The Battle Of The Festivals: Splendour in the Grass VS Coachella

Here at the interns, we take our duty of festival-attending very seriously, even if it means travelling around the world to satisfy those needs. We’ve collected invaluable information along the way which has been helpfully collated into an easily-digestible infographic that compares and contrasts two of the best festivals of the world. Splendour in the Grass VS Coachella: which will you choose?


What To Expect From Splendour In The Grass 2015 Based Off Coachella


Splendour In The Grass‘ mighty lineup, released yesterday, basically covers off nearly every International artist doing the festival circuit overseas right now. One festival it shares a number of its acts with is Coachella, which has just wrapped up its first weekend. We were there (did you hear?) so we thought we would take you through a few of the acts that played there and are also playing Splendour as a loose guide of what to expect. Find below videos, setlists and a short recap of each of the acts’ performance to help you get pumped for Byron Bay in July.

Florence + The Machine

Florence and co made their huge festival return at Coachella armed with a bunch of new songs from their forthcoming third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Off that album they performed the title track, the lead-single What Kind Of Man and Ship To Wreck proving that the new songs have just as much strength in the festival arena’s as the well-established favourites. If Florence proved anything at Coachella it’s that she’s one of the best-suited festival performers in the world lighting up the stage with boundless energy and plenty of climatic moments. It seemed she might of gone a little too hard out of that gates as she broke her foot while leaping from the stage. It seems she will be back to full health by Splendour so expect her at her best. Also get ready to remove an item of clothing when she politely asks during Dog Days Are Over. Florence is back and festivals feel right once again!

Her Splendour 2015 headline set may differ a little from Coachella given that the album will be out by then but many elements will remain the same. If you dare to peek watch the video below.

What the Water Gave Me
What Kind of Man
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris)
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
All This and Heaven Too
Drumming Song
Ship to Wreck
Shake It Out
Dog Days Are Over

Tame Impala

Just like Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala‘s Coachella set was a much-welcomed return to the mainstage. They’re gearing up for a new album titled Currents and played two of its tracks at the festival – Let It Happen and ‘Cause I’m A Man. Their set delivered much of the same as we saw last time around except this time it feels like they understand that they’re becoming one of the world’s biggest bands. Frontman Kevin Parker was still bare-footed but he spoke to the crowd between every song and his vocals were on-point. Backed by a psychedelic backdrop they ran through a set mainly consisting of songs from Lonerism. Elephant was gifted an extended drum solo while Apocalypse Dreams closed the set in euphoric style. Don’t expect any frills for their Splendour set. This is a band that dazzles purely off the strength of their own songs. They also entered to Can You Feel The Love Tonight which was an odd but inspired move designed to hook the crowd from the early moments.

No release date has been set for Currents yet so it’s unknown whether we will have heard it before Splendour but regardless there should be a few new songs sprinkled through the set. Their oldies are brilliant but the new singles have an extra grunt to them that elated the Coachella crowd.

It Is Not Meant to Be
Why Won’t They Talk to Me?
Mind Mischief
Let It Happen
‘Cause I’m a Man
Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Apocalypse Dreams

Peking Duk

Peking Duk know how to bring the party wherever they are. There’s no denying that. Their songs have a euphoric energy that translate for any audience which is why their set at Coachella was so successful despite them being less known in the US than in Australia. During their set in Palm Springs they brought out Ben Woolner from SAFIA for a rendition of their track Take Me Over, which they also did at Splendour In The Grass last year. This year, however, expect the response to be 1000x bigger. Since them the track has reached number five on triple j’s Hottest 100 and the top ten of the ARIA Charts. American audiences loved Peking Duk, but it will be hard to compare it to a mighty Splendour set in their home country.

They also played a new song at Coachella which featured Woolner on vocals once again. Hopefully they give us a studio version very soon so we can sing the hell out of it at Coachella. Watch a very rough version of it below.

Ryan Adams

It should be well known by now that Ryan Adams is a trustworthy performer. You won’t get many tricks but you will always get a good, solid performance and that’s exactly what he delivered at Coachella. His fourteenth album was released last year and his Coachella set featured a smattering of songs from that record and a few old favourites including set closer Come Pick Me Up. His brand of alternative-country is the type that Americans lap up so it will be interesting to see how the response differs in Australia. No matter the style though there’s nothing like a heartfelt chorus to spark a spine-tingling singalong. He’s just the artist Splendour needs to ground people after all the electronic music puts them in a sugar high. This will mark only his second solo tour of Australia.

Gimme Something Good
Let It Ride
Stay With Me
This House Is Not For Sale
Dirty Rain
Blue Light
Magnolia Mountain
When the Stars Go Blue
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Come Pick Me Up

Porter Robinson

Coachella’s dance music Sahara stage has become one of if not the most popular stage at the festival. Porter Robinson has played the stage before but as a DJ, this was his first turn their with his newly created live show launched of the back of his debut album Worlds. Visuals and sound combined the show was a revelation in many ways. The stage had hosted EDM DJs for the majority of the day but none stimulated quite like Porter did with his glitchy, video game-inspired, cinematic set. It was bass-heavy and completely danceable but also at times moving. There’s really no other producer doing what Porter is doing at the moment, walking the line of EDM and intelligent electronica, and hopefully he’ll be able to capture that at Splendour on a stage with less bells and whistles than the Sahara.

