit of calm that still makes you feel good. It’s about enjoying something quiet and deliberate. There is always a time and place for being gacked and cutting shapes and that’s later, during UV boi’s set.

2.Old Biddies still go for it.

Now, Young Franco is a banger producer – he’s dependable in that he will have a crowd dancing at all times. I’d managed to secure a spot in the back right of the room as the crowd was absolutely swarming. When Young Franco dropped his hit ‘Drop Your Love’ featuring DiRTY RADiO, the excitement was so palpable you could feel it – you could really feel it, a girl and a guy burst between my friend and I, clamouring to the front and knocking our beers all over the ladies in front of us. We blamed the young crowd, all those under 18-year-olds that didn’t understand that some of us had drinks to hold.  The ladies informed us they were in their 30s and wanted us to know that even Old Biddies still come to dance. They asked to be called Old Biddies and wanted everyone to remember, drop your love, not your booze. Young Franco continued to play and the Old Biddies got down and proved that he’s got what it takes to make anyone dance.

3. No one is texting you during UV BOI (Stop Paying Attention To Your Phone)

This shouldn’t be news to anyone well-versed in the musical styling’s of UV boi. No one is texting you during UV boi, it’s not that you don’t have family, friends or loved ones. It’s not that you’re not popular, I’m sure your IG goes off. You are a regular like machine. But no one is texting you, those sounds you hear are the music. UV boi is notorious for blending all of the sounds that dominate our daily life. He seamlessly intertwines all the alerts that provide the soundtrack for our social media driven lives. It’s a tongue-in-cheek move that resonates highly as the crowd dances around you. The music starts beeping like you’ve got a message and a dude in front of you has taken to snapchatting his friend decked out in Adidas cutting shapes like he is in preschool.

  1. A little bit of bass goes a long way

There was something ecstatic about UV boi’s set, something that makes a crowd go absolutely off when the bass comes in, and this producer has absolutely no shortage of it. As he went through his classics, the room lit up and went off. An absolute highlight was UV boi’s remix of Banks’ ‘Beggin for Thread’, which keeps all of the strong sultry vocals but absolutely turns it into a bass-driven banger. It would be impossible to stand still while this plays. I found myself singing along to every word and throwing down without a care in the world.

  1. Friendship always wins

The whole night, and by extension, entire tour, was ultimately a triumph for friendship. Here were two mates, who have been friends for a few years now, relishing in each other’s successes. Whilst they’re in two different realms of the electronic atmosphere, they’re out there booking their friends to support, and having the best time ever selling out show after show. Long gone are the days these two used to take over Brisbane clubs, but their friendship remains strong as ever, and this just goes to show the best ship is friendship.

Young Franco and UV boi’s Brisbane show at the Triffid was absolute fire, both artists are masters of what they do – bringing exactly what the audiences wanted from the smooth disco stylings of Young Franco to the bass-y beeping of UV boi. The entire night had a definite vibe of excitement and even as everyone spilled onto the street after midnight (on Australia Day-Eve, mind you), you could tell that everyone was still juiced up and wanted to keep kicking – ’cause that’s what a good bromance does for you, keeps ya kickin’.

Words by Lloyd Crackett




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