Bryson Tiller was the man of the evening on Sunday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring. The Louisville, KY native made a stop in the DMV as part of his Trapsoul Tour.
The sold-out show kicked off approximately at 8 p.m. with opening act THEY. The alternative R&B duo performed a few songs including material from their debut EP, Nu Religion. Their short but sweet set was full of energy, which got the crowd even more hyped as they anticipated Tiller’s performance. Following THEY’s set, Tiller’s DJ came out to keep the energy going. He played a few club bangers, which was the perfect transition to Tiller’s set.
At around 9 p.m., it was time for Tiller to come out. His set kicked off with “Intro (Difference)” and let into “Let ‘Em Know.” Let’s just say, the second the lights dimmed and “Intro” began to play, the entire crowd was screaming and cheering from the top of their longs. Seriously, it felt like the venue was shaking a little from all of the excitement from the fans.
After pleasing the crowd with a few songs, Tiller took a moment to share his story with his fans — even though most of them were already hip. He talked about how his Soundcloud page, which now has nearly 500,000 followers, wasn’t popping at first. In fact, he reminisced about the times when he would only get about 300 streams. However, after putting out “Don’t,” he began to see some success. Producer Timbaland caught wind of his music and flew him to Miami. It wasn’t an easy decision, though. Tiller had to quit his job to pursue his career. He also talked about the time Drake started following him on Twitter and his reaction to “Don’t.”
Tiller’s mini speech led up to “Ten Nine Fourteen.” Again, the crowd went wild as soon as the beat dropped. He went onto perform other songs from Trapsoul including fan-favorite “Exchange,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Rambo,” “502 Come Up,” “The Sequence,” “Overtime,” “Just Another (Interlude)” and “Been That Way.”
One of the highlights from his show was when he performed his smash single “Don’t.” His fans took charge of the song as they sung along, making it hard to hear him actually sing. Tiller ended his set with “Right My Wrongs.”