Sad Machine (Song of Storms & Easy & Anamanagushi Remix)
The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)
Sea of Voices
Fresh Static Snow
Say My Name
Fellow Feeling
Hear the Bells
Goodbye to a World

Azealia Banks

You could say it’s a risky move for Splendour to book Azealia Banks again. Last time she played, in 2012, she delivered only a 20 minute set. When she came back to play Future Music Festival she feuded with nearly the entire lineup backstage and when she returned once again for Listen Out Festival she stormed off stage twice (in Melbourne and Sydney). If Coachella taught us anything though, it’s that Azealia Banks means business. Gone are the antics, and instead there is a performer that has something to prove. Last time we saw Banks she was accompanied by just a DJ and two dancers. The dancers are still there but there’s now a full band behind her, helping her deliver a hip-hop show like no other.

Her Coachella set was energetic, fierce and well thought out. The crowd may not have been as familiar with her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste as they were with 212 but it didn’t matter. Every song popped in the right places and it truly felt like Banks’ whole vision had come to life. If you saw her last time and wrote her off, you’re going to want to give her another chance.

Idle Delilah
Gimme a Chance
Heavy Metal and Reflective
Ice Princess
Chasing Time
Yung Rapunxel
Miss Amor
Nude Beach a Go-Go

Alison Wonderland

You’ve gotta love a producer who uses her Coachella set to drop unreleased music by a fellow Aussie act, Cosmo’s Midnight. As well as dropping tracks from her own brilliant debut album RUN, that’s exactly what Alison Wonderland did. She’s an artist who seems to be really proud of the Australian scene from which she was born and also exemplified how much the Americans are loving Aussie electronic right now. She drew a respectable crowd at Coachella and stepped out from behind the decks a number of times to directly hype the crowd. If Coachella proved anything it’s that it won’t be long until she’s away from Aus a lot more often catering to her continually growing fan base. Don’t take her Splendour set for granted.

Australia is only just being properly introduced to . Her track with Major Lazer, Lean On, has burnt up the charts and has probably done better here than anywhere else in the world. She was in Australia over New Years but Splendour will really feel like her introduction to Australia. Essentially at Coachella, she was there to hype the crowd into hysterics. She crowd-surfed, screamed and danced with everything she had on stage. It was only a six song set but it featured One More with Swedish artist Elliphant. Elliphant is also playing Splendour In The Grass so maybe we should expect a repeat meeting live on stage in Byron.

Walk This Way
Waste of Time
Don’t Wanna Dance
One More (with Elliphant)
Lean On

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Here’s Everything You Missed At Coachella 2015

Coachella is in full swing in California at the moment and we’re here to cure your FOMO. There are plenty of celebrities here but there’s also this little thing called music which seems to take a little bit of a backseat for some. Here are the best moments so far.

UPDATE: Below are all the best moments from weekend one. Thanks Coachella, it’s been one hell of a ride.

Tame Impala Debuted Their New Songs Live

Tame Impala were visibly nervous when they took to the stage on Friday night for their biggest set to date. It didn’t seem to affect their sound though. They delivered a hearty, psychedelic set with tracks from both Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Elephant slammed and Apocalypse Dreams dazzled but it was the new more electronic tracks that really impressed. The bridge of Cause I’m A Man is an absolute scorcher which bridges into a beautiful chorus while Let It Happen is the most melodic, expansive thing they’ve done. This could be the year of Tame Impala.

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Source: The Picayune Leader

Run The Jewels Packed Their Set With Guests

El-P and Killer Mike have really turned this Run The Jewels gig into a full time thing and you  an see why. They’re best friends and they bounce off each other with charisma and enthusiasm. During their Saturday night set they brought out Travis Barker from Blink 182, Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, Beyonce collaborator Boots and rapper Gangsta Boo. Their Australian sets over New Years were amazing but this was something else. They truly brought the album to life.


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SBTRKT Brought Out Basically Everyone He’s Worked With

Speaking off guest appearances, SBTKT’s set was full of them. On top of the strobing light show and pulsating instrumentals, SBTRKT had mostly live vocals from Wonder Where We Land guests. Denai Moore appeared for The Light, Caroline Polachek told us to Look Away and Raury went hard on Higher. The night belonged to Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend ough who delivered a super smooth version of New Dorp. New York.

There Are Hippos In Business Suits

We’re not kidding. There is an art installation that is a corporate building with ‘people’ in hippo masks destroying the office. You can pick up a phone and talk to them but they’re pretty intolerable. We’re not exactly sure what they’re doing but it’s a statement about corporate greed or something like that. Anyway we headed to the Heineken Bar to charge our Samsung Galaxy while listening to Coachella’s Spotify playlist to ponder some more.

Coachella Is Literally Pimping A Butterfly

What started out as a caterpillar art installation has today flourished into a beautiful butterfly. Last the spaceman was amazing but we think this one beats it. Still, it was never a good idea to set the caterpillar as a meeting spot. One, it moves. Two, it changed form somewhere between Saturday and Sunday.

