Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist. Lorin, who released his first album in 2001, began the project as an open-sourced musical experiment exploring the interplay between music and community. Bassnectar is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music. He is the original long hair behind the tables, having been in the game well before most of his contemporaries and amassing an epic fan base. His art brazenly oversteps the bounds of contemporary EDM, pulling from a dynamic array of source material and attracting lovers of all genres, from dubstep to metal, punk rock, hip hop, and all forms of EDM (drum & bass, trip hop, etc) and beyond. His art is more than just an auditory experience; it serves to evoke all human senses with live shows that feature unparalleled light shows and awe-inspiring visual cues.
He’s from Harlem but his flow is from everywhere. A$AP represents a generation that doesn’t have eyes for boundaries. You either rap or you don’t. How you sound is not up to your geographic location, its up to you.
Passion Pit is an electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, formed in 2007. The band consists of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals, keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards, guitar), Xander Singh (synthesizer, samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synth bass), and Nate Donmoyer (drums). All of the band members attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, with the exception of Angelakos, who attended Emerson College.
Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun
Australian Alt/Electronic pioneers Empire Of The Sun have been making waves across the world with their amazing live world tour. Across multiple countries, touching over 45 cities in the last 6 months, Empire of The Sun’s dynamic live performance has wowed audiences worldwide.
Empire Of The Sun have sold over 2 million copies of their albums Walking On A Dream and Ice On The Dune, and have reached Multi Platinum selling status with global singles Alive, We Are The People and Walking On A Dream.
2014 is proving to be another big year for Empire Of The Sun. With Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Governors Ball already under his belt, The Emperor continues to take his live show to the world!
ZEF TIL DEATH
Porter Robinson (Live)
Porter Robinson (Live)
“Two years ago,” remembers Porter Robinson, “I only had the inkling of the idea that I wanted to do something different. I needed to do something that was honest and real,” Porter explains. So he turned down countless DJ offers in 2013 to spend the entire year devoting himself to a process of introspection and reinvention. “I figured that one way to develop a unique identity as an artist would be to combine all my favorite things in music — it would result in something that is really personal, a collective expression of my taste and experience. Something nobody else has.”
TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio
TV on the Radio gets to do anything. Like a small platoon whose pleasing impenetrability is their core, the band consistently confounds expectations while managing to balance respect from critics and peers alike. The result is TV on the Radio gets to do anything they want. This freedom is their engine.
Since forming in Atlanta over 15 years ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene.
STS9 is Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboards/synths) and Zach Velmer (drums) and Alana Rocklin (bass).
STS9 truly does it all: from headlining stages at the countries biggest festivals, to selling out shows around the country as an acoustic set-up in opera houses or as an electronic act in amphitheatres, to even performing with the likes of Jay-Z in arenas, to running their own record label, 1320 RECORDS, to using their voice as a platform for change and raising significant amounts of money towards activism efforts (including $150,000 to The Make it Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans). Pushing boundaries is all in a day’s work for STS9.
Flosstradamus spent the last 10 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. How do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s. Yet the real reason Floss has been able to reinvent party rocking for close to a decade is because these Chicago boys bring an irresistible sense of fun to every single set, whether it’s a sweat-soaked nightclub or in front of thousands at Lollapalooza. Armed with a gang of new tunes straight from the studio and a brand new, extra-hype stage show, Flosstradamus is coming back to a town near you… get ready to juke!
From selling his mixtapes out of a backpack to selling out headline tours across the globe, Oakland, California rapper G-Eazy knows what it means to be “Almost Famous.” Yet with the release of his latest album These Things Happen, which has sold 130,000 copies to date, the charismatic producer/emcee has landed an album atop the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B and Top Rap Albums Charts and made his late night TV debut as his fame continues to grow. With accolades from The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Billboard and more, G-Eazy’s goal remains the same.
