Recently, just a few days after it’s lineup release, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced that it will be releasing a new documentary via Youtube Originals. The Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert teaser was released along with the announcement. Only weeks before the festival will take place, Coachella’s documentary is set to be
YouTube’s equivalent of Fallon (with 80 times the heat), Hot Ones is the only talk show with the gall to put its guests in not just conversational discomfort, but physical comfort as well, a quite literal hot seat, if you will. Host Sean Evans conducts his interviews in traditional fashion, with one exception: Both he and his guest eat a hot wing after every question, graduating in heat as the interview beats on.
The painfully entertaining online series has hosted the likes of celebrities from all walks of showbiz, from Kevin Hart to the Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri. It’s the show that bred the infamous DJ Snake disapproval meme, for context.
Evans has now served up a hefty shot of EDM double trouble with the show’s latest victims, Dillon Francis and Diplo. The pair must answer a series of questions, via the show’s Truth or Dab segment, ranging from mild to flamin’ hot in regards to level of controversy (i.e., harmless, albeit insufferable industry trends vs. the wildly contentious waters of outing ghost producers). It’s only fitting the twosome appear together, given their longstanding friendship and Dillon’s tenure releasing on Diplo’s Mad Decent label housing. Viewers are in for a torrential treat.
Skrillex and Nik Roos from Noisia produced the theme song for Obsolete, a mecha-based anime and YouTube original series. The two seasoned producers play with the anime-inspired melody, adding their own individual flare with drum and bass percussion for the intro and Skrillex’s hearty snare and metallic synth fills.
The series is about aliens that visit Earth and trade EXOFRAMES for a thousand kilograms of limestone. EXOFRAMES are super robots that can communicate with their pilots telepathically, which change the world as war sinks the earth into violent chaos.
The pair of producers have a storied history, as Skrillex credits his early success in electronic music to Nik and Noisia, as the group played an instrumental role in giving the former screamo band frontman his start. Sonny Moore would crash at the Noisia pad, and word has it there might still be a grip of unreleased Skrillex works that the drum ‘n’ bass trio have held onto over the years.
Skrillex has made his affinity for Japanese culture clear in his work over time. His sound and person has mixed well with the culture, as earlier this year, he also released another video game theme song for Kingdom Hearts 3, “Face My Fears,” with Japanese-American singer/songwriter, Hikaru Utada. Now, the eclectic producer has an anime theme credit under his belt.
Once again you’ll be able to catch sets from Lollapalooza this weekend from the comfort of your living room! The stream found a new home in 2019, this time at YouTube. In addition to performances throughout the four-day festival, YouTube Originals is partnering with Lollapalooza to produce original creative content, including backstage moments and exclusive
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.
Coachella is ensuring those unable to attend this year’s installment of its painfully cool congregation of music and art can still soak up the excitement from home. The perennially pored-over affair has confirmed over 50 artists to be featured on the festival’s live stream schedule throughout its two-weekend duration (April 12 – 14/19 – 21), for the first time ever.
Since the festival’s inclusion of a second weekend in 2012, one-weekend streaming (typically the first) has been the standard. But this year, viewers can trace both first and second legs, with the latter, dubbed Coachella Curated, equipped with supplemental content in the form of “full Yuma Tent sets, performances and more.”
All times are listed as PST, and the number next to the performer denotes the streaming channel they’ll be featured on. See the full Coachella livestream schedule below.
