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Concert Reviews

Concert Review: Brooke Candy's The Whore Show In Auckland

Where: Whammy Bar, Auckland NZ
When: 22 Feb 2019
Reuben Raj

Rapper, director and fashion icon, Brooke Candy returned to the Whammy Bar in Auckland after her last not-so-long-ago show in December 2018. 

Originally, it was meant to be a go-in-shoot-and-get-out kind of assignment. Strangely, something about the young rapper from Los Angeles made me stay for her whole show. This photographer and writer wanted to know and understand why?

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Brooke Candy reminds me of a young Cyndi Lauper. Clearly, both artists are polar opposites in their music style, but the spunky attitude of Candy points to the devil-may-care mindset of the younger (and perhaps even present day) Lauper. 

Certain artists have that special talent and discipline to project a certain visual image of themselves, creating a whole persona that compliments their body of work and often bridges into the world of fashion. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta or better known as Lady Gaga excels in this. I appreciated the same confidence and fearless candour that Candy portrays as a visual artist akin to Gaga whom I saw perform numerously in the past. 

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Brooke Candy came on stage after Wellington's DJ EMWA took over abruptly from the Katayanagi Twins (who would fare better with a more polished DJ set IMHO). Dressed in a two-strap white satin dress, bold red lips with the words Crazy on her stark white powdered forehead, Candy did not waste time to unleash her rhymes to a bass heavy rhythm. 

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Like a ghostly waif, Candy glided back and forth, one end of the small stage to the other, inches from the manic audience that barely contained itself. Clutching the mic with both arms in opera length silk gloves, she stared into the welcoming eyes of her alluring fans to speak, to provoke and to love. 

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Partly through her set, a certain tension appeared in Candy when her request for a joint was challenged. Her immediate reaction was to make sure that her fans were properly treated and respected and that's rare in today's 'I-want-it-all' mentality. 

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The red words on Candy's chosen silk attire for the show must be mentioned. Crazy, Emotional, Irrational and the repeated use of the word Mindfuck possibly gives an insight to the artist's psyche and holds great relevance to the present resurgence (and battle) of gender equality and empowerment in her homeland today. 

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Das Me, Opulence, Volcano, I Want To Fuck Right Now, hit after hit was thrown at the sweaty crowd and they responded back with increasing insanity... I mean intensity. Joke aside, many in the audience held a certain, almost divine-like, reverence for Brooke Candy.  One fan proudly showed off her breast tattoo (most likely inspired by the inked rapper) and another requested, almost begged, Candy to feel her breasts. 

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As clearly depicted in her songs and music videos, sexuality was never a taboo subject for Candy. While there's a thin line between using sex and nudity to attract and retain a fanbase, Candy's comfort in her own skin during her Auckland show emanated a genuine love for being a woman and the power within an individual's body and spirit. But, don't get me wrong... it was also clear that this feisty performer is not afraid to push back and throw down when she needed to. 

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Brooke Candy ended her night with great appreciation for her NZ fans and for making her feel safe and welcomed particularly in Whammy after her unpleasant experience in Auckland some months back. 

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So, is Brooke Candy just a Mindfuck? This writer does not believe so... Brook Candy aims with purpose and determination to express her creativity both in the visual and audio art form. Time will show this artist rise to the top. 

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.

What people are saying

  • Graham Hooper - 2 years ago

    Great Photos in a Tough setting.The Low Stage and often Crap Lighting especially all Red at Whammy bar makes it Hard to get Decent images.if they went and Spent a few dollars on Extra led Lights and Raised the Stage a Little it would make a Huge Difference.