Dr. Dre set off a whirlwind when he brought Tupac Shakur to the Coachella stage on Sunday night, in the form of a hologram, and now the world waits to see what happens next. It’s already been confirmed that Holo-Pac was Dre’s idea, and while there has been plenty of debate about the morality of resurrecting dead musicians, Dre hopes that people follow his lead and produce more holograms.
TMZ caught up with Dre in Los Angeles, where he graciously — and enthusiastically — answered questions about the hologram, which has been described as his brainchild. Dre didn’t give any predictions for how popular hologram performances might become, but he did reveal the next step, in terms of technology.
“I’m not sure right now, [there's] a technology that’s happening where the hologram could be 360 degrees,” Dre said, explaining how the hologram would likely evolve. “Right now it’s flat, it just looks like it’s 3-dimensional from the front, but I’m working on some new and different things for the future.”
Dre seemed to be very proud of the success of Holo-Pac, adding, “I think everybody’s in love with it right now, so we’re having fun.”
The legendary producer doesn’t seem to be too invested in the moraldebates about resurrecting dead musicians, saying that he hopes his hologram will inspire other spin-offs. “Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Let’s see what happens.”
Before we see Jimi Hendrix onstage, however, the biggest hologram rumor in circulation is that Dre would take the holographic Tupac on tour, to which he replied, “Thinking about it, nothing for sure.”
Earlier in the week, MTV News spoke with Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that provided the technology for the hologram. “We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” Smith said. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life.”