FKA Twigs Performed New Songs

We know FKA Twigs has a new EP on the way so we were expecting some new tracks when she took to the stage at Coachella. Wearing an outfit that at first looked like nipple tassels, the Brit performed Figure 8 and Glass & Patron alongside a host of tracks from LP1. A night festival set backed by illuminated palm trees is the perfect setting for twigs and she was predictably brilliant. She elongated her limbs beyond the realms of possibility and sung with a beautiful fragility. Also Robert Pattinson was in the crowd and I hate myself for writing that.

Source: music.mxdwn.com

Source: music.mxdwn.com

Azealia Banks Completed Her Redemption

Banks has a turbulent history of live performances with spats, super short sets and the like but she was a different person on Friday. Backed by an American flag, the rapper delivered the most impressive set of the weekend so far bring tracks from Broke With Expensive Taste to life with a full band. She barely spoke to the crowd rather deciding to out her head down and get to work. This girl is phenomenal and it feels like she’s only just realising how to full express it.

Tyler The Creator Said “Fuck You” To Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner is here. At Coachella. And everyone is losing their mind. Tyler The Creator seems less impressed though saying “fuck you” to her during his set while calling out the”soft” VIP section. Jenner responded by putting her rude finger up at him. Apparently they’re friends and hung out last Halloween so this was probably a joke. I’m not sure, I had to read Perez Hilton to find out that information so I’m rightfully a little fragile.

Katy Perry Posed Next To A Shark Bin

Spotted @leftshark doing community service @coachella

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*insert line about Perry’s music being trash*

Drake Is Everywhere

Drake’s headline set is not until tonight but he’s already taken over the festival. People are holding up pictures of him in a wheelchair (circa Degrassi days) and plenty of punters are wearing OVO shirts. The Weeknd also performed Crew Love last night but Drake didn’t make an appearance.

As Far As We Know Kanye Is Not Here But He Is In Spirit

Vic Mensa kicked off the first day by debuting his latest collaboration with Mr. West titled U Mad and also played Wolves. Cashmere Cat, who produced Wolves also dropped the track in his set yesterday. If we’re going to see Kanye at all, it’s going to have to be in Drake’s set this evening.

The Drake And Madonna Kiss

As the third day of Coachella drew to a close there was a risk that the festival wasn’t going to deliver that ‘shock moment’ that it’s become so well known for. This is a festival that’s brought Tupac back to life and debuted Daft Punk’s Get Lucky so it’s not unreasonable to expect something out of the ordinary.

Thank goodness then for Drake’s headline set which saw the rapper introduce Madonna to the stage for a slightly out-of-place performance of Human Nature. The two then shared cringe-worthy kiss that blew up the internet in a matter of minutes. Madonna looked pleased with herself while Drake looked a little distressed. As the 100,000 strong crowd exited the festival grounds the most popular word thrown around was “creepy”.

Eric Andre’s Questionable Appearance During Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco is known for his NSFW onstage antics but it wasn’t him who was playing up at Coachella. Comedian Eric Andre joined Mac and the band onstage wearing a dildo and playing the theramin during Together. It was a pretty unforgettable end to the set and while it was at times uncomfortable to watch, it was actually quite effective as an instrument.

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Florence’s First Festival Gig Since The Album Announcement

Florence Welch is the ultimate festival act. Her tunes are huge, her stage demeanour is charismatic and she actively uses every musical climax to rouse to the crowd. It’s been a long time in between drinks for Florence and co but you wouldn’t have thought so going by her Sunday evening performance.

She threw in What Kind Of Man, Ship To Wreck and the title track from her forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful alongside crowd favourites. The crowd took to her new songs well but it was her already established hits that really created goosebumps. She finished the set with Dog Days Are Over using every moment of silence to prepare the crowd for the incoming climax. Just before she yelled “run fast for your mother,” she asked the crowd to take one item of clothing off, whipped her top off and ran the length of the stage in her bra. Her songs may be heavy at times on record but live she’s a fun-loving, big-hearted performer who knows her crowd like no other.

Father John Misty Awkwardly Serenading A Fan

Father John Misty was one of the surprise highlights from the weekend. The ex-Fleet Foxes member performed a set mostly consisting of songs from his new album I Love You, Honeybear. He stalked around the stage in a black suit, performing each song like a preacher with a perfect dose of sarcasm. The highlight of the set came when he brought a member of the audience up on stage and serenaded her with Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man while she sat in a chair covered in pink balloons. It was wonderfully awkward but was an act that only Father John Misty could have made bearable.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Entertainment

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Breaking Down The Hashtag: What Is #TIDALforALL?

tidalforallThe basics – What is Tidal?

Tidal is a new music streaming service that will offer high fidelity sound quality, HD music videos and expertly Curated Editorial. In a nutshell, Tidal will be a hybrid of Spotify, Vimeo and perhaps even our high fashion online zines of choice (I mean…surely, if Kanye is involved). Apart from promising the highest quality in sound and video, Tidal are also making sure that their service is available when you’re offline…excellent if you like to blast tunes whilst on road trips to Byron and your service provider is anybody but Telstra.

tidal-share.9d1c0023How is this any different from Spotify or Vimeo?

