October 22nd was just an average Thursday night, however, at the Park Street Saloon in downtown Columbus it was anything but. Denison’ own upcoming rapper from Cleveland, Joey Aich, got the opportunity to open for one of hip-hop’s most prominent names, Asher Roth, who has composed chart topping singles such as ‘I love College’, ‘Fast Life’, ‘Grind’, ‘Lark on my Go-Kart’, and quite a few others.
This was a big night for the Denison University community as well as for us here at the Doobie. A concert in Columbus starting at 11:30 pm on a school night does not always mean a large Denison turnout, but the numbers represented were unprecedented. We have supported Joey Aich in his endeavors ever since he started his pursuits at Denison University back in his freshman year and it’s rewarding to see him currently making waves in the music industry.
A current Junior at Denison, Joey has composed his own works such as ’40oz’, ‘Patagonia Vine’s North face’, ‘Smooth Hardcore’, ‘Soup’, ‘Snow cones and Backroads’ w/ Kyle Messner, and has just recently released his first full length album titled ‘Aichfiles’. Joey has been hard at work in the studio trying to get his name out there and further increase his discography.
As we saw from the show on Thursday night, Joey has incredible stage presence. For performing at a concert where only around a tenth of the crowd knew who he was, he had the whole place jumping. Not only did Joey effortlessly display both his passion and his charismatic persona on stage, he even went further, opening and closing with a self written soliloquy that had references to Kid Cudi’s ‘Man on the Moon’ and was a representation of Joeys continued struggle to make it in the rap game despite those saying it can’t be done.
For those unaware, the hip-hop genre over the last couple decades has become increasingly saturated and it is extremely difficult to break onto the scene. However, when you see a performance where the artist is unknown, such as Joey’s, and they put on such an amazing show,you know there is great potential in store for that artist. From the crowd I could hear statements such as, ‘Wow this guy is actually really good’, ‘Yeah, he’s definitely raw’, ‘I did not expect such a good opening act’, and the constant ‘Damn! That verse was fire!’.
Personally being Joey’s DJ for on-campus concerts, it made me proud to see both the smile on Joey’s face and those in the crowd, who were not ready for what Joey brought to the stage. After Joey’s opening performance Asher Roth took the stage, maintaining the same crowd energy that Joey worked hard to build up. Asher Roth was also taken aback by Joey’s performance, commending him on his tenacity in the rap sphere, his relationship he establishes with his audience, as well as relating to his struggle and giving the advice of ‘persistence is key’.
Pictured above is Joey and Asher rapping together to Asher’s song ‘Lark on my Go-Kart’ which was the climax of the night. We at the Doobie as well as the Denison community look forward to Joey’s future achievements as he continues to write original material and hone his skills as a performer.
In the words of Joey,
“You are either with us, or watch us, or watch us.”