Coachella 2022 was my first music festival, and in the weeks leading up to it, I kept asking myself: Will it be the musical version of Comic-Con? This year’s lineup included acts like composer Danny Elfman With an orchestra and live rock music, Marvel StudiosEros aka star Harry Styles, Academy Award winning Bond song, Billie Eilish, and Run the Jewels (appeared in Rick and Morty And Cyberpunk 2077 movie).
Turns out there was more pop culture at the festival, which I attended with press credentials, than I expected.
Inside the small villages between stages there were great groups like DoLab, which had a distinct stage for live DJ sets. It’s one of the first places I find myself wandering to beat the heat, and because of their presence in the immersive music and arts scene. If there is a place where I will find some sci-fi and fantasy content, it will be here. And sure enough when I got there, I was greeted by two big eyes in a post-apocalyptic oasis.
Seeking ways that movies and music could meet, I landed on the deck of a cassette-mounted mixtape station to create an attraction for DJs to blend into their music rotation. The first cassette I found was for one person the mask Audio clip — Funny enough, I was already wondering if Jim Carrey would appear on the sets of Last Weekend Night where he made a major appearance in Dawn FM. So while that didn’t happen, I made sure to get his voice out there in the desert through his Cuban Beat cover. (Yes, it started in a messy way.) And of course, I checked out a file Batman Prince’s soundtrack for some “Partyman” to complement this movie’s music duality because Elfman was the other side of that coin. Rounding it up with some nirvana to nod in Batmanand a bit of Weird Al, and some golden R&B music from that era.
The second day I met a friend who took us to Record Safari for Coachella’s record store day. There I managed to find a small but strong group in the soundtrack department including vinyl GremlinsAnd the flyAnd Peter Pan. And at one point we managed to get through a DJ set blasting Elton John’s “Circle of Life” –Hans Zimmer The group played a few years ago – proving that their fan soundtrack is at least a growing niche force at the popular music festival.
Outside of Danny Elfman (more on our experience on his group later), it’s become a game to jump around the stages to see if I can identify music from the movies on other artists’ group rolls. We sure saw Nikki perform “Every Summertime” from Marvel Studios Shang Chi and the Ten Rings performed ethereally at the golden hour. Later we got an extra life boost to make it through the night by seeing Run the Jewels. Throughout the two-week festival, there were special pop-ups inspired by moments from the film. Eilish’s brother and producer Phineas performed the song “Nobody Like You” which he co-wrote turns red-And during the 88 Rising set on the weekend, one of Utada Hikaru performed Kingdom Hearts songs. (Devastatingly they didn’t return the second weekend.)
The triple threat to the headlines shut down the play each night. So, while not specifically cinema, they all brought their own kind of scenes that I can’t wait to see more in the movie. Specifically, Harry Styles, whose chameleon-like charm exudes pure food that the public eats. Yes, I understand now Why was he portrayed as Erosthe god of love from Marvel, and I hope to see him in Thor: love and thunder. Respectively, Eilish is someone we’re just starting to see his strength in making music for movies, and he has credits in Daniel Craig’s latest Bond movie with the title track appropriate for No time to die And on “someone like you” from Pixar turns red. I have to say I was definitely upset that her set didn’t include her Bond theme. She and her brother Phineas are a duo I can’t wait to see the heights of Trent Resnor and Atticus Ross.
In general, if you are a fan of soundtracks and soundtracks, Coachella will find your niche. And as more and more crossovers begin to occur through music and immersive elements of pop culture, it will only grow. I found myself utterly amazed at how much I was able to recognize, in a place where it seemed as though I would never find my own spectacle. Coachella shares a lot with the same enthusiasm that people have for standing up all day to get to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con (Eilish fans hold their spots at the main stage all day in the same way that Marvel and DC fans keep lines for hours before their boards), people dress Complex clothes like cosplayers Do this daily with a strong commitment against factors such as sandstorms, and prepare to walk for several days. The burnout is real, and it’s the same thing. 10/10 would do it again.
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