As anyone with ears will tell you, Sweden is pretty good when it comes to fostering amazing pop talent. With Stockholm’s Tove Lo, however, the typical mold of elegant heartfelt electropop has been beautifully corrupted by the sort of raw lyrical honesty that not only ruffles feathers, but makes you want to wail along at the top of your lungs. Nowhere is this shown more than on Habits (Stay High), a US certified double platinum break-up epic that has peaked inside the iTunes Top Ten in 25 different countries. Of her debut LP “Queen of the Clouds” Lo says, “It’s a reflection of those moments when you float up and look at your life and see the bigger picture. I feel like I’m dancing on clouds, it’s been so amazing.” That bigger picture is that Tove Lo is the most exciting new pop star on the planet.
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
It was last spring 2012, and John Gourley—frontman of Portugal. The Man—found himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouse’s apartment–a long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—up until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range.
When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step — bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound — a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.
“I walked into his place,” Gourley remembers now. “And it wasn’t going to happen. He was like, ‘Hey, man, just so you know, I don’t really want to record a rock band.’ And I was a little relieved. We’d done this by ourselves before, and we knew we could do it by ourselves again.”
But then they got to listening, and to talking about how much Danger Mouse had loved In the Mountain in the Cloud — the 2011 followup to Portugal. The Man’s break out record The Satanic Satanist. “From that very first meeting,” says Danger Mouse, “we were very ambitious about what we could do…otherwise there was no point. So we decided: Let’s try and make something really special.”
So Danger Mouse — aka Brian Burton, the five-time Grammy award winning producer behind everything from Gnarls Barkley and Beck to The Black Keys and now U2 —and the band agreed that they were game for the challenge and began production on what would become Evil Friends, the undaunted re-awakening for Portugal. The Man. As much as their collaborative imaginations melded, to construct songs that lived up to the ambitious visions they had would take some time. After all, here was a band with an evolving lineup — Kyle O’Quin on keyboards, Noah Gersh on guitar/percussion/keyboards, and Kane Ritchotte on drums joined Zach Carothers on bass and vocals and Gourley on lead vocals and guitar — building new songs with a new producer trying to do something neither of them had done before.
They went, together, to Los Angeles and worked through several sessions — at Mondo Studios, Eltro Vox Studios, and Kingsize Soundlabs. The band worked months longer than they ever had on one thing. And somehow — maybe it was the collaboration in the air, or maybe sheer will — they finally stopped searching and started realizing: “What really brought our record together was getting past that period of looking for something, and figuring out how to do something really new, really hard, and really satisfying,” said Gourley.
Each track on Evil Friends is as different from the next as Portugal. The Man’s previous records were from each other, which is to say a piece of a growing mindscape, and wholly a part of the group’s tumbling fever dream. Where the 2009 hit “People Say” was a cheery guitar rally, the new title track is a bells-and-balls ballad emerging from darkness into a pipe-whistling punky thump, albeit with Gourley’s trademark falsetto and thundering guitar. And yet here is Evil Friends swirling, like a tornado that sends a napping child toward Oz, into something of a tale of Portugal. The Man’s arousal from when it decided to make something special to when it actually did: The weighted down questions of “Plastic Soldiers” (Could it be we got lost in the summer? / Well I know you know that it’s over) give way to the confident melodies of “Modern Jesus” (The only rule we need is never giving up / The only faith we have is faith in us) and finally, brazenly, to the anthem “Smile” (We watched the sun come up / But took it down to hide it / Seems like the spring has come and gone / It felt like forever).
It took all year, and Portugal. The Man — a group guaranteed for seven years to pump out a record, to tour and tour and tour, to tuck its fans to bed at night with a community of psychedelic rock — had learned to slow down and transform all-day, all-night recording with Danger Mouse into adrenaline, into words that are at once dark and light, into sounds that are overlapping with danger and charm. The whole “evil friends” thing was just a happy writing accident, by the way, a lyrical coincidence belying a collaborative friendship Burton says taught him, too: “I felt like I was watching them do something special and I wanted to let them do it, so sometimes I was more hands-on, but sometimes more hands-off than I had been with anyone,” says Danger Mouse. “They had done enough albums that I thought it would be fun to shake it up a little bit.”
