Q&A: U.R. ART FESTIVAL’S MUSICAL GUEST, GUILLAUME + THE COUTU DUMONTS

U.R. ART Music Festival, a day-party series featuring the best music, art, fashion, and food each month, returns to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica on July 20th for its second blowout culture installation — this time, the decks get blessed with Solar, Asadinho, Sean Patrick, Eduardo Castillo, John Wander and music man Guillaume + The Coutu Dumonts — who we zeroed in on for a proper sit down. This multi-faceted musician definitely knows his percussions and the ever-evolving Tsunami of music. Listen to his pulse: 

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LA CANVAS: So, what’s up with you headlining U.R. ART Festival on July 20th?

GUILLAUME: Hahahaha… Not sure what to answer to that. In any case, I’m not a big fan of the term headliner. I think promoters and even party people give too much importance to what they think is a headliner. But yeah, I have the chance to be one of the “out of town” guest. Lucky me!

LAC: What are your thoughts on the concept of U.R. ART being more than just music?

G: I haven’t seen it in action so far.. but from what I gather it seems to be touching to fashion, food, design on top of being a music festival. Being a musician, I will always be a bit more interested in music then fashion (for exemple)… so as long as the music is good… whatever quality artistic stuff that is around makes the experience even more of a success.

LAC: What do you think of the rise (+ domination) of house + techno in LA?

G: Wow, that’s great to hear. I love it. Well.. it’s all about cycles no? It comes and it goes. I guess you guys had a bit of a low tide for a while so now let’s enjoy the Tsunami.

LAC: Are you interested in any specific style of music right now?

G: Always. I listen to everything I can all the time. I try to keep my ears open as much as I can.

LAC: How long have you been banging on percussions, and when did you start?

G: Well… I did it “for real” a long time ago. When I mean for real I mean, practicing 5 hours every day. Nowadays, I would say I don’t really play. I use a drumpad during the live set which I play… but it’s nothing like playing the real drums. I started when I was 15-16 years old. I was playing some old banged out drums over Santanas songs in my living room.

LAC: Was there a moment in time that you knew ‘music was the answer’?

G: That moment when I was playing over the Santana’s records in our living room. Made me feel good and it made the time stops.

LAC: If life could resemble any record…

G: Then death is a over-compressed shitty resolution mp3?

LAC: Your career is multi-faceted. Tell us a bit about your journey behind the decks…

G: Well, I started as a percussionist and then studied percussions, electroacoustic composition and then discovered techno and house music. So I guess I apply my baggage to what I do nowadays. I try to keep as many collaboration projects as I can. I also have a band project, Guillaume & The Side Effects (guitar, keyboards, saxophones and Dave Aju doing the vocals). That project will soon bare it’s fruits with the first album coming out in 2015. Other then that, this year will probably see the first album of Museum, a ambient more experimental project I have with my brother Gabriel Coutu Dumont and Frederic Aubourg. I’m really looking forward to this one as well.

LAC: Any secret music formulas you can share with us we should expect on Sunday?

G: Hahaha, formula… nooooooooooooooo. But one thing I like to do is really trying to shape my live set like if it was a dj set. I mean, I like to go up and down and left and right. I bore myself if I try to play the same kind of groove and songs thru the whole set.

LAC: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

G: What about a mystery and murder dinner (with Hercules Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Mata Hari, Miss Marple, etc…). You know those one when you everyone dresses in a costume and plays a part. Wait, they made a film out of that idea… what’s it called again?

*There’s Rope, The House Of Yes, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Gosford Park, The Last Supper…

LAC: Top 3 favorite tracks of all time…

G: That’s way too hard! I can probably do a top 3 tracks of the month.

Loose Joint, Tell you
Mandre, Rain
Taylor Mcferrin, Degrees of Light

LAC: Advice or words to live by for those emerging creatives?

G: Instinct baby instiiiiiinct!!!!!

THE GUIDE: DESERT FESTIVAL PARTIES

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There’s only one day left until Coachella (a word we’ve heard around the office almost daily since the release of the line-up) and now that you have your outfits planned and your road trip playlists made, you probably feel like you’re forgetting something. It’s not sunscreen (though, please pack a ton of that) and it’s not the extra mattress pad for the slightly uncomfortable camping arrangements.