The major difference is that you’re getting both music and video in the same place, something Spotify does not offer and Vimeo (or Youtube) generally don’t have excellent sound quality either. That’s the technical difference. The big campaign behind Tidal however is not about its features but about the fact that it is owned directly by a group of musicians rather than corporations.

artists_tidalWait…who owns it?

Musicians…namely- Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire), Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher.

During the press conference yesterday in which Tidal was officially re-launched, all of the above artists stood united together on the same stage in a very Hunger-games-esque moment of rebellion (Calvin & Chris were there via video screens but hey, they tried). As a very excited Alicia Keys gave a speech about the new service in which she didn’t actually say a whole lot except that what they were doing was “so powerful”. So of course, many are still a bit confused as to why Tidal is such a big deal.

NAVY, turn the tide…#MakeMusicHistory #TurnitBlue #TIDALforALL

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Do you know why?

Tidal is going to be the first streaming service in which artists are calling the shots and setting the standards, so yeah…it’s a big f**cking deal. Currently a streaming service like Spotify pays artists an appalling amount in royalties. To put it into perspective…if you’re an emerging Sydney artist and you manage to get your song streaming in the playlist, “Triple J’s Hitlist” and by some miracle Spotify users play your song a total of 50 000 times…you’re going to make about $260 (and that’s before your label/agency/management take their cut). That. Is. Horrendous…considering so much money (and heart) go into the writing and recording of new material. Maybe most of you don’t give a shit about how much of your $9.99 a month subscription is going towards the musicians but you should, because sooner or later that music might just stop… Can’t keep releasing new tunes if you got no cash flow, son!

Tidal is the first streaming company that is fighting to take back what rightfully belongs to the artist and that alone should be worth the $19.99 a month.

jay_z_tweet$11.99 a month? That’s daylight robbery!

No, the two $10 burgers you’ll eat at Grill’d this month are daylight robbery. This is a small price to pay to put some of the cash and power back in the hands of the people who are constantly giving to the rest of us with their songs.

If AUD$11.99 (or AUD$23.99 for premium) is too big a stretch for you, Tidal is offering a $9.99 a month package in which the song quality is only at standard definition (which unless you’re a tech/audio geek or a muso, you probably won’t notice the difference anyway). The difference in price to the musicians however is that Tidal are offering their artist double the standard royalty rate if you buy into their premium music package so if you can bear to part with $20 a month (which if you’re honest you probably can) I would suggest going with this package as you are aiding the growth of a company that will hopefully do great things in the long term.

jayzilluminatiGreat things? Like what?

Tidal is essentially Jay Z’s baby and maybe that’s got you making weird illuminati signs at your screen and calling this whole thing bullshit but put your stupid conspiracy theories away for two minutes to consider a future where musicians are calling the shots on what happens to their own music. The promise Jay & the team at Tidal have made is that the service will be constantly evolving…my personal hope is that involves taking on artists who may not see a dollar for their craft otherwise. The owner’s board is currently filled with some of the richest and most influential artists alive today but perhaps there will be a future for Tidal where a small indie band from Ulladulla can move out of their parents’ basement because companies like Tidal have payed them for their hard work and their gift to the rest of us.

As Alicia Keys so cleverly pointed out in her keynote speech, Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”.

So maybe it’s time to give back some, huh?


10 Things That Should And Could Happen At Coachella 2015


In just a week’s time, the interns will be going international, following our Aussie artists around the US, discovering a few international artists and covering one of the biggest festivals in the world, Coachella. We’re going to the land of the free and because we like ruining surprises we’re attempting to guess what’s going to happen at Coachella. Coachella is the festival for surprises. We’ve seen 2Pac appear as a hologram, Daft Punk debut Get Lucky and Beyonce get up to dance with Solange. Never does a year go by where something special doesn’t happen so here are our educated guesses as to what the festival will bring us in 2015.

Nicki Minaj Comes Out For Drake

Every year at Coachella there’s a number of acts who jam-pack their set with special guests. Last year it was Pharrell who brought out the likes of Usher, Gwen Stefani and Jay Z. This year, it looks like Drake is the most appropriate artist to bring out a plethora of guests. Of course, Kanye West has been everywhere at the moment and also had a collaboration album in the works with Drake last year, so he is an obvious guess.

Another possibility is Nicki Minaj who is a label-mate of Drake and they each feature on a number of each other’s tracks. Drake has made Minaj’s Truffle Butter a staple of his recent sets so a Nicki appearance would make so much sense. The bad news? She’s in the UK during weekend one so weekend two would be the only possibility.

The Weeknd is also on the lineup and could make an appearance for Crew Love. Lil Wayne is a long shot but his tour schedule leaves room for a weekend one appearance so all the fingers and toes are crossed.

We’d also be happy if Rihanna jumped up on stage with him. She stomped around the festival grounds last year and is also building hype for her eighth album and this would be an easy press grab.

Run The Jewels Collaborate With Until The Ribbon Breaks

Run The Jewels feature on Until The Ribbon BreaksRevolution Indifference and UTRB feature on RTJ’s Job Well Done so an on-stage collaboration at Coachella wouldn’t be out of the blue. Run The Jewels’ recent shows makes them an early favourite to be one of the best acts of the weekend so an opportunity to see them twice is not one we would pass up.

