Icon Collective Spotlight: May
Icon Collective has solidified its reputation as the premier educational facility for electronic music production on the West Coast. The North Hollywood arts school has become a breeding ground for the next generation of talent, as evidenced by its formidable track record, which includes the likes of Jauz, MAKJ, Slander, SNBRN and more.
To spotlight some of the amazing talent coming out of the school, we’ve teamed up with Icon for a new series highlighting tracks from the past month from both current students and Icon graduates.
May proved a particularly prosperous month for Icon artists. NGHTMRE teamed up with Pegboard Nerds for “Superstar,” Slander officially remixed Kill the Noise, and SNBRN brought a new original to Ultra Records. Rather than spotlight the artists you’re likely already familiar with however, we’ve chosen five more Icon producers whose tracks caught our attention last month.
Icon instructor Bobby Saint lent his vocals to French artist Bastion for a sensual collaboration titled “Twisted Love.” Meanwhile, the ever-perplexing Um.. debuted new original “do it for the kids” embodying the wonky, sporadic bass music style that has become their signature. Virtu provided a proper future bass spin on Elephante’s “Closer” while Icon grad Adam Johan teamed up with Andy Caldwell on “Deep In My Heart” for Toolroom’s annual Ibiza compilation. Lastly, William Black was afforded the chance to officially remix Gareth Emery and didn’t disappoint with his future bass-inspired take on “Lost.”