The Festival Beat: Know Your Lineup
For us, festival season is a time to relax, recharge, and rage after a long year of work. For some of our favorite DJs and producers though- it’s crunch time. Here is the fest beat fam’s take on the 8 DJs who are working their butts off and playing the most festivals in 2019.
If RL Grime naming her as an up and coming artist wasn’t enough- her work schedule should convince you this is her breakout year. A Canadian bass darling with a heavy dose of hip hop. Her set will take you for a ride rather than relying on a cheap build up to a headbanging drop… but don’t worry, there will be plenty of headbanging.
In between getting her songs on Super Bowl ads, working on new music, and playing Odeza’s Sundara getaway she’s found time to play a festival or four. This Australian classical cellist turned trap DJ will take you for a ride. She’s the electronic music version of an adorable kitten that will totally draw blood when you go to pet it.
In addition to some tour date of their own (including their triumphant return to Red Rocks) they are all over the festival circuit. The nice thing about these guys starting so young is we’ve gotten the chance to see them grow as producers over the past few years. They’ve come into their own sound that’s rapidly becoming the influence for other future bass artists.
Fresh off his first Grammy nomination, he’ll be playing sets in central and South America in between festival sets. This guy is the dance floor’s favorite dirty bird. A true minimalist with a tech-house sound that maintains high production value while staying simple enough for any DJ to mix his tracks into their set. And trust us, they will.
They’ve been some of the busiest producers during festival season for years now. This year they are getting in on the action at another level, hosting their very own music getaway Sundara! Virtually, one of the best performances around. Musically, the perfect duo to challenge anyone who says electronic music producers aren't artists.
After touring as a basists for a few different Canadian bands for year, he turned to electronic music to start writing some things of his own. Recently he’s been working on collabs with some of the most respected names in electronic music. Good news is you’ll have plenty of chances to hear them this year. His sets are bass heavy dubstep, and his tracks have curios rhythmic patterns woven into the drops.
A lot of these sets will be “Gud Vibrations” sets with his friends from Slander, which we are so happy they keep doing. Solo, he also has a vegas residency going on between festivals. Finance major, tennis player, trap remixer. You can thank him for bringing a satisfying bass and future bass sound that is perfectly tailored towards a 90s kid.
He’s well known for surprise sunrise sets at people’s campsites or early morning impromptu parades. In addition to playing 5 major festivals this year, he is also playing a bunch of local fests and he’ll be on a full tour for a new album. It begs the question, does this guy sleep? Armed with turntables and a saxophone, this guy is on a mission to bring optimism and positivity to all.