RAW Reflect Chicago
Updated: Feb 11, 2019
For the first time ever, Dezirae Schalice took the Metro Chicago stage and performed five original songs for the eyes and ears of several hundred people--friends and strangers alike.
Wednesday, February 6th, we loaded ourselves into my little car and drove into Chicago, ready to go. The experience brought about a whirlwind of emotions for both of us.
I, the creator of all the music, found myself mostly concerned that not all my friends and family would be able to come out on a weeknight and would bail. Otherwise, I was excited to finally share this project that I had been sitting on for about a year. I thought the nerves would get the best of me as they have so many times in the past. I was prepared for the cold sweats, shaky hands, gurgling stomach, but none of that came. Instead, I found myself jumping in anticipation, wishing time would speed up for me, to that moment where we would walk on stage and absolutely own the room. The moment inevitably came, and then
all too quickly it was over and we were back off stage even faster than we had come.
The event was a busy one, filled with constant chatter and cheering, but I have no complaints. There were certainly moments where it felt like I was singing only to myself, but I'm sure almost every artist experiences that at some point. I quickly reminded myself that it doesn't take the full set list to leave a lasting impression. They would all hear me and that would be enough to win them over. Think of that what you will.
As for my drummer, Sebastian Garcia, this was his first performance ever behind a drum set, which is HUGE. We lost count of how many people said "Wow, not a bad venue for your first gig, huh?" Which is true, not many people can say their first ever performance was at the Metro in Chicago--the 37 year-old venue previously occupied by numerous amazing artists such as Guns N' Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, James, Brown, 3oh!3, Chance the Rapper, and of course many, many more. I asked him about his experience and this is what he said:
"T'was lit. I'm kidding, don't write that..It was awesome. Being backstage where all these famous people have stood before was surreal. As for nerves, I was totally fine up until 30 minutes before the show. Then I started to feel totally out of my element. I was so nervous at the start of the show that when we walked out, I made sure not to look at anything other than the drums. But after that first song, which we crushed, the nerves subsided and I was really just jamming at that point."
It's safe to say we did not play the best we have ever played. But I know we both had fun. The moment we walked off stage I missed it and wanted to be back. Which tells me it's destined to happen again. I'll make sure of it.