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The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

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TWINSICK ‘Hard Launch Tour’ takes The Canopy Club by storm

Photo courtesy of TWINSICK
TWINSICK performance. The DJs performed at The Canopy Club on Friday.

DJ duo TWINSICK performed an energizing and intoxicating set Friday night at The Canopy Club. 

Formed in 2019 by Alex Ingalls and Casey Schneider, TWINSICK has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, where the duo has millions of streams on popular remixes. 

Currently, Ingalls and Schneider are on their “Hard Launch Tour.” Luckily for Champaign-Urbana, The Canopy Club was the pair’s second of 13 scheduled stops before their Saturday show in Chicago. 

Rachel Wu, senior in Business, spoke about what drew her to TWINSICK’s event.

“I think it’s just a good time to hang out with friends,” Wu said. “I want to maximize the amount of time I can spend with them, and I’m just in for a really good night.”

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Similarly, Kayli Hilliard, senior in LAS, had little knowledge of TWINSICK or their art but attended as a way to bond with her friends. 

“A lot of people are very interested in this artist’s scene and everything, and I’m just excited to hang out with my friends,” Hilliard said.

While The Canopy Club event started at 9 p.m., TWINSICK didn’t take the stage until 11:30 p.m. Local DJs Vorborg and BKAYE played a set apiece to open the show, each lasting roughly 75 minutes. 

A few songs from Vorborg such as “Like A G6,” “Slut Me Out” and “Barbie World” got the crowd engaged in the music and the event. 

BKAYE’s defining moment of his set was a mash-up of “Bulletproof” and “Low,” which the crowd sang loudly along with.

As the time got closer to 11:30 p.m., more people stumbled into the venue, and the pit in the theater filled up quickly. 

Derek Moran, a visitor to C-U, attended to not only enjoy the music but to observe the audience and their behaviors.

“I love being able to understand the younger generations and where they’re going and what they’re experiencing,” Moran said.

TWINSICK opened their set with a remix of “Titanium,” which caused the audience to excitedly rush into the pit.

TWINSICK’s lively spirit was evidently contagious, as the previously lackluster crowd transformed into a jumping and singing entity of people.

Right off the bat, Ingalls and Schneider set the energy level for the night by incorporating bright strobe lights and jumping off of the DJ stand. The lighting and loud music combined with the set’s visuals created an exhilarating experience that kept the audience’s senses engaged without overstimulating them.

Smoke machines accompanied the visual experience of the show, giving the room a hazy cloud that hung low over the crowd. 

TWINSICK kept the audience engaged during the entire set by playing popular hits like “Please Don’t Stop the Music,” “Low,” “Walking on a Dream” and more. 

At one point, an audience member started to dance on a counter along with the music.

Even The Canopy Club’s event staff were jumping and fist-pumping while walking around and cleaning up the trash.

The DJ duo was even able to expertly weave in slower songs like “Stick Season” and “Sweater Weather” while still managing to keep the audience singing and swaying along to the music.

The set demonstrated a thorough understanding of the audience and skillfully kept energy high during the entire performance.


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