In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop artist, Camylio, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I ever went to was in 2014 when I saw “Drake vs Lil Wayne” in Saratoga Springs, NY. I was only 13 at the time, and it’s pretty insane that my parents let me go, to be honest. They definitely didn’t realize what kind of show it was going to be, but they knew that I had played my Nothing Was The Same and Carter III CD’s nonstop that entire summer. So, for my 13th birthday, they gave me the best gift possible: to see the young money crew live. I remember the month between my birthday and the show being the “longest month” I had ever experienced in my entire life because of how excited I was.
I went with my sister Shannon, who was in her early 20s at the time. She had never seen them live either, so we had no idea what to expect. She was the one that got me into Drake specifically. She was obsessed with him back then the way a lot of the world was, so I decided to see what all the hype was about, ripped a copy of his latest album from somewhere on the internet, and burned it to an empty CD to play through my karaoke machine I was using as speaker setup in my room. Pre-streaming life was different haha. Immediately I was inspired. From there I got into Lil Wayne and did the same with his albums. The Carter IV was out by then, but I remember the Carter III being the one that stayed on repeat.
I remember getting to the massive open-air arena and just being amazed by how many people were there. They packed the entire place, and we were fortunate to have paid for seats instead of the GA because it would’ve been impossible to see anything. The biggest thing I remember from the show was how incredible their stage presence was. It was like the show was a massive party and Wayne and Drake were just having a good time up there. They went back and forth song for song, a lot like how modern-day “Verzuz” battles go, getting the entire place more hype with each song. The most memorable part by far being Drake flying out over the crowd on a circular platform. The dream is to one day captivate that many people in the same way they did.