This years’ Coachella line up was announced couple of weeks ago and it drew so much attention after Kanye West controversy and lack of some usual acts such as Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Kanye West etc. And Justin Timberlake pulled out of the lineup due to extenuating circumstances.
To have a clear idea about what really happened, LA Times interviewed co-founder of Coachella.
Kanye very publicly bowed out this year. What happened?
When we were going through the stage ideas, he had some other ideas. He’s played Coachella, and he knows it very well. Both times were great, and so different. The last one was pure art. He has some great [production] ideas, but we just weren’t able to pull them off right now. I’d like to circle back with him and figure out a future plan of what to do with what’s in his head. He’s very capable of coming up with ideas that work that are pretty great. Up until Jan. 1, we were making a poster with Kanye on it. We started realizing we’re probably going to have an impasse production-wise.
When Kanye pulled out, what did you have to do?
It was surprisingly mellow. I had my team there. I told them, “OK, Kanye is not going to go this year.” There were some gasps.
The rest of the interview goes with various topics including female acts, his respond to criticism, women harassment, Every One concept, a little bit of history about Coachella and more.
Read the full interview via LA Times here.
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