Audiotistic is BACK Saturday, July 15 at the Shoreline Amphitheater! Join us alongside Marshmello, Lil Uzi Vert, NGHTMRE, Flosstradamus, Playboi Carti + more! GA tickets start at $55 +fees. VIP tickets start at $110.
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Hip-hop could certainly use a real bona fide rockstar. That’s where Lil Uzi Vert comes in. The Philadelphia rapper flaunts a vision and fashion sense just as loud as his “futuristic trap” sound and dynamic voice. He doesn’t simply stand out in a crowd; he draws everyone right to him.
“I try to create a world,” the 20-year-old declares. “It’s rap, but I get a lot of influence from rock music. When you see me or hear me, I want the experience to be dark and crazy with a lot of moshing.”
Growing up in the city Schoolly D, The Roots, Meek Mill, and Rocky Balboa call home, Lil Uzi Vert first picked up a microphone in high school. He spent countless hours honing his craft, making sporadic trips to New York City in order to record through his friend William Aston’s studio connection. Along the way, he carved out a distinct style that reflects his love for Wiz Khalifa as much as it does his passion for Marilyn Manson.
“I take influences from everything and put them into what I do,” he says. “It’s a really delicate balance, and it’s something I’m proud of. You can wear skinny jeans and still be hard.”
In 2015, he began to set the internet on fire. There was his explosive appearance on Carnage’s single “WDYW” alongside A$AP Ferg and Rich The Kid and later his turn on “Big Racks” for Young Thug’s Slime Season 2. All in which lead to the ultimate feature on the RIAA certified platinum hit “Bad & Boujee” with Migos. In addition, he spent the summer with DJ Drama, priming the crowd for Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on their “Boys of Zummer” Tour & is currently on the road with The Weeknd for the European leg of his Starboy Tour. However, everything set the stage for his mixtape, Luv Is Rage. With support from The Fader, Noisey, XXL, Vibe, HotNewHipHop, and more, Lil Uzi Vert naturally took the spotlight when it dropped. Now, Uzi has teased some new records on SoundCloud furthering fans anticipation for the follow up, "Luv is Rage 2."
“Luv Is Rage is just the beginning,” he declares. “It’s the first statement.”
The project’s opener “Safe House,” produced by Maaly Raw, fuses woobly and woozy dripping sonics with irresistible paranoid raps and a hypnotic chant.
“You might think it’s safe in your hood, but it’s not,” Lil Uzi Vert warns. “It’s crazy. You can’t be comfortable in the streets, so I’m letting everybody know, ‘Stay with your money. Stay on your grind. Take care of yourself.’”
On “Queso,” he joins forces with Wiz Khalifa for a bombastic and bright banger, while he and Young Thug deliver a moving tribute to A$AP Yams on the ethereal “Yamborghini Dream,” produced by Tm88.
“Yams was the first person I met from A$AP,” he admits. “He reached out to me, and we talked a lot for a whole year. I never met him in person though, but he meant a lot to me and Thug. That’s why we needed to shout him out.”
Now, signed to Generation Now – founded by DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Leighton Morrison, alongside Atlantic Records, Lil Uzi Vert is quickly setting the bar for anyone in his tracks. Having earned an RIAA certified gold single with “Money Longer” & an RIAA certified platinum single with “You Was Right,” being dubbed the most listened to artist of 2016 on Soundcloud, & covering the Sex Issue of The Fader he stands poised to ignite hip-hop with his own fire.
“I take modern rap and put more musical influence to it under the trap,” he leaves off. “I want to show people the future and what’s possible with the sound. This is who I am. This is my world.”
Flosstradamus (AKA Curt Cameruci) is an American DJ and producer. Currently based in Brooklyn, Flosstradamus came to prominence in Chicago while collaborating with acts such as Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, A-Trak, and Baauer. In the last few years they’ve collaborated with the likes of G.T.A, Lil’ Jon, Waka Flocka Flame, Post Malone and Travis Porter. Career highlights over the past decade include iconic tracks like Major Lazer’s “Original Don” (Flosstradamus Remix), “CROWD CNTRL,” “Mosh Pit,” “TTU (Too Turnt Up),” “Soundclash,” and “Prison Riot.”
