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Making of The Krewella Volcano

V Squared Labs in collaboration with Stefano Novelli has created “The Volcano”, a custom crystalline stage production for Krewella’s upcoming “GET WET LIVE” tour. From pencil sketches and creative reference to architectural reality, bringing this project to life was an exciting and invigorating process.

“The Volcano” is a 30ft x 18ft superstructure incorporating reflection-mapped faceted crystals. The crystals are built out of a combination of one-way and two-way mirrored acrylic and were specifically designed to create contained infinite reflections. Each crystal is equipped with LED video access and/or interior LED tape, creating complex volumetric reflection effects which visually morph the structure from within.

A central arc of faceted crystal clusters make up the base of the structure, grounding it to the stage like the base of a rocky volcano. LED panels peek out of this area like lava from within. At the apex of the structure are the performers, central to the entire design. Behind them an LED screen displays visuals and custom content while the corner crystalline pieces flanking them act as explosive fragments from the mountainous volcano of crystals below. Stage lighting is dispersed throughout to reinforce the form and composition, completing the dynamic design.

The entire stage is modular, designed to accommodate different configurations depending on venue size and capabilities.


Client: Krewella (Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl)

Krewella Management: Nathan Lim and Jake Udell (Th3rd Brain Management)

Krewella Production Management: Chris Villanueva

Krewella Tour Management: David Carlson

Director: Vello Virkhaus

Producers: Andi Perez and Chris Kraft

Production Design: Amanda Hamilton

System Programming: Peter Sistrom, Grady Sain, Max Chang and Evan Pierre

Animation: Tom Williams, Jesse Nikette, Carlo Sa, Mike Burakoff & Emile Van de Coevering

Lighting Programmer: Aron Altmark

VJ: Max Chang

Lighting: LMG

LMG Account Representative: Jimmy Russo

LMG Touring LD: Pete Smith

LMG LED Tech: Tim Holland

Technical Engineer / Lead Fabricator: Stefano Novelli

Fabrication Team: David Paris, Jacques Levy, Steven Lock, Thom Burns, Christopher Reed Powell, Scott Bella, Brady Spindel, Dana Wald

Fabrication Coordinator: Karoline Mikkelsen

LED Team: Illuminode (Hruby McHugh), Evan Nie

CAD: Amanda Hamilton

CAD Assist: Brian Lawler

Tour Crew: Tim Hauser, Elgin Hakala

©2013 Produced by V Squared Labs Inc.

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