Tracklist —————————————————— Mercer - Turn it up (Tchami Remix) Storm Queen - Look Right Through (Mk Dub Remix) Legitimate Scandal - Fu Gee La (Original Mix) Oliver Heldens - Gecko (Original Mix) Duke Dumont - Need U (Duact Remix) Mako - Beam (Dannic Remix) Daddy’s Groove - Stellar (Original Mix) Twenty One Pilots - Guns For Hands (Dzeko & Torres Remix) Lana Del Ray - Young & Beautiful (JusJay + MING Bootleg) Axwell - Center of The Universe (Blinders Remix) Sub Focus -Turn Back Time (Steener Bootleg) Ken Loi - Fireball (Original Mix) Wolfgang Gartner - Piranha (Original Mix) Chuckie - Poco Man Jam 2k14 Sick Individuals - Shock (Original Mix) Skitzofrenix - Respek di Woman (Original Mix) Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, BOOSTEDKIDS - G.I.P.S.Y. (Original Mix) Mike Cervello - Break (Wiwek Remix) Junxterjack/Calvin Harris/Nom De Strip - Can’t Believe This Party Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (JaseOne Smash) Diplo ft Imanos, Faustix, Kai- Revolution (Drunken Masters Remix) Autoerotique - Nasty (Original Mix) Nora En Pure, Hailing Jordan - Come With Me (Hailing Jordan Remix) Dillon Francis - Bootleg Fireworks (The Rebirth) Ca$h Out - Cashin Out (Dotcoms Festival Trap Remix) Droptek - What’s Going On (Original Mix) Antiserum & Mayhem - Pakistan Figure - The Brown Note ——————————————————
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The weather might’ve cancelled Kanye West’s and other artists’ Governors Ball shows, but for Years & Years, the rain was just the feature their tracks needed.
When the London-based electro-pop trio took the stage in New York on Friday afternoon, they were met with some showers—and a throng of fans determined to dance through them. With an energetic set that included their hits “King,” “Desire” and “Worship,” the slight downpour soon became a non-issue. The band even slowed down with the mellow “Eyes Shut” before performing a surprise Katy Perry x Drake cover (but more on that later).
The day after their performance, lead singer Olly Alexander opened up to BAZAAR.com about the show, his rising LGBT icon status, and making new music.
How did you feel about your Gov Ball performance on Friday?
“It was really fun. I didn’t know what to expect ‘cause it was early and it was raining slightly but the crowd was really into it. That’s what you hope for, that you get a lot of energy from the crowd and that makes you perform better, and that’s what I felt like.”
How do you guys usually prepare for festival shows?
“To be honest, they’re always very last minute, everyone’s running around. Actually yesterday, we didn’t make it to the stage until two minutes before we were supposed to go on. You can’t really prepare. We’ve been touring so much that we just know that the crew is gonna do a good job and we’ve played the songs so many times, and that’s it.”
You said you’ve been touring, but you’ve also been playing at a lot of festivals. Which has been your favorite so far?
“I guess doing our own shows and doing festivals are different experiences, and they’re both really fun. We just played a bunch of shows in the States and they were amazing. L.A. was super fun, and then we went and played in Portland and Seattle. And at our Seattle show, this guy messaged me on Instagram before and was like, 'I really want to propose to my boyfriend, could I do it on stage at your show?’ So we got him on and it was all a big surprise for his boyfriend and he said yes, and it was really a special moment to have happen at our show. It was really cool. Everyone was crying and emotional.”
What’s your music festival pet peeve?
“Sometimes this stuff is out of your control, like weather. Coachella is difficult because it’s very windy and there’s sand blowing in your face and my throat gets really dry. And then you don’t want it to pour down with rain, although at times it can rally the crowd together. So I guess that’s sort of part of the fun in a way, the unpredictability. You can’t really predict what’s going to happen, it’s just part of the experience.”
What’s your favorite song to play in front of large crowds like that?
“I like to perform 'Desire.’ It goes down super well, always. It gets the crowd super hyped and it’s a really good sing-along song—I can just let the crowd do most of the singing.”
You guys also did a really cool “Dark Horse / Hotline Bling” cover, how did you come up with that?
“That actually came about for Radio 1 in London. They do this thing called the Live Lounge and you have to choose a recent cover and you get to do whatever you want with it. So we were thinking of covers to do and we were just like, 'Oh Katy Perry’ and then we wanted to include a recent one, so we mashed up 'Hotline Bling,’ and it seemed pretty weird but we I was playing around on the piano and it seemed to work pretty work pretty well. It was unexpected, but it seemed to go down well.”
Speaking of Live Lounge, have you heard the Nick Jonas cover of your song, “King?”
“Yeah I actually heard that when it was happening on the radio. I think it was playing in a car and I was walking down the street and I was like, 'Wait. What is that? Is that me? Oh no, it’s Nick Jonas. Sexy Nick Jonas.’”
What did you think of it?
“I mean I’m here for anything Nick Jonas does, especially if it brings me closer to him.”
If you guys were sticking around for the rest of the festival, who would you be most excited to see?
“Well I missed Robyn yesterday and I love Robyn. I would definitely go see Haim and The Killers today if I was there. And I would definitely check out Kanye.”
June is Pride Month—how are you guys celebrating?
“We’re actually doing a show for Pride in Wales, which I don’t think is going on this month, but I’m super excited that we get to play at Pride events. So that will be later in the year. And then I’m just gonna see what happens. I always celebrate with my friends on Pride in London, so I’m hoping I’ll be there.”
You’ve become somewhat of a LGBT icon. How does it feel for you to represent that community?
“I feel so many different things about it. I think mainly I’ve just been really amazed at the support I’ve received, which has meant so much because I think that’s been a huge part of the reason why I’ve been able to speak out on these issues in the first place. So it’s just been incredible and I feel so grateful that it happened. And at the same time, I have a lot of anxiety about the concept of representation because it can be problematic to navigate some of the challenges of trying to do what’s right and speak out for a community, but be aware of the limitations and pitfalls I might encounter, too. The community’s so diverse and I’m only one experience. So it’s just been really incredible.”
For sure. I noticed on stage yesterday you wore a sweatshirt with a rainbow on it.
“My rainbow tracksuit, yes!”
Do you guys usually wear more comfortable, cool athleisure on stage?
“It depends. I definitely always try to wear something I can move in and dance around in. I have also worn pretty crazy outfits that don’t let you move that much. I wore this pink kimono outfit in our London show and it was really difficult to move around it, but I was really feeling myself. So I like to wear anything that makes me feel slightly excited. It’s a moment to push the boundaries of what people expect.”
Speaking of dancing, where do your dance moves come from?
“I’ve always loved to go out clubbing and I also started going to this dance class near me for a couple years, as well. All we did was do dance routines to Rihanna songs or Beyonce songs, it was amazing.”
How would you say your life has changed since your debut album Communion came out last summer?
“In some ways it’s changed everything about my life. I’m traveling all the time and I’ve been to so many places that I never thought I’d go to and I don’t get to see my friends and family as much anymore. Being able to perform and make music as my job is still very mind-blowing but at the same time it hasn’t really changed stuff. I feel like before you experience any level of success, you have this idea of what it will feel like. For me, I really felt like, 'Oh if I become a singer or musician and that would make me feel a certain way and I would feel all shiny and golden,’ and then obviously the reality is very different. I’m still the same person, I have the same insecurities.”
Are you guys already working on some new music?
“Yeah. I’ve been working on a few things, just getting ideas down and trying to do bits along the way, not really sitting down. We’ll set aside some time later on in the year, once we stop touring, to really focus on that second album.”