Since the start of their careers as a group, Krewella has managed to put it’s own unique spin on the EDM scene.  With two female vocalists, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, paired with producer Kris Trindl, otherwise known as “Rain Man,” the trio has raised the temperature of the scene, boiling over in their newest incarnation featuring “The Volcano.”  Last Saturday night, on the Palladium stop of their “Get Wet Live Tour” with supporting sets from Candyland and Seven Lions, Krewella brought their raw energy to a set that proved to the audience  they are not limited to any single sub-genre, crossing territories, including dubstep, hardstyle, progressive house, electro, and trap.

Opening up the evening were Santa Barbara natives, Candyland, comprised of Ethan Davis and Josie Martin. The energy was high from the moment they hit the decks and continued throughout their set as they played some of their signature OG remixes which included “LRAD,”  “Snap Yo Fingers,” and 90s-megahit “Sandstorm.”  They closed out with “Shout,” which had the entire Palladium belting out the “Animal House” classic.c

Next up was Owsla bad-ass Seven Lions.  He is best known for his ability to flawlessly blend together trance and dubstep, and playing out an incredibly diverse and interesting set in the process. His set not only entirely blurred the lines between trance and dubstep, an incredible feat in itself, but managed to cross over into electro and trap as well.  As a self-proclaimed bass-music enthusiast, I was not only impressed by his transitioning, but by the selection of tracks in his set which included Myon and Shane 54’s “Strangers,” his original piece, “Days To Come,” and “Still With Me.”

Finally, the night’s headliner, Krewella, was set to come on.  Their new live setup created by V Squared Labs deemed “The Volcano,” the looming shadow behind the opening DJs, was being unveiled piece by piece as the stage crew removed the sheets. The instant it was illuminated, the crowd was taken aback by it’s shear size and visual appeal.  Standing at 30ftx18ft, this massive “reflection mapped” stage was reminiscent of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, only modified with lighting for the EDM community.

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The moment that Yasmine and Jahan hit the stage, they gave it everything they possibly could.  Opening up with “Live For The Night,” the sisters, backed by Rain Man on the decks, came out guns blazing, resiliently hitting every note they sang.  Their set quickly progressed with the sort of energy comparable only to a rolling locomotive as they dropped both the Cash Cash and Kalkutta and The Pegboard Nerds remixes of “Alive” which had the whole crowd only wanting more. Yasmine and Jahan were constantly running back and forth on stage switching between singing their hearts out and getting the crowd dancing like mad men. Needless to say, they were successful in both of those ventures.  Hardstyle had a prominent place in their live set, taking up almost a quarter of the tracks played; this was surprising, but refreshing to hear from a group that has made such an impact with mainstream audiences.  It started with their upcoming hardstyle tracks “Party Monster” and “United Kids Of The World ft. Headhunterz” and also included, but was not limited to, Showtek and Noisecontroller’s “Get Loose” which had everyone rocking on their feet.  When Krewella dropped Candyland’s remix of “Can’t Control Myself,” the opening DJs made an appearance in the booth with them, making for a short-lived supergroup jamming out to an intense track, and a great family photo.  When Krewella dropped old-school tracks like their remix of “Fire Hive,” “Killin It,” and “One Minute,” the crowd would go absolutely insane, pulling their energy from an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.  The energy peaked when they sang over the vocals of Loadstar’s “Second Skin” and managed to transition into the face-melting, bass-ridden, heavy drop that it entails flawlessly.  They finished out their set with “Alive” which of course had the whole crowd singing and dancing to the chart-topping classic, followed by “Come And Get It” as the encore.  At the end of their show, you could tell that the group had nothing more to show for themselves.  Throughout their set, their vocals were constantly on point and sung with such audacity that they could have upstaged any major artist in the industry with that performance alone.  The “Get Wet Tour” is a smash hit in my book, and I am ecstatic to see what Krewella’s next move is because they have nowhere to go but up.

Photographer: Adam Maresca

Contributing Writer: Kyle Martin