In addition to their musical endeavors, Flosstradamus has become synonymous with a Hi-Def lifestyle ultimately resulting in a lifestyle brand that’s extended to apparel, their own annual HDYFEST event, and record label Hi Def Youth. Flosstradamus’s devout group of fans known as the HDYNATION has developed into one of the most dedicated and recognizable communities in dance music.
In March 2017, Flosstradamus released their latest single “Back Again” with Mayhem and Waka Flocka Flame.
NGHTMRE’s (aka Tyler Marenyi) rise to the top has been a dream to say the least. Some would say he arrived the day Skrillex made his ID the only unknown record in his 2015 Ultra set, a record that would go on to be arguably the biggest Trap song that summer. After playing his first headline gigs the week after, Tyler went on to hit almost every major festival in North America, including Lollapalooza, EDC Las Vegas, TomorrowWorld, Snow Globe, Freak Night, OMFG NYE, Moonrise, Contact Music Festival, and LifeInColor Festival. Only three months in as a touring DJ, he headlined six cities throughout Australia at legendary clubs such as Chinese Laundry and Ambar. After Australia, he went on to headline almost every major market in North America, hitting marquee venues such as Webster Hall, Avalon, The Mid, Beta, and Elektricity. He's known for his various Mad Decent smashes, including the trap song of the summer “Street” and his collaboration with Flosstradamus entitled “Lighters Up.” His Nuclear Bonds EP with long time friends, Slander, was one of the premiere EP releases from Diplo’s imprint.
From the writers online to the industry's top producers, it's ubiquitous: NGHTMRE is dance music’s next multi-genre prodigy. His tracks have charted #1 on Hype Machine multiple times and he was dubbed “Skrillex 2.0” by EarMilk.com. At the same time, he's gained support from the top dogs such as Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, and Snails. In fact, the list of people he has been tapped to do official remixes for reads like a massive hipster festival: The Prodigy, Theophilus London, Keys N Krates, Flux Pavilion, The Griswalds, and Elliphant. If you want to hear something you’ve never heard before, make sure you always listen to Tyler’s most recent track, whatever it may be.
Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, Slander has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, Slander has crafted their own genre dubbed "Heaven Trap" with a devout following.
Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry's top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from Dance Music's top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled "Love Again" featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud.
With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Il Soniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, Slander has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy. They've headlined every AAA venue in North America including LIV, Pacha, Create, The Mid, The Hoxton, Ruby Skye, Foundation, Elektricity and Beta. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include Megaclub juggernauts such as Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd. Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S. scene, they've headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities, then hopped over the Pacific to hit up legendary Australian clubs such as Pacha, Oh Hello, and HQ. Undeniably the fastest growing act in dance music, they've lived up to all the early hype and then some. After spending 2015 playing almost exclusively on main stages at every festival in North America, don't expect to see them anywhere else for the rest of their career.
Growing up on a goat farm in the desert of Arizona might not be considered the typical American upbringing for the next big DJ and producer, but then again, Ghastly isn’t your typical American artist. Many have described the genre-bending musician as a partially insane young man with a dark sense of humor. Politely abominable and casually destructive, he wields the catch phrase “born to die” as a mantra to his chaotic lifestyle. His sets have been heralded as “energetic and eclectic live performances which are sometimes followed by odd speeches about the abnormalities of life, regretful sexual encounters, and well cooked food.” With such a diverse personality and rapport for his fans, it’s clear that Ghastly has one thing on his mind, and that’s to change the world.
After entering the music scene and practicing his talents with touring metal bands such as the Irish Front, David Lee Crow finally found his calling with dance music, and it inspired him to pack up and head to Venice Beach, California, to live out of his van and pursue a new career in bass-heavy music. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the scene, as Ghastly quickly claimed himself a position as Bassrush Resident DJ at Exchange LA, and has also secured a number of releases on chart-topping labels such as OWSLA, Buygore, and Dim Mak, to name a few.
