Philly Mixtape Music Tea/ Le1f

Sitting in a tent with the air conditioning on us (we’re in the glamping area and yes…I hate the word too) I ask Le1f if he’s ready for an interview. He’s calm and collected after having performed in front of thousands less than an hour ago. My buddy DJ Javascript has just performed with him, reeling from the high, getting us started for another different kind of high. Le1f and I take the time to discuss his experience as a producer and our love for Bjork. It’s his calmness, shyness (not to be confused with his confidence) that carries throughout the time I spent with him on that particularly iconic day:

PM – Where are you from these days?
Le1f – (laughs). I’m from Harlem.

PM –  How was your first Firefly Festival experience?
Le1f – I thought it was very well received.


PM – How did you get your start as an entertainer?
Le1f – I was a child dancer. Went to a prep academy which also helped shape me as an artist.

PM – And you produce too?
Le1f –  Yes. I started in Fruity Loops like some of my peers in the computer labs at school, then transitioned into Logic and making my own sounds. I collaborated a lot with Boody where we tried to have a different process for every song. Javas (Javascript) and I have known each other since we were in the same town.

PM –  Who have been some of your biggest influences shaping you as an artist today?
Le1f – Emotions in art and in music. And art. Especially art. Don’t forget art.

PM – You do seem very in tune with you surroundings and projection as an artist. That’s a rare gift to have and even more rare to see these days. What about artists?
Le1f –  Aaliyah and most definitely Bjork.

PM –  I actually went to the Bjork exhibit at MoMa in New York. Fell in love with the experience sitting there in the theater with everyone watching her music videos. It was so cool.
Le1f – I loved that as well…those couches in the theater, it was like a playpen. I love her outfits in those videos. Every one of them are so different.


PM –  What have you been most excited about being here other than performing at Firefly?
Le1f –  My friends. Bear Hands and Lizzo. I’m really excited to see them perfom.

PM – So what can we expect from you next?
Le1f –  Clarity in my vocals.

Mixtape Music News/Festival Edition

Lots of festivals happening this June, some that have already happened. In this edition we cover the news of some of that ish…I’ll be quick because you’ve got some festivals to go to.

1. Jon Hamm Gives Up His Bonnaroo Artist Pass

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 13:  Comedian Zach Galifianakis and actor Jon Hamm seen on the "Other" stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, TN – JUNE 13: Comedian Zach Galifianakis and actor Jon Hamm seen on the “Other” stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In-between throwing candy at Belle and Sebastian and hanging with Zach Galifianakis, Hamm had some time to hit up a local diner in Chattanooga. While there he became a good samaritan and handed off his pass to waitress Abby Swartz. The all artist pass not only got her into the festival to see acts like Billy Joel and Brandi Carlile, but also got her into the artists backstage tent. Abby told press, she’s not that outgoing, but that night…she got it all. A true festival experience.

2. Lady Gaga Plays ‘Imagine’ Again…This Time Redeems Herself

Back in ’09 during Gaga primetime she debuted a re-imagined edition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” which was atrocious (and can be found here).
This time, during the European Games Open Ceremony, she did the Lennon ballad justice, not changing the words. While albeit theatrical, this is the Gaga we always knew she had in her. It’s the Gaga that finally seems to be coming to the forefront. Listen below:

3. Deadmau5 Wants His Canadian Parody Of A Musical Stopped !

Deadmau5 and lawyers released a cease and desist letter to stop a musical satire on the artist and EDM culture. The concept: “think Ratatouille meets Book of Mormom”.

Deadmau5’s statement: “I appreciate their intent but they REALLY went about this the wrong way.” More than anything, it appears they have infringed on copyright, which is why Deadmau5 is so upset. He’s been posting remarks, as the mouse does, via Twitter. We’d still really like to see this musical.


4. Ting Tings Cancel U.S. Tour

The one and only Kate White has ruptured her tendon on her hand causing the duo to call it quits on the rest of the tour. This sucks to say the least as the act rarely tours the U.S.
Catch them if you can next time around, but for now, rock out to their latest album ‘Supercritical’:

5. Firefly Festival CONFLICTS !!

So many acts. So little time. Billboard summarizes the biggest scheduling conflicts while at the festival in Dover DE this weekend. Among them:

The Kooks vs. Tycho
Big Data vs. Odesza
Modest Mouse or Kygo
Matt and Kim or Cruisr
Foster The People or Betty Who
Hozier or RJD2
Bastille or Citizen Cope
Snoop Dogg or Empire Of The Sun or Tove Lo or The Killers

You decide…I gotta head over to the festival now !!

Stay hydrated festival peeps.