It has taken me nearly a week to fully recover from spending three days in the desert, devoid of responsibility, sleep and social norms. I existed for only one reason — to discover. My mission was simple; see and document as many acts as possible in the span of three days. I had no concrete assignment; I was to experience all that I could and report back. Simple enough. Despite the weather and countless distractions, I managed to squeak out a few pieces and countless photos documenting my journey. I saw close to 30 acts in that short time. From Feist to A$AP Rocky, from Swedish House Mafia to At The Drive In, eclectic cannot even begin to describe it.
For a full recap of past posts, and some extremely useful tips for those of you going to Weekend 2, read past the break.
Initially, this piece was supposed to be a simple event review of Justice’s set at Coachella. Everything changed the moment that I pressed play on “Genesis” (the same track they opened with in Indio) and began to write just as I had done so many times in the past. This time something was different — As the synthesizers blared, I was suddenly awash in emotion and I realized that I had so much more to say.
When the Coachella set list was announced and I discovered that Modeselektor was playing the same set time as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg I was faced with a difficult decision. I obviously had to see Dre and Snoop, but I wanted to see Modeselektor. In the weeks leading up to Coachella, due to many of you urging us to listen to them, I had checked out countless tracks and sets with the sole intention of seeing them perform. Three weeks later I found myself stuck on line waiting to get into the photo pit for Dre and Snoop, unable to shake the knowledge that I was missing something awesome in the Mojave tent.
I spent 3 days in the desert heat lugging around camera gear to bring you back some shots from Coachella 2012. Do you know how hard it is to party with a backpack full of expensive photography equipment? It’s practically impossible. While I go see a chiropractor, you can check out the photos in our Facebook album.
We don’t normally post YouTube videos from concerts, but it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and we just stumbled across this video of Swedish House Mafia’s set at Coachella that we had to share. While there are certainly some similarities to their MSG and Masquerade Motel Miami sets in terms of the tracklist, the production at Coachella looks pretty phenomenal to say the least. There’s an unknown ID that comes in around 13:20, and we’re still trying to confirm whether or not it’s the new SHM track. It isn’t quite the “emotional” song that Sebastian Ingrosso hinted at in our interview, but rather way harder and tinged with heavy electro elements. It’s more likely an upcoming track from someone else inside the Size / Refune / Axtone camp, since we know how SHM likes premiering their new songs to kick off their sets. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Update: We’ve confirmed that the ID track is not the new SHM song. Hopefully it’ll be ready for next week!
Coachella has once again outdone itself, assembling a line-up that would make a standalone dance festival jealous. Notable acts include Swedish House Mafia (no big deal), Justice, Afrojack, Avicii, Kaskade, and David Guetta, to name a few. Organizers have expanded the popular festival into two separate weekends (April 13-15 and April 20-22), so get your tickets soon. Coachella tickets are known to go quick after the line-up is announced.