Tinashe, Sammy Adams & More Hot 100 Fest Performers Share Their Summer Highlights
With clear skies and tons of great music, this year's Hot 100 Fest was a hit with fans and artists alike. But while the two-day festival (Aug. 19 and 20) on Long Island was a solid weekend all around, the artists who played the fest have all had busy summers that have resulted in several memorable weekends -- and Billboard wanted to hear about it before they took the stage over the weekend.
Warped Tour, Vegas residencies, opening for Bruno Mars...these Hot 100 Fest artists have a lot going on the past few months. Take a look at some of the best summer 2017 highlights from the likes of Tinashe, Camila Cabello, Cash Cash and more below.
I got a house for the first time in the Hollywood Hills, so I finally got my own space and I put a studio in it. All summer I’ve just been really creative and having people come through and got stuff cooking. Diplo came through, a lot of producers, Mike Will Made It. I’ve made some really good stuff, I’m very excited about it.
We’ve been on tour with Bruno Mars -- it’s just made me a way better performer, I feel like I’ve improved so much from my first day there. Just watching him perform you learn so much from him.
As corny as it sounds, making new friends [on Warped Tour]. Our Last Night, Neck Deep, Hands Like Houses, The Adolescents, Valient Thorr. It’s so cool because my music isn’t like theirs and the demos are so different, but at the end of summer it felt like summer camp was over. They all loved that I didn’t even have a DJ -- I just pressed space bar and f--king rocked my set [Laughs]. It was such a different vibe, and at first it was pretty intimidating because I’m one of three rappers. Whatever energy you bring is the energy you’re gonna get, but you never really know what to expect.
And just being able to play for new fans, that’s the most important shit is playing for people who have never heard you. I’ve never had more people come up to me and be like, “Yo, this is dope. I’ve never heard of you, but this is dope.” Music can really be your own promo vehicle.
Jean Paul Makhlouf: It's definitely been Las Vegas at Hakkasan, where our residency is. It’s Vegas. It’s the best.
Alex Makhlouf: We’ve been out there for a few years, and this is definitely, by far, the craziest summer we’ve had in Vegas. It’s the summer of lust. It’s the summer of lust over in Las Vegas. We took the show to a different level this year. New songs, new performance elements, we do have some live stuff.
Jean Paul Makhlouf: We brought Conor Maynard out to Las Vegas, and we brought Charli XCX out for a show. You never know who is going to pop in for a Vegas show -- that’s the cool thing about it.
It wasn’t summer yet, Coachella was so fun. I had never gone before, and I know it was in April, but it felt like summer for me. During Travis Scott I was in the center of the crowd and I shouldn’t have been, I had a little bit of a panic attack and had to leave. That was a terrifying set. Imagine being dead-center in the front! But that was the only bad experience I had there and the rest was so fun.
Also, just any trip to the beach with my friends, we switch it up between Malibu and Santa Monica. There is never any specific one better than the other, but any time we can get all of us together, we did like three times this summer, we got all of us together, our whole group of friends to go to the beach together.
WE THE KINGS
Travis Clark: We all got our girls pregnant, and so we’re all having kids.
Charles Trippy: I think it’s hard to top that. It’s insane thinking about where we came from and being friends and starting music to just trying to get girlfriends in reality. Now we have wives and children popping out. Now we are going to be the managers of a little rock band called the Wee Kings.
Coley O'Toole: They don't realize the groundwork we've laid for them!
TY DOLLA $IGN
The highlight of the summer was finishing Beach House 3, my new album that’s about to drop. And the song me and Wiz [Khalifa] made called “Something New" -- I think it’s gonna take over the rest of the year.
Getting to play festivals. It’s been so fun to be able to get to do that. I think everybody just comes with the mindset that they’re so ready to party and have a good time and just so amped to be able to hop from their favorite artist to their favorite artist. Everybody’s ready to dance from the start of the set.
It’s been pretty surreal going from attending festivals to being on the stage. I’m loving it, and just taking it all with a grain of salt and being humble about the experience.
AYO & TEO
Ayo: Doing all this traveling to summer jams and stuff, it’s been like very crazy. Maine, they were lit.
Teo: I say Utah!
Ayo: Utah and Maine, but Maine was ridiculous. The security had this – you know like the red sea is split? They had the rails like that and we went through the middle and [fans] like, crashed the rails. We were the Moses of Maine.
I think the biggest highlight though, because I thought it only happened in movies – we were in our sprinter on our way to Oakland and our tire popped. It was like “BOOM!” It was in the middle of nowhere, we were taking pictures and being childish, it was like 100 degrees. We make every situation fun.