The Kardashians Dominate The Coachella Headlines

Coachella last year was all about Kendall Jenner. The second youngest of the klan strutted around Palm Springs just when her career as a model was starting to blow up. Kylie was also there last year but all eyes will be on Kim Kardashian this year. If Kanye jumps up on stage with Drake it would be rude of Kim not to make an appearance.

Of course the Kardashians only distract from the main focus of the weekend (music) but Coachella has always encouraged a little celeb spotting.

The Aussies Hold Their Own

We’ve got a pretty impressive contingent this year. Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk and What So Not will be pumping out their tunes over the weekend proving why Aussie electronica is impressing the world right now. Vance Joy, Angus and Julia Stone, Chet Faker, AC/DC and Tame Impala are also playing but we reckon all eyes will be on our electronic artists. Since Flume blew the roof of the festival last year, Americans seem to be keen for more and more of our brand of electronica and these three acts are probably the best representation of where we’re at in 2015.

Also, Wonderland is one of a very small handful of female producers taking to the stage (including Annie Mac!) and she’s got more than enough gusto to take on the boys. Anna Lunoe held her own last year and Wonderland will have no problem this year.

AC/DC Draw The Smallest Headline Crowd Of The Weekend

They may be Aussie but AC/DC is a very confusing choice for Coachella, a festival known for drawing a largely youthful audience. It’s impressive that Aussies Tame Impala and AC/DC will finish-up night one but it’s hard to be sold on the fact that the veterans are a great fit for the festival. Glastonbury has so far announced Foo Fighters and Kanye West. AC/DC would arguably be a must better fit for Glasto while the Foos would’ve been a perfect headliner. Last year Coachella nailed it with Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire. This year the headliners feel a little flat. It will be interesting to watch but we reckon a lot of people will be looking for alternatives on the first night.

Electronica Rises While EDM Falls

It took a while for EDM to find its way to America but it’s now well and truly established. Last year Calvin Harris broke attendance records on the mainstage at Coachella and it seems this year it will be left up to veterans like David Guetta to do the same. What’s more striking about this years lineup, however, is how many electronic producers features. Bixel Boys, Cashmere Cat, Jon Hopkins, Ryan Hemsworth, Kaytranada, Odesza and Todd Terje (just to name a few) all standout as prominent additions to the lineup in 2015. For the most part, these acts really grew their profile last year (Jon Hopkins is a legend, so maybe not him) and built their own hype. They also have great records to stand on. Cashmere Cat could really make a big impression as he’s the only one here really reaching into the pop-world. With Ariana Grande on side he could really give the EDM acts a run for their money.

On the other hand the EDM lineup seems stale. David Guetta is the biggest name on there and he’s joined by the likes of Martin Solveig, Alesso, Axwell ^ Ingrosso. Bar perhaps Oliver Heldens there are no young guns that are really pushing the boundaries. The highlight, although you’d be hard-pressed to call him EDM anymore will be Porter Robinson who has a vision far beyond playing the Beatport top 10.

It’s our prediction that even if EDM-loving festivalgoers stumble into say Kaytranada or Odesza they will be swayed. Coachella may mark the minute EDM reaches the downward side of the bell-curve. We’ll see.

Vic Mensa Collaborates With Jungle And Kaytranada

We saw it here in Aus with Jungle and now we’re hoping to see it again. Vic Mensa has to be one of the most promising rapper around at the moment and while in Australia on the Laneway Festival tour he made a name for jumping up on stage with other acts most notably Flight Facilities and Jungle. With the pair on the lineup together it’s likely that Mensa will add a verse to Jungle’s Busy Earnin’ live on stage.

It’s also likely that Mensa will jump up during Kaytranada’s set to perform their excellent new track Drive Me Crazy. It may not be quite as exciting as Drake and Kanye but it shows a new wave of artists collaborating with each other and represents an exciting spark in the music community.

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Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala Prove They Are Headline-Ready

Florence + The Machine and Tame Impala are both sitting just under the headliners on the bill. Both of them are about to release their third record and seemed poised to be future headliners of major festivals.

Coachella will be their major test. If they can bring the euphoria and climaxes needed to create a memorable Coachella set then we reckon this will be the last time you’ll see them at the festival as a non-headliner.

Each of them have a song that hits all the right accent to create goosebumps – Florence with Dog Days Are Over and Tame Impala with Elephant – so it’s likely that these two will be many people’s highlights. We’re also more than likely to hear tracks from their new albums live at Coachella so keep the camera-phones at the ready.

David Guetta Has A Little Too Much Fun

Oh, please let it happen.


Mac Demarco Gets Naked

It’s happen more times than we care to count but what better occasion to strip down to your birthday suit that the world’s biggest festival. 2014 really introduced Mac Demarco as more than an indie-cult hero. He’s proved himself to be a charismatic, highly-capable performer with a swag of excellent songs to boot and Coachella will hopefully bring a much wider audience to him.



