Coachella Chatz: IO Echo

By Abby Schreiber
We're out here covering Coachella with our new pals Fruttare, a popsicle brand from Brazil that's newly launching in the U.S. When not OD'ing on the coconut popsicles or meeting celebs in their air-conditioned hangout tent, we've been orchestrating some Coachella Chatz, in which we ask musicians at the fest to answer our version of the Proust questionnaire. (That is, if Proust had fallen asleep in the sun for five hours outside the Gobi tent, wearing a tie-dyed onesie and holding a beer.) Below, we chat with Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross from Io Echo.

What song reminds you of high school?

IG: I lived in Washington D.C. for a couple years -- I lived all over -- and there's Go-go music, which is unique to Washington D.C. and it kind of has a funk, hip-hop feel. It reminds me of house parties in high school.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

LR: The Beastie Boys in London at a place called The Astoria -- or Brixton Academy, I can't remember.

IG: I went to a Yanni concert. I'm a big New Age music fan. I used to have his poster on my wall.

What is the best song to listen to in the car, windows down, cruising-mode?

LR: I like R. Kelly's "Ignition."

IG: I was gonna say maybe "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe."

What's the best song to make out to?

LR: Uhh...I like Suicide -- the thing about it is it's all very anticipatory tension, you know what I mean? It's loops that are just building and building and building. I think it creates for some good...vibes. Definitely some grinding can be done to that.

IG: Maybe "#1" Crush by Garbage.

LR: The Jurassic Park theme song is also really good.

What was the first album you ever bought?

IG: I really loved the Sliver soundtrack growing up. It had Enigma and Massive Attack and Heaven 17 and Fluke and just some really awesome '90s bands that I still love today.

LR: I actually bought Paradise City by Guns N' Roses on 7-inch but mainly because I thought the artwork was amazing.

What's your favorite one hit wonder?

LR: I like that one song -- I don't even know what it's called -- "More to Life," maybe?

IG: [starts singing] "There's gotta be more to life than just..."

LR: It's a very positive, Disney channel song.

What's your go-to karaoke song?

"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base.

IG: You stole mine!

Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift?

LR and IG (in unison): Justin Bieber.

Who would you rather tour with: all denim-suit Justin Timberlake or Suit and Tie Justin Timberlake?

LR: All-denim Justin Timberlake. That man looks like he knows how to party.

Photo by Abby Schreiber

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