SPB announces spring WILD headliner: Mac Miller

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Rapper Mac Miller will headline this spring’s WILD, Social Programming Board announced Sunday night.

Miller will perform in Brookings Quadrangle on April 24, the last day of classes, for the twice yearly concert. He will be the third rapper to perform at WILD in the last two years, following Childish Gambino last year and Chance the Rapper in fall 2013.

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Freshman Nick Koutrakis, SPB’s WILD director, said Miller was chosen both because of his popularity on the student survey and his availability in terms of date and price.

“Mac Miller was right there at the top of our choices. We talked a bunch amongst ourselves, and we were like, ‘Yeah, he’s a big name; students want him,’” Koutrakis said.

Miller gained fame for his first studio album, 2011’s “Blue Side Park,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and included three songs—”Frick Park Market,” “Party on Fifth Ave.” and “Smile Back”—that reached the Billboard Top 100 chart.

“Ever since then, he’s kind of been on everyone’s radar. Everyone more or less knows who Mac Miller is,” Koutrakis said.

“I’ve been watching a lot of concert videos,” Koutrakis added, “and I know he puts on a great performance and he will hype up the students.”

Koutrakis said that Miller was one of the top candidates in SPB’s survey from last semester and that the top three artists in the survey were all within 2 percent of each other in the final tally. Koutrakis declined to release the names of the other artists that received a high number of votes.

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Sophomore Simon Olson said he was excited about the selection because of Miller’s evolution as an artist.

“He’s gone from kind of putting out bland, boring music to being more unique,” Olson said. “I’m excited to see if he’s going to play new music or his catchy old stuff.”

Sophomore Francesca Maida similarly believed that Miller’s diverse song selection will help create a good performance.

“Most people think he has such a limited audience, but he spans across enough genres, like frat rap and hip-hop, and he has something like a hippy jazz twist to his rap sound, so it fills a really interesting fan base. I think that would be really interesting for us at Wash. U.,” Maida said.

SPB plans to release the names of the WILD openers later this week. Koutrakis said that rather than repeating the three-opener structure from fall WILD, he is hoping for two openers this semester.

“I like the idea of having more than one opener to do slightly a festival feel, but at the same time, WILD is not a festival. It’s a concert with a defined headliner,” he said.