YouTube Music Awards

Highlights From The 2015 YouTube Music Awards: FKA Twigs, Action Bronson, Shamir + More

YouTube Music Awards

After taking a year off the YouTube Music awards are back. The game has changed slightly this year as there will be no live awards show and the contending videos have all just been dropped via YouTube and VICE media. As a music video enthusiast it’s wildly refreshing to see directors and musicians teaming up to try and create something memorable and unique. Here are my top picks and predictions from the 2015 crop.

Action Bronson – Baby Blue (Directed by Lil Chris)

The world’s most lovable chef (sorry not sorry Jamie), rapper and all round cool dude Action Bronson is my personal favourite pick this year. In an ode to “Coming to America” he travels through NYC to find his queen (who has serious guns). Playing multiple characters along the way, we get to watch with delight as his effortless cool flows through each and every character he portrays…it’s fun, it’s well shot and it’s really fucking clever. It’s also worth a mention that this single was produced by Mark Ronson, further adding to the excellence of Baby Blue. It won’t take out the top spot but I’d really like it to.

FKA twigs – Glass & Patron (Directed by FKA twigs)

This will win best video because of course it will (also, VICE is involved). FKA twigs has self-directed her new clip (of course she has) and it’s making every indie blog and my entire news feed freak out (of course…). A pregnant (OMFG) Twigs gives birth in the back of a van to an entourage of well-dressed fierce dancers with perfect bone structure who join her in a total vogue-off atop a luminous catwalk in the middle of a dark forest…because of course.
I am one of the few humans on the earth somewhat immune to the hype that surrounds FKA Twigs…she did not wow me at Laneway, her ad for Google glass did not make me wet myself and her first self-directed clip, Pendulum was not “everything” to me. I’m saying this because it’s important you know I am not totally bias on this one and that when I say that this song is fucking brilliant in all its genre-defying beauty and that this video is going to win not just on hype but because it is outstanding…that I really mean it.

Shamir – Call it Off (Directed by Philip Hodges)

Youngster Shamir was definitely given a decent budget for this one. The muppets are totally adorable and fitting for his personal brand of weird-cute. The video is all fun colours and happy dancing and easily makes my top five as well as making me want to try and pull off white denim. As a follow-up single to the brilliant On The Regular it goes alright too.


Charli XCX – Famous (Directed by Eric Wareheim)

Mark my words, if you make it to the end of this clip you will have nightmares. With that, you have been warned. In what begins as a seemingly innocent clip we watch a Charli obsessed lookalike go totally selfie crazy (like, what better way to pass the time than just STARE AT YOURSELF IN A TINY SCREEN). Things go from weird to weirder though when both her Apple devices run out of battery and she is forced to hang out in the real world (which is not very real at all) minus the shiny filter provided by our virtual realities. Wareheim is obviously making some serious social commentary with this clip and I dig that, seeing as most of the other entries are just weird for weird’s sake. Charli is the perfect platform for this kind of statement, as her fan base would be made up of mostly culprits akin to the clip’s protagonist. It’s definitely in the running for an award, though as I mentioned above, once FKA twigs put herself in the mix there is just not much hope for anybody else…not even ’90s lovin’ candy baby Charli.

KYGO – Stole the Show (Directed by Saman Kesh)

As a fan of a few of KYGO’s remixes, I did have high hopes for this song but it’s a bit of a slow burner so I guess it will have to grow on me. We’ll definitely be hearing it in some party mix tapes though and that is totally fine. At first glance it’s kind of a boring messy house party but if you can stick it out till about 2:47 you’ll be rewarded with some SERIOUS dance moves and then the storyline morphs into a cute extra terrestrial love story. Also, the FX graphics at the end of the clip are excellent. A quick FYI…music videos generally have a really shitty budget so either KYGO has splurged for this or Saman Kesh has some excellent 3D graphic mates who put in the hard yards on this and that deserves credit.

Ed Sheeran & Rudimental – Bloodstream (Directed by Emil Nava)

This song is getting a mention because the film clip is TERRIBLE and I’m annoyed that director, Emil Nava probably had triple the budget of most of the better clips. The big issue here is that the director is using shots that are clearly meant to make us sympathise with the protagonist but we have ZERO back story except for his walls full of gold and platinum records in his big expensive house. Poor you middle aged musician with your expensive scotch and all your awards in your big beautiful house full of groupies ready to bang you. I feel SO BAD for you, WHAT DID YOU DO TO DESERVE THIS? Give me a break, if you want to make anybody feel bad for a dude like that you need a feature length film with an excellent back story and an Oscar worthy lead. This clip has zero heart in it and makes me sad that it even made the short list.

Lindsey Stirling – Take Flight (Directed by Joe Sill)

Lindsey is a two-time YouTube music winner & performer so it only felt right to include her in this list. The song is what I imagine classical music students would consider a banger and the clip is a trippy Escher-esque wonderland. Chasing down the remedy to cure her dying flower, Lindsey scales buildings in a very Insurgent manner whilst donning a cape that looks like it belongs to Frodo Baggins. It’s all very ethereal and reminds me a bit of a dark Japanese video game. The graphics are pretty awesome and I can only imagine how much time and effort went into producing this.

