Hayden James

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival would not be complete without its DJ sets. Considering the amazing history, it would be unwise for attendees to miss any of the great spinning that Coachella artists have to offer—from the iconic Daft Punk pyramid in 2006, to RÜFÜS DU SOUL’s wild 2019 set. Hayden James is set to perform at this year’s festival on Sunday, April 17 and 24, bringing his dance-y and groovy jams along with him. Learn more at haydenjamesmusic.com. James is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

The Wiggles.

What was the first album you owned?

Craig David.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Tame Impala, and RÜFÜS DU SOL.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Trap music.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?


What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Bossa nova.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Lots of great memories there, and I was lucky enough to play it a few times.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Kylie Minogue, “I just can’t get you outta my head.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Daft Punk. Their sound and songwriting are a huge inspiration for me.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

How do you approach writing new music? What comes first? The question is for Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala).

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Bye Bye Baby,” The Bay City Rollers.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

AM, Arctic Monkeys.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

My new song with Elderbrook and Cassian, called “On Your Own.”

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...