Floridians love two things in life: the dancefloor and bass music. And trust us, there’s no shortage of neck-breaking, ear-rattling beats at EDC Orlando 2016, thanks to the Bassrush crew. They’re bringing the top names in dubstep, trap and bass music to this year’s festival with their very own hosted stage on night one of EDC Orlando.
Leading the Bassrush stage is the one and only 12th Planet, who by now is considered a living legend by virtually everyone. His signature blend of American dubstep has helped take the genre to international reach, and he’s inspired a new wave of bass-heads who are pushing the sound and style to new frontiers. Get to know these up-and-coming bass acts at EDC Orlando 2016.
Holding it down from the Compound, where he rules as the king of bass of Los Angeles, 12th Planet has more than left his mark in the dubstep scene. His influential SMOG Records—which has released music from top bass acts including Datsik, Flinch, LUMBERJVCK, and many others—is celebrating one decade of bass goodness this year, which is an eternity when considered. 12th and the SMOG fam are setting Los Angeles aflame this November with the official 10-year anniversary event, and anyone heading to EDC Orlando shouldn’t miss his whiplash-inducing set.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Releases on: OWSLA, Circus, Mad Decent, Rottun Recordings, Ultra and more
Why we like him: There’s no doubt NGHTMRE is the fastest-rising act in all the bass land. He’s released on just about every influential imprint in dance music, having flexed his beat muscles on remixes for and collaborations with Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, Kill the Noise, and a ton of other heavy hitters. Anyone who caught his set at this year’s EDC Las Vegas witnessed a true star being born. He then joined bass brothers Slander the next month to kick off their current extensive Gud Vibrations tour. Currently on the road, NGHTMRE is sharpening his performance skills for the stage, the place where he’ll truly win over fans for good.
Listen to this: Much like its name implies, “Click Clack”—the new collab between NGHTMRE and LOUDPVCK via team OWSLA—hits you right in the nose with the brute force of a pistol-whip. NGHTMRE plays well with others, and this new cut is the type of stuff to keep his fanbase expanding by the minute.
From: Houston, TX
Releases on: Doghouse Recordings, Dim Mak, Firepower Records, Buygore and more
Why we like him: KAYZO is by far one of the biggest and most successful acts to come out of the Discovery Project family. Since winning the Escape From Wonderland 2012 competition, he’s exploded onto the scene with the same power packed in his BPM-heavy blend of trap, hardstyle and bass tunes. His collab remix of DJ Snake’s “Propaganda”—with happy hardcore genius Gammer—helped put him on the map, and he hasn’t looked back since. KAYZO dares to be different as he fully embraces the sounds and styles within the hard dance arena, a wise move that properly distinguishes him in the wild world of bass.
Listen to this: As one of the loudest tracks on The Doghouse EP—the debut release on KAYZO’s newly launched Doghouse Recordings imprint—“Welcome to the Doghouse” exemplifies the producer’s full-range bass canon. With tinges of dubstep, festival trap and hardstyle, this one sums up the KAYZO experience in one fell swoop.
From: Hudson, FL
Releases on: Never Say Die: Black Label, I Am Audio, Chronos Records, Prime Audio and more
Why we like him: Midnight Tyrannosaurus is a hometown hero who’s representing the hard-hitting Florida bass community as one of the freshest faces in the scene. His sound screams with the low-end subs of classic North American dubstep à la Datsik, Excision and, of course, 12th Planet. His aggressive style is reminiscent of classic dubstep from the beginning of this decade and has won him the support of fellow bass-heads Figure and Cookie Monsta. He’s backed up by a handful of top bass imprints, solidifying this up-and-comer’s position in the fast track.
Listen to this: Midnight Tyrannosaurus teams up with fellow bass ace Spag Heddy for this monster off the Black Label XXL compilation from Never Say Die: Black Label. The tension building throughout the track feels like a summer blockbuster, with a release strong enough to soundtrack the apocalypse. It’s a double dose of bass goodness from these two rookies of the moment.
EDC Orlando 2016 takes place Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit the official website.