On Stage with Tolliver: A Fusion of Self-Discovery and Infectious Grooves at Outloud Fest Thoughts+Photos: Tolliver at Outloud For WEHO Pride 6/2/23
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- I don’t know much about Tolliver, aside from his last release, 2022’s ‘Daddyland.’ This work has been aptly described as a daring yet introspective piece, rich in vibrant sonic hues. It portrays the journey of two flawed individuals—father and son—navigating the maze of their humanity. Filled with infectious energy, this artist skillfully draws the audience into a shared space where introspection, resilience, and danceable rhythms merge.
Supported by a full band, the instrumentals radiated dynamism, creating an atmosphere that effortlessly transitioned between introspective self-discovery and a compelling urge to move. Tolliver wove a narrative that allowed room for self-reflection, simultaneously keeping the audience engaged with his captivating beats and contagious enthusiasm.
On stage, Tolliver wholeheartedly embraced his individuality, cultivating an environment of empowerment and authenticity, even taking moments to joke with the audience. His open exploration of his life, his past, and his self-proclaimed ‘freak’ nature resonated powerfully, inspiring acceptance of our own imperfect, authentic selves. Tolliver’s performance wasn’t merely a showcase of his musical talent but a mirror reflecting his personal journey.