It’s time to get pumped for the second weekend of Coachella. We talked to a few of this year’s artists about their desert festival experience so far and asked them which acts you shouldn’t miss. We’ve even made a handy Weekend Two Spotify Playlist for you with our picks and artist recommendations (Check it out right here).
KIMBRA: Friday in the Gobi Tent
Because of touring with Gotye, you’re no stranger to big stages. What’s it like for you performing here as a solo artist?
It feels like a milestone to be performing with my band and getting to showcase the new record for people in a live setting because it’s very different live. We always have fun visually with the shows. There will be some theatrical elements in that regard and costume-wise. I’m really excited!
It’s especially different with this (solo) album; it’s a lot more fun to play live than the one before. It’s just a lot more dynamic and rhythmic. My band is incredible.
What songs are on top of your Coachella playlist?
“Let it Happen” – Tame Impala
“Leisure Suit Preben” – Todd Terje
“Evil” – Interpol
“The Nightcaller” – Flying Lotus
GARY JARMAN, THE CRIBS: Sunday in the Gobi Tent
Is this your first time playing Coachella?
No, we played in 2007. We were supposed to play in 2010, but the volcano went off in Iceland and it prevented us from getting here, so that was a drag. (The festival has) changed so much it feels like it could be our first one, you know?
A volcano prevented you from getting here—that’s a pretty rock and roll reason why you couldn’t make it to Coachella.
We tried, man! We tried to defeat the volcano but it just wasn’t possible. We tried going to Europe to get a plane from there. We didn’t accept defeat until the last minute. It was disappointing for sure.
You’ve played a ton of European festivals. How does Coachella compare to those?
Yeah, we’re old hands at that kind of thing now. We’ve been touring for twelve years and we do festivals every year. Now there’s like a million festivals in Europe. This is very, very different from UK festivals. The main thing about Coachella that is different is that there’s a lot of home comforts, so people can stay looking pretty and fresh. UK festivals aren’t about that—they’re getting more like that—but it didn’t used to be like that at all. It used to be you went there to get away from society. You didn’t care about cell phones or laptops; you didn’t need any of that stuff. You went to drop out of society for a little while. Now UK festivals are becoming more straight in that way too, but this is a very L.A. festival. I feel like everything’s provided for you, everything’s thought about. I think that keeping up with appearances is becoming more and more of a thing at festivals. The festivals used to seem more counter culture. It’s where all the weirdos went to be together.
So you feel that the festivals have become less about the music?
I think it’s more like a vacation for people. When I went as a teenager it wasn’t so much a vacation, it was dropping out of society a little bit. Because tickets are very expensive, I think people go there instead of going to he Bahamas or going to Hawaii or something like that. I’m not saying the music is secondary but I think it’s a facet now as opposed to being the core thing. There is so much satellite stuff around the festivals.
On the other hand, as the festivals have gotten bigger, they do get more prominent artists.
Which is an interesting thing, too, because you definitely have a lot of pop stars play festivals now. Reading Festival and Glastonbury Festival, for example, were usually headlined by a big artist, but not necessarily a household name. But there were enough people who ascribed to that lifestyle that you could still sell it out. Whereas now, it’s more about pop stars. Which is an evolution of festivals, I suppose. Going back to what we were saying before, it’s almost like it’s evolved to something for everyone as opposed to a counter culture thing.
HAERTS: Friday in the Mojave Tent
How has your Coachella experience been so far?
It was a really, really great show. It was a really great audience. It’s our first time at Coachella, too. We came in, we set up and we played the show. So now we’ll experience it a bit.
Did I read correctly you guys all met in Iceland?
That is a rumor, actually. So now your next five questions don’t make sense anymore (laughs). That’s what’s been happening in interviews with us. The first three questions are all about Iceland.
So where does that rumor come from?
We haven’t gotten to the bottom of it!
So how did you all meet then?
Benny [Gebert] and I grew up in Germany. We met there when we were 14 or 15 years old. We’ve always been doing music together. We started Haerts after we moved to New York. Then Derek [McWilliams] came on board. We met him 7 or 8 years ago, so we’ve all been doing this for a very long time together.
Who are your influences?
For me [Nini Fabi], I’ve never really been influenced by a particular style of music or anything specific. Obviously there’s always people you listen to; we’ve all listened to so much music. For us it’s more certain songs (or artists) that really influenced us in our lives. For Benny it was artists like the Beatles, it was George Harrison. For me I was really into Cindy Lauper and all the old stuff. We all love old music as well. But our music is not directly influenced by any style; it’s just what comes out. You can only do the music that comes out of you.
Who are you excited to see this weekend?
AC/DC, Todd Terje, Caribou, Lykke Li, Tame Impala, FKA Twigs.
Who would be at the top of your Coachella playlist?
“Gunshot” – Lykke Li
“The Promise” – Sturgill Simpson