SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their "Ideal" Coachella Set, Giving Hugs To Maggie Rogers & More

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SOFI TUKKER On Crafting Their "Ideal" Coachella Set, Giving Hugs To Maggie Rogers & More

Back in Indio for the first time since their 2017 Coachella debut, the jungle-pop duo tell the Recording Academy about their unique relationship to fashion, what they enjoyed the most about their 2019 GRAMMYs performance, and more

GRAMMYs/Apr 15, 2019 - 01:06 am

Whether they're performing at the 61st GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony or about to do their second-ever Coachella set, Los Angeles (by way of New York City) GRAMMY-nominated electro-pop duo SOFI TUKKER always seem to be having a great time. Along with their 2018 debut LP, Treehouse, their funky, colorful fashion sense and otherworldly music videos only add to their infectious, dance party-ready style. 

Below, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern catch up with the Recording Academy from on the ground at Coachella 2019, where they're preparing to play a Sunday set. 

How are you feeling about tomorrow's set? 

Sophie Hawley-Weld: We've been preparing for this for a long, long time. So we've been dreaming up our ideal live show, and we've finally created it and we're gonna be debuting it tomorrow. It's a really big moment for us. 

Tucker Halpern: I'm so excited. We've been really dreaming of this show for three years since we started and this is gonna be the first time. 

Your first Coachella set was two years ago, in 2017. Looking back, to what extent did you feel it was a pivotal day in your career?

Hawley-Weld: I mean, when we were the first time, we literally thought five people were gonna be [watching]. We were playing at 3pm on Sunday. It was hot that day, too. It was one of our first festivals ever. [But] it went incredibly and there were tons of people there early, dancing so hard, and I think for us that was a moment of "Wow." We really love doing festivals and kind of learnt how to do a festival set, which is different than a club show. So, that was a first. It's just really exciting to come back to a place so good to us. 

Are there any other artists that you guys are excited to check out this weekend? 

Halpern: Well in couple o' hours we're going to see our friend Maggie Rogers, which is gonna be really fun. Just give her some hugs. What else?

Hawley-Weld: [Her set] last night was incredible, personally it really blew my mind. 

Halpern: We're gonna try to see Billie [Eilish] but I think so is the whole world so that might be hard. But yeah, it's gonna be good, I'm really not gonna go crazy tonight or anything cause I'm so excited for tomorrow. I wanna be extra fresh cause we're gonna do a lot of hectic running around.

Your fashion is always fun and on point; do you collaborate with designers? 

Hawley-Weld: We like to have fun and play, but yeah, I mean we have some good relationships with a bunch of designers, a lot of really fun designers.

Halpern: We like to be colorful.

Did you guys dress this way when you lived in New York?

Halpern: We definitely didn't fit in, in the all-black scene. 

Hawley-Weld: I had no idea how to dress for winter, I suck at winter so much.

Halpern: I used to wear all black, right when we moved to New York I was an all-black-wearing DJ. Things have changed. 

Have you seen any good fashion inspo around the fest?

Halpern: I haven't seen any "no" moments. It's really like anything's a "yes" moment here. There's no way I'm gonna see someone and be like, "Do less." A lot of exposed butts, like thongs with sheer over them and stuff. I think that's the look right now, I might do it tomorrow. 

Hawley-Weld: The livestream is just gonna be Tucker's butt. 

Speaking of style and aesthetic, your "Fantasy" video is so fun and playful. Can you elaborate on the vision behind that video?

Hawley-Weld: Well, I save Tucker. 

Halpern: Yeah, she saves me a lot. Bit of a feminist hero situation going on. I drowned a couple times, in real life. It was a real rapids, that I was frolicking in. It was on another planet, similar, like near Pandora, the "Avatar" planet. Not there, but close, in that atmosphere. 

Hawley-Weld: You'd have to travel a long time to get there. We love it. I mean, we love that song and we're so excited that we were able to bring our vision to life, because it really like when we were talking about it, it was 'How can we make the most fantastical, adventure, "Avatar" world. 

You guys performed at the 61st GRAMMYs premiere ceremony last Feb, and you were nominated for the second time. What was going through your minds that day? 

Hawley-Weld: Honestly for me it was really special because our families came and they were our dates and our parents haven't really spent much time together and being able to be with both of our families and have an excuse to celebrate and be together. My family lives really far away, so it was just really, really special for them all to be together and spend time together.

What's next for SOFI TUKKER?

Hawley-Weld: What's up next? So much, I mean we've been filming music videos and making music for a while and we're eager to finally be able to share it. We have a whole story arc that we're waiting to tell, and it's gonna be just, coming out slowly but surely over the next couple months. A whole new world, if you will. 

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Disclosure, Sofi Tukker Top Elements Fest Memorial Day Weekend Lineup

SOFI TUKKER perform in 2018

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Disclosure, Sofi Tukker Top Elements Fest Memorial Day Weekend Lineup

The music & art festival will take over 200 acres of camping and seven stages in Lakewood, Penn. May 24-27

GRAMMYs/Jan 26, 2019 - 03:41 am

The Elements Music & Art Festival will be held May 24–27, Memorial Day weekend, in Lakewood, Penn. Back for its third year, the Elements Fest announced more than 100 acts for their 2019 edition including Disclosure headlining their Fire Stage and Big Gigantic and Sofi Tukker co-headlining the Earth Stage.

