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‘Hit or Miss?’: Social media users divided on Ryosuke Kiyasu’s drum solo in Bacolod

Ryosuke Kiyasu, the acclaimed drummer known for his innovative rhythms and captivating performances, posted a video of himself on April 15th, showcasing his center stage snare drum solo from a performance in Bacolod City, Philippines, last December.

While the event drew a diverse range of reactions, with social media users chiming in with both praise and skepticism, it undoubtedly sparked a lively debate about the boundaries of musical artistry.

Among the comments that flooded social media platforms, one user humorously questioned, “Sino malakas ang trip sa kanila? Ung performer or ung nanood na nakatulala lol [Who’s enjoying themselves more? The performer or the mesmerized audience lol). This playful jab at the intensity of the performance reflects the dual nature of entertainment—wherein the audience’s perception can sometimes diverge from the artist’s intentions.

@dr.kiyasu December 10, 2023 Ryosuke Kiyasu snare drum solo live in Bacolod City, Philippines #drummer #drums #bacolod #bacolodcity #philippines #percussion ♬ original sound – Ryosuke Kiyasu

One user also remarked, “Ganyan din ako pag di ko trip ung ginagawa ko [That’s how I look when I’m not into what I’m doing],” capturing the essence of Kiyasu’s intense focus and passion for his craft. Another user humorously compared their dishwashing woes, saying, “Ganyan din ako pag pinapahugas ako ng plato kahit di naman ako kumain [That’s how I look when someone tells me to wash dishes even if I didn’t eat].

However, amidst the banter and jest, there were notable praises for Kiyasu’s skill and artistry. One enthusiastic fan exclaimed, “More energy more energy more passion more energyyyyyy,” reflecting the infectious energy that Kiyasu brought to his performance.

Positive sentiments also flooded in, with comments like “Art of drumming masterpiece” and insights into the nuanced appreciation of Kiyasu’s technique. A thoughtful viewer remarked, “A lot of people don’t get it, they seem to think it’s all random; it was a ‘you had to be there’ kind of thing. It’s harder to pick up from the clips, but there was a steady rhythm all throughout.” This comment speaks to the depth of Kiyasu’s performance, which transcended mere spectacle to offer a transformative experience to those in attendance.

Amidst the varying opinions, one sentiment stood out as a testament to the enduring power of artistic pursuit: “If he’s making an honest living doing what he loves, more power to him.” This acknowledgment of Kiyasu’s dedication and passion resonates with audiences who value the authenticity and commitment of artists in their craft.

Ryosuke Kiyasu’s snare drum solo in Bacolod City was not just a musical performance but a catalyst for conversations about creativity, interpretation, and the ever-evolving landscape of entertainment. Whether viewed through a lens of humor, admiration, or critical analysis, Kiyasu’s artistry continues to inspire and provoke thought in the world of music and performance.


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