Sasquatch - Day 3
The weather at Sasquatch this year has been amazing. Sure it may have gotten a little hot during the afternoons, but would you rather it be chilly and rainy? How picky can one be? After conquering the expansive shower line in the morning, I headed back on site at noon for the first of three interviews on what turned out to be a very busy final day of Sasquatch 2017. July Talk, out of Canada, were first up on the interview list, and once again I was pleasantly surprised with how open and honest they were with their answers - and I even got a couple really cool stories out of it. That will be a fun one to write up!
Upon arrival to the media area, Kyle Craft was just about to start on Yeti, the first act of the last day. His indie folk tunes were great, and fans of The Shins should definitely check the Portland native out. My next interview of the day was with Grant of Manatee Commune, an artist hailing from nearby Seattle. His music is dreamy, electronic pop, and very easy to dance to. Just ask any of the several thousand who were packed into the El Chupacabra tent on Friday night. Having as big of a crowd as he did, considering he was directly facing off against the legend Charles Bradley? You know he's got a huge following and tons of skill. The interview was extremely smooth and I had a great time chatting with Grant. That will be another fun one to listen back to and write up!
Hoops was the next band that I caught on Yeti, featuring pretty typical alt pop music, not much stuck out to me during the couple of songs that I caught before Boogie came on the same stage shortly thereafter. The Compton rapper had the crowd bouncing, and he did a fantastic job getting the crowd turned up. Case in point - during the middle of the set, both him and his DJ picked fans from the crowd to battle rap on stage - and let's say there was a clear winner and leave it at that. As far as rap shows go, this was one of my favorites of the weekend.
Joey Purp was the next artist I saw on Bigfoot, and 20 minutes into the set I got confirmation that Fakear, the French DJ/Producer had arrived on site and was ready for my interview. Theo of Fakear was extremely calm, cool and collected just hours in front of his set on El Chupacabra. When I asked him about this, he responded with; "Well, not many people know me here. I'm going to just go out there, play my best tunes, and do my best to help those here have fun." Another fun, easy interview!
Up next was band July Talk who I interviewed earlier in the day, and they had a very fun, high paced, theatrical and energetic set on the Yeti stage. The lead singers (Leah Fay & Peter Dreimanis) were dancing exotically, had dialog with each other during the songs, and Peter even knocked over the microphone stand as he was rocking out. A fun alt rock band to check out! Phantogram was on the main stage next, and they crushed it. They kicked it off with 'You're Mine' before moving directly into arguably my favorite track of theirs 'Same old Blues'. The one remark I'll say about this set - I wish it was louder! Being on the mainstage has its perks, and I feel like they missed a chance to really rock out with their loud and awesome production.
I got some quick dinner in the media area before heading off to Fakear's set and boy was I happy I did. It was a mix of trance, island pop, and jazz all in one - a bit hard to explain, but what was not hard to explain is how it made me feel as if I was transported to a beach in the Caribbean whenever I closed my eyes and let the music fill me up. I stayed for his entire set before heading off to the last 30 minutes of The Shins on the main stage. 'Simple Song' was incredible live. I had to grab a quick snack after their set and during so I was able to watch a bit of the soulful, unique sounds of Moses Sumney - a must listen for fans of Gallant, Alina Baraz, Nick Murphy, or Jacob Banks.
The true closer of Sasquatch this year was Chance The Rapper. He flew in on a damn helicopter to perform. There was a fantastic pre-show playlist being played - people around me (including myself) were sweaty 30 minutes before the scheduled showtime. Finally at 1045pm, out comes Chance. The crowd went absolutely wild with each and every track. The biggest moments were when he played 'No Problem', 'Cocoa Butter Kisses', 'Angels', and 'Favorite Song'. The Social Experiment provided the full band renditions, with a small 4-person backing vocal group as well. As he closed out with 'Blessings', confetti went flying everywhere, marking the finale of Sasquatch 2017 for those who didn't attend Rufus Du Soul. Chance couldn't have done a better job closing out what was a fast paced, busy, and insanely fun weekend. I can't wait to be back covering this festival in the future.
Over the course of the next 10 days, expect all the artist interviews to go live, as well as some live photos from Courtney.