Whethan Shows ‘Superlove’ To THON During Saturday Night DJ Set
Following a victory from women’s lacrosse in the THON 2023 Pep Rally, artist and producer Whethan took the stage Saturday night in a surprise performance. A Los Angeles-based DJ, the Chicago native gained a following on SoundCloud in 2018 and boasts 5.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Since his debut, the twenty-three-old has collaborated with powerhouses of pop including Charli XCX on “Love Gang” and Portugal. The Man on “Every Step I Take.” Whethan also toured with The Chainsmokers and appeared at multiple music festivals including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, and Coachella.
He released his debut album, “Life of a Wallflower, Vol. 1,” in 2018 and has a total of five albums. Whethan also collaborated with Dua Lipa on “High” from the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack.
Appearing onstage in a black hoodie, Whethan first revved up the crowd with a brief introduction. Then, a bumping beat overcame the Bryce Jorda Center, and a series of remixed classics could be found within the rhythm.
Opening with electronic synths, Whethan played his own single “In the Summer” early on in the set. Whethan then incorporated Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time,” blending alternative and pop within the intense beat.
Energized onstage, Whethan often called out via microphone over his tracks. At one point, he also donned the head of a panda costume.
“Now I know what it feels like to be Diplo or Marshmellow,” he said. ”That’s crazy!”
In a nod to Friday night’s surprise performance, Whethan also included Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine.” The crowd responded accordingly and appreciated the throwback.
In a fluid mix of songs, Whethan featured more of his original music including “Clouds,” “Good Nights,” and “Superlove.”
“Penn State, let me see those hands!” Whethan said. “We’re gonna keep that energy going!’
Jumping up and down to the music, Whethan thanked the crowd repeatedly throughout the set. At the conclusion of the performance, he traveled downstage for a quick photo op in true Gen-Z style.
“We gotta get a pic,” he said and whipped out his phone to snap a selfie with the crowd.
From there, Whethan thanked the THON crowd one last time and wrapped up his set.
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