6 & 8 PM: !!! DJ Set
7 PM: Mallrat
8:30 PM: Poolside
Celebrating its sixth year in DTLA, the FIGat7th Downtown Festival (also known as FIGFest) will light up the city this June with eclectic sounds and tunes. Presented by Arts Brookfield, this free festival kicks off June 1 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into an intimate concert venue and a poppin’ dance floor with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists.
First up is Poolside, the dreamy “Daytime Disco” project of California duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise. They are sure to put your mind at ease while your body slinks into a smooth sway. June 8 will deliver an electric performance by sexy New York R&B duo Lion Babe. Their sound is seductive and eclectic, promoting messages of empowerment supported by clanging percussion, a thumping synth bass, and notes of soul, dance, hip-hop and pop.
On June 15, Gabriel Garzón-Montano takes the stage with layer upon layer of his characteristically thoughtful, sultry, saturated soundscapes that oscillates between new soul, electronic, funk and R&B. The festival closes with indie-pop-punk band Wavves, bringing their bold, raw, stumbling-through-life synergy to the FIGFest stage. See them crank it up a notch on June 22 when they are joined by the LA-based funk-rock ensemble, Thumpasaurus.
FIGFest’s unique lineup reflects the diversity of the city and the vibrant cultural center that downtown LA has become. Past festivals have featured The Internet, Anderson .Paak, KING, Superhumanoids, Soulection, Tuxedo, Hanni El Khatib, and The Belle Brigade. FIGFest is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield Properties’ public spaces to life through music, film, interactive experiences, and visual arts.
Poolside are the “Daytime Disco” project of California duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise. Inspired by good wine and good times with good friends, Poolside released their debut album Pacific Standard Time in 2012 to critical acclaim.
Poolside has received praise from media outlets including Pitchfork, Dazed & Confused, Gorilla vs Bear, and NME, and their music has been spun and supported by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, techno legend Derrick May, and disco don Todd Terje.
Poolside has toured extensively, with performances at festivals including Coachella, Primavera, and Treasure Island. The group’s remixes of Little Dragon, the Rapture, Matthew Dear, Sade, and Miami Horror have garnered the duo much attention, and their mixtapes and Spotify playlists are perfect for pool parties.
Poolside’s second album, Heat, was released on June 20th to celebrate Summer Solstice, and the duo is supporting the record with a worldwide tour, including gigs in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
“Hannah Montana of the rap game.”
It’s the tongue-in-cheek moniker that Grace Shaw gave herself early in her career as Mallrat, the best description the then 16-year-old could ascribe the bright, bouncy pop she made inspired by the likes of her rap heroes Allday, Drake and Kanye.
Smash cut to three years later and now when you say, “Mallrat,” you know exactly the vibe and sound we’re talking about. The 19-year-old is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music and with the release of her second EP just around the corner via Dew Process and Nettwerk, stardom seems inevitable.
“It all changed at that Allday concert,” says Mallrat, remembering the Brisbane concert she attended as a then tween. “He was someone I felt like I could relate to.” That performance saw her headed home feeling inspired and soon after she recorded her very first attempts at making her own music. Sending those Garage Band gems off to a few producers she’d found online turned out to be that one in a million case where naïve confidence pays off. Her discernible talent was quickly recognised, and the foundations of her 2016 debut EP, Uninvited were built.
The EP would go on to fetch millions of streams and launch her career. Praise came from radio (including triple j, BBC and Beats 1), major music outlets (Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Idolator, NME, Vice), celeb gossipers (Perez Hilton), celebs themselves (Chloe Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham, Lorde), all the way to global tech giant Google, who used ‘For Real’ in a recent ad campaign.
Then, towards the end of last year, she announced the next phase of her career with the sparkling single ‘Better.’ Praise was once again instantaneous and widespread, garnering write-ups from the of the New York Times, international radio play, and millions more streams.
The song impressively placed 46th in the 2018 Hottest 100, which perfectly primed for the release of the anthemic follow up ‘UFO,’ featuring her former hero/turned friend and collaborator, Allday. The song was added to triple j instantly and has continued to build since – a surreal moment for Mallrat, as her hero became her equal.
“I feel like we’re two peas in a pod, so it’s pretty amazing that we can work together. I don’t know if there are a lot of other vocalists that I would feel comfortable asking to be on my songs, just because I feel like lyrics are so personal for me. But because he’s such a close friend and we always get where each other are coming from, it felt perfect for the song.”
And as for Mallrat – well, she just wants to make music that you can relate to. “I hope that it makes someone feel more relaxed after a weird day and they can just feel calm. I think it’s amazing when music can make you feel something and I’ve tried to do that.”