Hippie Sabotage. It’s a name that has become associated with controversy in the dance music world. The Sacramento duo burst onto the scene in 2013 with their encapsulating, bass-bolstered remix of Tove Lo’s “Stay High” — a single which put both the artist and the kinship producing pair on the map. Following a brief tizzy with security at Electric Forest 2016, the brothers were also caught on camera assaulting security guards following a spat over malfunctioning equipment at last year’s What The Festival. Negative press abounded. Fans began wondering whether these acts of violence would be isolated incidents or routine occurrences.
Still, Hippie Sabotage’s music speaks for itself and their ability to draw large crowds has landed them bookings at Something Wicked, Moonrise, as well as this year’s editions of BUKU Music + Arts Project and Lollapalooza. Currently in the thick of their massive Path of Righteousness Tour, the brothers are choosing to focus on the positive elements of life and spreading the message of love and peace on which their musical moniker stands.
As readers might well know, however, even the hippie lifestyle isn’t always one of flowers and rainbows. Everyone has an inner darkness that confronts them every-so-often through life. It’s how one learns to confront their demons, and balance it with their light elements, that dictates their humanity. That’s what the name Hippie Sabotage boils down to for these guys — embracing a subversive lifestyle and injecting the counter culture into their own unique little musical movement.
Dancing Astronaut sat down with brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer at this year’s BUKU festival to discuss living their most authentic selves, along with a range of issues from their current tour, expanding their production, upcoming collaborations, and going on record over the dreaded security officer brawl that they allege was twisted by the media.
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