Friday, April 12th: 04:15 p.m. – Hurray for the Riff Raff (2) 04:15 – Los Tucanes De Tijuana (3) 04:40 – Juaz (3) 05:10 – JPEGMAFIA (1) 05:40 – Mon Laferte (2) 05:45 – SG Lewis (3) 05:55 – Kacey Musgraves (1) 06:25 – Gorgon City (2) 06:30 – Calypso Rose (3) 06:45 – Jaden Smith (1) 07:20 – DVSN (3) 07:25 – Tierra Whack (2) 08:05 – Polo & Pan (3) 08:30 – BLACKPINK (1) 09:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2) 09:30 – Khruangbin (3) 09:35 – The 1975 (1) 10:30 – Janelle Monáe (1) 11:15 – Charlotte Gainsbourg (2) 11:25 – Childish Gambino (1) 11:30 – Nora En Pure (3) 12:00 a.m. – DJ Snake (2) 12:05 – Kayzo (3)
Saturday, April 13th: 04:15 p.m. – ARIZONA (1) 04:15 – Wallows (2) 04:15 – Jambinai (3) 04:35 – FKJ (3) 05:00 – Guava Island, A Childish Gambino Film (1,2,3) 06:00 – Mr. Eazi (2) 06:00 – Steady Holiday (3) 06:30 – The Interrupters (3) 06:40 – Mac DeMarco (2) 07:05 – Bazzi (1) 07:15 – Clozee (3) 07:30 – Sir (2) 07:50 – J Balvin (1) 07:55 – Virgil Abloh (2) 08:00 – Bob Moses (3) 08:25 – Maggie Rogers (2) 08:45 – Weezer (1) 08:50 – Gryffin (3) 09:15 – Christine and the Queens (2) 09:30 – Four Tet (3) 09:50 – Billie Eilish (1) 10:15 – Juice WRLD (2) 10:30 – Parcels (3) 11:00 – Tame Impala (1) 11:05 – Wiz Khalifa (2) 11:15 – Smino (3) 11:55 – Kid Cudi (2) 12:00 a.m. – Little Simz (3) 12:30 – Bassnectar (1)
Breakout the tinfoil hats everybody—we have a compelling case for time travelers being among us. Or just a strange coincidence on our hands, who’s to say? But the former is a much juicer explanation for how YouTube user BLΛCK SΛMPLE managed to guess that Skrillex would feature on Kingdom Hearts 3‘s opening theme way back in 2016.
Some eagle-eyed Redditors spotted a random comment left on a YouTube video in 2016 that appears to have predicted Skrillex’s critically lauded collaboration with Hikaru Utada, “Face My Fears” which was released earlier this year. Three years ago, user BLΛCK SΛMPLE commented on the official audio for Skrillex, Team EZY, and NJOMZA‘s “Pretty Bye Bye,” with his thoughts, only to spark some bewildered responses years later when the track actually dropped.
The comment also does not appear to be edited in any way making this quite the head-scratcher. Or there’s a possibility of a third scenario—that this comment is in fact the ultimate catalyst that made “Face My Fears” actually come to fruition. That the right person saw the comment and set the pieces into motion to make a Skrillex Kingdom Hearts track a reality. Which is almost equally as wild. Twilight Zone? You decide. In any case, this seems like a good opportunity to revisit “Face My Fears” below.
Many fun things are born in YouTube, and one of the funnest things to come out of the platform is the reimagining of modern music in more retro flavors. Postmodern Jukebox, for example, rinses pop tunes in sounds from the 1920s-1960s. The 80s are another popular era to infuse with today’s top artists and pop tunes, and in the past we’ve covered some of these choice creations due to their high nostalgia value.
Blink 182 have become the latest targets to transform into this sound, and YouTuber MartyCanFly has done the honors of making synthpop classics out of their anthems, “Feeling This” and “The Rock Show.” A “kudos” to the creator is in order, as they’ve done a top job of creating a teenage/rom-com atmosphere out of the originals and embedding Tom DeLonge’s voice into the mix.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back to dominating the headlines thanks to an all-encompassing, star-abundant collection of artists who will be performing at the 2019 iteration of the Indio, CA-based music festival. The next chapter of the legendary soiree has not met the media’s gaze without its fair share of controversy, mainly Kanye West dropping out of the lineup due to what he recently referred to as “artistically limiting” stage design.
On a brighter note, 2019 will be the first year fans will be able to live stream the festival for both weekend one and two. In previous years, fans were limited to the festival’s first weekend exclusively for streaming capabilities. Now fans across the world will be able to watch back-to-back weekends of acts including DJ Snake, Kayzo, Bassnectar, Ariana Grande, and more. The live streaming for Coachella 2019 commences the first weekend, April 12th-14th, rolling all the way through to the next, which spans April 19th-21st.
Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella
Although Lido‘s visual I O U 2 EP may have received limited screenings in a handful of US theaters last month, Lido has now released the transcendent project in its entirety to YouTube.
Directed by close Lido confidant, Arudz Goudsouzian, the visual realm of the EP is highly emblematic of Lido’s own coming to terms with a real-life lost love; an exploratory journey reflecting on despondence, confusion, and eventual resolve. The visceral tour through Lido’s psyche oscillates between immaculate baths of light and forestry (including pensive pans over the project’s British Columbia backdrop) and poignant, lone bedroom scenes.
Lido’s own vocals, heard homogeneously throughout the five-part project, bolster the narrative’s accessibility in regards to the artist’s path to self-reconciliation. The story is a timeless one: unflinchingly relatable, while remaining empirically authentic to its creator.