Coachella day two, first weekend 2013, kicked off with a pool party/brunch at the Hotel Zoso’s Hard Rock Hotel around 11am. Guests – groggy from the night before -- flocked to the pool for a Women Who Rock party, which featured DJs, an afternoon brunch, and performances by an all woman line up including Kelly Rowland. From there, it was off to the festival grounds, where we ran into a slew of music biz and artists alike:
Bat for Lashes, pre-"rainbow extravaganza" dress sipping coffee-flaovred coconut water. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) was backstage on a couch sipping on coffee flavored coconut water. “It’s snowing in England so this is an absolute shock!” she said of the Coachella weather. Khan and her team were discussing the acts they wanted to see following her Coachella set. “Savages are playing in an hour. That’s one of the main bands I want to see!” she yelled, over to her publicist, Jen Appel of Press Here Publicity. Though Khan was rocking a fun gold dress, she told us that wasn’t her stage outfit, adding that she would be wearing “a rainbow extravaganza” as she performed.
Guards: David Schiff (The Schiff Company), Kenny Ochoa (WB Records SVP Creative Synch Licensing & Soundtracks), Kaylie Church, Richie Follin, Mark Kates (Founder of fenway recordings), Jamie Rosenberg (Director of publicity ADA), Loren Humphrey (Photo Catie Laffoon)
Guards was on many festival goers “must see at Coachella” list, and Kenny Ochoa, Warner Brothers Records' SVP of Creative Synch Licensing and Soundtracks told us that the fans went wild for them during their 12:45pm set. He was buzzing about the Palma Violets and Grinderman shows from the day. Ochoa told Billboard.biz that the Warner Records team has been busy working the latest Muse record. “We also have a bunch of new signings that we’re really happy about like Skaters and The Rubens. Surfer Blood is coming and also we have our anchors, Josh Groban and Michael Buble.”
Mark Kates (founder of Fenway Recordings) was also on site with the band, along with Jamie Rosenberg (Director of publicity ADA) “The Blur show was…I don’t even know how to explain it. It was so unbelievable,” said Kates. “Guards played in a tent earlier in the day. We had the same experience with MGMT in 2008, with The Cribs in 2007 so I love that stage where every single person out there really matters. You are counting on them to talk to each other, and now, as opposed to 2007, it’s a lot easier for that message to spread, especially with two weekends. This is a huge accomplishment for a band at this early day in their career because lots of bands big and small don’t get on,” added Kates.
Hand-in-Hand: Ben Howard (left), who apparently disdains Amercian dubstep, with tour manager Oli James. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Ben Howard was backstage with his tour manager, Oli James trying to keep out of the sun prior to the set. He was celebrating the fact that he was able to score some alcohol which he said was not an easy feat. James mentioned that he’d been working with Howard for about 2 years. “He’s a good tour manger. He keeps me out of trouble,” joked Howard who explained that following his 4:10pm set, he planned to get a little wild with some of his friends on site. The duo said they had a bit of an issue with security the night before and had a hard time getting access into the festival. “We encountered several knobheads along the way,” said Howard of the experience. “Once we got in, everyone was in the tent listening to f**king disgusting American dubstep. America’s just got no f**king idea.” Howard said he isn’t against all dubstep, “just not into the f**king s*it that’s being played at the moment.”
Are Vests the New Beards? Vintage Trouble: Richard Danielson, Nalle Colt, Ty Taylor, David Klein (tour manager), Rick Barrio Dill. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Vintage Trouble found time to sneak in a Coachella set while in the midst of touring with The Who. The band arrived on site at Coachella to treat the crowd to a dose of soulful rock. Vocalist Ty Taylor told Billboard.biz that when they arrived on site, some familiar faces greeted them. “Some of the crew from The Who tour are helping out here at the festival so it was cool to feel welcomed right away.” They were backstage with their tour manager, David Klein (President DKA) who said he may be biased but the most exciting thing he saw on site was the Vintage Trouble set. “Ty grabbed the wireless mic and went out in the crowd and sang on ‘Run Like The River.’ The crowd loved it.” He joked that his job as a tour manager is to make sure that he doesn’t lose a band member. “It’s my job to worry like a mother hen.”
Coming on Strong In An Orange Jumper: Hot Chip: Robert Linney (Manager), Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Amos Harvey (Tour manager) (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Hot Chip’s manager, Robert Linney (Fleet River Artist Management) and his band were kicking it backstage in the artist area, escaping the chaos of the festival grounds. Linney filled us in on a new artist that he’s working with from Sydney called Jagwar Ma. “He’s a new addition to the roster. There is a new album out soon.” He also instructed Billboard.biz to keep our eyes out for a soon-to-be-released album by The Avalanches this year. Amos Harvey, the band’s tour manager, was also spotted backstage. Hot Chip singer/guitarist Al Taylor told us that this is the band’s 4th Coachella show! “We haven’t played on the main stage before though so were just trying to keep calm” he joked prior to taking the stage. The band’s family members were all backstage, taking a “holiday” with them to be at Coachella.
New Order: Jason Elzy (Rhino's Senior Director of marketing media relations), Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert , Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, Tom Chapman, Rebecca Boulton (Prime Management). (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
New Order returned to the Coachella stage on Saturday, headlining the Mojave Stage at 11:35pm. Earlier that afternoon, we popped over to catch The Dropkick Murphy’s set and ran into the guys who were out and about with their manager, Rebecca Boulton (Prime Management) and Jason Elzy (Senior Director Marketing & Media Relations with Rhino). While we were chatting, what we believed to be an incognito Jenny Lewis walked by with a friend. “She looks great! I love that outfit. I’m in flip-flops!” she joked. Elzy told us that New Order would be releasing new tour dates on Monday. “They are playing a leg in July starting in Austin and then ending at Lollapalooza.” New Order told us they had recently played a show in Lima Peru, they were greeted by an enormous amount of fans. “The food was very good, except for the guinea pig. Tom [Chapman] and our manager tried it,” said Phil Cunningham. “It tasted like chicken!” exclaimed Champan.