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Coachella 2015 Recap & Playlist

Is your post Coachella depression setting in? Take a peak at Coachella’s 2015 Recap video along with our list of favorite artists we danced to at Coachella this year to lift your spirits and get you pumped for summer music festival season!

Porter Robinson

At Coachella, Porter Robinson debuted his remix of Nero’s “The Thrill,” which added even more emotion to his Worlds show in the Sahara Tent. Last summer Robinson released his first debut album, Worlds, as a token of his commitment for expressing his personal sound and a music producer to the world. His current indie-electronic vibe has taken a step back from electronic dance music in a sense that his work is an honest and personal artistic expression; a music album that goes beyond dance party music. If you haven’t seen Porter Robinson’s Worlds show, you should definitely put it at the top of your “must see” list. And if you’re not into enduring large crowds you can watch this fan made video of his show on YouTube.

Milky Chance

Milky Chance is a German folk-electronic duo who instantly gained recognition after releasing their single “Stolen Dance” in April 2013. Since then the group has released their album Sadnecessary, which fuses reggae, alternative and dance music. This afternoon set had the crowd dancing the whole time despite Coachella’s hot desert heat.

Stromae

Stromae is a Belgian singer, rapper and songwriter, that’s left a mark in both hip hop and electronic music. Although many people at his set for Coachella may not have understood his French lyrics, Stromae kept the crowd hyped and dancing the entire time. The language barrier in his set was an unspoken reminder to attendees that music is indeed a universal language that people can connect with.

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Gesaffelstein

Gesaffelstein‘s dark-grungy techno styled set took me back to Justice’s set at Sacramento’s TBD Festival last October. From outside of Coachella’s Mojave Tent you couldn’t tell that Gesaffelstein was even playing because of the mysterious and dark vibe of his minimal, yet extremely effective, visuals consisting of white strobe lights and smoke machines. Although, the French techno producer announced Coachella as his final live performance, he’s been collaborating with Kraftwerk’s Jean-Michel Jarre. So hopefully there is more Gesaffelstein music to look forward to in the future. If you missed out on Gesaffelstein’s final performance, you can relive his Coachella set through this video.

Madeon

20-year-old French indie electronic producer, Madeon, released his debut album, Adventure, just weeks before embarking on his first headlining live tour and bringing his show to Coachella. His album, similar to Porter Robinson, is a product of Madeon establishing his own, unique sound and presenting it to the world in a personal way. Adventure is an album about growing up, which is emphasized even more with his music videos for his singles “You’re On” featuring Kyan and “Pay No Mind” featuring Passion Pit.

Clean Bandit

After their hit single “Rather Be” went viral through the internet, Clean Bandit has been gaining more and more international recognition for their cheerful, upbeat sound. The British electronic group’s sound is where dance and classical music collide.

Tycho

Sacramento native Scott Hansen, better known by his stage name Tycho, has made his mark in the music industry with his production of beautiful ambient music. I was glad to see Tycho in the intimate setting of the Mojave tent, and I’m especially looking forward to the band’s performance at The Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle, that will be taking place in Bradley, CA, over Memorial Day Weekend. The band recently finished up his Awake tour playing as a live band and began his festival portion of touring with his Coachella debut.

 

Although the hype from Coachella is finally dying down after two epic weekends, you can catch our favorite Coachella acts alongside others at future music festivals happening this summer throughout California. Prior to Coachella, Porter Robinson announced that he is dedicating the rest of 2015 to bringing his Worlds show to music festivals. He started at Coachella, and will be bringing it back to California in August with HARD Summer (August 1), San Francisco’s Outsidelands (August 7) and we’re all patiently awaiting to see if his October dates have anything to do with (fingers crossed!) Sacramento’s TBD Fest.

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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