“Special Guest” Illenium Drops The Beat At Head In The Clouds
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… I’m not much of an EDM fan, so I really didn’t know who Illenium was. I did find it a little odd when 88rising listed Illenium as a “Special Guest” a month ahead of the festival’s date, so I decided to look him up. Google images made me giggle. As it would turn out, Illenium was the only non-Asian act on the bill. I’m assuming that that’s why he was the festival’s “Special Guest” <Insert Cracking Up With Laughter Emoji Here>. Apparently, as someone on Reddit would point, Illenium has a very large Asian fanbase.
Taking a look at his repertoire, he can put together a setlist of bangers. The numbers don’t lie … he’s got an audience. His album Fallen Embers has even been nominated for the 2022 Best Dance/Electronic Music Album Grammy award.
While my preference would be to see a singer perform, I have to admit that 88rising did one hell of a job with Illenium’s stage production. The LED displays and the laser shows really made Illenium’s music pop, and the pyrotechnic bursts of flames definitely added a sense of the dramatic with every beat drop. I was kind of hoping for a surprise collaboration or a new drop with an 88rising artist, but that didn’t happen. The lack of “Special Guests” during Illenium’s set notwithstanding, it was fun music with a fantastic stage production …”