Other artists on the Elements bill include Damian Lazarus and Seth Troxler co-headlining the Air Stage, and Of The Trees, Stylust, Supersillyus, and Mike Wallis on the Theatre Stage. There is also a Water Stage, an Alchemy Stage and the Pool. 

Games, workshops and wellness activities include basketball, volleyball, a roller skate disco, rock climbing, a zip line, and sunset kayaking. A Unicorn Lounge offers glitter-friendly self-care with pampering shaves, manicures, face painting, and more.

Sofi Tukker's "Drinkee" was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 59th GRAMMY Awards and their 2018 album Treehouse is nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards

Disclosure's latest album is still 2015's GRAMMY-nominated Caracal ,but they released new material in 2018 including "Ultimatum" in May, nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, and August's a-track-a-day releases. Fisher, also on the Fire Stage, is nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 61st for his 2018 breakout single "Losing It."

Tickets are on sale at the Elements Fest website with various camping and cabin options available.

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Tame Impala Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Tame Impala

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Tame Impala Announce U.S. Tour Dates

In addition to headlining Coachella 2019, the Australian psych-rock outfit has revealed several more show dates stateside

GRAMMYs/Jan 30, 2019 - 06:55 am

Tame Impala, the GRAMMY-nominated psych-rock project of Australian Kevin Parker, has announced four new spring U.S. tour dates, following the group's headlining sets at Coachella in April.

The 2019 U.S. dates begin in Indio, Calif. at Coachella on April 13 and 20, followed by dates in Nashville, Tenn., Asheville, N.C., St. Augustine, Fla. and Miami in May. While Parker is a one-man show in the studio, he has a touring group to translate the music live. 

Last week, the group was also announced as a headliner at the Corona Capital festival in Guadalajara, Mex. on May 11. Other May dates Tame Impala is set to play include Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Boston Calling in Boston, and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain.

Parker has revealed that a new album is on the way and will be released sometime before the end of 2019. Tame Impala's last album, 2015's Currents, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 58th GRAMMY Awards

Tickets for the new show dates go on sale on Feb. 1 at 10 A.M. local time via Ticketmaster.

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Coachella: How many years have GRAMMY winners headlined?
Lady Gaga is among the headliners at the 2017 Coachella festival

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Coachella: How many years have GRAMMY winners headlined?

Find out how GRAMMY winners have dominated the lineup throughout the iconic Southern California festival's history

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

GRAMMY winners Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead are set to headline the 2017 Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in Southern California over the next two weekends.

Did you know that a GRAMMY winner has been among the headliners at Coachella for all but two years in the festival's 18-year history? The lone exceptions are 2001 when GRAMMY nominees Jane's Addiction headlined and 2002 when GRAMMY nominees Björk and Oasis headlined.

Here's a list of GRAMMY-winning Coachella headliners by year:

1999: Beck, Tool
2003: Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2004: Radiohead
2005: Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails
2006: Tool
2007: Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2008: Prince
2009: Paul McCartney
2010: Jay Z, Muse, Gorillaz
2011: Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon, Kanye West
2012: The Black Keys, Dr. Dre, Radiohead
2013: Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2014: Arcade Fire, OutKast, Muse
2015: AC/DC, Drake, Jack White
2016: Calvin Harris
2017: Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead

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Coachella Announces "Every One" Initiative To Fight Harassment And Assault


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Coachella Announces "Every One" Initiative To Fight Harassment And Assault

The two-weekend desert festival will take extra measures this year to "develop a festival culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone"

GRAMMYs/Jan 5, 2019 - 12:18 am

With news of the stacked 2019 Coachella lineup and re-upped partnership with YouTube still fresh, the iconic desert music festival has announced new measures to fight against harassment and assault. Named "Every One," the initiative outlines plans to ensure all festivalgoers feel safe and comfortable while they attend, including safety ambassadors throughout the grounds, trained counselors on-site, all-gender restrooms, ADA accessibility, and a zero tolerance policy on assault and harassment.

"We are pushing ourselves and our guests to do better and to be better," says the Coachella website. "We are taking deliberate steps to develop a festival culture that is safe and inclusive for everyone. Persons of any gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or ability are welcome at Coachella."

The new initiative operates in harmony with the current Code of Conduct, which does not mention harassment or assault explicitly. Last April, Teen Vogue reported "rampant" sexual harassment at Coachella 2018, saying, "Of the 54 young women who spoke to Teen Vogue for this piece during the weekend-long event, all of them had a story of sexual assault or harassment that occurred this year at Coachella." This alarming report was magnified by how similar and pervasive the accounts were, with one young woman estimating she'd been touched inappropriately 40 times over the three day weekend festival.

The festival's new measures promise to address the issue and take real action toward creating a safer environment.

"Coachella will NOT tolerate any form of assault or harassment," the Coachella website continues, "Be it sexual, physical or verbal. Anyone found to be in violation of this policy is subject to immediate removal from the festival site and law enforcement may be notified. The offender’s Festival Wristband may be revoked and no refund will be issued."

Coachella 2019 will take place April 12–14 and 19–21 in Indio, Calif. Tickets go on sale today, Jan. 4, via the festival's website.

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