Eshoon Productions Presents
Sun Apr 14
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$65.00 - $150.00
This event is all ages
Ages 15+ without a parent.
All tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable following purchase
Listed price does not include tax and service charge
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Since emerging as a featured performer in the eight piece rap collective Sexion D’Assaut in 2009, the multi-talented performer has been a phenomenon throughout the French speaking world and beyond, selling out concert halls and stadiums throughout Africa, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. Currently traveling the globe and performing over 10 shows per month, he has headlined for audiences of 20,000 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, 90,000 at a single show in Guinea, and over 200,000 at a concert in honor of the King of Morocco, among many other major venues and locales.
Fashioning an exhilarating hybrid vibe that blends intense beat-driven reggaeton with exotic African music and sensual pop, the Congolese born Gims has been an internationally renowned solo artist since the release of his million selling 2013 debut album Subliminal – which hit #2 in France, #2 in Belgium and #11 in Switzerland and featured the #1 French and Belgian single “J’me tire.” His follow-up Mon coeur avait raison (My Heart Was Right), an ambitious double album divided into Pilule bleue (15 tracks) and Pilule rouge (11 tracks), hit #1 in France and Belgium, went four times platinum in Italy and spawned four Top Ten French singles, including the #3 hits “Est-ce que tu m’aimes? and Sapes comme jamais.”
Over the years, Gims has earned several prestigious industry awards for his unique artistry. In 2012, while still a part of Sexion D’Assaut, the ensemble won an NRJ Music Award (equivalent of an American BET Award) for Best Male Group and Best Song (“Avant Qu’elle Parte”). As a solo artist, he later earned a Europe Victoires de la Musique (equivalent to a European Grammy) for his song “Sapes comme jamais.”
Gims has also created his own independent record label MMC (Monstre Marin Corporation) that is affiliated with Universal Music France. To date, he has signed rapper Bedjik (his younger sibling), rapper Yanlso and DJ Last One, who has DJ’d for Gims and Amalya, a contestant in The Voice, la plus belle voix.
Testament to Gims’ appeal beyond the French speaking world, both albums include features by English speaking superstar artists. “Pas touche” on Subliminal has a rap by Pitbull and “Je te pardonne” on Mon coeur avait raison has a vocal performance by Australian pop star Sia. Gims recently recorded a track with a feature by the popular Moroccan-American hip-hop artist French Montana.
Now it’s Gims’ turn to incorporate his fast developing bilingual skills into his artistry. Hard at work in the studio on tracks for his next project, he is recording for the first time in English – and is excited about releasing music in the United States. While he plans to continue to write songs driven by his trademark aggressive reggaeton style, he will introduce himself to audiences Stateside with a vibe that blends keyboard and voice and guitar in the spirit of one of his favorite contemporary artists, Ed Sheeran - with an emphasis on Gims’ trademark balance of raw and silky pop/soul vocals.
“People around the world know me primarily as a rapper who starts everything by creating strong melodies, but I am very curious about exploring many other styles, and I have a passion for everything from (Eastern) Indian music to American country music,” says Gims, whose father, Djanana Djuna, was a vocalist in the band of “Papa Wemba,” one of the most popular African and world musicians of his time, known as the “King of Rumba Rock.” In 2011, Gims and Djuna released an album of collaborations.
“My father played Congolese rumba, soukous and ndombolo and my three brothers are rappers. I grew up a big fan of Michael Jackson, James Brown and Elvis Presley, too. So everything was always about music for me and I am influenced by many different styles.”
Beyond the groundbreaking recordings that have established him as an innovative force in pop and hip-hop, Gims is an inventive entrepreneur whose brand encompasses the worlds of visual art, fashion and cinema. Considered a fashion icon in France, he is rarely photographed – and never performs - without sunglasses. He has extended this trademark look as a creative designer, sketching the original designs for a line of sunglasses produced by the Germany company Cazal. A talented graphic artist, he also creates intricate, eye-popping designs in the Japanese manga style for his clothing brand Vortex (www.vortex.com). It was originally created as a personal merch brand for his fans, and includes such items as hats, T-shirts and pants.
Gims experienced great success with Sexion D’Assaut, but chose to leave in 2013 because he wanted to take more artistic risks that he felt his band mates would not understand. Because of the established nature of the group, he was limited to rapping, and he was eager to write more guitar and keyboard oriented vocal tunes and further develop his singing and songwriting skills. Likewise, he’s now eager to write, record and perform more English speaking tunes, expanding both his artistry and influence to countries beyond his home base in the French-speaking world.
“Throughout my career, one of the things I am most proud of is my desire to break through the creative limits that genre classifications and language puts on artists,” Gims says. “In Paris, when I meet touring American artists, they know me but their audiences have not been exposed to me and my music. I’m considered an international artist in many countries, but I won’t feel truly international until I share my music with the many wonderful English speaking countries in the world, starting with the U.S.
“I am really excited about the challenge of entering uncharted territory,” he adds. “I love the new tracks we’re working on and can’t wait to release and perform them for American audiences. I am confident that they will ultimately connect with my beats, my melodies, my heart and my soul.”
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