Reporting from Bangkok
It was touted to be the highlight of the three-day circuit party extravaganza that is the inaugural White Party Bangkok and sure enough, the trio that make up the Ukranian synthpop sensation that is Kazaky came to deliver a top-notch performance on the last day of the White Party weekend.
With the boys arriving on the day of their performance itself and wasting no time to fit in rehearsals, their set started exactly on time as the boys – Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar and Artemy Lazarev – delivered a sterling 15-minute set with their signature choreography (think sharp lines, elements of vogueing and lots of acrobatics).
Kazaky performed a mixture of old and new tunes, opening with “Dance and Change” from their 2011 debut album The Hills Chronicles. Following that, they transitioned into their latest single “Milk-Choc”, which was released this year.
Ending it off with their first single “Love”, Kazaky closed their set with an extended dance number that sent the White Party Bangkok revellers wild.
The boys even took out their black pom-poms as part of their choreography for Milk-Choc mirroring the same thing in the song’s music video, in a blend of masculine and feminine styles blurring the lines between both. Who says you have to stick to labels in expressing yourself? A lucky fan even got an air kiss from lead member Artur Gaspar himself!
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Combine Kazaky’s unique blend of dance styles and music with their fearlessness in being exactly who they are and it becomes clear that the band is not just a flash in the pan that became a viral sensation overnight. And as they head back from the Land of Smiles stomping in their heels, it is not just the more than 40 million views the band has garnered on their YouTube page as of press time that make Kazaky who they are.
It is their attitude in being authentic and not caring about the backlash they may have gotten from conservative sections of society – as seen in the lyrics for their closing song Love, “you love me, you want me, you hate me, I don’t care”.
Photos courtesy of White Party Bangkok