Best Proof Coachella's Dance Scene Isn't Just About Brostep: The Yuma Tent
Lasers, beats, bass — works every time! Far from being a fair-weather trend, EDM seemed more pop-culture entrenched then ever from its hands-in-the-air popularity at Coachella 2014. The Sahara — Coachella's traditional dance tent — was continually the most packed square footage of the fest: Day one saw Glitch Mob absolutely destroy with dayglo synths, speaker-bursting low end and relentless beat barrages, not to mention face melting, arena-ready visuals. Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix followed with a pounding set of 4/4 electro-house, and the main stage was rocked with prime-time sets from Girl Talk and Calvin Harris. Even better, many dance artists made sly references to other popular Coachella genres in their sets, from Martin Garrix remixing Blur's "Song 2" to Glitch Mob freaking classic Prodigy during their sets to Girl Talk mashing up Lorde and M.I.A. to Skrillex dropping a mini-set of old-school hip-hop during his headlining appearance (not to mention bringing out A$AP Rocky for their collaboration, "Wild for the Night"). Even more shockingly, dance music at Coachella 2014 wasn't just for brosteppers: the clubtastic acts drew more women than almost any other, and even, gasp!, hipsters may be returning to the EDM fold. Enclosed and air conditioned, with a feel of a dark, sweaty nightclub, the Yuma tent was the coolest place to be, figuratively and literally. Indeed, even before the sun had set, the Yuma vibe felt like a little slice of Berlin at 4:00 a.m. in the desert, as more tastemaker DJs like Nina Kraviz and Damian Lazarus rocked ecstatic crowds with some of the most underground sounds heard at Coachella 2014.