Beastie Boys’ Mike D Curates Los Angeles Art And Music Festival

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(Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Multifaceted artistic inclinations run in the Beastie Boys bloodline.

It was recently reported that Adam Yauch is distributing an LCD Soundsystem documentary and now Mike Diamond, or Mike D, is taking on the role of curator for the Transmission L.A.: AV Club show at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA) from April 20th to May 6th.

“As somebody who’s been making music most of their life, I’ve always been interested and I’ve had the good fortune of meeting a fair number of visual artists,” Diamond tells Rolling Stone. “And if you look at what my band has done, visuals have always been almost an equally important presentation for us as music was.”

The show will benefit a lot from the timing of Coachella as many artists will be in Los Angeles that may not normally. Provocative dance-punk artist Santigold will kick off the festivities with a show on April 19th.


Despite having “no visual arts pedigree,” Diamond’s unofficial involvement in the arts scene was enough to him an offer to curate a previous Transmission show.

“I think a lot of times, when we’re kind of looking for inspiration, we sometimes turn to visual arts and it’s not necessarily a direct thing, but we sometimes get charged or recharged by that,” Diamond continued. “So I was interested in this dialogue that exists between music and visual art and one informs the other and then the other informed the first thing…Part of what I look forward to is bringing multi-talented musician types into the project and having them stretch out beyond what they’re totally known for doing. It’s gonna involve not only DJs but also live performance.”

Diamond is excited to work with the plethora of musicians and artist that will be in Southern California during the opening week. He’s also interested to see other multi-genre artists such as himself curate their own similar festivals.

“Spike Jonze would be very interesting because of his list of collaborators and how he works in a bunch of different areas,” he said. “From the visual arts I’d pick Olafur Eliasson – he lives in Berlin. He’s as good as anybody out there; what he does, to me, is so inspiring. I’d like to see what would happen if he brought other people into something.”

“Kanye West,” he concluded. “He is someone to me who is always trying to do something interesting visually and that’s obviously important to him. That would definitely be somebody I’d like.”

Before Diamond’s show, the Beastie Boys will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock And Rock Hall of Fame by Public Enemy frontman Chuck D.

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