“In the beginning, I asked Brian why he had wanted to talk about making a record,” recalls Gourley. “And he admitted that he was surprised when he saw us live. ‘I didn’t know you guys could sound like that.’ There had been this perception that we’ve been something else — and I’ve noticed it, at festivals, everywhere — that we were something we were not. But then we got in a room with Danger Mouse, to the place where we could just throw that out, wake up and say, Here we are. We’re this band! Let’s just make it, together.”
Boosie BadAzz – until recently known worldwide as Lil’ Boosie – is among the most celebrated rappers of his generation. The Baton Rouge native first lit up the hip hop underground at just 17 and soon teamed with the renowned label Trill Entertainment to unleash a series of undisputed classics, including 2003’s “GHETTO STORIES” and 2004’s “GANGSTA MUSIK” (both with longtime collaborator Webbie), and 2009’s top 10 breakthrough, “SUPERBAD: THE RETURN OF BOOSIE BADAZZ.” His fifth and most recent solo album, 2010’s “INCARCERATED,” was recorded and released while serving a 96-month prison sentence at Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary. The album earned widespread acclaim, with SPIN hailing it as “an enormously heartfelt album that makes his legal plight even more of a feel-bad story.
Hailing from Israel via Los Angeles, electronic dance music’s renaissance man BORGORE (rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, Buygore Records head honcho, and lady killer) has solidified himself as one of the genre’s most prolific artists and label bosses. Writing melodies, playing drums and keys, singing, and producing, he literally handles every aspect himself. He personally ensures that legions of fans worldwide receive the best experience imaginable from every release and gig.
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels
EL-P + KILLER MIKE = RUN THE JEWELS
El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded Run The Jewels collaborative LP last year. Tapping into the creative synergy they’d discovered in 2012 on Mike’s R.A.P. Music album (produced by El-P) and El’sCancer 4 Cure album (featuring Mike ), plus subsequent tours together, Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with an album of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop and garnering limitless critical accolades including the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, XXL, SPIN, New York Times, and many more. This super dynamic duo is poised for a huge 2015, and has just released their 9.0 Pitchfork rated follow-up album, RTJ2.
One of the biggest names in bass, Zomboy.
2014 saw the release of his debut album ‘The Outbreak’ on Never Say Die Records. Charting at No.1 on iTunes in Canada, Mexico, United States, Austria, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Czech Republic and New Zealand. A sold out tour of the United States. Taking in the length and breadth of the country. All this topped off by a first time appearance in the DJ Mag Top 100.
With huge remixes for Fedde Le Grand and Dillon Francis and an Internet Breaking collab with Skrillex 2015 looks to be a HUGE year for Zomboy.
I’m a part-time musician and a full-time comedian, so never take my music seriously, it’s just one of my many elaborate jokes.
In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans.
Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (aka BeachesBeaches) began recording together after meeting at Western Washington University. There was instant chemistry, and the pair worked prolifically, quickly carving out a distinctive, heady sound: glitched-out vocals, soaring, visceral melody and ear-gripping drums. Two songs from Summer’s Gone – “How Did I Get Here” and “iPlayYouListen” – instantly leapt to number 1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. ODESZA began to make evangelical fans, with word of their music setting the world – both real and virtual – alight.
Jamie Jones and his label, Hot Creations, have been credited with creating an iconic sound that has paved the way for a warmer, more melodic, deeper side of techno to emerge.
Widely regarded as the leader of the new sound of house, Jamie Jones is renowned for his pioneering music; his cross genre band, Hot Natured; his groundbreaking label, Hot Creations; and his world-renowned event series, Paradise. In less than a decade, he has catapulted himself to stardom by shattering genres and breaking out of the confines of minimal techno.
At only 20 years young, Bobby Shmurda has been taking the streets by storm. After bubbling in his native Flatbush, the 20-year-old has skyrocketed from relative obscurity to viral star upon the heels of “Shmoney Dance.”Originally from the south, Bobby grew up listening to 2Pac, Biggie, Lil Wayne, Juvenille, and Trick Daddy. Growing up, he also would remix 50 cent and Jay-Z and ideally would love to collaborate with Lil Boosie in the future. He became a viral hit with his “Shmoney Dance”, which hit vine with new fan renditions shortly after he released his “Hot N*gga” music video.
