The abandoned church set for S-Preme's "I Don't Give A Fuck" music video
Last weekend, we braved the start of the freezing cold here in the Chicagoland area to check out the last day of filming for S-Preme's upcoming music video for "I Don't Give A Fuck", which will feature Yasmine of the hit trio Krewella.
The setting was this eerie abandoned church that seemed straight out of an armageddon movie. There was everything from broken glass windows, walls that are straight up destroyed, and graffiti that laced the brick walls and concrete columns.
Conceptually, I'll let the final product really tell the story, but you can get a glimpse of some of the scenes and overall vibe of the video with the photos above. It's an incredible vision by S-Preme and director Rick Wayne that I can't wait to see unfold for myself.
And this church isn't the only setting for the video — S-Preme, Rick Wayne, and crew were filming not too long ago in the dunes outside Chicago and out in L.A. with Yasmine. A simple scroll-thru of S-Preme's instagram @SPreme will give you that glimpse with some more amazing behind-the-scenes photos.
Keep in tune with us with more on the way from S-Preme, producer Mr. Music, and visuals from Rick Wayne that are all leading up to the release of 'Preme's upcoming album, Goodbye Tomorrow: A Journey Through the Mind of a Non-Believer.
And hey, you might even see us in the video! Sgt. Tibs, S-Preme, & Maks G #MaskedMen
What better conclusion for a nationwide tour then the hometown, amirite?!
Krewella did just that this past Saturday as the Get Wet Tour finished up here in Chicago at a sold-out Aragon Ballroom. And let me tell you, that is some feat.
The first thing we felt when walking in was just how crazy big the fanbase is for this EDM/pop trio that we've seen grow from the beginning. There was a genuine pre-show buzz as fans were erupting at the mere reveal of Krewella's crystal stage set. Minutes later, Jahan, Yasmine, and Rain Man emerged from behind the crystals and the sisters strutted in front for a performance of their current hit single "Live For The Night". I was in front of the diehards in the photo pit between the first row and the stage and could see the "Krew" in full effect. Just picture fans going bananas. That's what we had here. After all, when there's a synchronicity between the energy of the artist and fans, it's a beautiful experience to appreciate. Just see Jahan and Yasmine below...
The group then proceed to their first performance of "Alive" — a remix of the original summer smash hit (which peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100; an amazing feat for a new artist) that set the tone for more remixes you can't hear anywhere else. In fact, that added such a refreshing element to the show for fans of the debut album — that there was a consistent flow of new production that it left us guessing even more what would come next. And quality-wise, none of them fell flat.
Krewella ran through much of the tracks on their Get Wet debut (with all of them even more suitable for a live concert setting) and even dabbled into some of their earliest singles and most recent collab with Nicky Romero "Legacy". The sisters alternated between the stage and behind the DJ booth to deliver it all, working up a sweat to pump up the crowd and still hit the high notes when appropriate. The fans were following suit, seemingly jumping higher with each drop in the beat and the ladies and fellas alike singing every word.
And that last point, to bring it full circle, was what made this concert experience so memorable. Normally at a hip hop show, it's hard enough to get fans to raise one arm up and down. At the Aragon, there are more rock and EDM acts that crowd participation at these shows and at this venue is already naturally higher. So to see the first few rows jumping up and down, and even girls on top of their friends' shoulders was no surprise. But to see the entire floor, including the back rows that were so far away from the stage, moving like what looked like a wave from our vantage point up top backstage was incredible. And this happened from beginning to end, every song. Get a glimpse and see for yourselves above and below — chills.
No doubt every homecoming is special: whether it's you or me returning to our old high school or a newly big-name artist coming back to their hometown. Krewella's at the Aragon Ballroom the other night was truly special for Jahan, Yasmine, Rain Man, us the fans — truly everyone.
**Shoutout to React Presents and the Aragon Ballroom as the perfect scenic venue for Krewella. All photos/GIFs by yours truly.
FINALLY, Krewella is stayin' home for a bonusDJ Set before they start a new leg of the tour in Europe — The Mid tonight, after 10, and only $20. Hope to see you there!
We are excited to start our division here on the left coast in AZ!
Some of you may be aware I come from Chicago and did countless years of work on the street and in studio while doing radio for B96 Chicago. I have been in Phoenix for 4 months now and do afternoons for KZZP-1047 KISS FM. Along with syndicating the show to several stations around the country, I thought let's expand the brand and love of hip hop music, culture, fashion, and everything that comes along with this industry.
I am blessed to already have teamed up with Kevin Parkinson of Vinark Productions who is not only an incredible videographer but also a huge follower of the hip hop movement. To be honest, his knowledge of the music is amazing and I learn from him constantly. You will see him behind the lense but also in front of the lense as well doing interviews as we feel this is the start of a small family and everyone will be involved.
Next up, we have Sammy D whom we met at a show in Tempe on a whim. He recognized me from a Logic interview we did in Chicago and immediately I could sense the motivation. At only 18 years old Sammy gets it and with time will become exactly what he wants to be. He has sick knowledge of current "up and comers in the game, along with the legends of the past". Being young he is connected to the younger scene and also will be producing all our blog write-ups on Gowhere. He also assists in managing an a local up and comer by the name of Trace, who has been making some noise here locally in AZ.
We are starting from nothing and trying to do somethin. I think I can speak for our little team and say all 3 of us just have a love for covering events, and supporting the hip hop/media community that we are in and want to spread nothing but positivity and love.
This is what Gowhere PHX is about. #GowhereYouLove
Our mission is to cover on video and/or blog as many as events possible that support the hip hop culture. Our official #GowherePHX YouTube Channel has launched and we have already accumulated a solid amount of content.
How about this look for the ever-growing Chicago trio: Krewella on Good Morning America!?! I didn't catch it live (I'm never up that early, ha!), but for those who did, they were treated to an energetic performance of the current single "Live for the Night" and it likely had the same effect as their morning coffee. It goes without saying, but it's great to see Krewella earning big national look after another (and this one features some awkward dancing from the crowd to boot!). Peep the high energy from the sisters in the video above.
Plus, if you want more "Live for the Night", Krewella's new remix EP of the single dropped yesterday and features Dash Berlin, W&W, Pegbord Nerds, Xilent, Danny Avila & Deniz Koyu. You can stream and purchase here.
I had the chance to catch up with the homies Krewella when they were getting set to rock the house at Maya Day & NightClub. The entire club was slammed body to body on an incredible Sunday afternoon. It was my first time experiencing the venue and it was nothing short of amazing. The ladies actually remembered me from back in Chicago! We go back from the club days.
Sidenote: I'd do asian carryout for Jahan and Yasmine any day of the week. In person, they are stunning ...even if they haven't showered lol!