As you prepare your costumes for an onslaught of crazy clowns at Escape: Psycho Circus 2015, it’s also necessary to get your music schedule in order. Sure, you’ve gotta see your faves, but one of the best parts of festivals is discovering new artists deserving of your fandom. To add a little variety to your life, here are some related DJ sets you may dig.
If you like Eric Prydz, check out Hot Since 82, Breach and Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke
Eric Prydz is one of those old-school DJs who stays true to himself, refusing to compromise or play the typical Beatport Top 10—just don’t mention or request “Call on Me” around him. Whether it is under his real name or his Pryda and Cirez D monikers, you can be sure he’ll deliver a unique perspective on house and techno music. Prydz doesn’t bang it out; he massages the set into a climactic journey. His latest, “Opus,” is the perfect example of the tension he builds in his tracks and sets.
Hot Since 82
From: Leeds, UK
Releases on: Knee Deep in Sound, Suara, Noir Music
Why we like him: Daley Padley, best known as Hot Since 82, has his finger on the pulse for deep and tech house. As a young, 17-year-old lad, he was already playing marathon sets in his hometown, cementing his ability to lure partiers to the dancefloor for upwards of 12 hours. Though he nabbed a Cream Ibiza residency in 2006, it wasn’t until a chance music failure where he had to improvise with an unreleased track on his iPhone that really made the mark and sparked the switch to Hot Since 82 in 2011 with “Let It Ride.”
Listen to this: Hot Since 82 woke up the scene with his 2013 remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince,” earning him a Beatport #1.
From: Bristol, UK
Releases on: dirtybird, Naked Naked, Strictly Rhythm
Why we like him: The moment we heard Breach’s breakthrough track “Jack” in 2013, we fell in love. With a hook you could hold on to—“I want your body, everybody wants your body, so let’s jack”—a bassline that hits your core, and fun nuances, the track was an essential in DJ crates across the world. Not a one-trick pony, the producer born Ben Westbeech is a talented cellist, pianist and vocalist, and his musicality shines through.
Listen to this: We’d be remiss if we didn’t provide you with the aforementioned “Jack.” Settle into the wonderful wonkiness.
Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke
From: Chicago, IL, and Detroit, MI
Releases on: dirtybird, Toolroom, Relief Records
Why we like them: Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke have amassed their individual underground fan bases, but when their powers combine? From deep to tech-y, expect a master class in all things legit house. The uninitiated may not realize how much Green Velvet they know. He’s the mastermind behind such rave anthems as “Coffee Pot (It’s Time for the Percolator),” “La La Land,” “Flash” and “Lazer Beams.” dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke is the master at twisting tunes into groove-inducing house, such as his recent takes on Disclosure’s “Omen” (featuring Sam Smith), the Chemical Brothers’ “Go,” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” plus new originals like “Make a Cake” and “Baarump.”
Listen to this: Green Velvet and VonStroke are no strangers to sharing the decks. Get a taste of the team-up live from EDC Las Vegas this year.
If you like Flux Pavilion, check out Jackal, Party Favor and Bro Safari
Fresh off the release of his new album Tesla, Flux Pavilion is bending genres and pushing boundaries in all things bass. An amalgam of surprises waits on the LP, which features collaborations with the legendary Soulsonic Force, Matthew Koma, RiFF RAFF and more. The Circus Records cofounder and multi-instrumentalist first grabbed our attention with the 2011 megahit “I Can’t Stop,” which crossed over into pop culture in the film The Great Gatsby and video game SSX. We’re glad he hasn’t stopped since.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Releases on: Mad Decent, OWSLA, All Trap Music
Why we like him: The British import has an arsenal of influences ranging from heavy metal to drum & bass, but his trap production skills pay the bills. Not just another kid with a laptop and cracked software, Jackal studied music technology at the University of Canterbury. Other producers are fans of Jackal and the punchy rhythms he brings, such as Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Diplo and Zeds Dead.
Listen to this: If “Shakedown” sounds familiar, that’s because LOUDPVCK’s remix was featured in the EDC documentary Under the Electric Sky, and the original is just as rocking.
From: Los Angeles, CA
Releases on: Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, OWSLA
Why we like him: If you’ve got “party” in your DJ name, you gotta live up to that by throwing down hard. For all the festival trap you can take, Party Favor will deliver. The DJ/producer born Dylan Ragland has remixed all the major players, such as Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Diplo and more. His track “Bap U” garnered mainstream attention when featured in a T-Mobile commercial and the Vacation trailer. Get ready for a sea of people twerking at his high-energy set.
Listen to this: Check out Party Favor throwing down at Beyond Wonderland this year.
From: Atlanta, GA
Releases on: OWSLA, Ultra, Mad Decent
Why we like him: If you’re a fan of Evol Intent, check out Nick Weiller, aka Bro Safari. A member of the notable trio, Bro Safari’s solo work brings the bass with his brand of dubstep, moombahton, trap and hip-hop. You may also detect the influence of drum & bass, something he’s been producing since 1999. Also known as Knick, Weiller stays busy with EDM group Minus Music, as well as the mashup act Ludachrist.
Listen to this: If you wanna go hard on your way to Escape, nab a free download of Bro Safari’s live set at Life in Color.
If you like Showtek, check out Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Dannic and Blasterjaxx
Never ones to stay inside the box, Showtek—brothers Sjoerd Janssen (aka Duro) and Wouter Janssen (aka Walt)—have shaped their sound with the times. Launching their career with techno, they evolved into a hardstyle act for nearly a decade before jumping on the EDM train. Embracing the big-room beats, Showtek reached a broader audience and launched their own Skink Records. If you follow the philosophy that “music is a journey, not a destination,” then come travel with the brothers during Escape.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Releases on: Spinnin’, Size, Subliminal
Why we like them: If you were a fan of Swedish House Mafia, it may interest you that Axwell called Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano the Dutch version of the group. With successful remixes of Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, and Sander Kleinenberg, the duo has also garnered support from Sander van Doorn, Pete Tong and Armin van Buuren. They mix the popular with an added punch of funky soul as their positive energy radiates from the booth.
Listen to this: To get a taste of what SJ&RM will bring to the decks, check out their recent Tomorrowland set.
From: Breda, Netherlands
Releases on: Revealed, Armada, Flamingo
Why we like him: Fresh off garnering a #26 spot in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100, Dutch EDM star Dannic makes the masses move. His collaborations with Dyro, Hardwell and Sick Individuals only made his star shine brighter. Formerly known as Funkadelic and Brainless, and born Daan Romers, he has come a long way from playing his grandfather’s records as a child to making an impact with his own.
Listen to this: Speaking of collaborating with Sick Individuals, Dannic just released a preview of a new collaboration called “Feel Your Love,” which will be out October 26 and will likely be featured in his Escape set.
From: The Hague, Netherlands
Releases on: Revealed, Spinnin’, Dim Mak
Why we like them: Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf, the producers behind Blasterjaxx, teamed up in 2012 after original producing partner Leon Vielvoije departed. The new pair skyrocketed and nabbed support from Laidback Luke and Tiësto. They went on to collaborate with them, as well as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Afrojack, David Guetta, Nicky Romero and more. Their popularity finds them at the #19 spot on this year’s DJ Mag Top 100.
Listen to this: Get an idea of Blasterjaxx live with their set from this year’s EDC Las Vegas, available for free download.