Intervista LP @ Bonnaroo

Videointervista di Max Cooper

12 giu 2012

LP: Hey! Sono LP e state guardando Billboard TV!

MC: Ciao! Sono Max Cooper con Billboard TV e siamo qui al festival Bonnaroo 2012! Ed ho qui la cantante ed autrice LP!

LP: Come va?

MC: Che suona l’ukulele, oltre alla chitarra. Tu sei ambasciatrice per l’ukulele (Martin&Co – ndt) e ora ne hai uno fantastico e nuovo di zecca?

LP: Eh sì! È bellissimo, mi hanno appena consegnato il mio fatto su commissione, ne avevo di quelli standard, ma questo è il primo..

MC: LP ha scritto molte canzoni, che forse avete ascoltato senza sapere che sono sue. Joe Walsh ne sta cantando una al momento ..

LP: Sì! È appena uscita adesso, non l ho ancora sentita..

MC: Davvero?

LP: Devo ancora sentirla sì, si chiama “Hi Roller (baby)”

MC: Hi Roller? Figo! E per Christina Aguilera?

LP: Sì, “Beautiful People”, dal film Burlesque..

MC: Ok!

LP: Ma la più famosa, credo, finora, è stata quella per Rhianna, “Cheers”.

MC: “Cheers” di Rhianna.. e per scrivere devi stare in un ambiente dove sei a tuo agio? .. dicevi che ti piace passare del tempo a Big Sur (area costiera della California, ndt)

LP: Sì, lì mi possono arrivare delle idee .. ma quando scrivo mi piace essere in studio, e avere tutto sottomano per metterle insieme il prima possibile e al meglio.. sai, ho bisogno di poter interpretare una bella vocalizzazione quando scrivo, perché sento che arricchisce tutta l’esperienza, per me e per la melodia.. e quindi cerco di fare un passo indietro e restare introspettiva. Mentre quando scrivo per altri questo non può avvenire, devi presentarti in studio e metterti giù a scrivere, e lavorarci per portare a casa il risultato.. ma per me, per le mie cose, preferisco fare un piccolo passo indietro..

MC: Bello. Grazie mille.

LP: Grazie a te.

MC: E in bocca al lupo per lo show! Sei una bella persona, mi è piaciuto parlare con te adesso, e anche prima..

LP: Sì, amico, grazie, che bello sì..

MC: E allora buona fortuna!

Hi Roller Baby

Hi roller baby come on and take a chance on me
Hi roller baby come on and take a chance on me

The days of summer are almost over
Let me know what you decided
Let me know if you never tried it
You can go if you don’t like it
But if you want to gamble
You can always throw the dice

Hi roller baby come on and take a chance on me
Hi roller baby, we could be good, just you and I

It’s a hustle yeah you got your stories
You say you’re old and you’re 25
It’s a dirty world but you’re not frightened
Your so sure you’re so enlightened
But you see something in my eyes
That you’ve never seen before

Hi roller baby come on and take a chance on me
Hi roller baby, we could be good, just you and I

Traduzione a cura di Alexandra Cavo

During Mumford & Sons headlining set on the festival’s What Stage, frontman Marcus Mumford proclaimed that Bonnaroo just might be “the best festival in America, if not the world.” The guitarist/singer/ mandolinist/drummer extraordinaire made his statement before explaining the important part that the state of Tennessee played in his musical development. However, last night’s performance was more grounded in the present than the past, as the band sought to redeem itself after canceling their headlining slot just a few days prior to Bonnaroo 2013.

The British four-piece was flanked by a pair of horn players when they took the stage before a massive and densely packed audience. What followed was a crowd-pleasing show that shifted between the acoustic instrumentation of band’s first two albums and the electric—though no less electrifying—sound of their latest effort Wilder Mind.