Anyone who has been to an LA CANVAS event knows that we are always up for the any-time-of-day social gatherings. That is why we’ve gathered all of our favorite invites to give you a when-what-where guided list on the festival party scene. Even if your wallet couldn’t afford to be front row for Wu-Tang Clan, we hope these parties will give you incentive to drive out to the Palm Desert with us this weekend.

Also, make sure to check out the convenient schedule and RSVP info for all of the events below at the bottom of the page.

 

 

The Saguaro Desert Weekender promises a few thing that peek our interest. Sky Ferriria, Classixx and a DJ set by Agyness Deyn are headlining all weekend (in that order).  Come out to celebrate as Private Label, House of Holland Eyewear, and A Club Called Rhonda all host a different pool party for each day of the festival.

Party 1

 

Continue the party from the DJ tent at Armani Exchange’s Neon Carnival, sure to be covered with VIP and celeb types. This Bolthouse production on the 13th boasts of music by Jesse Marco, Jus Ske and Kayper, and has just the right amount of exclusivity to make us curious.

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Want to see Alexa Chung and Elijah Wood DJ poolside? Head to the Lacoste Live Desert Pool Party for a preppy take on the extracurricular activities outside the festival fences.

Party 3

 

Nylon and Hugo Boss invite you to their Indio Escape House for two afternoons of  cocktails, treats, and jams. We’re thinking if you hit this event on Sunday you can nurse your hangover in luxury.

Party 4

 

We might be a little too obsessed with the aesthetics of the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, and thanks to Adidas and the Do-Over both weekends of party goers can enjoy a Sunday of ice cold booze and BBQ.

Party 5

 

Take members from the Strokes, White Light White Heat and drinks by Patron, and what do you get? The Rolling Stone/Diesel + Edun Studio Africa party that is sure to stay true to the vibes of the music magazine and gritty-luxe denim brand.

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Your Festival Party Schedule:

FRIDAY

11AM – 5 PM
Studio Africa @ Tally Horse Ranch, 55075 Monroe Street, La Quinta, CA
Hosted by Diesel+Edun, Rolling Stone
RSVP: [email protected]

12PM – 6PM
Private Label @ The Saguaro
Forever 21 SS13 Magazine launch
DJ sets from Sky Ferreira, Gold Fields, Rick Rude, Anna Lunoe
RSVP: http://www.thesaguarodesertweekender.com/

11PM – 6AM
Flaunt party @ 8559 Grapefruit Blvd., Coachella, CA 92236
Hosted by Flaunt Magazine, Le Baron, True Religion
Music by Kitsune
RSVP: [email protected]

SATURDAY
12PM – 6PM
Escape House @ TBA
Hosted by Nylon, Boss Orange
RSVP: [email protected]

1PM-6PM
A Club Called Rhonda @ The Saguaro
Peanut Butter Wolf, Classixx, House of House, Goddollars, Paradise, TBA
RSVP: http://www.thesaguarodesertweekender.com/

1PM – 6PM
Lacoste party @ TBA
RSVP: http://rsvp.lacostelivedesertpoolparty.com/

10PM – ?
Neon Carnival @ Tradition Aviation, 56850 Higgins Drive, Thermal, CA 92274

Hosted by Armani Exchange, Bolthouse Productions
RSVP: [email protected]

SUNDAY
12PM – 6PM
The Do Over @ The Ace Hotel
RSVP: thedoover.net/dochella13

12PM – 6PM
Escape House @ TBA
Hosted by Nylon, Boss Orange
RSVP: [email protected]

1PM-6PM
House of Holland Pool Party @ The Saguaro
Hosted by IO Echo, Henry Holland, IAMSOUND
DJ sets from Agyness Deyn, Nick Grimshaw, Blood Diamonds,
Harley Viera-Newton, Health, IAMSOUND
http://www.thesaguarodesertweekender.com/

1PM – 6PM
Lacoste party @ TBA
RSVP: http://rsvp.lacostelivedesertpoolparty.com/

Check out these fliers below for even more details!