What he wanted: An exploration of Mac Miller’s concert requests

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In preparation for the concert this month, Mac Miller sent the school his rider, a list of items he asked the school to give him while he’s in town. Students have questioned which items are actually on the list.

“I don’t know where students are getting some ideas [about the list],” said GAP president and student co-director of the Major Events Committee Natalie Curtis, ’12.

Curtis admitted Miller made requests for homemade cookies and condoms, but said the Pittsburgh rapper didn’t ask for a bottle of Patron or a ride to Allegheny in an Escalade, as some students believed. She said artists have always submitted riders before a concert, which often contain items that the school refuses to provide.

“We would never give any artists alcohol,” said Curtis. “Condoms and things are just put on there because they think they can get away with stuff.”

Since Miller is underage, the college could not supply him alcohol without disobeying the law. Even without legal pressure, however, MEC assistant advisor, Kate Gullatta, routinely denies artist requests for alcohol and cigarettes, according to MEC committee member Alina Meltaus, ’12.

MEC committee member Meghan Curran, ‘12, saw the rider as proof of a give-and-take relationship.

“They’re all pretty respectful when they come in on our campus because we are paying them,” Curran said. “It is their job to provide entertainment for us. Whatever we can do to make them more comfortable and accommodate them is what we’re here to do, so they can hold up on their end of the deal.”

“Asking for a certain brand of Poptarts and a pack of socks is I don’t think unreasonable,” she added.
The rider also listed snacks, catered meals, and blue solo cups.

When she first heard of the rider, MEC committee member Brittany McLean, ’12, said she was taken aback at Miller’s requests, but has since come around.

“In the grand scheme of things, he just wants a little comfort on the road and his rider is completely legitimate,” McLean said. “He’s not asking for that much stuff.”

The college reserves the right to strike any items off of the initial rider and a revised rider is sent back to the artists.

“I know if I could really put whatever I wanted in the contract, I would not have been as reasonable as he was,” she said, jokingly.

The rider is a legal contract, so The Campus was unable to obtain a complete copy.