We caught up with Kamal Soliman of DJ sensation Lance Herbstrong to not only get the scoop on their evolution but also to give you a sneak peek at what types of surprises you can expect from their ACL set this Friday at 4:30PM on the Zilker Stage. But that’s not it! We’re bringing you an ACL EXCLUSIVE track. Hear the duo’s latest remix with fellow 2012 ACL Festival artist, Thievery Corporation. You heard it here first!
Lance Herbstrong seems to be everywhere these days, but what’s the backstory? How did you guys get this going?
Bill Sarver and I started Lance Herbstrong as just a studio project doing remixes of songs that we liked. Our first was a mashup of Thievery Corp and Manu Chao, which both original artists loved.
Thievery’s record label ESL Music then commissioned us to do 2 more remixes for their other artists, and we ended up licensing the songs and needed a name. We came up with Lance Herbstrong, and shortly afterwards were booked to play Lollapalooza in 2010. The show went really well and we realized that we had something good going and decided to pursue this as a live touring act.
Your 2010 ACL set was a spur-of-the-moment success, and the unsuspecting crowd really loved your sound. What was it like to perform in front of such a large group of people?
ACL 2010 was a surreal experience. We found out we were filling in for Gayngs about 90 minutes before we started. Our gear was already on site because we were scheduled to do the artist afterparty that night. Since I work for C3 Presents and am heavily involved in producing the festival, my coworkers decided to make some large props for our show, including a giant joint and fake bags of weed, which all got passed into the crowd. People joined us onstage for a spur of the moment dance party, and the festival director even joined us onstage by riding a dirt bike out to play drums. It was quite the party, the crowd was massive, and since we started a bit early, we are one of the few bands in ACL history that had time for a one song encore. It was unforgettable.
As an ACL veteran, how will this year’s performance differ from your earlier experience? What can fans expect?
For this year’s ACL, we would like to continue with the spontaneous nature of our first show, and are inviting musicians from several other bands (including Thievery Corp, Umphrey’s McGee, and Soul Rebels Brass Band) to join us onstage for a few unrehearsed jam sessions. Hoping we can pull it off!
Festivals can be fun for performers – hopping around and checking out their peers up on stage. Which are your must-see sets for the weekend?
Must see bands are Thievery Corporation, Barrington Levy, Antibalas, Black Keys, and RHCP. And hoping to discover someone new that I’ve never heard of before, as that always seems to happen at ACL.
Best part of the Fest?
Best part of the fest is always the artist afterparty that happens on site Sunday night in the Artist Lounge.