Filipino music producer Manila Killa brings the heat at Santa Barbara concert

Nothing but good vibes and great music filled Downtown Santa Barbara’s EOS Lounge as three artists of Asian descent performed for a wild crowd this past Thursday night.

FilAm ARTS traveled to Santa Barbara to see a set from Filipino music producer/DJ Manila Killa, who, alongside singer Trace (Vietnamese), opened for producer/DJ Jai Wolf’s (Bengali) Desert Moon Tour.

Chris Gavino was born in Washington, D.C. but moved back and forth between the U.S. and the Philippines. His stage name Manila Killa was influenced by his constant moving to and from the Philippines, with “Manila” representing the Philippines and the “Killa” part coming from a friend who suggested it simply because it rhymed.

He began studying and making music at the age of 14, and since then, he has become one of the more anticipated up-and-coming music producers in the scene. Gavino is also a founding member of the Moving Castle collective and 1/2 of the dance music duo, Hotel Garuda. He has performed at various festivals and events such as Coachella, EDC, Hard Summer, Snowglobe, SXSW, and many more.

The crowd became restless as they waited for Manila Killa to take the stage and when he did, they began chanting his name.

His set lasted almost an hour and included various tracks such as remixes ranging from Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” to Korean-pop singer CL’s “MTBD” to internet sensation Rich Chigga’s “Dat $tick”. He also performed some of his original songs including “All That’s Left” and “Youth”.

Towards the end of Jai Wolf’s set, he brought out Manila Killa to help him end the show. The two dis played back-to-back, making the crowd go wild.

This show was an amazing way to kick-off Jai Wolf’s Desert Moon Tour and we’re extremely glad to have made it to the only show where Manila Killa is scheduled to play.

FilAm ARTS thanks Trace, Manila Killa, and Jai Wolf for the great show! Special shout-out to Manila Killa for representing Filipinos in the electronic dance music scene, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

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