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Miike Snow Reveal the Secret to Making Audiences Go Crazy

Band talks remixes, current tour

Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Joseph Llanes
April 15, 2012 10:50 AM ET

Certainly one of the most anticipated sets at this year's Coachella was Miike Snow closing out the outdoor theater Saturday night. The band's pre-Radiohead set didn't disappoint either, with thousands feeling the sense of abandon the band creates in their live show.

What is the secret to making people go crazy in the audience? "We kind of almost go for a little bit of a rave feel in some parts of our set," Christian Karlsson tells Rolling Stone as we sit in the band's trailer Saturday night. "It’s just that tribal thing, I’m not sure I’ve seen it in a live show before." 

Miike Snow is a band that is well versed in the dance and rave culture. In fact, Karlsson tells us the band, which just released the new album Happy to You, had their remixes lined up before the album was even completed. "I have so many friends that are DJs so we’ve been lucky on that part. I think we had like 10 remixes before we had the finished album," he says.

What is next on that front then? "There are a bunch of remixes coming out. We have Dirty South coming out [April] 25th with 'Devil’s Work,'" he says. "It’s a really cool remix."

With so many DJs and producers backstage at Coachella it would seem the opportunity is there to create many more collaborations. But Pontus Winnberg says that's not how Miike Snow works. "We hang out with people all the time that we either do collaborations with or will do in the future. But it’s hard to pick what led to this or that," he says.

The Coachella set marked just the fifth show on tour supporting the new album. Thus far even the band has been surprised by the response to the new material. "It’s been pretty overwhelming so far. I didn’t expect people to know the new songs that well," Karlsson says.

As we've been asking everybody this weekend, we have to find out from Miike Snow who their dream hologram performance would be a la the rumored Dre and Snoop set. "Elvis doing 'God Help This Divorce,'" Karlsson says. "Yeah, that would be amazing," Winnberg adds.

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