MAX feat. Hoodie Allen – Gibberish (Directed by Greg Jardin)

I am clearly not young enough to know who MAX is (apparently he came to fame covering songs on YouTube) and I kind of never want to hear this song again because it sounds like Jason Derulo and Nick Jonas had a baby but if you can stomach it, you have to see this one. The clip is a piece of technical genius, which would have been a total bitch to shoot and cut together (I work in Post Production ordinarily and just watching this makes me anxious at how many hours would have gone into getting it right). On video merit alone this could win some awards but I’m hoping it does not beat out the few excellent songs that also made the cut.




Nothing Is Everything In 2015: The Resurgence Of Minimalism


Early last year we dreamt up the concept of the interns as an all-encompassing music website which focussed on the alternative-side but embraced pop from an arms length. Immediately we were thrown into the direction of electronic music inspired by a number of producers, namely Ryan Hemsworth, Cashmere Cat, Kaytranada, who were all doing interesting, genre-pushing things. RnB flavoured electronica was in vogue and trap was being worked in every direction, popping up in pop songs, replacing choruses.

This year has been a great year for releases so far. Drake dropped a surprise mixtape which was brilliant, Cashmere Cat has been on game and Kaytranada, Samo Sound Boy and Arca have been repping it for the electronica genre. But there’s one thing that’s rising above all and that’s minimalism. 2015’s truly great, defining releases so far have all been strikingly minimal. We’re going to lay aside the other big trend of 2015, grime, for the sake of this article and come back to it in a later article so we can pull apart minimalism for the moment.

“2015’s truly great, defining releases so far have all been strikingly minimal.”

Minimalism is an incredibly broad trend, we’re aware. It’s one that’s possible in any genre and certainly not something that’s new. But we’re talking about two or three instruments and a forthright vocal. Songs where silence is used just as effectively as noise. Where a crappy vocal or lyric can’t hide behind a bed of abrasive beats or flushing synths.

Kanye West’s New Year Rebirth

When we woke on New Years Day we woke to Kanye West‘s new single Only One. West’s Yeezus was minimal at times with producer Rick Rubin pulling layers off each track to reveal their bare bones, however, the production was still dense with West’s voice coated in reverb. Only One was the most organic thing West has ever put out. It was simply Paul McCartney on keys with West murmuring over in his auto-tuned voice best related to 808s and Heartbreaks.

It would’ve been easy to write it off but then came Rihanna‘s FourFiveSeconds. Once again McCartney was on board with Yeezy as well. It wasn’t the huge first Rihanna single we’ve become accustomed to. Rather it sounded like a campfire ditty with the only instruments an organ and an acoustic guitar. It wasn’t initially rewarded with the same kind of chart love Rihanna is used to (5 of her first singles from 7 albums have gone to number one in the US) but eventually it scaled the charts, peaking at number four. It may not be the peak of her career but it’s certainly impressive for a song that’s basically skeletal. Their performance of the song at The Grammys is one that will go down in the history books. When we look back at 2015 being the year that pop stars stripped it back we’ll look straight to FourFiveSeconds for answers.

To further understand how Yeezy has contributed to minimalism you’ve also got to look at his set design and Adidas Yeezy Season 1 collection. While Wolves is less organic than Only One and FourFiveSeconds, it’s still minimal, backed pretty much only by a singular synth. When he performed it on SNL with Vic Mensa and Sia they were backed visually by nothing but a white white screen. Dressed in black the trio basically looked like a blank canvas. It was a look that was paired back but also powerful with the only things to focus on being the movement and the words. Yeezy has always dealt in poignancy. Even if you look at his Twitter, it’s always short sharp words with full stops at the end. When simplicity is executed well it’s more powerful than any tricks and it’s clear Kanye has learnt this. It’s even more clearer in his Adidas collection which focusses on dark, blank colours with no patterns. Once the king of grandiose, West has pulled everything back in order to amplify what he has to say. That alone could be the main notion for music in 2015.

Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter

Electronica and RnB was the last big bandwagon that everyone was keen to jump on. Last year’s greatest records came from the likes of FKA Twigs, Caribou and How To Dress Well. It seemed the singer-songwriter was now the producer-songwriter-singer with dabbling in the electronic world essential to cross-through. That’s shifting this year.

It’s only been three months but already there’s a trend emerging as to what kind of music is nabbing the critics’ thumbs up. Tobias Jesso Jr‘s latest record Goon is one of the early contenders for album of the year and it’s completely stripped-back. If Kanye West has introduced Paul McCartney back into pop music then Jesso Jr has re-introduced Lennon. His songwriting is sincere and forthright, rarely backed by anything more than a piano. It sounds timeless and maybe that’s the appeal of minimalism, that it survives trends because it’s open to interpretation. It’s easy to see Hollywood being remixed into a big-room dance track like Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness. 

“His songwriting is sincere and forthright, rarely backed by anything more than a piano.”

Another album that will no doubt be a contender for album of the year is Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell. Stevens followed the general trend towards electronic production on his last set Age of Adz but this record has seen him return to his roots delivering his most sparse record yet. With only a few instruments at the helm, Stevens has reigned things back in, amplifying his message which is at times pretty touching. The record needs no time stamp attached to it because it’s so timeless except for it sounds like a record that makes sense in 2015 in the context of the other albums that are coming out.

