When the popular New York City music festival Governors Ball announced their full lineup last week, most fans were too busy talking about the headliners to notice that maybe the most entertaining set of the entire weekend wasn’t just going to be from the artists in the big fonts.
Here at AXS, we love the spirit of healthy competition where the fans are always the biggest winners. So much so that we even firmly believe that the Super Bowl halftime performance needs to become a full on battle of the bands. So it was pretty great to see that of all the major music festival lineups that have been released so far, that GovBall will be featuring a musical trial-by-combat DJ set showdown between pop hitmaker Mark Ronson and psychedelic rock’s most in demand name in Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
Between these two hit producing studs, which musician will most likely be taking home the prize then they face off like John Travolta v. Nicolas Cage this June?
Kevin Parker is at the forefront in the re-emergence of psychedelic rock back into the mainstream. The frontman and principle songwriter for Tame Impala took home the Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year awards at the 2015 ARIA Music Awards, and was even brought on by Lady Gaga to work alongside Ronson to help write and produce the lead single from her most recent album with “Perfect Illusion.” To hear the full range and depth of Parker’s diverse, modern rock production ability, all one has to do is listen to “Let It Happen” off 2015’s Currents and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from 2012’s Lonerism.
Ronson on the other hand, has eleven years on Parker and a lot more experience as a producer. Most music fans today would recognize his more recent big collaborative hit with Bruno Mars in “Uptown Funk.” Fans from his work in the 2000s will certainly recognize his production work on the late Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and entire Back To Black album. When he wasn’t busy performing with his buddy Bruno at the Super Bowl, he was working on the collaborative hit between Duran Duran, Janelle Monae, and Nile Rodgers with “Pressure Off.”
Ronson may have the longer track record of working on hugely successful albums and singles, but don’t be so quick to overlook Parker, who some consider the future mastermind of pop rock. So for this heavyweight festival showdown, which one will most likely come out on top?