After attending a lot (maybe too many) festivals, I’ve continuously complained about people’s lack of knowledge of the supporting acts, but have done nothing to change this, so I’ve decided to start a series called “Who To See Instead” for all the various festivals this summer, starting with arguably the biggest one of all, Electric Daisy Carnival: Las Vegas.
Now this series will focus on acts that people may or may not know, but ones you should definitely take the time out to go see. In no way am I saying that all the big headlining names are bad and you should avoid them at all costs (well, maybe some…) but instead heading over to the other stages will give you:
1) new music 2) possibly better music 3) less crowds (and consequently, less sweaty bros) 4) a chance to visit the stages that designers slaved over that some people never even see, and 5) a better overall experience
So now that that’s all out of the way, let’s get started!
Every year it’s no surprise that the EDCLV lineup is so incredible, because they basically book everyone in the industry. With pretty much everyone playing, it’s easy to head to and stay at the mainstage because there’s just simply too many options. But that of course, would be a huge mistake. Here are my picks (alphabetically) across nearly every genre of who you should definitely see instead. And as always, if you disagree or have any other recommendations, leave a comment!
Self proclaimed “Big-Room Underground” this producing duo from LA has an interesting sound that combines several genres. The result is glitchy, deep, bouncy, and pretty bad-ass.
Revolutionizing the trap movement with his chiller, yet hard-hitting sounds, Branchez is one of my favorite producers on the rise. He’ll have your hips grinding while mixing in some more popular trap tunes. Definitely a must-see
Founder of the Dirty Bird record label (one of my favorites) Claude has helped create a new sub-genre of techno & deep/tech house that has become synonymous with the record label. His unique sounds are impossible not to dance to, and the crowd will definitely be excited for this set (I know I will be!)
Also a front player in the chill trap movement, Djemba Djemba has kind of defined his own vibe. It’s sexy, it’s off-the-beaten-path, and it’s definitely fun. Djemba Djemba also produces for other artists a lot so his set is sure to be filled with some hidden gems
Another duo from LA, gLAdiator is one of the most talented trap duos out there. If you’re looking to get your elbows up but want to avoid hearing crowd ctrl 30 times, do not miss their set. They put their own special spin on the often played-out genre, and put on a killer show.
Also known as Cajmere, Gino Vittori, Geo Vogt, Curan Stone, and Half Pint, Green Velvet is one of the most talented names in techno. If you want to explore this genre for the first time, head over to Green Velvet’s set to be surrounded by fans of the underground. His sounds introduce you to the genre while still remaining incredibly danceable.
If you want that mainstage feel without the crowd of it during a closing set, then definitely head over to Henry Fong’s set. Henry is one of the few people who actually still produce electro house despite nearly every big room track being labeled as it. His songs are energetic and fun while still remaining fresh.
Another member of the DirtyBird crew (my favorite besides Claude), Justin is the more upbeat side to these underground sounds. His sets are energetic, bouncy, funky, and weird in the best possible way. If anyone could possibly be having more fun than you during the set, it’s Justin himself. You’ll find me there with a smile plastered on my face. (and after listening to that preview ^^^, how could you stay away?)
(yeah I included two songs, that’s how good he is)
If I somehow miss every single set at EDCLV besides this one, I could still die happy. Mr. Carmack has completely changed the game with not only his style of releasing music (all the time) but also his off-beat melodies that have literally created their own sub-genre. His tracks are complex, interesting, soulful, and so much fun. He is probably my favorite producer right now, and he doesn’t do a lot of shows, so there’s absolutely no way I’m missing this one, and you shouldn’t either (can’t stress this enough. ok done with my carmack love fest).
Now that festival trap is a genre, you might as well go see some of it, because regardless of all its critics, it’s fun and you can’t deny that. Party Favor is on the rise, and for a reason. He combines this big-room influenced trap with Moombah sounds, making for one of the most fun and booty-bouncing sets you’ll see all weekend.
Craving a little Drum & Bass on the speedway? Prolix spins some of the darkest drum & bass out there and has a small, yet dedicated fan base. If you really have no idea what drum and bass is, then head over to Prolix’s set and learn. Maybe you’ll even fall in love with the infamous amen break.
It’s hard to define exactly what Tchami’s genre is, and that’s why he’s so good. He creates a mix of deep house/ future bass, and soulful breaks. He’s one of the more well-known artists on this list, but part of one of the lesser known genres, so still not a mainstage banger worth checking out!
Wax Motif has the incredible ability to produce across nearly every house sub-genre, such as electro house, uk house, g-house, deep house, and whatever else he feels like. This diversity will surely make for a fun and mixed set. Plus, he’s earned the support of nearly every huge DJ, so maybe a few special appearances?
Less than a week! See you all there!