Last month on February 16th, Joe Kay performed a sold out show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. Soulection is the reason why I started Milk & Honey, and when I heard Joe Kay was taking his radio show on tour, I knew I had to come out and support.
For those unfamiliar with Soulection, they’re an independent record label, artist collective and radio show on Beats 1. Their events have always been a safe space where I can be myself without inhibitions, and the people you meet there are some of the most genuine music lovers you’ll ever come across. I had fun shooting that night and even got to chat with Joe Kay after the show.
The special guests of the night were Foisey and Sasha Marie who both set the tone right. At 11:30PM, Foisey started us off with some bouncy instrumentals, chops and jazz loops while the crowd outside began to filter in. Sasha Marie, who is undoubtedly my favorite DJ on the Soulection roster, kept the momentum going with remixes of female artists like Lauryn Hill, Syd, and Erykah Badu. She really brought the energy up by dropping “Paramedic!” and “Redemption” from the new Black Panther Soundtrack.
By 12:45AM, Joe Kay hit the stage and blessed us with a 90 minute set. Throughout the night, he played a lot of household hip-hop names, from Drake and Kanye to Goldlink and Smino. My favorite part was when he blended “Between the Sheets” by The Isley Brothers and “My Love” by Justin Timberlake. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Soulection show without sneaking in Sango’s signature baile funk samples every now and then. Joe Kay knows how to control the energy in the room and get the crowd moving. His seamless transitions and unpredictable segues always keeps you in anticipation for what’s next.
If you missed out on the Soulection Radio Tour, keep a look out for the first ever Soulection Block Party in DTLA on April 28th and the next Soulection Experience in February 2019. Soulection never ceases to impress me, and I’ll always be rooting for their progression on the front lines.
Written and photographed by Justinne Jezelle