Thomas Jack is pineapple from Australia. He was born under the sea and blossomed into a tropical flower.
Yung Lean & Sad Boys
Yung Lean & Sad Boys
Swedish rapper born in 1996. Yung Lean exists in a universe of instant references to the pop culture that surrounds him. Digimon, Space Jam, Nintendo64, Mindcraft, Transformers, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon, Windows screensavers… Musically Yung Lean and his Sad Boys crew, all born in 1995, 1996, works in rap’s freeform tradition. A flowing, asymmetrical and multicoloured creativity where wrong might as well be right. Emotional laser sword melancholia from Stockholm.
So far 2014 Yung Lean has been nominated for a place in the XXL Freshmen Class, several videos has reached over a million views on Youtube and he’s done a sold out european tour. The next project is on it’s way and it’s finally time to meet the fans in the US and Canada. The Black Marble tour visits around 15 cities in 20 days.
Just as he did on the superb Just Movement, where he combined “rave-tastic” beats with thoughtful and universal lyrics, Robert DeLong showcases his admirable lyrical skills on his Long Way Down EP.
DeLong cemented his rising star status globally in 2013 with a slew of big-name festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and a star-making turn at Made In America in Philadelphia. His live show continues to grow more impressive with ever-expanding production and visuals to match his one of a kind stage presence, where he mixes his ground breaking (and often self-created) instrumentation which includes video game controllers and monster drum solos.
Long Way Down is a precursor to DeLong’s second full-length, scheduled to be released in March 2015. The sophomore effort promises just as much musical eclecticism, paired with the beloved innovative instrumentation fans all know and love, exemplifying DeLong’s maturity and evolution in his artistry.
Justin Martin B2B Eats Everything
Justin Martin B2B Eats Everything
As the late Oscar Wilde once said: “life is too important to be taken seriously”, an ethos that Justin Martin is sticking with despite achieving soaring success over the last six years as a producer and international DJ. Music journalists typically describe Justin’s sound as ‘melodic and tough’ with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass shaking properties to translate to the floor. He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene. When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: “Wishing I was a DJ or music producer.”
By all accounts it’s hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.
French horn, piano, drums, percussion, trumpet, bass, ukulele, guitar, melodica. Ableton, reason, protools, garageband, audacity, audition, max/msp. House, drum and bass, hip hop, trap, electro, complextro, progressive, backpack, bass, funk, synthpop, jazz, classical. Produce, mix, master, compose, arrange, edit, consult, review, and just be a fan. my life is music, and my work is reflective of my passion. i do not represent anyone, anything, or anyplace but myself. while you reach God, I will reach true understanding and knowledge through experience. neither are attainable, but hey, its the best i got.
18-year-old Raury is ahead of his time. Reading his interviews and deciphering his lyrics really shed a light on how mature his viewpoints on life, music and success truly are. Raury was born and raised in Stone Mountain Georgia where he developed a passion for music and leadership at a very young age. Raury’s music embodies innovation and experimentation with new heights and sounds. He cites Phil Collins, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver, Andre 3000 and ColdPlay as some of his musical influences. All of these influences combined with Raury’s distinctive approach all come together to produce a sound that is unlike anything currently on the airwaves.
“We were never happy just making music on acoustic guitars,” says Tom Howie of the organic-electronic sound of Bob Moses, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Canada duo he formed with partner Jimmy Vallance. “Our live show combines what a DJ does with a rock band,” Vallance adds. “Everything flows together in a continuous mix for the dancefloor, but it’s all our own original music, with live vocals and guitar. Then again, we came out of a scene that was trying to change what dance music is – that pushed beyond the expected sonic spectrum.”
Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.
