In this Dream Tour segment, the electro pop artist, ESS SEE, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
My dream tour would be a maximalist treat for the senses.
Klaus Nomi enters a dark empty stage, in his signature tuxedo look. He brings people to attention with his incredible tenor and falsetto belting over bold new age beats. He sets a mood of anticipation. As Klaus continues, the beats continue to build. He’s joined by a few dancers. Then, seamlessly, Peaches joins Klaus on stage.
She brings her full electronic set, complete with lasers, overtly sexual costumes, and even more dancers. Klaus, still on stage, is now on his own lit platform, singing backup for her. Eventually, Peaches brings me on stage and we play a song that we have just released (our latest collaboration). I transition into my set, Peaches remains on stage playing her laser synthesizers and enhancing my set with her variations on my beats from her own lit platform across from Klaus.
I’m nearing the end of my set when my guitarist, Charlie Rauh, begins a solo which is immediately doubled in harmony by another guitar. We realize that St. Vincent is now on stage and playing in time with Charlie on her signature Ernie Ball guitar. Charlie and I fade back and take our place on our own lit platforms singing and playing in support of St. Vincent.
St. Vincent leads us through her set. Soon enough, she brings things back down to a super intimate vibe doing a few songs with just her and her guitar. At this point, the lights are low. She plays “Dancing With A Ghost” and as the strings build, we realize what’s left of the stage has been occupied by a full orchestra. A shaggy, sunglass clad man joins her on stage with an acoustic guitar and we realize this is not just any orchestra, no, this is Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra.
The strings transition from St. Vincent’s “Dancing With A Ghost” into Lynne’s “Livin’ Thing” as lasers and lights of every color return and St. Vincent joins myself, Peaches, and Klaus to become Jeff’s chorus of background singers. We spend the rest of the evening as a part of his orchestra, weaving through the decades of his catalog. He’s worked out arrangements to duet with each of us individually. I sing with him on one of his newer songs, “When I was a boy” about his youthful dreams of becoming a musician. We close the night with all the artists of the night up front performing Lynne’s “Calling America” together.