Lollapalooza 2009 - The Year Electronica got a facelift
Lollapalooza's roots started in the early 90s when rock turned to grunge and America's youth embraced a new sound, and, with that, Lollapalooza traveled to America's biggest cities, bringing major acts to the masses and undiscovered talent to the forfront. The logistics of such a tour were both expensive and difficult, and in 1997, Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza's founder and curator, put Lollapalooza to rest. After a few attempts at resurrection, in 2005, Austin, Texas-based company C3 Presents purchased the rights to Lollapalooza and setup a home base at Grant Park in Chicago, where the festival has thrived for the last 5 years with headliniing acts like Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings of Leon, The Killers and Pearl Jam.
In the tradition of bringing new artists to the masses, Lollapalooza has put an emphasis on dance music and electronica by first creating a dance tent for the last several years and, in 2009, a full blown 360 degree dance stage with a massive sound system and lighting rig. This year included electronic artists from across the globe such as Kaskade, The Glitch Mob, MSTRKFRT, Deadmau5, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Crookers, Dan Deacon, Bassnectar, and Austin's one and only DJ Mel. Roxwel caught up with a few, and Austin DJ Jesse Brede asked them some questions.
Click to watch the interviews with Kaskade, The Glitch Mob, Boys Noize, Crookers, Asher Roth, Esser, and The Knux.
Big Thanks to all the artists and C3 for their tireless efforts. A huge bow from the waist to Clay Fain for setting up the interviews, shooting and editing all these great interviews.