Diplo is a lot of things: DJ, producer, label head of Mad Decent, one half of Jack U, head of Major Lazer, Instragram champ, and a proponent of twerking. But one of his most important attributes is being a tastemaker, honed by his stewardship at Mad Decent and his weekly Diplo and Friends show on the BBC. He always seems to know what's hot, what's emerging, and finds a way to be involved. That's why if you are a bass/trap/moombahton fan, finding a way to see Diplo live is always time well spent. Trust in his ear to give you the raw goods behind the decks.
One of the bright young talents to emerge from Anjunabeats, Ilan Bluestone is making waves within the trance world thanks to his fresh sound. 2 years ago Ilan Bluestone announced himself to the world with hits like “Capetown” and “Sinai”, and has seen continued success with “Spheres”, “Big Ben”, and “Tesseract”. His style is more on the progressive trance tip, so when you see him live this summer make sure to close your eyes and let Ilan Bluestone's productions sweep you away.
I have had the pleasure to see this Seattle duo emerge from being considered underground talents being considered full blown headliners in the space of a year. One good reason for this emergence was the release of their 2014 album “In Return”, a 13 track LP filled with brilliant tracks like “Say My Name”, and “Koto”. Odesza haven't slowed down at all as they have released a remixes of such artists like Slow Magic, Sia, RAC, and K Theory. Following their strong Coachella sets, Odesza are ready to take on the summer festival season with a headlining spot at Squamish and at Ilesoniq.
Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade) has never been hotter. He was the only electronic artist to be featured on the mainstage at this year's Coachella and fans repaid him by making his set one of the most attended of the festival. His latest release is called “Never Sleep Alone”, just in time for the summer festival season as it poised to be one of the hottest tracks of the year. He's also spent a fair amount of time promoting his underground Redux tour late last year that included a special Redux vinyl release. Whether it's his Coachella performance, latest releases, Redux, or his B2B set on Holy Ship with Skrillex – Kaskade hasn't made a misstep and he's poised to have one of his biggest years yet. Impressive.
I cannot think of another name within the bass scene that has had a bigger meteoric rise than Snails. It's been a rocket ship for this young Montreal artist ever since Skrillex blew him up last year thanks to his breakout collab with Antiserum called “Wild”. Since then he's enjoyed collabs with Jack U, HeRobust, Brillz, and Big Gigantic. Known for his special kind of sound that he dubs “vomitstep”, Snails drops are unmistakable as they always go hard. Expect to hear the rawest tracks played during a Snails set.
Festival appearances: Ilesoniq