It has been an entire decade since we lost DJ AM. In that time, dance music has evolved ten times over into the global phenomenon it has become today—perhaps in ways AM might not even recognize if he were still here. Though when the legendary selector died on August 28, 2009 the genre was still gearing up to break into the mainstream and with AM’s tragic death, his crossover appeal shocked more than just electronic music.
In the spirit of DJ AM’s ubiquitous, genre-blurring influence, we’re revisiting his performance at Coachella 2009 alongside Blink-182‘s Travis Barker. The pair’s side-by-side performance still lives on as one of the festival’s most memorable to date, and gives an accurate, nostalgic snapshot of the state of dance and pop music a decade ago. In honor of DJ AM, revisit Fix Your Face Vol. 2 below.
Artists continually take risks in the pursuit of revolutionizing their craft. Nina Kraviz epitomized this phenomenon in the grandest of ways via her brand new live set, which she debuted at Coachella.
The performance felt like something made for a gallery space; it took on an abstract, expressive tone as Nina traipsed around the stage in an all-black outfit, reading and singing verses from her diary whilst images of herself doused in vivid effects filled the screen behind her. There were plenty of her signature dance moves as well. By the end of it, fans and curious onlookers had entered a full-on debate as to whether it was enjoyable or ludicrous—and it continues to be a divisive topic to this day.
Now those who missed it can see for themselves whether or not it’s forward-thinking art through the official stream release, which is already making its rounds far and wide around the electronica space.
Gryffin’s mellifluous presentation beneath the seminal Coachella fixture, the Sahara Tent, this past April reverberated through the livestream and well beyond. Aside from being joined onstage by omnipresent vocalist, Aloe Blacc for both an Avicii memorial and the unveiling of a brand new collaboration, Gryffin teased a second unreleased union alongside pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.
Not even two weeks removed from a glistening rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You,” Gryffin is seeking assistance from another Grammy-nominated moniker, as he and the “Call Me Maybe” superstar have officially delivered “OMG.” The collaboration serves as the third offering from the second portion of his debut LP, Gravity, currently slated for release later this fall.
By now, listeners know to never expect a Gryffin production to arrive without a downpour of acoustic components. “OMG” promptly convenes as deepening strums mingle alongside Carly Rae Jepsen’s temperate vocals before breaking off into a sensual lyrical harmony and some unsurprisingly arresting guitar riffs from Gryffin himself.
As “OMG” swiftly starts to tower the dance pop charts over the next few days, Gryffin’s timing could not be more exact, as the release stands to erect an astounding level of anticipation for his Saturday performance at Lollapalooza’s Perry’s Stage. In addition to the collaboration’s official release, Gryffin took the time to craft an exclusive Orbit Playlist on Dancing Astronaut‘s Spotify channel, featuring 15 of his fondest tracks of the moment, including, of course, “OMG,” as well as music from Jai Wolf,Flume,RÜFÜS DU SOL and Kygo among others.
In 2018, Coachella stream history was made during MGMT‘s main stage set. A joyous Kid Cudi was caught on camera dancing in the most carefree of fashions along with the band’s 2007 hit “Electric Feel.” Fans proceeded to conclude that the rapper must have had quite a bit of liquor in the red Solo cup he’d been holding at the time due to the unrestrained nature of the moment. However, it turns out that Kid Cudi wasn’t drunk at all; in fact, as he confessed on Twitter, LSD was the catalyst behind the movement.
“I dont know if I ever told yall this but, this was right when the acid started kickin in and I couldn’t help myself,” began Cudi in his social media confessional. “I wouldn’t say I was drunk just trippin balls.”
He closed his statement by thanking MGMT for letting him groove onstage with them, eliciting a “love saves the day!” response from the band. Seth Rogen also jumped on the thread, asking to be invited the next time. Kid Cudi responded by telling Rogen that a dropping acid with him would be an honor. It seems that a trip of the ages awaits.
I dont know if I ever told yall this but, this was right when the acid started kickin in and I couldn’t help myself haha so no I wouldn’t say I was drunk just trippin balls. @whoisMGMT thanx for lettin me groove w you. My face was melting and I felt so fuckin free!! https://t.co/Fi0uofGtlc
Now the Mad Decent boss delivers a fresh remix package full of heavy hitters to put their original twist on his four-on-floor cuts.
Many of the remixes honor the house-heavy direction of the EP like Riton‘s remix of “Bubble Up” and Solardo‘s remix of “Hold You Tight.” South Africa’s Cueber even put some techno tinges on his own rendition of “Hold You Tight.”
However, there are also remixes on the EP fit the worldly catalog of Mad Decent. Haitian-born Michael Brun puts an upbeat dance-hall groove on “Give Dem,” and Mr. Pauer gives “Bubble Up” a fresh helping of Miami bass.
