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The end of summer brings many horrible things (school, cold weather), but in Los Angeles, it at least goes out with a bang, thanks to FYF Fest. On August 24th and 25th, FYF takes over L.A. State Historic Park for a two day festival packed with music, art and comedy showcasing bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders, Solange and more. Because tickets are still available, we caught up with FYF founder Sean Carlson to talk about why you should probably buy those tickets, like, now.
What are you most excited about for this year’s fest?
Hanging out with my friends or seeing that one 16-year-old kid running across the field trying to catch another band, knowing that he is happier then he has ever been. That’s a good feeling.
FYF has a real DIY spirit. How have you kept that as the festival has gotten bigger?
I never really thought about it. I think the second I start thinking about it I will have done something wrong so I am not going to think about it for a little longer. That’s kind of my motto, “Let’s not deal with it for a little longer.”
You work from home. Do you actually get dressed, or just work in your underwear until you have to leave the house?
Some days this is true. Other days I leave the house early to walk my dogs but yes, I am a fan of working in my underwear.
What do you think sets FYF apart from other music festivals?
We are the only one festival that would name their stages after characters from a television show that starts with an S. Hint: It’s not the Simpsons or Seinfeld. (This will make sense when we release the stage names and set times on Friday.)
How, if at all, do you think FYF represents Los Angeles and the creative spirit of the city?
Oh, I don’t know. That’s too deep.
What’s the coolest moment you’ve ever experienced in your career?
Being able to work in my underwear all day.
How much of your Wikipedia entry is actually true? If it is true, can you tell of some stories from your wild jaywalking days in Torrance, California?
I don’t have any stories of being a wild jaywalker. That’s just my friend Adam being silly. He is always changing my Wikipedia. Makes me laugh.
How do you hope people feel after a weekend at FYF?
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