Candyland and Kill Paris Take the Webster Hall Throne in NYC

In late-February, Candyland and Kill Paris landed in New York City as one of their Killer Fro Tour destinations. Legendary venue Webster Hall had been eagerly waiting their presence, along with the countless fans who packed the grand ballroom. In the summer of 2013, Candyland opened up for the wildly energetic Lil Jon. This was obviously a different kind of pressure for the OG duo from Santa Barbara, California. Luckily, over 1,000 people stormed the venue in support of them and Kill Paris.

Before the show, I was able to catch up Josie and Ethan of Candyland about how they initially met, their thoughts on headlining a tour with Kill Paris, and what they have in store for the future. Check it out!

The OG California duo wisely started off their set with an electro remix of ‘Flash’ by British rock band Queen. As reference, you may be familiar with the Flash Gordon theme song. This nostalgic vibe fused with their banger style was the perfect blend to launch their Webster set. Records that followed were ‘Booyah’ by Showtek, their big room hip-hop remix of ‘LRAD’ by Knife Party, and ‘Moshpit’ by Flosstradamus. Not only was there heavy interaction with their fans and multiple champagne showers, but their interactions with each other made it so clear that they were having loads of fun. Two inflatable car wash air dancers that portrayed Josie and Ethan were placed on each side of their setup. T’was a nice touch.

Some DJs like to please the crowd, while other DJs like to surprise the crowd. Candyland would land in the latter category. A mashup of ‘Sandstorm’ by Darude and ‘Feel So Close’ by Calvin Harris with a trap twist, ultimate hip-hop throwback ‘Hypnotize’ by Biggie, and ‘Chop Suey’ by alternative metal band System of a Down are just a few surprises they threw the audience’s way. Closing with wedding favorite ‘Shout’ by the Isley Brothers, Candyland did a phenomenal job at keeping the energy sky high throughout their set.

Around 3:00am, Kill Paris took to the stage and casually slung on his keyboard guitar. Starting off with some smooth jazz, he performed an impressive live mashup of some jazz stylings and dubstep. Whether the fans were in awe of his live switchings or his incredibly dope sweatshirt (the man’s got style), his future funk sound compelled the crowd to stay until the very end of his set. Webster Hall had done it again…another fantastic show for the books.