Lucky Blue Smith and his sisters take Coachella

From munching on ice cream and dancing silent disco backstage to delivering the biggest performance of their lives. We spent two days at Coachella with The Atomics.
April 21, 2017

Believe it or not, but we’re only half-way through Coachella 2017. The desert festival that catches the eyes of the world every April is known for star-studded poolside parties, fashion sightseeing and – most of all – epic performances by some of the world’s greatest entertainers. This year, the main stage was taken over by Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and Lorde, to name a few. But there’s more to Coachella than just big stars and Instagrammable events. 

Daisy Clementine in H&M.

In the last year, young heartthrob Lucky Blue Smith has become known for more than his stellar good looks. The 18-year-old Utah native plays drums in The Atomics – a rising alternative pop band he has together with his three older sisters – and recently announced that he’s becoming a dad in August.

We followed the musically talented siblings Starlie, Daisy, Pyper and Lucky Blue around the grounds of Coachella on Friday and Saturday, were awe-struck by their 45-minute set and snuck them a disposable camera to get a private look inside their backstage preparations.

Here, The Atomics talk about Lucky’s coming fatherhood, pre-show rituals, and eating their way through Coachella, an hour after performing on the Gobi stage.

Pyper America on the importance on using sunblock.

CONGRATS ON THE SHOW! HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING?
DAISY: “First with some really good dinner, then I want to go dance at other shows!”

LUCKY: A good snack! Then I’m going to see Gucci Mane and ScHoolboy Q.”

STARLIE: “I worked really hard for more than a month just for this one show. Now I want to sleep.”

Lucky Blue Smith on the drums, wearing H&M Studio SS17 trousers.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO PLAY HERE?
D: “It’s such a dream come true. This is basically our fourth show, and having it at Coachella is crazy. I’m so happy we could be here and share it with everyone.”

PYPER: “We’re just a small and upcoming band. I can’t believe we just played such an iconic festival.”

Daisy Clementine on lead guitar, and Pyper America on the bass.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING PRE-SHOW?
L: “Hanging, talking, eating, chilling, snapchatting.”

Starlie is the lead singer and main songwriter in The Atomics.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS?
S: “We always have a silent disco. We put on a disco song and dance without saying a word. We do that for a while to get into the right mood.” 

Daisy Clementine and Lucky Blue Smith.

WHO’S THE MOST NERVOUS?
L: “Pyps!”

P: Yes, it’s me. I don’t even know why – because I know that we’re really solid. I guess I get nervous because everyone made it into such a big deal that we would be playing at Coachella.”

S: “I don’t get nervous, but it is a ton of adrenalin.” 

Pyper America and Lucky Blue Smith wearing H&M at Coachella. Lucky’s belt is vintage.

WHO’S THE LEAST NERVOUS?
L: “I wasn’t nervous at all. Come on!” 

AND HOW COME YOU DIDN’T WEAR A SHIRT?
P: “He didn’t wear one because it’s hot out!”

L: “Why should I have? It’s restricting [laughs].”

Lucky Blue Smith hanging out in one of the interactive rooms in H&M's Coachella tent during a celebrity-packed event on Friday evening. Other stars visiting the tent were Emily Ratajkowski, Aaron Paul, Taylor Hill and Josh Hutcherson, to name a few.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO AT THE FESTIVAL? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HANGING?
P: “I’ve been sweating it out... No, but basically I’ve just been on a food tour. Hot dog here, ice cream there, ramen there. We’ve been to some shows too – last night I saw Phantogram, they were amazing.”

L: “I’ve been kicking it. Kicking it with my sisters and their friends. Kicking it with the parents. Kicking it with you guys.”

Daisy Clementine, Starlie and Lucky Blue Smith dressed in H&M.

IS IT AS GLAMOROUS BACKSTAGE AS WE IMAGINE?
P: “It’s awesome. It’s buzzing. But also chill because people are working. Like really working hard to make sure everything goes as planned.”

DID YOU HANG OUT WITH ANY OTHER ARTISTS BACK THERE?
D: “I saw the band that were on before us – Kaleo – really close. They were so, so, so good.”

NOW YOU’VE PLAYED COACHELLA. WHAT’S THE NEXT THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST!
S: “Release an album. A great album.”

L: “You know what, right now I’m just excited to chill, but I do want to pursue acting.”

Starlie Smith.

PERHAPS BECOMING A DAD?
L: “Oh yeah!”

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
L: “Changing it’s first nappy. Haha, I’m actually serious.”

D: “That is so cute.”

Daisy Clementine Smith wearing H&M at Coachella.

AND WHAT ARE YOU MOST NERVOUS ABOUT?
L: “Seeing my child cry, or be sad. I don’t ever want to see it feel bad.”

HOW ARE YOU GIRLS FEELING ABOUT BECOMING NIECES AND AUNTS?
D: “We just love babies and I can’t wait to see Lucky in another person. It’s going to be half Lucky! I can’t wait.”

Lucky Blue Smith.

FINALLY – WHEN IS THE ALBUM COMING?
S: “We’re just writing. We’re always in the studio recording new stuff.”

D: “Stay tuned!”

 

Read more from Coachella weekend one here.

THE ATOMICS

STARLIE

AGE: 23

LIVES IN: Los Angeles

DOES: Singer and songwriter in The Atomics

INSTAGRAM: @saintstarlie

 

DAISY CLEMENTINE

AGE: 21

LIVES IN: Los Angeles

DOES: Model and lead guitarist in The Atomics

INSTAGRAM: @daisyclementine

 

PYPER AMERICA

AGE: 20

LIVES IN: Los Angeles

DOES: Model and bassist in The Atomics

INSTAGRAM: @pyperamerica

 

LUCKY BLUE

AGE: 18

LIVES IN: Los Angeles

DOES: Model and drummer in The Atomics

INSTAGRAM: @luckybsmith

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