The post Life Is Beautiful 2018 feels are real as we are all colored in blue- literally though and we can thank the Blue Man Group‘s appearance for that one. In the midst of living our best lives yet in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, we were exhilarated by the trash-made art monkeys, Cousin’s Maine Lobster truck, and The Weeknd bringing 50 Shades of Grey to reality.
Enjoy a photo tour and a few exciting interviews form Life Is Beautiful 2018.
Popping around backstage we had a quick interview with What So Not.
If you could direct the music video for your new song ‘Beautiful’, what would it be?
It’s all about movement. I would love to really have it on Winona, she has amazing features… cheek bones, everything. She is beautiful. I would have her facing the camera while singing those intimate lyrics and cut it to the jungle and ocean. My friend an idea to get someone skating through Los Angeles. Back to Winona, I would want her close up and black in the back. A mix of all that.
Skrillex is a frequent collaborator in your new album. You also have San Holo featured. Now these are two very different guys with very different sounds. How did you get them to come together for this?
Sonny was easy, we’ve been pals for a while. Years ago he sent me to his label and he brought me on tour. We really got along and jammed out a lot. With San, we worked on that song the first day I met him and we got this vibe. He is such a great dude and we had so much fun. There was actually a guitar, very beat up and out of tune, we shoved things of paper in between the strings to make it ring funny. It was a vibe.
Turn up to ‘Beautiful’ below:
After a ‘terrifying’ firework malfunction, we are relieved to say the two avid fans hit reported minor injuries and were able to be treated on the scene.
With that, listen to ‘Across The Room’ below:
Chatted a bit with Grammy-nominees and the music behind the iPhone X/iPhone 8 Red, Sofi Tukker:
You just collaborated with Benny Benassi, how did that come about?
That was really organic. We became friends with him through a mutual friend and we ended up seeing him at all the festivals. Every time we saw him he would have the biggest smile and be so warm with welcoming us. He mentioned working on a track. We had that track sitting for a few years, we never knew what to do with it and we decided to feature him on it. He is the sweetest guy.
You have so many huge songs out there, if you could choose a song to be known for forever which one would it be?
This doesn’t really answer your question, but more than a song. I would was us to be known for what we are and what our music means to people. So a lot more than a song.
Listen to ‘Everybody Needs A Kiss’ below:
Had a heart-to-heart with Mikky Ekko:
What makes you tick?
Nothing f***ing boring. As a musician and a producer, I need to manifest not something that simply rhymes, but a classic. Something timeless. You need to push yourself to find something unique enough to write about, not have something interesting find you. You need to explore all sides to you, parts that aren’t comfortable.
If you could direct a music video for Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’, what would it look like?
First I would change the melody a bit. I would flip some of the chords around. For the music video, I would have it showing a Bee pulling nectar from a flower and the flower eating it over and over. Then the Bee and the flower start to change colors.
Click play on Mikky Ekko’s ‘Smile’ below:
Life Is love, but most importantly, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
As we crawl into bed, our hearts cry knowing Life Is Beautiful is now a chapter in our youth’s past. Together we foot-traffic’d along Freemont, held our hands above shoulders at the Bacardi stage, and found ourselves a friend or two. We are excited to see what Life Is Beautiful has for us in stores next year! Referencing back to the lyrics sang by Bastille on that one moonlit night, “I want to raise your spirits, I want to see you smile, but know that means I have to leave.”