Coachella Co-Founder Paul Tollett Explains What Happened With Kanye West On This Year’s Lineup

This 12 months’s Coachella lineup drew about as a lot reward and condemnation because it normally does; the largest distinction this 12 months being that the lineup seemed extra at the moment and future than the previous. Major legacy acts have been left off the highest traces of the billing, in favor of recent names like Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, and Ariana Grande.

But it nearly didn’t go that method. Justin Timberlake pulled out of the lineup as a result of extenuating circumstances, and Kanye West was just about being printed on flyers proper up till January 1.

In a uncommon interview with Coachella co-founder and Goldenvoice president and CEO Paul Tollett carried out by LA Times, the circumstances main as much as Kanye’s departure are laid out clear.

Kanye very publicly bowed out this 12 months. What occurred?

When we have been going via the stage concepts, he had another concepts. He’s performed Coachella, and he is aware of it very nicely. Both instances have been nice, and so totally different. The final one was pure artwork. He has some nice [production] concepts, however we simply weren’t in a position to pull them off proper now. I’d wish to circle again with him and determine a future plan of what to do with what’s in his head. He’s very able to developing with concepts that work which are fairly nice. Up till Jan. 1, we have been making a poster with Kanye on it. We began realizing we’re most likely going to have an deadlock production-wise.

When Kanye pulled out, what did you need to do?

It was surprisingly mellow. I had my staff there. I advised them, “OK, Kanye is not going to go this year.” There have been some gasps.

A future lineup with West on it isn’t out of the query, however clearly some adjustments will should be made. Though, Coachella has made many, many adjustments over time, in order that shouldn’t current extra of a problem than the rest. After all, it’s most frequently artists pushing the boundaries of what’s “normal” that creates lasting, sustainable change.

The remainder of the interview goes over numerous subjects, together with: demographics, Coachella is round 54% feminine attendees year-to-year; sexual harassment, Coachella initiated its Every One marketing campaign this 12 months; and politics, Coachella is usually lumped in with AEG proprietor Philip Anschutz who recurrently donates to Republican political campaigns. Tollett nonetheless retains half of Coachella after Goldenvoice was purchased by AEG in 2001, and maintains full autonomy over the pageant. Tollett mentioned of the controversy,

“I’m not a Trump supporter. I think people know I’m the owner-operator of the show. I’m partners with AEG. Phil Anschutz is the one they’re talking about, and he owns thousands of companies. He’s so not thinking about Coachella. He has no opinion if I should pivot from dubstep to trap-house. Most billionaires are Republicans. The billionaire attached to Live Nation is a Republican Trump supporter. Ticketmaster, same thing. Madison Square Garden? Billionaire Trump supporter. I know Mr. Anschutz isn’t a Trump supporter. None of it matters to me. I run a show 365 days a year, making all the decisions. Anyone who knows me and the Goldenvoice staff, they know we have a very colorful public history.”

Read the total interview by way of LA Times.

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