A stellar performance can often provide a much-needed springboard for fresh, new sound fighting their way into familiarity. In 2013, a relatively un-heard duo of young brothers from Surrey, obliterated a set in the smallest tent at . The buzz was almost instantaneous. Only a year later, would be joining on one of the main stages to close out Sunday evening. That was last year.


This year, we have . Comprised of Christian Karlsson of and Linus Eklöw from Style of Eye, this Swedish electronic outfit is deliciously poppy but packs the soulful punch modern electro house. Infectious and bubbly, their songs are undeniably uplifting. After their smashing sets at , the remaining shows of their tour sold like wildfire. Their tour would conclude at LA’s iconic to a sold-out crowd of thirsty new .


The anticipation for this show was literally killing me. The minutes felt like hours as we waited for the dapper duo to take the stage. The was so thick I couldn’t see the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, only one LED smiley face sign bouncing impatiently could cut through the haze. Lights turn down, crowds turn up.


In an instant, it became a beautiful chaos of color, haze and sound. The energy in the room was incredible. As the crowd’s gratification boiled over, you could feel the excitement radiating off the duo on stage. The smoke alarms were chirping in the background and literally nobody gave a s***. The only reasonable cure is MORE SMOKE MACHINE!

As cruised through the 100% certified gold that is their self-titled EP, the electricity in the room never wavered–swelling as they touched on their smash hits “Smile”, “You” and my personal favorite “Hard Times”. They have succeeded in retaining the intensely positive attitude of pop while whole-heartedly delivering the weight and drive that electronic are craving. Paying homage to Karlsson’s soon-to-be side project, the duo dropped a brilliantly remixed version of ’s hit “Animal”—and the crowd went wild. Screw the fire alarms, this m*therf***er is gonna burn!


I can say without any hesitation that this is one of the best shows I’ve seen since moving to LA. The crowds here can be fickle, as you might imagine, but genuine happiness and excitement permeated the that night. No pushing and shoving, just smiles and gratitude for getting a ticket before they skyrocketed to $200 on goddamn . Fiercely talented, these guys have everything going for them. Ever since their performances in Indio, the chatter about Galantis has not ceased. Mark my words—this is the beginning of something colossal. There is something truly special going on here. I can only imagine where Galantis will be this time next year.

Molly grew up in the Pacific Northwest before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and receiving her BFA in Filmmaking. She is currently living in LA with her best friend aka her dog. She calls herself a writer/photographer.