Mumford and Sons also took some time to thank Jack Johnson for taking over their headlining spot at the last minute after bassist Ted Dwane’s emergency brain surgery forced them to cancel two years ago. Marcus Mumford then recalled the band’s first Bonnaroo in 2010, where they met Ed Helms (of The Office and The Hangover fame), before inviting the comedian, actor and banjo player to join them on stage for “Awake My Soul.” Other highlights included a full on singalong during “I Will Wait for You,” a bombastic “Thistle & Weeds,” a fireworks display, and an encore that featured the hit “Little Lion Man,” just to name a few. However, the night’s biggest moment came at the very end of the show, when Mumford & Sons invited a bevy of guests—including My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Patrick Hallahan, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Hozier, rock photographer and harmonica player Danny Clinch, War on Drugs saxophonist Jon Natzhez and more—for an appropriate, one-of-a-kind cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Only a couple of hours before some of them joined Mumford on stage, one of the bands that helped make Bonnaroo what is today spent two hours reminding everyone how they did it and, from the looks of it, they had a lot of fun in the process. Jim James didn’t say much during My Morning Jacket’s 8 PM set on the What Stage, but his periodic triumphant poses told us all that we needed to know. 

In their fifth appearance on The Farm—and their second on the festival’s main stage—the Louisville, KY-based rockers dug into their catalog for a set that was heavy on older material. While the group is currently touring in support of their latest release, The Waterfall, they only went into four songs from the album, as the rest of the set was filled with classics like “Mahgeetah,” “I’m Amazed,” “Gideon,” “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt 2.,” “Evil Urges” and a beautifully haunting “Dondante” that brought the show to its peak.

Earlier sets on the What Stage included a wellreceived early evening performance by Irish singersongwriter Hozier, who took the crowd to church on a Saturday, and a pleasant opening set from Trampled by Turtles, who laid a foundation of string music in anticipation of Mumford and Sons’ headlining set. The Which Stage also pulled some large crowds throughout Saturday, especially during a highly anticipated set from Childish Gambino—the hip-hop alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover. The rapper followed blues-guitar revivalist Gary Clark Jr., who also drew in a number of fans with his laidback, old-school style. 

The Which Stage had something for everyone yesterday, as festival darlings and indie rockers The War on Drugs once again proved themselves to be consummate professionals as they worked through much of their magnificent 2014 album Lost in the Dream with precision and grace. Earlier in the day, Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens proved that she could go it alone with an uplifting set that drew from her new debut solo album Tomorrow is My Turn, while Malian exiles Songhoy Blues opened the day with their blend of rock, funk, reggae and West African rhythms.

Saturday featured plenty of other standout performances, including an excellent That Tent set from Nashville-based alternative country torchbearer Sturgill Simpson. “This is either a beautiful things or we’re a bunch of stupid ass people for being out in this heat,” he noted, no doubt echoing the thoughts of the countless Bonaroovians that were braving the day’s 90 degree weather. Simpson and his band dug deep into one of many jams—much of the setlist came from his psychedelia-tinged 2014 LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music—which allowed him to perform in front of an unabashedly trippy visual display that few country musicians could pull off. That Tentalso saw sets from singersongwriter Bahamas, while an assortment of musicians paid tribute to Nigerian oneman-funk-band William Onyearbor during the “Atomic Bomb” show. 

This Tent kept delivered a varied lineup as well, with an afternoon set from psych-rock masters Woods and an hour of power pop from Bleachers—the ‘80s-inspired side project of Jack Antonoff, who hails from Bonnaroo veterans fun. and Steel Train. Slayer also graced This Tent, unleashing a heavy dose of metal into the generally laid back Bonnaroo atmosphere. 

Fans of electronic dance music were able to get their fill over at the Other Tent, which hosted sets from remix masters Jamie XX and SBTRKT, while neosoul singer-songwriter SZA and indie-rockers PHOX also dropped by for earlier sets While music may be the selling point for Bonnaroo, Saturday was nevertheless filled with an assortment of entertainment options, including a Comedy Theatre that welcomed Chris Hardwick, Ralphie May, Jeff Ross and others. 

The festival’s roots in improvisational music were kept alive in—of all places—the Cinema Tent, where virtuoso jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez put a new, off-the-cuff spin on his acclaimed score for Birdman during a livescoring of the Academy Award winning film. 

Late night highlights abounded at the SuperJam where Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis introduced the proceedings. Highlights included Rhiannon Giddens performing the Police’s “Roxanne,” Jack Antonoff and SZA joining forces on the Queen/David Bowie tune “Under Pressure,” and hip-hop throwback numbers from Chalie 2na, Cherub, Reggie Watts, Chance The Rapper and DNC. Elsewhere on site, Robe Rage at Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Barn featured a set from Grupo Fantasma who performed on Friday as Brownout Presents Black Sabbath. Meanwhile Bassnectar appeared on the Which Stage while D’Angelo returned to Bonnaroo, following his 2012 appearance in the SuperJam, for an animated set at This Tent. 