With performances at 2019’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival under his belt alongside his appearance at Miami’s recently concluded Rolling Loud, it’s clear that Kid Cudi has been effortlessly working his way through the festival circuit of late. And as per the “Pursuit Of Happiness” producer himself, Kid Cudi fans can expect these bookings to prelude some fresh new material. The rapper announced that new music would be on the way “next year,” as Cudi “work[s] the rest of this year,” presumably on the unheard productions to come.
Kid Cudi noted that he’s “in no rush to do anything right now,” but is nevertheless putting musical plans in motion, all of which will unfold in 2020. For the remainder of 2019, Cudi will continue to stop by festivals, but will save touring for 2020, when the artist plans to launch a fully fledged tour in support of the music slated to concurrently gain a release. While Cudi knows that his listeners are clamoring for a tour, he reassured his followers that he’s not only keeping busy, but has already begun “the next stage” of his presently developing sonic efforts.
New music next year!! Gonna work the rest of this year. In no rush to do anything right now. I dont drop albums every year anymore. Gotta give myself time to do other things. And relax!
A cornerstone of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival experience, Do LaB‘s carefully curated stage, rallies expert electronic acts for a high caliber lineup within the festival’s larger billing. Central to Do LaB’s diverse annual lineups are a slew of surprise guests, whom Do LaB situates among its showcased acts. In the past, Do LaB has breathed life into the age-old, highly applicable aphorism, “expect the unexpected,” by bringing the likes of Skrillex, Major Lazer, and Richie Hawtin to Coachella’s Do LaB stage for unanticipated live sets.
Do LaB continued its tradition of large-scale, surprise-guest revelation at Coachella’s recently concluded 2019 iteration, wherein Major Lazer took the decks during Weekend 1. As per Major Lazer’s musical usual, the soon-to-disband group’s set is rife with the tropically inflected dancehall sound that originally rocketed the electronic trio to sonic superstardom.
YouTube‘s livestream of Coachella 2019’s consecutive two weekends generated considerable traffic for the video streaming giant. The platform’s weekend one livestream racked up more than 82 million live views, to become the most-viewed Coachella weekend livestream to date. The view counts signify a surge of more than 90 percent when compared to those of 2018.
As the Coachella livestream statistics indicate, live broadcasts of major music festivals are of considerable appeal to contemporary video streamers. YouTube is currently seeking to “[double] down on music festivals,” and plans to prioritize its live coverage of the large scale events, starting with Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival. YouTube has newly entered into a two-year livestream partnership with Lollapalooza. Viewers of Youtube’s Lollapalooza 2019 broadcast will be able to not only catch sets from their favorite artists, but will also have the opportunity to access “custom content that gives them unique access to the festival’s artists.” Lollapalooza’s 2019 iteration will unfold from Aug. 1-4.
Over the last three weekends, Diplo has certainly squeeze Southern California for all the juice it’s worth. Between two weekends of Coachella, followed by a performance at Stagecoach, Diplo gave Indio a run for it’s money. However, he still managed to find time for some much needed rest and relaxation at a much less-publicized event—Secular Sabbath, just a few miles down the road in Desert Hot Springs, right outside of Palm Springs.
Joined by Flume, the pair shared ambient tunes to soundtrack a night of introspection and meditation, close enough to Coachella to feel the event’s energy, but far enough away to feel the distance at the historic Two Bunch Palms resort. Secular Sabbath is a running event series, started in 2016, put on by California-native Genevieve Medow-Jenkins. Secular Sabbath events promote self-care and intentional, spiritual relaxation.
“It was a blast. I got to sit in a hot tub, I took a nap – there was great stuff going on all at the same time. And I got to play some cool music and I loved it. It’s good to try new things,” Diplo toldRolling Stoneof his Secular Sabbath experience.
For a man who has dropped an album, a house music EP, and launched a country music project in less than a month’s time, managing a work-life balance has got to be a tall task, though the Mad Decent head honcho tends to make it look effortless. “Secular Sabbath was special, and I got to chill out, which is kind of rare. It’s kind of like the anti-festival,” says Diplo. With an itinerary like Diplo’s, a swing by Secular Sabbath sounds like a crucial stop amid three weekends of chaos in Southern California.
Eric Prydz took his Cirez D alias to Coachella this year for both weekends, serenading techno fanatics and listeners alike at the YUMA stage. The Swedish producer who rose to fame in 2004 with his hit single, “Call on Me,” has distanced himself from the mainstream, forging his own path through the wired forest of stage production with holograms and his new forward thinking live concept, VOID.
Prydz’ Cirez D alias takes Prydz’ talents underground, to cater to his–and fans’–techno cravings. He also plays almost exclusively his own music, which is an accomplishment in itself, given the two-hour length of his recent public performance at Coachella’s second weekend. The only song not by Cirez D is Thomas Schumacher‘s “Golden Hour.”