By Arielle Hixson, DC Music Live
The man behind The Weeknd, Canadian vocalist Abel Tesfaye, has had a mysterious presence in the music industry since he broke through the social media scene in March 2010.
His first album, House of Balloons, is a nine-track, 50-minute alternative R&B mixtape that is free for download on his website. After its release, “House of Balloons” exploded in the underground music industry – gaining The Weeknd instant worldwide recognition.
Music by The Weeknd has an alternative, smooth R&B feel that somewhat alters your mood. He is known for marrying the controversial themes of sex, drug use, love and vulnerability with striking alternative R&B melodies. He collaborated with mainstream artist Drake on a few tracks of his Take Care album and has been compared to artists like Trey Songz and The Dream. Some have described The Weeknd as having a strong hipster-like edge that embodies the ever-changing underground music scene of today. Most have wondered more about the elusive artist who subtly became a hit sensation overnight.
The Weeknd released two additional albums at the end of last year, “Thursday” and “Echos of Silence” which are both free for download on his website. Washington, D.C. is one of the select cities on his world tour, including New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Chicago. So one thing is for sure – most people have been anxious to get a live glimpse of the hip-hop sensation. If you happen to get tickets, check him out at the 9:30 club – it will definitely be one of the most coveted local performances of the spring season.