YOUTH Radio: Tyler, the Creator pt. 2

by Amy

Tyler, The Creator graced our fair city of Charlotte Wednesday night on tour, promoting his new, entirely self-produced album, Cherry Bomb. The concert was unbelievable, as were all of the four Tyler concerts I have attended. The crowd's energy was superlative; Tyler has the most die hard fans who simply worship the ground he walks on. That is why when I arrived at the Fillmore (the concert venue) at 5:45, an hour and fifteen minutes before the doors even opened and two hours and forty-five minutes before the concert started, I was not surprised to see about fifty people in line, clad head-to-toe in Golf Wang apparel, being super loud and rowdy. I made my way, or more accurately was pushed by the mosh pit, to the very front row before the concert started, which was the only time maybe in the history of the world that a mosh pit has helped anyone get closer to the stage. 

The setlist was perfect, his personality was infectious, and the crowd sang every word of every song. This is why I could not fathom that my night would get any better than it already was. But then, something incredible happened. Tyler, the Creator, the most perfect man in the entire world and the love of my life, pointed directly at me. And if my brother was not standing next to me to witness what happened next, I would think I made it up.
He said to me something along the lines of, "You've been to my store in L.A."

This is true. Last September I visited LA and all I wanted to do was shop at the Odd Future store. But, I never imagined in my craziest fantasies that Tyler himself would be skateboarding outside the store with his friends. I had the opportunity to talk to him uninterrupted for about 20 minutes, a.k.a. the best thing that has ever happened to me. But just think about how many people he meets every single day, let alone within a seven month period. Also, my hair is an entirely different color, I was wearing a hat, and the lights on stage were blinding. He still could pick me out of the huge crowd.

I screamed back at him, "I told you to come here!" completely freaking out.

This is something that I have told everyone that would listen since the concert was announced, half joking, but half extremely serious. I told him he had to come to Charlotte on his next tour because he had never been before and everyone would freak out if he did come, to which he asked me, "how do you know that? Are you the mayor or something?" I just kept insisting it would be an incredible concert.

He quickly retorted, "Well I'm f*cking here aren't I?" with a little laugh and a smile as he began the next song.
Now let me just let everyone know why this is very significant. Tyler, the Creator cares about his fans. For him, it is not an act or an obligation to interact with and be nice to his fans; he is actually interested in what we have to say and what our lives are like. When I met him in L.A., he asked me more questions than I asked him and didn't act annoyed at all by my presence. At the time, I chalked it up to him being a gracious and lovely person, but the fact that he remembers anything about me over seventh months later shows that he really does love and respect his fans. 

Comparing this to the last concert I attended, Drake at Coachella, is truly eye-opening. Just some background info about the way Coachella works: an artist's set time starts and ends exactly when they say it will. No one shows up late and everybody plays their full allotted time. Drake had an two hour long set, about three times the length of the average show. He showed up forty-five minutes late, let Madonna play two songs, and ended his set seven minutes early, all in all adding up to about a fifty minute performance. He made his fans who were cramped in the pit for hours wait forty-five extra minutes for him to talk about how much he is like Jesus, or whatever it is that he is trying to prove these days, and make out with a sixty-year-old woman, Madonna. He barely talked to the crowd, and when he did, it was just about how incredible he was going to make his show. It was obvious that he did not care at all about the tens of thousands of people that had gathered to watch him, or about the legends that played that stage before him (like AC/DC), as he claimed to not know anyone else who played there the whole weekend. 

I don't know about you guys, but I like to feel appreciated and adored by the musicians that I love. I believe very strongly that musicians should respect their fans over everything else because, if we're gonna be honest, where would they be without us? We buy their music, we support them on social media, and we buy tickets to their concerts. 

So, they should appreciate us. Tyler, the Creator does more than that. He really loves the people that love him, and if more musicians were like that, the world would be a better place. 

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