I’ve been following Kiefer and his music online for a couple years now and was audibly exhilarated to hear that he was coming back to DC. At first glance when he was setting up his equipment before his set, I recognized a very slight frustration or worrisome look on his face—untangling some cords and plugins while eye scanning the intimate crowd— but this could be due to numerous unknown reasons. And it doesn’t help that there were some fans sitting on the stage which may have come off as a bit disrespectful, which I wholeheartedly understand. I really wanted him to be in his best mood/comfort zone during his visit to the capital, and was hoping the rest of the crowd felt the same way. Once his keyboard, laptop, and all his other gadgets were set up, I was stoked to watch him re-enter the stage and commence his set. Kiefer struck me as an incredibly charismatic guy with a goofy flare. After a warm introduction of himself, Kiefer began to play—and what followed was an unforgettable performance that captured multitudes of self expression through his powerhouse beats, woven together with his beautifully rich and original chord progressions that truly showcased his fluidity behind the keys. Truthfully, it can be tricky to come up with new methods and ideas as a one-man show solely depending on beats and piano alone. But for Kiefer, his unique approach to the keys has become a staple for the hip-hop beats he produces, which remarkably encompasses his knowledge and homage to jazz and hip-hop altogether. Kiefer’s emotionally raw performance confirmed to me that he has authoritatively shaped a signature style of music for himself—a style that I can confidently say will deeply inspire many jazz and hip-hop musicians to come.