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ODESZA's Harrison Mills shares his favorite apps

ODESZA’s Harrison Mills shares his favorite apps

(L-R) Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA wanna soak up the sun with fans at their debut SUNDARA festival in March.
(Credit: Tonje Thilesen)

For ODESZA, the Grammy-nominated electronic duo, based in rainy — currently snowy — Seattle, a warm beach vacation is always welcome.

But rather than simply booking a standard trip, members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are going a few steps further. They’re eagerly combining their appreciation for great music, warm sun and serenity to create their dream vacation — an all-inclusive music festival getaway — and inviting all their fans.

“We’ve wanted to put on a festival for a few years now,” Mills told Download.com. “For us, it’s less about putting on a massive show, and more about being able to create our ideal festival experience.”

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Taking place at Barceló Resort at Riviera Maya, Mexico from March 13-16, the SUNDARA festival brings together ODESZA’s favorite artists and immersive experiences in a picturesque setting along the breathtaking Caribbean beaches of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

The one-of-a-kind event will include musical performances from the likes of ODESZA, RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Jai Wolf, TOKiMONSTA, Mount Kimbie, Kasbo, EVAN GIIA, Pluko and Golden Features; a NO.SLEEP DJ set; and an intimate ambient music-backed guided yoga class lead by famed yogi, Gina Caputo.

SUNDARA, which takes its name from a track off ODESZA’s sophomore album “In Return” and means beautiful in Sanskrit, is meant to evoke the kind of calm and serenity festival attendees will experience, according to Mills.

“Just saying it out loud feels like a nice relaxing mantra,” he said. “We played around with a few different names, and that one fit best for what we’re envisioning for the festival — an intimate concert experience in a beautiful setting, with plenty of time to relax on the beach in between shows.”

Attendees can also take advantage of daily yoga sessions, swimming and snorkeling, craft beer and tequila tastings, mini-golf, day trips to offsite locations like Tulum and the Mayan Ruins and so much more.

Mills, who along with bandmate Clayton Knight, launched the official ODESZA (download for iOS and Android) app to alert fans about events like this, also spoke about the app that keeps him calm when turbulence enters the picture, the game that combines his love for great design with mini-golf and the social media site he’s making a point to avoid.

What’s the one app that you use the most?

Spotify (download for iOS and Android), because I can’t fly without music. Jorge Ben’s “Fôrça Bruta” is still my go-to for heavy turbulence.

What’s the last app you downloaded?

Alphaputt (download for iOS), which combines my loves of great design and mini-golf.

When you wake up in the morning, what are the first apps you look at?

Twitter (download for iOS and Android), but I’m trying to hold back on social media nowadays.

If you could invent a new app, what would it do?

That’s a good question Maybe something that allows more of a live way to collaborate on music with someone over video.

If there was an app that could save civilization, what would it be?

Probably something that blocks all social media for a few days a week.

With your track “Loyal” featured in Apple’s “This is big” advert for the new iPhones and Apple Watch, I’m curious about which Apple products you own and really enjoy using. Were you always into Apple products?

I’ve had an appreciation for Apple’s design aesthetic for a while and am currently on an iPhone because it feels the most natural to me. In the studio, we used to use PC’s but found the general use of a home desktop from Apple is really conducive to the music and design programs we use.

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(Credit: Tonje Thilesen)
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