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!
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!
For this week's installment of #GetWetWednesdays, Krewella unleashes another new track that's not on the upcoming album, Get Wet, that doubles in showcasing the group's versatility, especially on the heels of the EDM banger "Party Monster". Their acoustic cover with Evan Duffy of Pendulum's "Watercolour" puts the spotlight on Jahan & Yasmine's vocals. The lyrics really resonate as well as the sisters add some raw emotion with each possessing their own unique pitch too. If I say so myself, I hear a little Evanescence flavor (yeah, 10+ years ago now...) in this track — a mix of the piercing female vocals over a primarily dark mood. I had to run it back after one listen and I plan on doing so again. An instant *Tibs Fav.
This is last week's #GetWetWednesdays as the Krew dropped this free track "Party Monster" to continue the weekly series through the release of their debut album, Get Wet, on September 24th. This one lands on the EDM side of Krewella's spectrum and is best heard at max. volume, or as their hometown crowd can attest, at a live show. We got the premiere of "Party Monster" at Krewella's performance in Chicago this time last month so this one has some sentimental value for us too. I dig this one and look forward to later today to see what else Krewella has in store.
Add Krewella to the mix of artists dropping new albums next month! The Chicago electro-pop trio is prime for their debut album through Columbia Records called Get Wet and have broke through the EDM scene with their hit single "Killin It" and their summer smash on the Top 40 stations "Alive".
Get Wet will highlight the group's versatility of pounding EDM-infused production by Rain Man with catchy vocals from sisters Jahan & Yasmine. I've been continually impressed with the album's previews on top of the two singles mentioned above, and that reigns true yet again with the release of "We Go Down", accompanying the tracklist below. This *Tibs Fav. is another example of that versatility and I can see it developing into a unifying uplifting anthem and future single. Press play and peep the tracklist that also features a collab with bothPatrick Stump & Travis Barker on the same record (intriguing...)
Lastly, ICYMI, we not only caught up with the Krew here in our hometown recently, but also in Las Vegas! Watch the new interview with Samantha LebbosAND look out for another video with Julian On The Radio as the Gowhere:PHX team linked up with Krewella too this past weekend. We see them everywhere, haha! Looking forward to their debut album, and, lastly (forreal this time), happy birthday shoutout to Jahan!