Kiwi here… back from the dead. The last couple days have been a huge struggle to say the least. I literally jammed until I had absolutely no more energy. There were so many good sets this year. I thoroughly enjoyed almost everyone I saw. Needless to say, Coachella proved why it has always been my favorite festival, and I think it stole the hearts of some of my friends.
Our weekend at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California started Thursday afternoon. We set up out campsites, and then it was off the races. Beats, shots, wine bags, etc. We roamed around the campgrounds and checked out the late night dance party before it was time to hit the hay.
The first set we caught on friday was R3hab, which was perfect for getting our juices flowing. He remixes a lot of top 40 songs with his signature dutch house chainsaw sound, and it is very energizing. The set that really really surprised me, and was definitely my favorite electronic act of the weekend, was SebastiAn. This was the heaviest French house, or any kind of house I have listened to for that matter. He would let his songs play quietly, until the build up came, where he would turn it up, and then when he dropped his bass on us it almost left us paralyzed. His visuals were twisted as hell. This man was a dark soul, which made me love his music even more. My favorite songs were “CTFO” and “Walkman.” Here is a little taste of SebastiAn.
The next person that took me by surprise was a little boy named Madeon. He is another guy from France, but he is only 17 and he looks like he is eight. Let me tell you, this little boy really fucked our shit up. It was awesome as hell watching a tiny little kid suck out everyone’s soul.
I have been dying to see M83 and they did not disappoint me one bit. Everything was epic from start to finish. After each song I found myself turning to the people around me and saying, “EPIC! That was so EPIC!!!” Apparently the speakers in the back of the tent were not up to par, which is a huge bummer for the people who were in the back. Whatever, sucks to suck! Here are a couple of videos from their set so you can get a feel for it.
Swedish House Mafia was tons of fun as usual. Their stage was out of control, and their song selection was dope. I really liked the mash-up of coming home, quasar, and aerodynamic that they played.
here is their full set to enjoy
Some of us started our day in the Heineken Dome by dancing our asses of to a sick ass set by our friends Ian, Ruben, and Carl in Team No Sleep!! We were raging TITS!! So much fun. Congrats guys.
I caught end of Childish Gambino. I wasn’t that motivated to catch his act because I was so exhausted, but I am glad I got off my ass to see the end of his set. He is one of the most entertaining, creative, and witty people at the festival.
Next, I booked it over to the Sa-har-AAAAAAAAAAAA tent for Jaques Lu Cont. This weekend was all about French house (minus Guetta *fart noise*). I had not heard of Jaques until I noticed his name on the line up, and he was super groovy.
After we wandered around and watched the end of Zeds Dead for the beer garden, it was back to the Sa-har-AAAAAAAAAAAA tent for some LAYYYYYY-ZZZZZEEEERRRRRRRSSSSSS. Martin Solveig was up next. His set was fun for a lot of reasons. I met up with two different groups of people that I knew there, so there were about 30 of us that I knew jamming hard as hell. I was definitely busting out legendary swamp creature dance moves. Martin played a pretty standard set with some cool mash-ups. I really like his bootleg of Ready to Go with Spaceman by Hardwell. Oh yeah… that big room house baby!!
Another thing that we decided to do, that I did for the first time, was ride the ferris wheel. It was so much fun. I can’t believe I’ve never done it until this year. We made a new friend. His name was Lawrence. LLLLAAAAAWWWWWWRRRRRRRREEEEEEENNNNNCEE!!!!
The next notable act was Miike Snow on the outdoor stage. They played a lot better than the last time I saw them. I think everyone’s favorite song by them that night was “Silvia.”
Radiohead. Jesus Christ. I have never been so hypnotized and sent so far into outer space. I forgot where I was at least seven or eight times. Their full set isn’t on youtube anymore, but here is part of it.
I started really getting after it during Porter Robinson and Dada Life. I had two groups of friends that I was bouncing back and forth between. Porter played 27 tracks in under an hour. Little dude was going apeshit. He played a really cool rendition of Knife Party’s Internet Friends.
During Dada’s set, we had about five or six banana costumes floating around our group. It was getting HOT HOT HOT! They played Kick out the Epic Motherfucker twice, along with a couple new tracks that I did not recognize.
JUSTICE!!! Favorite set of the weekend! Audio! Video! Disco! HOLY SHIT! I was disco-ing my ass off. I knew every song they play but they put a little twist on each one when they played it live. They were a tad late making it to their set, but everyone quickly forgave them. Here is the first 18 minutes of these legendary bros from France. Wait til Genesis starts and that cross lights up. So wet…
I checked out about 10-15 minutes of Modeselektor, DJ Shadow, and Florence and the Machine. They were all really good, and it killed me to leave them, but I had to go see what I paid the big bucks for. The Chronic 2001 was one of the first and only CDs I have ever bought a hard copy of, and I still have it. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg put on a not only historical performance, but entertaining as hell. I loved their wise cracks in between songs. “ROCK OUT WITH YA COCK OUT!!!!” *crowd goes nuts* If you have some free time. Watch this full performance.
Each Coachella gets better than the last. Kiwi…. BLAST!