By Alex Chapman
If you were at California’s Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night (or patrolling the Internets for its live feed), then you were likely a witness to one of Kanye West’s best live gigs yet. Rocking an uber-cool patterned shirt and a boatload of energy, an emotional West blazed through a bevy of hits solo, with only indie collaborator Justin Vernon and Clipse’s Pusha T joining him on their respective features from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
But West wasn’t completely alone — the game-changing artist was backed by a superfluity of female dancers and a talented team of musicians, including Chicago-born DJ/producer Million Dollar Mano.
“The experience was one-of-a-kind, true production,” Mano, who worked with West on Dark Twisted Fantasy, told MTV News on Monday morning. “We just did Lollapalooza in Chile last week, and that was huge. I thought Coachella was going to be just as critical, but it was 10 times more of an awesome production than I was expecting.”
Despite his cool, calm demeanor during the show, Mano, who’s known Kanye for years, certainly felt the pressure to perform. “He said that this would be his biggest show yet. I wanted to make sure I did my best for him so he could look back at this years from now and be proud of the show 150 percent.”
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