A few months back, I open my Instagram app like I do everyday to check my feed and if I have any new followers or likes. I noticed a plus one on my followers and a music festival out of Los Angeles by the name of Hoodchella followed me. I clicked the name and saw the profile filled with flyers promoting the upcoming event for April of this year. I was immediately drawn to the festival for three reasons: 1. It was called Hoodchella. Need I say more? 2. The flyers were visually appealing as they used a font and image similar to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. 3. There is limited footage of the festival from its first go round last year which made me want to go so I can see how live it is. Then one day last month, I’m on Twitter and see someone tweeting about Hoodchella. I click on the account and see that is the founder of the mysterious-not so mysterious festival.
Kamil Al-Ahdali is a man of many facets by not only putting together Hoodchella but he is also a photographer, graphic designer, producer and writer for the blog, The Bearcapsocial. Even beyond that he’s working on other events like Moonvibez Music Festival with his girlfriend, Chasity Londyn. “I also skate a lot being a sponsor’s skateboarder for Crown Roots Skate Shop. On a normal day I’ll read what’s trending on Twitter and read the news headlines cause I like to read what goes on in the world daily”, says Kamil. Although Hoodchella is held in LA it was originally to be held in South Central LA at a friend’s backyard and it was to be a punk vs. hip-hop show. As word got out of the festival more people wanted to be involved and the location had to be reconsidered. Even when a venue was found the venue cancelled on the show 3 days in advanced but the owner of a hostel in Boyel Heights East LA lent a hand and let the festival happen there. Last year the likes of Playboi Carti, Xavier Wulf, Trizz, Coresh, Thelonius Gawd, Kamil and Chasity plus 60 more artists blessed the festival making it an awesome turn out. This year is planned to be even bigger and better but in the midst of Kamil and everyone getting prepared for April’s festivities, he was slapped with a lawsuit from none other than-Coachella.
Goldenvoice, the organizers behind Coachella, filed the lawsuit claiming the indie fest “infringes on Coachella’s trademarks, creates unfair competition and dilutes their brand” demanding $100,000 and for the name of Hoodchella to be changed and even offered Kamil $2,500 to change the name (HA!). Funny how this will be the second year for the underground festival with it turning into a three day event instead of one that consisted of last year, which has made everyone to conclude this is why they even noticed. If Hoodchella had remained only one day, they could’ve possibly stayed under radar from the corporation but even then maybe not. Hoodchella is clearly successful thus expanding the festival itself and when a corporation feels the underground coming up, they hate it! Coachella is worth millions and is known around the world, why be a culture vulture and not just let Hoodchella thrive? Who really knows when thousands will still come out to support Coachella and it’s shitty lineup so they’re not essentially losing any money. The lawsuit caught attention from national and worldwide news outlets from music to gossip such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, TMZ and more. With all eyes now watching the festival, Kamil let me have the opportunity to get an exclusive interview about everything that has transpired. After this, we move beyond the scandal and continue to promote and support the originality that is Hoodchella.