A name heard coast to coast, LAlien Thee Mike B has it on lock from Cali to NYC. An avid blogger, promoter of riotous parties (such as Banana Split and Cheap Pop), a remixer/producer and collaborator (Graveleaf with Omar Doom and Knish Hit Squad with DJ Trident, for example)... Mike B comes equipped with a vast knowledge of music across the board.
Ahead of his fabric debut on Friday 7 May, we got the lowdown from Coachella last week from the man himself. Read on and live vicariously through Mike B...get transported to Coachella Valley for a sweet moment, while grooving to a mix he created in a similarly sunny Miami.
Our house was awesome. We had a pool, a hot tub and lots of beer, weed and Red Bull. Not to mention that we rolled up in my buddy Jon’s ‘Party Van.’ Which is equipped with an OG Nintendo, VHS and tube TV. However, the sound system completely bumps!
Jon is the man, and though he is sober, he proceeded to wild out like a drinking man immediately upon entering the festival.
While I waited for Jay-Z to take the stage I wondered around and ran into some folks. I also wandered over to the rave tent and caught the end of Erol Alkan’s set. He had quite the light show.
It was finally time for the Jigga man who did not dissapoint. He came correct with a history of his hits, a light up NY cityscape, Beyonce and a fireworks display.
DJ Eleven (The Rub) + wife:
Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge) and family:
Tyler + Mike (Classixx):
On the way out I caught the tail end of the Whitest Boy Alive. I was bummed I didn’t see more of it as it looked to have been a very fun show.
I found myself beat to shit from Day 1 so I let the Party Van leave without me and went to visit my friend Price who’s got a great place out there. Jamie from Acid Girls joined me and we lived the high life. Ran into our bro Omar Doom who was doing it real big poolside and Salman Agah, who is a skateboard legend.
Jamie (Acid Girls) vs my sunglasses:
Omar Doom (Inglorius Basterds) and his dog:
Thee Mike B water casket:
I made it to the festival around 9pm and saw some great performances from Faith No More, Major Lazer, Z-Trip, 2 Many DJ’s, The Dead Weather (wow!) and my favorite band: Devo!
Crazy Coachella Car:
I went home happy that night and followed it up with a proper late night pool session with the crew.
Ron from The Cobrasnake/Cosmic Kids was staying with us but would dissapear early every day to go who knows where. I never got any shots of him but made up for it by capturing this gem of his earplugs and eye mask:
On the way to the festival that day I couldn’t help but be jealous of this Sherriff’s name:
I was floored by how great Thom Yorke’s show was. Flea’s funky bass was a perfect added ingredient as he went through the entire Eraser album with Nigel Godrich on guitar! He then broke into some acoustic and piano renditions of Radiohead faves like Everything in it’s Right Place and Paranoid Android. I watched it beginning to end and I gotta say it was excellent. However, I was angry that I missed Plastikman.
It was now time for the Gorillaz show everyone was so damned excited about. It was cool. They brought out a ton of guests: Snoop Dogg, De La Soul etc. and had Paul Simonon (The Clash) on bass.
I left that show early because Sly Stone, who had not shown up for his earlier set time, was now taking the stage in the Mojave tent. It was a perfect way to wrap up my Coachella weekend.
Pretty much everyone else was watching Gorillaz so me and about 300 other lucky people watched Sly actually tear the fucking house down. I mean, let’s keep in mind that this guy played at Woodstock.
It’s been 2 days and I am still pretty damn tired. I never take pictures of anything. Glad I brought my camera this year. Thanks fabric…See ya May 7th.