In just one week, we’ll be roaming and romping and raging together once again as we meet for another sun-soaked romp Under the Electric Sky at EDC Orlando 2017. And you best believe you can expect all the magic of EDC at our seventh annual Floridian fête. We’re talking full-size carnival rides, immersive art, interactive costumed performers, and mind-blowing production, as well as the EDC Orlando debut of the grandiose kineticGAIA stage, which made its grand debut at this year’s EDC Las Vegas.
But most of all, EDC Orlando is bringing the musical heat once again. This year, we’re hosting 55 world-renowned artists across three immersive stages, including total stage takeovers from the Bassrush and Dreamstate teams. (PS: If you haven’t done so already, stream our official EDC Orlando playlist as well as our individual stage-by-stage playlists to hear the sounds of kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, and neonGARDEN.)
We’ve got so much musical goodness packed for you that EDC Orlando 2017 is bound to go down as one of the loudest and rowdiest weekends of the year. To help guide your musical journey through the weekend, we’ve gone through the massive lineup and picked some of the hottest acts you won’t want to miss. Of course, there’s so much music to discover over these two sun-kissed days, so make sure to roam the festival in search of your new favorite artists.
For now, here are the six must-see acts at EDC Orlando 2017.
Friday, November 10 @ circuitGROUNDS
From: Outer space
For fans of: Bassnectar, G Jones, Conrank
Can’t-miss factor: Face-melting, wonky basslines that’ll take you to the cosmos and beyond
Little is known about the actual human behind Bleep Bloop, but when the tunes are this good, it doesn’t really matter who’s behind them. All that matters are those phat basslines and future-sounding noises that’ll cleanse your body, brain, and soul of all that ails ya’. Compared to his dubstep brethren, Bleep Bloop, née Aaron Triggs, prefers the melodious and minimal-leaning over the bass-in-your face approach. When his contemporaries go for played-out sledgehammer bass drops, he takes the weird and trippy road less traveled, where glitch noise is a beautiful, harmonious thing. In late 2014, Bleep Bloop became the first artist signed to Liquid Amber, the label of his mentor DJ Shadow. He remains the imprint’s star quarterback these days via his recently released The Fifth Pupil EP, which challenges modern-day bass music while at the same time pushing it to the outer limits. Trippy shit, indeed.
From: Porto Alegre, Brazil
For fans of: Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Justin Martin
Can’t-miss factor: Wavy house vibes for daytime dancing
While Ciszak is relatively new to the scene, he’s a familiar face here at Insomniac HQ: The Brazilian-born up-and-comer is a distinguished alumnus and member of our ever-growing Discover Project family, having won the competition for EDC New York 2015, so we’re especially proud of this dude. Since then, he’s blossomed to become one of the freshest names in house and tech house. His rookie card is already bulking in size and scope, with a handful of releases on key dance music labels like Dirtybird (“Hypnose”), Material Music, Suah, and Green Velvet’s Cajual Records (“Think”). In 2016, VonStroke himself hand-selected Ciszak’s original, “I Want,” to launch the Dirtybird Select sublabel, a most fitting home as Ciszak’s jocular style perfectly matches Dirtybird’s irreverent spirit. It’s a match made in house heaven.
From: Miami Beach, FL
For fans of: Chris Lake, Mark Knight, Hot Since 82
Can’t-miss factor: Dirty and sexy house and tech house cuts
These local tastemakers have been running the Miami streets for a few years now. Cocodrills, the production/DJ duo of Christian “Pridef” Diaz and Adam Cruz, ooze nocturnal cool and mystique. Rather than boast about their DJ supporters or past accomplishments on the nightclub and festival circuits, they let the music do the talking, which is more than enough to keep us coming back for more of their house and tech house deep cuts. Behind the decks, Cocodrills keep the focus on one musical mission: “creating a unique musical experience,” a befitting trait here at EDC Orlando, where the experience always comes first. They do rightly so via their stylish dancefloor journeys, which mesh house/tech house heat with a hefty serving of after-hours debauchery. Their originals and remixes run the gamut yet stay loyal to the global house movement, as heard on their releases with Stereo Productions, Subliminal, Nervous, Roger Sanchez’s Stealth Records and more. Their 2016 Got It Good EP on Blackflag Recordings, the independent imprint from influential Detroit techno legend Stacey Pullen, is the type of groove-laden, funky decadence by which the Miami soundscape and lifestyle are defined.
Friday, November 10 @ circuitGROUNDS
From: Los Angeles
For fans of: Bro Safari, Snails, Slander
Can’t-miss factor: Epic bass goodness that crosses over into drum & bass, trap, dubstep, and beyond
This Los Angeles-based newcomer is tearing up the scene with his unique take on modern dance music, in which genres blur and blend with ease and style all under the power of the bassline. Dirty Audio got his start after discovering the electronic world at the age of 12; he’s been nonstop ever since. Today, he’s racked up a mighty discography that spans far and wide across the genre spectrum, from trap (“Gettin’ That” with Rickyxsan), drum & bass/drumstep (“Stay” with Delta Heavy), future bass (“Clipped”), and so much more. He’s already got the full attention from the worldwide electronic industry, counting releases on Mad Decent, Monstercat, Dim Mak, Ultra Music, and CR2; support from Diplo, Deorro, Flosstradamus, Adventure Club, and Dillon Francis; and remixes for the Chainsmokers (“Inside Out”), DJ Snake (“Ocho Cinco”), and Steve Aoki (“Darker Than Blood”). A hip-hop-head at heart, Dirty Audio is also known for bringing the rap and dance worlds together in his music: Peep the massive moombahton-tinged collaboration “Fast Forward” featuring Ying Yang Twins & Mr Collipark. It’s this flexibility in styles and sounds that’ll keep you hooked on this rising act.
For fans of: Daft Punk, REZZ, Illenium, Gryffin, Jai Wolf
Can’t-miss factor: Plain and simple: The sounds of the future
The “mystery artist” angle is always kind of lame, as it’s almost entirely a marketing gimmick. With k?d, it’s a different story. Details are slim on this mystery man, with his music remaining front and center, just the way we like it. Luckily for us, his style is more than enough to keep our ears brimming to the fullest with interest. There’s only one way to describe his sound: future, with the widest definition of the word in mind. Future bass, future beats, future everything—this k?d does it all. For a dip into the outer reaches of sound, head into “Birth of the Universe,” which is the sonic equivalent of the beginning of time and cosmic existence. Then dive into “Somewhere Far Away From Here,” a track that’ll definitely transport you to places you never knew existed in this universe. If this is the sound of the future, then count us in for the ride into the unknown.
For fans of: Noisia, Flume, What So Not
Can’t-miss factor: Future feels with a dash of dark bass
Only one year into their career, this enigmatic duo is quickly gaining traction across in-the-know electronic music circles with their blend of future beats and dark bass. Creatively, they aim to take “a rebellious stance on electronic music,” just like their musical heroes Noisia and Flume. It’s an odd combo, sure, but it works: Just as the layered harmonic intricacies start to bubble, the darker, heavier bass swoops in like a tidal wave of midnight melody for a sound that’s equal parts mystical and magical. The world first met Purge via Feel Your Love, their debut EP released September 2016 on Nest HQ (OWSLA); it gave listeners a first glimpse into the burgeoning sound of dark bass. What’s to come from Purge is as mysterious, and anticipated, as this American duo itself. Consider us intrigued.