I wanted to go to the second OF carnival, but wasn’t able to make the trip happen in 2013. When I realized the opportunity to go to the third annual carnival was feasible, I made an adventure of it. Flying into LA on a Wednesday afternoon and doing a short set at AC the program Director’s Hip Hop Philosophy later that night. Recording with my best friend B. PowerPoppin Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Exploring Echo Park LA, eating awesome meals and running into long time friends/acquaintances randomly in between work and wondering was truly an amazing experience.
However, the highlight of the trip was actually attending the carnival. After a night of recording and having what was supposed to be one drink and ended up being a hang out until 6:00am with old/now friends and B. PowerPoppin we jumped in an Uber and headed to Camp Flog Gnaw later that afternoon. We got there at 3:00 missing some of the openers. I would have liked to have seen Cherry Glazer and clearly with needing to sleep for a bit we weren’t going make it at 11:00 wheb the festival started. B. PowerPoppin and I walked onto the festival grounds and right into Hodegy Beats, Left Brain and Domo Genesis’s set on the main stage. We wondered down to the side stage to catch Freddy Gibbs a little bit later. That’s kinda how the rest of the day went, hopping between the main stage and side stage all evening well into the night. Back and fourth between sets by Action Bronson, not billed as, however should have been Three Melon Collie Gypsies (Murs, The Grouch and Eligh), The Internet, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, and Earl Sweatshirt closing out the last act on the side stage.
Now it was time for the main event on the main stage. Tyler the Creator lived up to all they hype. Having one of the most extravagant stage show’s I’ve seen from any OF member. A bedroom setting where all of the furniture being built to an enormous scale. This was what I came to see and it lived up to the spectacle I hoped it would be.
Closing out the night was Pharrell, one of Tyler’s musical influences and now mentor. B. PowerPoppin and I left the venue just as Pharrell’s set was winding down feeling inspired and good about all of the work we’d been accomplished during the trip. I’d say, this was definitely one of the best moments for me personally of 2014. Performing, exploring, recording, and catching a festival in 5 days was pretty incredible. I can’t wait for you to hear the project that was recorded during the trip.