State of the Union – Coachella Day 2
The most annoying thing about Coachella is the fact that there are too many good things to see and no way to get them all in. But, after running around in the hot desert sun all day, I did manage to catch most of what I wanted to see.
My day kicked off the day with Major Lazer – WOW! They have got to be one of the best live acts I have ever seen and set up the mood for the rest of the evening. The crowd for Major Lazer was more than the Mojave tent could handle and overtook the adjoining tents. Their music was infectious and was just the right remedy for a crowd begging to get their night going. The performance was loud, bumping and contagious. And, to Cap it off, Diplo rolled into the crowd in a huge balloon with a Go Pro on his head.
After that I had some time for a one-on-one with Fedde Le Grand before his set. I first saw Fedde live in Bangkok when he played at the Sensation white party and he killed it then. I was really looking forward to his set and he didn’t disappoint. Playing in the Sahara tent, Fedde dropped some of his newest tracks and had the crowd in a frenzy. I really like his style. Unlike other DJ’s I’ve seen in the Sahara tent, who bang out hard song after hard song, Fedde really does mix his music and manages to create a nice ebb and flow that really punctuates his crescendos – and he’s a super cool person.
- Richie Hawtin at Coachella
After Fedde I caught a bit of Hot Chips. I like a lot of their production work but their set to me was somewhat mellow and not too memorable.
For me the evening began and ended with Richie Hawtin. Richie is my favourite Dj – full stop. He played in the Yuma stage and the crowd just poured in to catch him. The man is a genius when he plays. His techno is precise, hard, and timed to perfection. Every build, every transition, it’s created by him and he just has an innate ability to get the crowd going. By this point I put down my camera and danced. Finishing the evening there. Perfect day!
Stay tuned for when I post the day’s images!