On Wednesday, January 26, KCPR presented Subtronics: The Fractal Tour at the Fremont Theater. The concert was full of high energy, show stopping visuals and well-dressed ravers.
The tour began when Subtronics released his album “Fractals” on Friday, January 14. Phonon, Level Up and featured artists on his album, such as Boogie T, joined him on the tour to perform. The show was four hours of non-stop experimental EDM and dubstep music.
Opening act Cameron Marshall, known by his stage name Phonon, is a young dubstep artist who took the EDM world by storm when he released his genre-breaking song “Polyriddim” in 2020. When the doors opened at 8 PM, Phonon greeted ravers with his groovy set. Even though the crowd started out small with people still waiting in line, Phonon delivered with high spirit and energized the audience. Phonon’s set included lots of new mixes, but a standout was his new single “Linus & Lucy.” Phonon’s remix of Charlie Brown’s iconic theme song got the crowd head-banging and truly showed how EDM has the power to filp songs and hype up a crowd, regardless of their original genre.
Sonya Broner, known by the stage name Level Up, was the next artist in the lineup. The crowd was hyped throughout her entire set. In an extremely male-dominated genre and the only female artist on the tour, she showed major talent with her set. From being a theater actress in her youth to producing music, Level Up has the unique ability to story tell through her dubstep preformances. She delivered high-powered music and stunning backdrop visuals. Level Up also played many fan favorites, like remixes of Ariana Grande songs, and even took her own spin on EDM and music legend Flux Pavilion’s hit “I Can’t Stop.”
EDM and dubstep giant Boogie T, or Brock Thornton, also graced the Fremont stage, sporting his iconic beard and white crocs. Boogie T is featured on Subtronics’ new album “Fractals” on the uniquely guitar solo filled track “Gummy Worm.” Boogie T set the tone for the rest of the show by playing intense tracks that ignited the first mosh pits. Born and raised in the south, Boogie T’s soulful and funk influence is easily recognizable in his dubstep music. Not only was Boogie T’s music captivating, but his stage presence and passion were evident as he performed.
Last, but certainly not least, the man of the night, Jesse Kardon, known as Subtronics, brought liveliness, energy and insane tracks to the Fremont Theater. As the stage hands pulled away the black cloth revealing Subtronic’s mixing board, the crowd was illuminated by neon laser beams and bright stage lights, causing the crowd to instantly jump and dance. Having played festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest and Lost Lands, Subtronics brought the same enthusiasm and incredible dubstep tracks as if he were headlining another renowned festival.
Alina Jafri is a content writer and DJ trainee for KCPR. Lily Tenner is a content writer and photographer for KCPR.