It’s still to be seen as to whether we will see more of this in 2015 but these are the kind of seminal records that start a shift. Think about the alt-folk movements that Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver started or the future RnB trend defined by releases by Kelela and FKA Twigs.

The Producer Reigns It In

One man seems to be set to really carve-out the electronic sound for 2015 and that is Arca. Venezualan producer Arca, who released his own debut record Xen last year, has worked on LPs for Kanye West, FKA Twigs and most recently Björk. He’s forging a new sound that incorporates elements of RnB and fuses them with industrial beats, silence and experimentalism. His soundscapes are beautiful but they never sound particularly dense. While his sound is at times aggressive and forthright it’s only ever made with a few key noises.

“It may not be simple, but it appears so and that’s its biggest appeal.”

There are two reasons why we’re including him in a piece of minimalism and that’s because of his work on Björk’s best album in more than a decade, Vulnicura and his production on Kelela‘s A Message. Björk has never been one to deal in skeletal arrangements but Vulnicura is perhaps her most pulled-back LP ever. Opener Lionsong could have expanded into strings delivered by a full-piece orchestra but instead it remains constrained by subtle electronic murmurings and her billowing voice. Even the video for the song takes the same kind of white-screened aesthetic than Yeezy has been using of late, allowing her digitally manipulated body to remain the only visually complex element. It may not be simple, but it appears so and that’s its biggest appeal. Compared to her last record Biophilia, Vulnicura is immaculately sparse free of the electronic density that cluttered Biophilia. As such, it’s the most emotionally affecting Björk has ever been. Footage from her live performance at Carnegie Hall in New York shows her backed by a strings section, a drummer and a producer. Everybody is dressed in white. Her outfit is characteristically intriguing but her surroundings offer the audience a blank canvas. It’s beautifully affecting.

The RnB-electronica genre may be growing a little tired but it seems Kelela and Arca are the first ones to revive it in 2015. Backed by nothing but extended hums of sound and a gentle beat, Kelela delivers her most powerful vocal to date. When the instrumental departs for her to sing “If I was your ex-girlfriend,” it sends shivers down the spine. The song needs no instrumental climaxes because Kelela’s vocal melody is so strong. The accompanying video is just as minimal as the track itself with Kelela joined only by a white background and haunting projections. Minimalism is the type of genre that swallows anybody who has no personality. Luckily Kelela bleeds the kind of emotion necessary from her face and her body.

Minimalism Meet Pop

Madonna is often one who jumps on the trend-bandwagon and while the opening single, Living For Love, from her latest record Rebel Heart is a tip of the hat to the house music revolution, the rest of the album is actually quite bare. In comparison to her previous set MDNA which operated firmly in the realms of EDM, Rebel Heart see Madonna sing amongst acoustic guitars (Devil Pray), warm keys (Ghosttown) and subtle percussion (Wash All Over Me). We are, of course, ignoring bass-heavy moments like Bitch I’m Madonna and Iconic, but these gentler moments are what make the record sound slightly current rather than taking bits from dance trends that have been and gone.

If we look at the charts today it’s a very different picture from the Guetta and Harris-run charts of 2011. Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down is notably bare-boned as is Hozier’s Take Me To Church. Even Major Lazer’s Lean On is far less full-bodied approach for them. It’s a trend that’s clearly still developing but we’re willing to bet our money on the fact that there will be plenty more FourFiveSeconds moments in 2015 as artists ditch the dense, bass-heavy sounds for an approach the centres more around the vocals.


How To Not Be A Dickhead At Festivals: An Infographic

Dicks, we’ve all seen them. And while you can enjoy them at your leisure, you never want to be personified as one. Festivals have become a natural habitat for ‘the dick’ – defined as a festival-goer who feels that their experience is infinitely more important than the bucket-hat wearing chap to their right or the lass to their left with the flash tattoo.

Festivals are great. Where else can you see 14 bands in one day, pash a stranger and dance like an exotic parakeet in a remote tent and return to work on Monday with a job? BUT sometimes we need to remember that the festival experience is far more pleasant when you remember that you should treat people the way you would like to be treated, also known as harmony.

Aunty Meredith, the mystical person behind Meredith and Golden Plains festivals, has done an excellent job of creating a ‘No Dickhead’ policy, that makes the festivals the most harmonious on the festival calendar. Over the summer we’ve witnessed some of the most excellent people (FKA Twigs, the girl who told me she liked my hat and the tall guy who moved to the left so we could see Drake) and some of the most terrible people (the guy who thought he was the only person who could rap every word to N****s In Paris, the people who said Twerkshop was a waste of time at Falls Festival and those who let off flares) at festivals. The fact is, festivals are really easy to hate on. Local councils love to do it, it makes a great story for the media and your parents also like to. Prove them wrong and show that a festival is safer than the toilet paper aisle at Woolworths.

In anticipation of Golden Plains this weekend and as a reflection on our experience at festivals this summer here is how not to be a dickhead at festivals – the interactive art experience*.

*It’s not interactive but if you print it out and buy a marker it can be.


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