Angel Chavez works hard to support the local music scene in myriad ways. He’s attended Coachella for 10-plus years, and has dedicated his YouTube channel to documenting, reviewing and offering tips for survival at the festival in recent years. He hosts a podcast where he interviews local bands, and has even thrown a few Desert Underground events featuring local rappers, bands and Mexican acts—during which he professionally records their sets. For more information, visit instagram.com/coachellaangel. Chavez is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Not sure, but I remember Los Tigres del Norte when I was a kid.
What was the first album you owned?
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Turnstile, Arcade Fire, and Mago de Oz.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Singing in the car.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Empire Polo Club.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“I been working 8 days a week / I don’t even know what the fuck today is,” Big Sean, “Paradise.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Kanye West. I saw him live in 2011 for the first time, and I became a huge fan. Kanye has always been motivated with his music and his ego about believing in yourself. Kanye also says if you are a fan of Kanye West, you are a fan of yourself. I love that. We must believe in ourselves before other people.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
“When are you coming back to Coachella, Daft Punk?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“The Last Goodbye” by ODESZA.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Baby’s World” by Mills the Gawd. (Scroll down to hear it!)