Blink-182′s Matt Skiba says he used his “witchy ways” to prevent Fyre Festival from ever happening.
Skiba, a musician and guitarist who officially joined Blink-182 in 2015, was supposed to perform with his bandmates as headliners back in April at the now-infamous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. The band ultimately pulled out at the 11th hour because they didn’t have confidence in the organizers, but Skiba now says he actually didn’t want to perform in the first place.
“I had a bad feeling about that event,” he told NME. “I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”
He called the Bahamas “crass” because of the region’s division between luxury resorts and impoverished locals, who are mostly people of color. Fyre Festival was a particularly flagrant example of that divide; the festival boasted itself as a lavish music event with gourmet food and supermodels with admission price tags up to $250,000.
“It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts,” Skiba said, seemingly referencing promotional efforts by the likes of models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.
“I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work,” he added. “I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other.”
Last month, Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland was arrested and charged with wire fraud after being hit with multiple lawsuits from angry attendees for the failed, disastrous event.
Federal prosecutors believe that McFarland “perpetrated a scheme to defraud, induce at least two individuals” to invest in his company Fyre Media and in the festival through the use of fake documents. McFarland allegedly showed an investor an altered image claiming he owned shares of a stock worth $2.5 million when it was actually valued at less than $1,500, according to federal officials.
“As alleged, William McFarland promised a ‘life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said. “McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival. Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes.”