Dominic Fike has a wondrously cohesive brand as an artist: uncategorizable. Before beginning his sold out show at Slim’s on Tuesday, the 23-year-old artist let fans gaze upon visuals of skateboarders and the Powerpuff Girls, as buyers at the merch booth put just a couple of thoughts into copping that $195 Dominic Fike x Marc Jacobs sweatshirt on the wall.
As soon as Fike stepped onstage, the beginning chords for “Phone Numbers” chimed at the young crowd. Fike’s energy started and stayed supreme, the upbeat nature of his style engaging the crowd and keeping people dancing. As he paused before the next song, someone in the audience yelled out, “Come back to Twitter!” He gave a nonchalant laugh before replying, “It’s kind of toxic.”
Short and sweet, Fike seemed to approach everything with ease. He crooned about how much he’d missed California on this tour, picking up his sleek electric guitar to make audience members swoon. Going into “Babydoll,” Fike played off of the crowd’s hype, saying that he loves the “Yay Area.”
If there’s anything underrated about Fike, it’s his spellbinding strings abilities. There was never a moment onstage when Fike wasn’t wandering up and down the neck of his guitar with expert care, touching on the notes of “She Wants My Money” with an easy gentleness.
For the performance of “Rollerblades,” Fike took to the keyboard with grandiose sad boy charm. The majority of the crowd was obviously hyperdedicated, knowing every lyric as it passed throughout the night.
Fike proved that his real fire comes out during his live performances, and this was best demonstrated with “Açaí Bowl.” The heart of his vocals is best heard live, as the soul truly poured out on the San Franciscan stage. His old-school rasp seemed to come out of nowhere, departing from the crisper sound of his recorded music, but all the more welcome by listeners in the room.
As a quiet intro started to fill the room, everyone in the crowd held up phone flashlights without being prompted. “King of Everything,” one of Fike’s more intricate and sentimental tunes, spurred an abundance of audience love. The performance was met with explosive cheers, to which Fike responded, “Thank you, San Francisco. I am loving it here.”
But it wasn’t always jazz-pop jams for the rising artist. Getting really comfortable, Fike kicked off his high-tops for “Westcoast Collective.” This song, with more of a rocklike undertone, made for a spirited start to the end of the night. In the middle of the song, Fike switched up the chords to none other than “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer. Sticking a full cover into the middle of one of his own songs, Fike showed his impressive artistic range.
Considering Fike’s entire repertoire at the moment clocks in at just over 20 minutes, this cover and the performance of Kevin Abstract’s “Peach,” which Fike is featured on, made for a full night. The concert ended just before 10 p.m., but the night was more than satisfying for fans and newcomers alike.
Fike may be most known as BROCKHAMPTON’s newest little brother, but his individual raw talent is wildly and truly underrated. During the show, Fike announced that he was gearing up to finish a new album — and if this performance signaled anything, it’s that he’s more than ready and deserving of the hype.
Highlights: “Açaí Bowl,” “Westcoast Collective,” “3 Nights”