Lollapalooza 2014

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I’m happy to say that I’m officially done with my Business minor. I’ve been very busy this summer the reason I haven’t really posted anything. However, I’m back and with a great story!

I  finally took off Lollapalooza from my To-do list. I had the amazing opportunity of finally attending this music festival in the beautiful city of Chicago. Not only was it my first time going to the festival, but also to the city.

So, even though Lollapalooza was not what I expected –huge and exhausting– it was very fun. I attended this event with three other friends from Dallas. We arrived a day before the festival to have at least one day to explore the city. I do wish we could’ve stayed longer since I feel there was still so much more to see.

However, back to Lolla and its music, I have to say that Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon were definitely the best sets out of all the others I saw. I may include Lorde in there too. I haven’t stopped listening to her album after seeing her live and I would love to see her again.

One of the things I loved about Arctic Monkeys’ set was the fact that they started with my favorite song –Do I wanna Know?– which I thought would be played at the end. Plus, Alex Turner’s hip movements are to die for.

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However, I didn’t stay for their entire set since Eminem played at the same time –literally on the opposite side. And this is definitely one of the things I hate most about music festivals. They always schedule the best artists at the same time making you choose between one or the other.

So even though I’m more of an Arctic Monkeys fan I felt some kind of necessity to go see Eminem, since we do go way back –to middle school. And I’m really glad I did. Surprise guest from Rihanna was one of the best parts of my Lollapalooza experience. Running as fast as I could to the other side of the park was worth it. Plus, let’s just say I have some history with one of their songs.

So overall Lollapalooza was a lot different than I thought it would be. I was not mentally or physically prepared for that amount of people, walking, running, rain, food, and booze. Yet, I do recommend it! I do wish I could write more, but this post would be more tiring than what the actual festival was, so attend Lollapalooza next year and see for yourself!

Other Artists I Saw: Iggy Azalea, Martin Garrix, Joywave, NONONO, Gesaffelstein, London Grammar, Outkast, Chromeo, GROUPLOVE, Foster the People, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Rebelution, and Young the Giant.


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Lee Foss at It’ll Do

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Lee Foss, producer and DJ from Chicago came to visit the wonderful city of Dallas and played at It’ll Do Club last Saturday. After probably having one hell of an outrageous night from playing at Brooklyn, New York with the beautiful Anabel Englund he still put on a great show here in Dallas. It was my first time going to It’ll Do and I very much enjoyed it.

Lee Foss’ music has become one of my daily listens and seeing him live was something else. It’ll Do’s ambience gave such a personal and comfortable vibe that it was hard not to enjoy it. Turns out his family was even there to see him perform being that Father’s Day was the next day. And from what I saw I wasn’t the only one having a good time; every time I turned around the crowd was all there for Lee Foss.

His set ended with two of my favorite songs –Reverse Skydiving and Electricity– which he usually performs with Anabel Englund, sadly she wasn’t there. I have yet to experience Hot Natured — the electronic music group Lee Foss has with both Jamie Jones and Anabel Englund — as well as Pleasure State — electronic music group he has with MK and Anabel Englund.

Hope you enjoy the videos and the pictures and listen to some Lee Foss please!

Lee Foss at It’ll Do Club from evelia chapa on Vimeo.

Gesaffelstein at The Fonda Theatre

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So I finally saw Gesaffelstein live at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The show was amazing, I had never experienced a show just like the one he put on. His dark gothic techno music and his enthusiasm and passion while playing was incredible. Plus, the light and screen effects behind him were one of the most important elements of his show and what I think made his music a lot more personal to each individual in the audience.

Of course, Gesaffelstein was the best dressed that night, wearing a dark suit as if he was attending The Oscars. I personally love it because it makes him a lot more sophisticated and different from other DJs. We usually see DJs wearing plain tees and jeans, but this is not the case. The way Gesaffelstein dresses makes him stand out from all the rest together with his mesmerizing music.

And how to forget he is one, or may I say, the only DJ who can pull off smoking cigarettes the entire set. Cigarettes have become part of his personal brand and what makes him look as if he was brought from the 60s or the Mad Men cast.

I’m more than excited to see him again in August at Lollapalooza in Chicago. So to those who are attending don’t miss out on Gesaffelstein!

Here are some of the pictures I took that night and a short video too. It was a sold out show, so sorry for the semi-blurry pictures. I tried my best, enjoy!

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Sailor & I

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After a month of wanting to write about this artist, it’s finally here! For this post I got the amazing opportunity of interviewing the one and only, Sailor & I. The first time I heard of him was through an Âme remix to one of his songs –Turn Around– which then led me to listen to more of his music.

Sailor & I, a Swede artist –Alexander Sjodin– began playing music at the age of three. He grew up in a family that almost never played anything, however his curiosity for instruments was what initiated his passion for music. “My first strong musical movement was when I heard the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing on national television,” Sjodin says. The next day he went to the record store and grabbed the first two records from who he thought were the coolest convolutes: The Beastie Boys –Paul’s Boutique album– and Kiss –Destroyer album. “Those two records kind of opened up the doors into a new world to me, ” he says.

Even though his family never played anything, they owned both a piano and a guitar, which were also part of what started Sjodin’s curiousness for music. His parents always supported him and bought him all the instruments he asked for. “…soon my boy room had turned into a rehearsing room, a place where all the kids in the neighborhood started to hang out,” Sjodin says.

The sounds of the instruments became more than just a sound, it became the start of Sjodin’s career. “It was like a mirror to my inner emotions. So the music sort of became my best from very early in my life,” he says.

So as I asked him what the meaning behind Sailor & I was, he explained to me how it’s a metaphor. “Sailor & I… two wills inside a person that are fighting against one another. It is part of most peoples’ everyday lives. It’s interesting because there are times people do things they don’t want to do, but they can’t stop doing it for some reason,” Sjodin says.

Sailor & I gets inspired to write his music by his own life and the people around him. “I never plan to write a lyric, the whole songwriting process is really fast, like 5-15 minutes per song for lyrics and melody,” Sjodin says. He mentions how music comes very easy to him. He can be anywhere and might just get inspired by something around him that might lead him to write and record a song with his iPhone.

“What takes time is production, it’s a fucking mess because you have millions of options and parameters that affect how your song would sound like,” he says. Also mentioning how even using the exact same melody and lyrics but changing a sound on an instrument can turn out communicating a totally different thing.

Although my blog only covers a part of what was discussed with Sjodin, I would like to end it with his response to the question on the band’s plans of coming to the U.S. He said, unfortunately, that at this point Sailor & I still had no plans of coming to America. On the bright side, Sjodin did say, “Once we have a release on a U.S. label, we will put our focus there and start doing live shows.” Fingers crossed!

Check out Sailor & I’s Tough Love music video and the Âme remix that introduced me to his wonderful music.

For more info make sure to visit his Facebook, Soundcloud, and Twitter.

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