with ROZES + Papa Ya
10.15.17 // House of Blues // San Diego, CA
Photos by Andrea Hoffman
There’s no denying that MAX was born to be a performer. Once he started, he never stopped moving, dancing, and even cartwheeling through his set. He was joined onstage by RyanEXOE, with whom MAX releases music under the duo name Party Pupils. They performed their own electronic dance version of “Ms. Jackson” by OutKast, along with “One More Weekend” and “Lights Down Low,” two of MAX’s most played songs on Spotify. I was blown away by the explosive energy they brought, with RyanEXOE coming out from behind his DJ table to play the keytar at one point and MAX spending a large part of his set standing on the barricade to join in the excitement of the crowd.
ROZES has a unique voice that is filled with power and allows her to easily stand out from the beats of her songs. Her music is always full of energy that flows into the crowd like electricity and held everyone’s attention. She was joined onstage by the extremely talented Benny Brown who did an amazing job on the drums and contributed to a flawless set that included songs like “Roses” (a collab with The Chainsmokers) and her most recent single, “Famous.”
If there’s one thing that was obvious during Papa Ya’s performance at the San Diego House of Blues, it’s that they know how to have a good time. The electronic-pop duo, made up of Nate Merchant and Alex Sacco, was overflowing with energy as they performed their songs, including their newest single “Oom Zigga” featuring Malcolm Anthony. By the end of their set the entire crowd was moving and singing along, making the room feel like one big party that might never end.