Live Review: Fyfe – London


fyfeElectrowekz London, March 26th 2015

Words: Nick Jacques

Tonight sees the fresh-faced 25 year old artist Paul Dixon finally rise up and have the potential to take his talents to the next level. Having used a different pseudonym in the past and dropped from a major record label after a lack of opportunity, Dixon has reappeared with a new artist name “Fyfe” and with a debut album to boot!

Although he says he’s a Londoner, born & bred, he wouldn’t reveal whether or not he’s from north of the river, or south of it. This serves as an appetiser about how enigmatic Mr Dixon is. From the start Fyfe doesn’t mess about and launches into the 1st track from his album Conversations; stark geometric beats engulfed the small cramped black warehouse and his versatile vocal range hits the right notes in an effortless fashion. There is a happy and supportive vibe from the enthusiastic crowd here for him.

He also shows that he has charm in his cannon too. He complemented and interacted sporadically with the crowd, which added a certain allure and mystique to his character. In some ways this can be both a curse and a strength. One, which, I’m sure as time goes by he will learn to fit into a persona that will suit both him and his audience. He is still learning to find his feet in the increasingly over-crowded synth and pop market but his resurgence has definitely made people sit up and listen. Throughout Fyfe’s set, you get the impression that he’s happy and content to play it safe and keep the adoring crowd at arm’s length – he’s stated in the past that he’s not much of admirer of the life in limelight.

Most of the lyrics of his songs consist of coming-of-age themes and finding one’s place within the puzzle – this is not to say that this is an insult, for a 25 year old, he‘s been through the treacherous music business cycle and he’s managed to come out with his head held high.

Then comes a low point of the gig – he does a rather uncharacteristic turn by performing an early Kanye West track Right down To the Wire, which, falls a bit flat with the audience and out of sync with his perfectly timed electronic beats, carefully measured vocals and stylishly supported bass lines. However, Dixon still had enough charisma to impress his audience. The irrepressible track Solace, which, was voted top on the hype machine back in 2013/14, ensured that he finished on a high note and with the bulk of the crowd in the palm of his hand.

There is no doubt that he has potential. If he continues on the same trajectory and stays the right side of the mainstream then I don’t see why he won’t be able to conduct his own opus to the equivalent of other well respected peers on the experimental dance scene. What remains to be seen is whether he chooses to go down a more creative path or a less creative one. Let’s hope it’s the former!

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