When all was said and done, with so many stellar acts to choose from at all times, Saturday seemed to confirm what Marcus Mumford suggested, that Bonnaroo is the best festival in America, and yes, the world. 

By Sam D’Arcangelo 

Bonnaroo is in a month: Here are some tips --

I always come back from a festival with a list of things in my head that I would do different next time, and then I’m so tired, hung over, brain dead, that I don’t write anything down, and then I forget.

Well, not this time.

Things to know about BONNAROO:

1. There are a bunch of places to refill water, so bring a refillable water container - preferably something that will latch onto a purse or pack so you don’t have to carry it.

2. PERSONAL FANS! - whether it be a handheld you can walk in with, or a table fan to have at your site, I can’t tell you how many mornings I stumbled out of the tent (that had become something closer to a sauna) to lay under the canopy with a fan directed at my face.

3. DUSTY AS SHIT. Seriously. I couldn’t take deep breaths by day 2. Not awesome. Bring a hanker chief to tie around your nose and mouth. Or a gas mask. Maybe goggles. I am not even joking, if I do Bonnaroo again, I am definitely bringing a mask and goggles. I will look like a freak, no doubt, but I will be able to breath, sooooo probably worth it.

4. Bring your own toilet paper to the porta potties. Every time. Also bring your own hand sanitizer or wipes too. They clean them by spraying them down with water, sooo everything on the seat, in the urinal, on the ground, really just gets sprayed everywhere around the inside of the porta potty - this includes back onto the seat, onto that pole that sometimes acts as a balance aid, aaaand onto the hand sanitizer dispenser. Ya. Ew.

5. WAITING IN LINE FOR PORTAPOTTIES SHOULD NOT BE SINGLE FILE!!!!! Buuuut apparently that’s how they do it. Sooo If you see this, go around the back and just walk into an empty stall. What happens with this single file line craziness, is that everyone only ends up going into stall that they physically see someone come out of, but there are several (if not most) that remain unoccupied until you, now the smartest of the bunch, go in. AND now everyone in that single file will watch you come out, so you have in effect actually opened up another bathroom for them! Good looking out!

6. SOLID SHOES ARE A MUST. Coachella I go barefoot the entire time, but even without the forewarned rain, the terrain is much too difficult to not wear shoes, not to mention that even with the lack of water, there still ended up being a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of swampy, dirty, sewagey areas that I was even nervous to walk NEAR. I would even recommend light boots or sneakers rather than sandals cause there is grass, sand, rock, wood, metal … you name it, that you are walking on…

7. The first area that you walk into when going to the stage is the MOST crowded, if you walk through this for a little bit, you will be able to get closer AND have more dancing room!

8. It is HOT AS HELL, soooo bringing in a piece of fabric or a scarf and getting the vendors to dip it in their ice is clutch. Do this, wrap it around you and for a brief moment of utter ecstasy you remember what it was like to be cold, and then you are hot again.

9. Don’t lose your map/schedule. They run out.

10. People are usually pretty nice and easy going at festivals, but this is another story! EVERYONE is super social and wants to talk to you and help you out if you need it. If you are in trouble, need some water, a charger, food, beer, shade, anything … just ask around and probably 10 people will jump to help you out. I’ve never been to a festival alone before, but I feel like you could not only survive Bonnaroo by yourself, but you would leave with a hundred new festival amigos :)

11. Phones don’t work. Texts are delayed. Calls take forever to get through. Have a time and a meeting spot, and keep to it. Mushroom fountain works.

12. Don’t buy shirts from the inside merch tent. A TON of really awesome, super cheap shirts are sold by people at the campsite. They come to you. All sizes. Don’t have to lug it around. I got an awesome shirt for $10. ya.

13. Unlike other festivals, Boannaroo goes ALL day and ALL night. Literally, bands will extend their sets for hours and all of the sudden you will notice that the sun is rising – and you’ll probably be pissed because you’ll realize that you have only a couple hours left of weather cool enough to sleep in.

14. If you have to choose, better to miss Thursday than Sunday.

15. Stay hydrated. Remember to eat. Don’t mix too many drugs. and be prepared to dance and sweat and dance and sweat and dance and sweat and dance and sweat …


fuuuuuuckkkkkkk it’s never gonna stooooop


Ben Howard performing Master at Bonnaroo 2012