Elle King Stuns With 'Up Close and Personal' Performance, Virtual Reality Video at Samsung 837
"Well, this is up close and personal," Elle King said in a surprised tone as her large eyes glanced around the space. The comment served as both an introduction to the Samsung 837 series of the same name, as well as an observation of the close proximity between attendees and King.
The event, which took place on Friday (Dec. 2) in New York's Meatpacking District, offered more than just a performance, though. Those in attendance were also treated to the premiere of King's 360° virtual reality video.
"I don’t know anything about technology, so I wanted to get to play with [virtual reality]," King told Billboard from a private room upstairs before the show. "I don’t have a computer, I don’t have cable, I’m just not one of those people."
Something she does have (plenty of) is tattoos. The singer's body is decorated with about 50 tattoos, though she said only two of which have actual meaning. "I love the one on my hand and I love the one on my chest," she related. She got her chest piece -- "my most painful one" -- for her fiance Fergie, while the one on her hand honors her late grandmother, "We called her Little One," as the tattoo reads.
Meanwhile, downstairs, virtual reality headsets were being passed out. Attendees put on goggles and over-ear headphones in order to immersive themselves into virtual reality. The brief video -- shot in 360° -- showed King sitting in a bohemian-like space as she talked about the importance of loving and respecting what makes one another different -- her tattoos only adding further distinction to her already unique and personable self. As the video ended and the headsets were collected, King then stepped out from the shadows dressed in the same plain band shirt and black jeans she wore earlier.
The bluesy pop rocker proceeded to rip through "Last Damn Night," plucked along on banjo for "Good To Be A Man," and later delivered a raw and chilling rendition of The Beatles' "Oh! Darling." The cover, which displayed her raspy vocals, added another layer to her set list that would have otherwise only consisted of songs from her 2015 debut, Love Stuff. Looking ahead to 2017, though, the singer says new music is on its way. She then made clear she has her priorities in order: "Get married, make my sophomore album."