by Andrada Mihăilescu
East India Youth’s first ever concert in Romania took place on October 8th @ Control Club. The artist aimed for a good first impression when meeting the audience so, he wore a suit, as he usually does when performing on stage. There’s a reason why I focus on the idea of performance rather than singing. William Doyle assumes a double role when being in front of a crowd: he is both the musician and the conductor. It’s almost as if he creates a monologue between the one playing and the person directing.
Doyle allows himself to be absorbed by the music and the act of interpretation. By doing so, he manages to achieve a state of flow. Psychologically speaking, that represents a mental state in which a person performing an activity, becomes fully immersed in a feeling of focus and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
While watching him play, I noticed exactly that state of mind: he was feeling every note and every drum beat, enjoying each moment of the performance. His attention drifted from the members of the public, present at the show. All his energy and attention were encompassed in a creative bubble, in which only the artist and his creations were included. The audience was on the other side of this sphere, absorbing the vibe sent out by the artist.
Having said that, I must admit that this particular type of music/performance is not my cup of tea. Nonetheless, William Doyle is a creative individual with outstanding musical capacities. Last but not least, my advice is the following: visit William’s website, listen to his music and then, it’s up to you to decide if you’re both on the same frequency.
Here are a few photographs from the show, taken by yours truly. Explore and enjoy!