Dancing Astronaut Does EDC Las Vegas: 10 Acts You Can’t Miss
Dancing Astronaut Does EDC Las Vegas: 10 Acts You Can't Miss
As the end of June rapidly approaches, dance music fanatics from all around are gluing last minute daisies on outfits, strapping on their all day walking shoes, and gearing up for one of North America’s highlights of the summer festival season, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Insomniac’s flagship event invites lovers of the music to jaunt around the desert’s Speedway grounds until the sun rises while offering the most dazzling of experiences, with nothing short of fascinating stages, magical costumed characters, and undoubtedly, the world’s most esteemed dance music talent.
Within a week, hundreds of thousands of festival goers will flood the venue in hopes of another unforgettable three days with their favorite electronic stars. As the Insomniac team begins construction on the festival’s elaborate and ornate stages for the likes of familiar big room and big name talents like Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Kaskade, Tiësto, and Avicii, Dancing Astronaut invites attendees of the homecoming EDC festival to pencil in a date with the a different array of the festival’s less customary talents, all worthy of an audience of fresh and welcoming ears.
German collective Booka Shade could be the perfectly primed answer to those craving a departure from the typical and sometimes all-too-familiar big room house acts. Hot off the heels of a short, but delectably sweet “Love Drug” single release and remix EP package, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger continue to fearlessly explore their wide arrangement of stylized tracks in dark, tech house renditions as they prepare for their return to EDC Las Vegas stages. The seasoned duo have long been part of the club house catalogue, but their less common festival performances have often been the most relished of their history.
Leading up to the peak of summer festival season, Tchami has maintained an extremely busy itinerary with seemingly endless performances scheduled at notable events all across the world. Though the Parisian native has already conquered festivals from Europe to the States throughout his relatively young career, EDC Las Vegas has always served as one of the most significant markers as an official welcoming for trailblazing talents on the rise. Tchami will champion his first EDC this year and dish up a satisfying serving of his fidget-house-gone-deep originals and unique remix twists for the expectant Las Vegas crowd.
Whether it be the sunshine, the water, or the diverse creatures of Australia, something from the land down under is responsible for the endless stream of impressive talents we continue to see rise from the far off continent. Plastic Plates hails from Sydney and delivers just the right dose of warm, upbeat nu disco style house in contrast to the equally entrancing deeper soundscapes within his quirky catalogue. Though indie house may be an atypical exploration for attendees of EDC, with artists like Plastic Plates at the forefront, it’s guaranteed not to disappoint.
Those who challenge the longevity of dance music as a genre have very obviously never been introduced to Chocolate Puma. As a duo with over 20 years of experience in electronic music, Zki and Dobre’s sound has only blossomed further and become undeniably relevant with each new chapter, all the meanwhile delivering a savory zing of no-nonsense house music. Irresistible energy snowballs in each new peak of their extensive list of remixes and originals, more than enough to bring an unforgettable house set to EDC stages for this upcoming festival.
Oliver Goldstein and Vaughn Oliver joined forces to create a singular force now known as simply Oliver. About a year ago, the Los Angeles-based duo released a short, but ever so sweet taste of their skill set in their Mechanical EP, and has since never ceased to evolve and transform their unique sound. Aiding in Chromeo’s hit album White Women and working with Alex Metric on his Hope EP are just two of the many achievements the self-proclaimed “dance machine” have supported in a short year. A dash of 80’s inspired funk, electropop, and hip-hop are just a few ingredients of the melting pot that is Oliver – so don’t miss on what they’re cooking up for Las Vegas this year.
Supported early on in his career by two of the most celebrated kingpins of dance music Skrillex and Diplo, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind about the distinctive quality of Branchez’s output. First noted for his bootleg remix of Rihanna’s “Stay,” the producer has long outgrown his original name-making track (which sits now at a rising 2 million plays on Soundcloud) and continued to defy the round peg confinements of genre labels. Dabbling in trap and still yet pulling influences from future house and R&B, Branchez demonstrates a versatility in maniuplating bass soundscapes for a new experience with every track.
It’s been a long while since we’ve heard new content from UK duo, Knife Party. Just as the familiar jingle and strikes of “Internet Friends” and “LRAD” began to fade as the go-to festival anthems, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen announced their quickly approaching return, arriving in the form of their full-length album, Abandon Ship. Revealed only a few days ago, nine out of 12 tracks have been confirmed as the two continue to deliberate over 10 still in-the-works tracks. In prime timing, EDC Las Vegas arrives as a perfect opportunity for the two to showcase a handful of previews of their album to come.
Just a few weeks out from his most recent single, “Way We Are” with Melissa Steel, James Rockhill – more commonly known as Kove – is well on his way as a rising dance music contender. The London native possesses the ability to continuously create infectious hooks, despite the wide range of genre experimentation heard throughout his catalogue. The producer finds a calling in delivering tapping drum and bass and yet easily flip flops to mesmerizing house soundscapes, accessorized by echoing vocals and glitch hop influences. For a taste of this and a bit of that, Kove guarantees a diverse but explosive set to come for Las Vegas’ highlight festival.
Rather than a trifecta of a Swedish House Mafia reunion, Axwell and Ingrosso are moving forward and charging ahead with their own project. The two have invested deeply into their new collaboration, recently combining their own individual Facebook pages as one and releasing the first preview of what’s to come from the house heavyweights. “We Come, We Rave, We Love” is nothing short of a big room anthem, chalk full of reminiscent qualities of the untouchable talent that the Swedish trio once delivered but with a fresh, and unmistakably serious demeanor. To no surprise, the union of Axwell, Ingrosso made a top-mark impression at their American debut at New York’s recent Governors Ball Festival, and one can only surmise what the two have in store for their very first Electric Daisy Carnival as one.
Only a few months ago, we listed five reasons to look forward to what Seven Lions had to deliver in 2014. Merely at the halfway mark, the Californian has already blown the dance music sphere away with the intricacy of his Worlds Apart EP, including his already infectious “Strangers” with Myon and Shane 54. Amongst punching bass shock waves, Jeff Montalvo demonstrates his impeccable ear for what electronic music is desperately in need of – a montage of delicately ornate bass layers amongst harmonic lifts and vocals. Seven Lions may be the final contender for our list of acts to catch at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, but he is only one of a truly endless line up of incredible talents across the board. Three days, 184 acts – who will you see?