In the Valley Below
In the Valley Below
He’s from Memphis, she’s from a small town in Michigan. Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles, playing guitar and bass, respectively, in an experimental art rock band, but the seeds of In the Valley Below were planted one night at SXSW, when they realized there was something special in the passion and chemistry they shared on-stage.
Vocalist Angela Gail puts it frankly: In The Valley Below make “mostly music that we would want to listen to.” The duo’s debut recordings are equal parts atmospheric and gauzy, with sharp hooks and sing-along choruses, inspired by faithful archetypes and dealing with powerful subjects like sex, crime and religion.
The Range is James Hinton, 25, of Providence, RI. He’s been making music since he was 13, first on a little Fostex machine recording looped drums and synthesizer. At Brown University, while studying Physics, he started making electronic music full time under the alias Stegosaurus, producing two albums under that moniker, ‘Quill’ and ‘Cower’ in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In the mid 2010 he started making music as The Range, drawing from more percussive footwork sounds. An album ‘The Big Dip’ followed for Astro Nautico (co-run by Obey City and Kuhn) in 2011, and then two EPs ‘Seneca’ and ‘disk’ for Donky Pitch. His next album ‘Nonfiction’ was released by Donky Pitch on October 14th 2013. Since then, The Range has signed with Domino Records and is currently working on his next album to be released via the label.
Born in New Orleans, Pell was uprooted to Starkville, Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at the age of 15. Like many others in NOLA, Katrina decimated the neighborhood where Pell and his family lived, and as a result they were forced to relocate. “All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons.”
“Creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience,” adds Pell. And he’s used his determination to pursue a music career. In high school, Pell created beats for his friends using a beat box that his dad gave him. Pell used those skills as he started college to connect with other students, eventually passing off production to focus on songwriting and his vocal abilities.
James Prudhomme, better known as Suicideyear, is a young producer hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 19-year-old rose to popularity in 2013 with the release of Japan, a convergence of hip hop and mid- late century American minimalism that turned more than a few heads. Suicideyear released his debut EP, Remembrance on Software Recording Co., in September of 2014. Alive with an idiosyn- cratic sense of melodic space, his repertoire eschews topical palettes for a personal aesthetic that offers a visceral love letter to minimalist abstraction. His ability to combine elements of pop and punk have allowed for an audience beyond the landscape of Hip Hop. With remixes of Future and Drake to Bruno Mars and Britney Spears, Suicideyear is also credited with production for the likes of Yung Lean, Rome Fortune, Main Attrakionz and Antwon.
Musa was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and now lives between NO and NYC. She is a self proclaimed Brazilian-Redneck Half Breed.
Carneyval’s “funk electronic groovin’ jams” are the magnum opus of Virginia Beach-born and New Orleans-enlightened producer William Carney. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of genres, William’s self-taught production techniques culminated into dozens of remixes and originals on SoundCloud. His unique sampling style allows his songs to stand out in a crowded scene, receiving considerable recognition from blogs around the world. Four years and two albums later, Carneyval shows no signs of slowing down. Most recently, he generated major buzz with his rework of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” in collaboration with singer/songwriter Jackson Breit.
Klutch (Andre Waguespack): What happens when you mix fervent passion, relentless dedication, and a vast background in Music? You get one of the most creative, innovative DJ/Producers to ever hit the scene: Klutch. One of the many great things about this multi-faceted Musician is that every show is extremely unique; no two sets are even remotely the same. In a true Artist’s fashion, Klutch blends multiple genres together in ways that a lot of people would call impossible, painting a musical masterpiece of diverse sound. Another strong suit of Klutch is his one-of-a-kind stage performance and energy. He pumps so much energy into the crowd you’ll think he’s sponsored by Red Bull (; But no matter how hard the crowd is going, one thing is certain during a Klutch set: He’ll be going the hardest.. It’s only the beginning for this soon to be Superstar.
CHRISCROSS is a duo made up of Christian Turner (19) and Christian Thompson (18), two music loving guys hailing from just outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The duo uses influences from a range of genres to create a unique sound of their own, and have used their music and energetic live performances to get themselves placed on numerous stages across Louisiana and other gulf coast states as well!