If a DJ/producer is going to make it in this industry, a key step is developing a distinctly original sound. You’ve got to have a vibe that fans can home in on, a wave for others to catch and hold on to. Dada Life, on the other hand, has moved far beyond owning a sound. The Swedish duo has created its own fictional universe. The way of the Dada is a full-on lifestyle. It’s about getting lost in surreality, a fanciful and energetic escape to another world where the party never stops and the champagne flows like bloody noses in a mosh pit. All you need is some potassium, and you’re ready to wrangle the world. It’s this alternate reality that makes Dada Life such a beloved experience, and while there is no other group quite like the Dada, there are a few acts on the EDC Las Vegas 2016 lineup that can help you run off to imaginary places with joyful abandon.
From: Paris, France
Releases on: Spinnin’ Records, Dim Mak, Revealed Recordings and more
Why we like him: This Frenchman brings it hard and filthy. There’s a dark edge to his bangers, a sense of mystery through all those gnarly filters. Having moved to the States some years ago, he works quite closely with fellow Parisian ex-pats DJ Snake and Tchami, with quite a few collaborations and remixes between them. His coarse sound is best experienced in the live setting, and he’s constantly traveling, dropping his brutal, hip-hop-infused beats at major festivals, including this year’s EDC Las Vegas. Don’t miss him as he tears kineticFIELD a funky new one.
Listen to this: Breakbeat rhythms and crunchy synth textures come together with a whole lot of attitude on this wonky release. He juxtaposes layers and simplicity to give the jam a disjointedly fresh feel. This song can turn any nerd into a gangster.
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Releases on: Arkade, Big Beat Records
Why we like him: This music man is working hard for his rise. He recently played Coachella weekend one and opened for Kaskade’s major stop at the Los Angeles Convention Center. His mix of danceable house with an electro edge and slight, pop-forward sheen is infectious and undeniably entertaining. It caught him an official remix of Galantis’ “Louder, Harder, Better,” and he’s ready to bring his shoulder-poppin’ grooves to the EDC Las Vegas stage.
Listen to this: “Do It Now” flips a pitched-down Khia sample into a dancefloor call-to-action with a little help from a dark-tinged house beat. It creates a sexy, smoky atmosphere, showing off his deeper side—which, when mixed with upbeat tunes, helps make Ravell’s live mixes absolutely contagious.
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From: Seattle, WA
Releases on: Anjunabeats, Enhanced Music, Anjuna Trice and more
Why we like them: We’ve come a long way from Seattle’s grungy musical past. To hear this duo compose is to live in a bright and sunny field of optimism. This is big room with a kawaii J-pop twist. Undulating synths play across hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor beats as major chords set the tone for female vocal lines about love and the kind of carefree recklessness that gives youth its rosy velour. Suspect 44’s music has been getting lots of praise from big names like Hardwell and Nicky Romero, and with releases on legendary labels like Anjunabeats and Armada Trice, it seems the music ain’t the only thing that’s shining bright.
Listen to this: Next time you’re feeling blue, listen to “Headlights” and see if your mood doesn’t change for the better. It’s vibrant and forward-moving, with drums that’ll stab through the darkness in your heart and open you up to a candy-colored world just behind the clouds.
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