Ghastly’s approachable yet hard-hitting style ushers a forward-thinking dynamic that is not often seen in today’s saturated scene, and his solo productions and collaborations present an unequivocal level of determination and finesse that fuses multiple styles together. Uniquely creating hybrid blends of house, trap and dubstep into a potpourri of bass, the young producer definitively pushes the boundaries of the entire EDM scene today, and a handful of the industry’s finest have recognized his potential, including Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tchami, DJ Snake, Datsik, Borgore, Zomboy, and Zeds Dead. With a slew of mentally stimulating originals and physically altering collaborations under his belt—such as his original “Miami Connection” with Jauz and single “Crank It” with Mija & Lil Jon—it’s safe to say that Ghastly is on a mission to redefine dance music for all.
Hailing from South of France, Adam a.k.a Habstrakt was a guitar and keys player before turning his mind onto samplers and grooveboxes. He first got into Trip-Hop and also wrote music for movies & theater, but in 2008 he discovered dubstep and drum n bass music, and immediately got involved in producing and DJing.
Three years later his tracks are welcomed by many established labels such as Dubsaw, Chateau Bruyant, Buygore or Never Say Die. The releases have instantly gained him huge support from some of the biggest names on the scene such as Flux Pavilion, Rusko & Datsik, amongst others. He’s now among those to follow closely with his long-awaited EP to be released on Never Say Die. It’s been a year now since he began touring as a DJ throughout Europe, always smashing the dancefloor with a tight and precise, yet energetic mix. So far in 2012, he seems unstoppable.
While it may look that way on stage, nothing is ever simple with Keys N Krates. Not when everyone has an equally valid opinion, along with the willingness (no, the all-consuming need) to sit and scrutinize a hearty 808 hit or laser like synth line for hours on end.
It's been this way since the very beginning, when Keys N Krates went from being a live hip-hop band reliant on rough acapellas and memory-jogging remixes to something much more complex - a tight-knit trio of producers/performers - Turntablist Jr Flo, Keyboard player David Matisse, drummer Adam Tune - who take rocking a party as seriously as a week spent in the studio. "We always trade roles from song to song," explains Jr. Flo. "It's not uncommon for Matisse to flip a sample, or for me to write a melody, or for Tune to chime in on the mixing of a track. It's not the fastest way of working, but everyone has a say in everything."
Which explains why their breakthrough singles (the elastic loops and diamond-edged drums of "Dum Dee Dum," the head rush hooks of "Treat Me Right," a frantic, D'n'B-flavored "Are We Faded") are able to pull the strings of packed festival crowds without resorting to tired EDM tropes. Hip-hop, house and UK bass music all play a role in a Keys N Krates record, but so do the dark-tinged dynamics and widescreen ways of indie acts like Caribou and M83. "Seeing M83 live at the Osheaga festival changed our whole perception of how their music translates live," says Jr. Flo. "The chord progressions are beautiful and catchy but never corny. It's pop music at its best."
That was essentially the goal with the Toronto group's new Midnite Mass EP: cuts that are calibrated for clubs but that can translate beyond. Punchy and powerful. Emotional and epic. That goes for everything from its title track (an intro that sounds like a suspenseful thesis) to a Katy B collab ("Save Me") that'll beam old-school ravers straight back to the '90s. And then there's something as deceivingly simple as "Love Again," a soulful rap beat created from scratch and such artful details as the orchestral flourishes of Ouici and the gospel vocals of a friend named JP. Let's just say it's no coincidence that the song sounds like it sampled a dust-caked '70s record from a long-buried discount bin; That Just Blaze or Kanye might find and flip, Keys N Krates want to leave you wondering just how they do it.
“We wanted people to wonder where we got a lot of the sounds for this EP, the same way we have when listening to producers like Just Blaze and Timbaland. Those guys have always used source samples or sounds that leave you scratching your head. We love that simplicity; it's like true Italian cooking, a few ingredients to make something so impactful…. beats that leave you wondering 'where the fuck did he get that sound from?'
In a little over 6 months, Joyryde has risen from complete unknown to one of the most buzzing acts on the planet. With support from the likes of Axwell^Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Skrillex, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, Tchami, Jauz, Knife Party, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, Don Diablo, Ephwurd, Ghastly, Dyro and more, the highway to success is paved with bass. Joyryde's brand of #SwerveHouse is firmly expressed through his massive singles “FLO” and “SPEED TRAP.” Jauz not only champions his “Stick It In Reverse” mix of last summers hit “Feel The Volume,” he has been opening his sets with it for months.
