UCSD Sun God Festival 2014 + Anna Lunoe Interview Sam WarnerWednesday, May 21, 2014EventsHip-Hop & R&BHouseInterviewsTrap0 Comments This past Friday, we had the privilege of covering the very exclusive Sun God Festival hosted by the University of California, San Diego. While this festival is limited to UCSD students (even though we’re SDSU students ;), it wasn’t small as you may be thinking. With over 20,000 students in attendance, it was more than a just a concert – it lived up to the expectation of being a full on festival. Starting at 2pm and ending near 12am, the festival featured 3 stages/tents as well as inflatable rides and vendors serving delicious food. Electric Sloth would like to give a thank you to UCSD’s ASCE for allowing us to cover the event as well doing a great job throughout. While the 2 main stages (The Sun God Stage & the Dance Stage) were the main attractions, the event also featured a large tent with performances by the university’s dance team, comedians, a hypnotist, and other small acts. The festival featured a diverse line-up ranging from Indie-Rock, Hip-Hop & of course that Electronic Music you sloths crave. Upon entering the ground of the festival, my correspondent and I reminisced of Coachella a few weeks before – with its lush grass and similar tent/stage set up. This event of course was far smaller, but still extremely well organized as mentioned. TY Dolla $IGN Our first act was the Hip-Hop artist TY Dolla $ign. Featuring a few special guests and of course his spinmaster, DJ Dre Sinatra – TY’s bold set seemed a little much for the students at UCSD… While he played a fair share of hip-hop jams, the students weren’t too persuaded at his comments regarding the ladies. While his set provided to be quite fun, featuring full on crowd surfing and his whole posse on stage, having never seen him before – my correspondent and I definitely enjoyed ourselves. Giraffage Next on our agenda was Giraffage. Featuring a set ranging from trap beats with tons of high hats & drum kicks, he mixed it up a bit and threw a few chopped and screwed mixes in as well as a remix of our favorite (not), the lovely Ms. Cyrus’ – Party in the US. If you’ve never managed to catch Giraffage live, don’t miss him the next time he’s performing near you – you wont be disappointed. Torro Torro After our first encounter with Giraffage, we managed to catch the bouncy Torro Torro. With their unique style of heavy drops combined with Moomba and crazy lazer noises they held down the dance stage like no one before them. If that’s your thing (the UCSD kiddos loved it), don’t miss ‘em. Of course they didn’t only play their classic bounce, they threw in some reggae – with a sort of Major Lazer style as well as some heavy dubstep. Anna Lunoe Review + Interview Unfortunately we had to leave TT’s set a few minutes early to interview the gorgeous and charming Australian Anna Lunoe. Two words to describe her set: DANCE PARTY! If you sloths have not had the pleasure to catch one of Lunoe’s live sets, we definitely suggest you make it a priority to see her next time she’s in a town near you! Lunoe is an enthusiastic performer that loves to be in front of her fans. The type of music she creates is eclectic with Australias roots that we all love. Throughout her entire set she kept the funk going and had everyone grooving alongside her beats. By giving us Hard House, Trap, and her Aussie style of music to dance to, Lunoe introduced her self to the UCSD Campus in a way that couldn’t have been better. Songs in her set included remixes and edits of songs by Disclosure, RL Grime, and the old school hip-hop group Tag Team (Whoomp there it is). Most importantly, Miss Lunoe showcased her own skills when she played a variety of her own tracks including Breathe, Don’t Miss and Satisfaction. This was by far my favorite performance of the night as Lunoe brought the house down with a series of bangers and her incredible dance moves behind the decks; cannot wait until she is back is San Diego! After getting the opportunity to meet and converse with Miss Lunoe, I noticed she does everything from the heart and is a very genuine person. She is a talented individual with potential to continue to grow as a performer in the years to come. The interview we conducted is below, feel free to check out what Lunoe has to say in the exclusive conversation we had with her right before she took the stage. Anna Lunoe Interview Electric Sloth: First of all we’d like to thank you for taking the time to interview with Electric Sloth. Anna Lunoe: Yeah! You’re spreading the good word! ES: I saw you mentioned that in your younger days you would always try and find music your brothers (who were also musicians) hadn’t heard. What genres were you listening to back then? AL: Oh gosh, I was listening to whatever. I used to go to the bargain bin at my local CD store and listen through everything. I’d pick up everything. Movie soundtracks, any wierd CD covers that took my interest. I was desperately trying to find anything interesting. I’d try to bring it home and convince myself it was good. You forget that before the internet was the source of all information, you didn’t have blogs. You didn’t have the information. ES: How did you make the transition from analog instruments (that your brothers were playing) to a more digital interface. We know you hosted a radio show on Australias FBI Radio. AL: I went from being a fan, to being a radio host, because I love music and I was trying to think of a way to be involved. I didnt know any DJ’s so I didn’t think that was something I could really do, but when I started at the radio station they used to send out emails saying, ‘oh this place is looking for someone to DJ this opening event, the pay is $40 does anyone want to do it?’ And I was like alright! I tried to find a way of getting more involved in this idea of DJing. It was around 2007 when there was this new kind of house scene going on and I was listening to all this stuff and everything started happening. At first I was like ‘okay, I’ll at least learn how to use the CDJ so I can learn how to mix from one to the other and then it was like, okay now I’m going to learn to beatmatch’. I basically used trial and error to get better at it and then I was like ‘if I can DJ two nights in a club a week, I don’t have to work at the store!’ Once I’d been Djing for a while. I started wanting to produce. It was a process that took a long time. ES: My correspondent covered your show at Bang Bang in San Diego and noticed your phenomenal dance moves behind the decks. Apparently you’ve got some great dance moves, would you care to elaborate… AL: I was a dancer when I was a kid. I used to take dance classes. I don’t really try to dance, it just happens. Sometimes I see videos of myself, and I’m like ‘woah, tone it down’. But I really like dancing, and it’s obvious when I’m into it. Sometimes I think I’m being restrained. I think it’s me compared to some of the guys too. ES: Your biography said that you look to “rule-breaker” DJ’s like Diplo and Para One for inspiration? Who would you say are your biggest idols in Music right now? AL: I am constantly inspired by my peers and people around me. Lately, I’ve been inspired by Jimmy Edgar who’s signed to Boys Noize, the new Spankrock project. He’s making cool stuff. I’m really inspired by Banks, was on tour with her last year – she’s amazing. I’m really inspired by so many different people. I have a very diverse musical appetite. ES: It has been said you have a preference for playing on smaller stages, as opposed to performing at huge music festivals like you just did at Coachella 2014, what do you have to say about that? And how does Coachella compare to other festivals you’ve played around the world? AL: Well, I am really bipolar in what I want to do. One week, I’ll say I want to play small rooms, but other days I want to play big rooms. It’s a balance of both. That’s a disclaimer. I like playing everything. That said, Coachella was amazing. I played so early on a Sunday, I was sure no one would come. I even tweeted that if people showed up to my set I’d come down and hug everyone, and I did. It was so cool, everyone had a story. Coachella was really cool because it brings everyone from all over the world. I was really grateful. ES: Having been in my position as a music journalist, how does it feel to be on the other side, as a musician? I’m assuming that your passion for writing carries over to your vocal expertise. AL: I was actually more of a radio journalist. I would interview artists on air. At the end of the day it’s just about talking about music. Whether I’m asking the questions or you are, it’s nice to talk about what you love. I’m probably going to be more interviewing in the future I think. ES: If you had to describe the Australian music scene in a few words what would they be? Any up-and comers you want to mention that people may have missed? AL: I would say, positive, sunny, and smooth. Everything that comes out of Australia is by and large really popular stuff. everything has this strong texture to it. Even with trappy stuff, like Flume and What So Not, they make everything with lush cords. It’s like 5 years ago we were listening to Cut Copy & Preset’s in Australia and it’s almost like a mixture now. Fun synth house music. Some up and comers I would say: Indian Summer, Motez, Cosmo’s Midnight. ES: With all the collaborations going on in the electronic music industry, are there any bands, pop artists or maybe even rappers you plan on collabing with? AL: I can tell you I have like 20 collaborations going at the moment, but the thing is, you can’t say anything until the song is done and handed in. Some may never see the light of day. Everyone has an agenda, and so many songs get lost. I can tell you there are some really cool ones coming. I played some new songs at Coachella, a couple new ones in my Diplo & Friends mix. A lot of songs should be coming out this summer. ES: In terms of your personal growth, are there any changes or specific goals you have in mind for this year? AL: I want to get all my songs out and I want to really, just take that next step. I don’t know, you just always want to do better. I just wanna write good music and work on my production and songwriting. ES: Lastly, is there anything you want to share with your fans? AL: I would just like to let anyone who is reading this know that I appreciate them & that they can do it. If you want to do what I’m doing you can, just work hard. I know no one tells people that, but you can do it! Juicy J – Written by: Cristian Valdez Following the interview with the lovely miss Anna Lunoe, we stood backstage for a moment watching her performance but my correspondent and I hurried over to the crowd to groove along to the rest of Lunoe’s set and catch the “trippy mane” himself: Juicy J. My correspondent had the opportunity to see J once before, but the set time was limited as J only performed 5 songs; this was not the case at Sun God Festival 2014. Juicy J dropped songs from his Three 6 Mafia days’ and also turnt up the crowd with recently released tracks. His set was just under an hour long, giving us enough time to “trap out” at the UCSD campus. Usually I would expect him to be geeked up while performing on stage, but this time J was on point from start to finish. I will never forget when he dropped “Slob on my Nob” and everybody in that place went crazy. He continued on with Three 6 Mafia hits, and then began rapping all of his newer tunes as well. “Bands a make her Dance”, “Bounce It”, and “A Zip and a Double-cup” were all included in his set. After a while, we decide to head over to The Sun God Stage for Diplo’s set when J decides to drop a crowd favorite, “Geeked Up off them Bars”. Both of us immediately ran back to hear the end of the song and to see Juicy J dangle his various gold chains over the crowd, taunting them by asking if anyone would like one of his chains (hysterical to say the least). There was not one song that Juicy J played that me and my correspondent were not singing along to, at one point it seemed like the entire crowd was staring at us, as most UCSD kids had no idea what track was currently playing. Hands down, it was a phenomenal performance by Juicy J; glad we were able to get trippy for the night. Diplo The last performer to hit the Sun God Stage (Main Stage) was Mr. Pentz, or as you may know him: Diplo. It seemed as though the entire festival had migrated over to see his act, as his was the main event. His set started off with a fair share of hip-hop & rap from artists such as A$AP Ferg, Drake, Schoolboy Q and the legendary Biggie Smalls. We loved it, but as we mentioned above, it was as though the UCSD students weren’t really enjoying themselves. (One of those times that you are dancing like a madman and everyone else is standing still or just looking at you funny – basically the first 20 minutes of his set.) After he switched over to a more electronic vibe that the students could relate too, a bunch of inflatable balls were released onto the crowd and everyone proceeded to go wild! All in all, Sun God was a great time. I would definitely recommend it to any UCSD student (since it’s only open to them unfortunately). Once again, bravo to ASCE for excellent organization throughout the student run festival as well as constant contact throughout. With a lineup as good as it was this year, we’re excited to see what UCSD has in store for us next year!