M.I.A. Made Sure Her All My Friends Performance Loud And Hyped Despite Sound Issues, M.I.A. Delivers Powerful Set At AMF Music Festival
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… One of the most anticipated performances of the day was that from the inimitable M.I.A. With a new documentary under her belt, “Matangi Maya M.I.A” (which is currently in theaters as of the date of this post), her performance opened with a preview of her film. Once the trailer played, twice, M.I.A took the stage accompanied by two back-up dancers and a DJ and gave a performance that she acknowledged was for all of the girls in attendance. She emphasized this directive by performing songs like “Bad Girls”, and even inviting a swarm of women to join her to dance on stage for “Boyz”.
Her performance was going relatively smoothly until “Pull Up The People”, when M.I.A. noticed that the vocals and track were mixed correctly, interfering with her vocal performance. M.I.A. was visibly upset, expressed her displeasure on stage. The sound issues weren’t resolved, and it all came to a head when her biggest hit, “Paper Planes”, was being performed.
In my humble opinion, whoever ran sound for M.I.A.’s performance wasn’t doing their job that well. I always wear my earplugs, but I actually took them out midway through M.I.A.’s performance because it didn’t sound loud enough. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who noticed the sonic deficiency as M.I.A. herself started and stopped the performance of “Paper Planes” three times until the sound techs made it louder. Noise ordinance or not, M.I.A. wasn’t going to let her biggest song be toned down, and I- as fan- truly appreciated that, regardless of the stoppage of the performance …”
Video clips shot and produced by @GlenJamn. Used with permission.