His most recent hit “HARI KARI” made it all the way to BBC Radio 1 via NGHTMRE’s Diplo & Friends mix and was also heard in Yellow Claw’s heralded mixtape series. With every blog raving about the lad, Dancing Astronaut put it best; “At a time of radio-safe club maneuvers, his is a brand out for blood." He ended 2015 with the launch of his self designed apparel line #RYDRWARE.
He opened 2016 with a Rick Ross feature on the 160 BPM "Windows,” a track who's genre still cannot be identified. With an arsenal of unreleased tracks, all the big names chatting about him, and some lofty touring goals, Joyryde is sure to hit the ground running in 2016 ... and bring all his Rydrz with him.
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Dombresky, producer from Paris, made his name with his unique style and his finesse, which allowed him to make an official remix for A-Trak’s “We All Fall Down” and a collaboration with Tchami on the track « Freakin » released on his EP.
Dombresky keeps impressing the house scene with his track « Hardcore » fresh off his Ep « Reaching Perfection » released on the prestigious « Fool’s Gold » label in which he’s delivering us elaborated tracks and a very aesthetic music.
With his brand new single « Wait » Dombresky made the pressure rise once again and provides us a track of a cheerful melody, signed on Tchami’s label “Confession”.
Supported by artists like Diplo, DJ Snake, Anna Lunoe & many others, he highlighted a house way old school and stands out as one of the new faces of the French Electro scene.
The tail end of 2015 finds ANGELZ on an exciting tip: tearing up his blueprint and digging into his experimental core. Known for pushing boom bap edits onto discerning dance floors and up the charts, the G-House pioneer is irrepressibly drawn to this creative axis as a prodigy and as a rebel.
ANGELZ synthesized his experience as a producer and his passion as a music lover. “I’ve always liked the rawness of hip-hop mixed with the repetition of house beats. In my live sets, I’ll take some obscure techno tracks and make edits, maybe add acappellas over it, and make them into new tracks. It helps people digest complex genres when you have something familiar.”The former Def Jam signee, who ghost-produced chart topping beats between homework assignments as a 15-year-old, says “Everyone, the labels, were coming at me, asking me to replicate a track I’d made for someone else. So I started sending them random stuff. I had started listening to Detroit techno and Chicago house, and they were like ‘No one can rap on these beats!’ So they stopped calling.” The demand for conformity reminded him of the time his piano teacher chided him for deviating from the assignment and creating a song instead of studying one.
Testing limits comes easy to ANGELZ, who as a teen was addicted to P2P networks like The Neptunes IRC, “It was super illegal, I didn’t know that Diplo was also on that channel and so was Tyler the Creator. I became a huge hip-hop head in love with Timbaland and the Neptunes. I learned how to sample by listening to Alchemist. I was the biggest pirate,” says the man who adopted the DJ alias Smasha at age 8 to label the Big beat-laden mix tapes he had started making.
Reinvigorated by a reclusive 2011 in Australia with a “crummy laptop”, ANGELZ prepared for his turn in the spotlight as Skrillex was blowing up. “I was really into Justice, Boys Noize, Crookers, Para One,” he says. “I realized then that there’s a market to be your own man.” It was a game changer for ANGELZ, who at 20 already had 8 years of producing rap to his credit but no idea how to DJ or do the “house thing”.
Embracing house wholeheartedly, ANGELZ has gone back to one of his enduring strengths: sampling. The proof is undeniable on his new single “Hey Girl”. To be released by French house-master Tchami, its slow, B-boy hard house groove captures ANGELZ’s new sound. “It’s 100% about the vibe.”
However divergent ANGELZ’s direction may seem, his sonic compass is clearly on point. Though still in his early 20s, ANGELZ’s baroque beats fuse hip-hop’s raw energy and house’s hypnotic rhythms with a psychic’s ear and a veteran’s finesse. Beats that once left executives scratching their heads soon had fans moving their bodies and superstar peers praising him in their sets. The world may not think it’s ready for ANGELZ; fortunately ANGELZ knows better.