anders' Live Debut @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre [05.22.18] (Video & Photos)

I've been trying to figure out how to write the opening sentence of this post for the last 20 minutes and couldn't come up with anything that would do the feelings that we had justice. 


I remember the day the tickets went on sale. And us being in complete disbelief when we sold out in 4 minutes. When we had to move to a bigger venue to accommodate the fans and sold out again! 1254 tickets was the final count. I remember the long back to back rehearsals that we ran for weeks before the show. I'm pretty sure we did way more than we needed to lol. I remember us planning the show, step by step. Backwards and forwards. The late night meetings and delirium.  


We should have been nervous heading into the final inning that was the show. But we weren't. We been ready. 


I remember the day of the show. That line up started hours before the show began. And when the fans, friends and family knew anders was about to go up, they went crazy. They cheered. They screamed. I stood back stage during most of the show and it honestly was so overwhelming. It gave me goosebumps. I was beyond proud of anders and the team for everything to make this point a reality. It was crazy hearing the crowd sing back every single word of every single song to him.


I won't get into all the little details, but just know that was a very special night for us. None of us have really had a chance to speak or really write about it since then because we've been so swamped with our just pushing forward and getting to the next project, but know we'll never forget that night. The love and support we felt was indescribable. I honestly don't own the vocabulary to express how we felt. 


Thank you to Ramos and RapSeason for guiding us through our first show. Your advice and insight was and is still invaluable to us. To our amazing band - Ben, Isaiah and Kyle, y'all took shit to the next level. To Will, Jeff and Tyler for running all the magical buttons behind the curtains. To Fresh and our GFC fam for everything especially the custom outfit they designed for anders' show. To the good people at Remy Martin and FACTOR for believing in us and supporting us. To our NST fam - Jack, Ace, Laura, Fresh, Maurice, Juice, Xavier, Jackson, Jake, H, JB, Aran, Hussein, Brandon, Curtis, Kiera, Alexis. To Scotty Scratch, T-RexXx and Dattabass for always repping and setting the mood right before the show. To Shiv, Alex, Holly and Mark of Alfredo Films and to Jonah, Martin and company at Haber Films who are documented a monumental stage in our history.

And last but not least, our fans, our friends, our family who have continually and unconditionally supported us through this last year and some. Whether you've come to our listening parties, the show, met us on road, downloaded our music, bought some merch, followed us on the gram, left a comment or even just said to a friend "yo, check out this artist, anders", thank you. This shits real because of y'all.   


Thank you for being a part of our story. Thank you for letting us be a part of yours. 


But we're just getting started. Hope y'all ready!


- Will


Photography credit: @jxkson, @jakekivanc, @curtishuynh