While North America layers on the clothes and heads indoors for December, it’s all about the warm summer sun in Brazil. The first-ever South American installment of the internationally expanding Electric Daisy Carnival brand offers an eclectic lineup, but there may be a few names you aren’t familiar with. It’s OK! We’re here to help. We’ve highlighted a few artists you probably already know, along with similar-style acts you may want to pencil in to your schedule.
If you like Skrillex, check out Yellow Claw, Dieselboy and Excision
What can we say about Skrillex that hasn’t already been said? The man made “dubstep” a household word, where even your parents had heard of the DJ/producer—or at least knew his haircut, and then ultimately someone who emulated it. He’s got Grammys, other famous friends he collaborates with like Diplo for Jack Ü, and we hear he’s just an all-around nice dude. Don’t blink, because if you do, there’s a chance he’s released another track, collaboration or remix in that time.
Releases on: Spinnin’ Records, Mad Decent, Ultra
Why we like them: Yellow Claw, the trio of Bizzey, Nizzle and Jim Aasgier, are all about that bass and any variation of it, from dubstep and trap to moombahton and hardstyle. Prepare to pick your face up off the dancefloor and twerk your ass off during a Yellow Claw set as Bizzey keeps it going with his MC skills. Expect them to highlight numerous cuts from their new 16-track album, Blood for Mercy, in their set.
Listen to this: Off the aforementioned Blood for Mercy LP, the trio teams up with Flux Pavilion and Naaz for this multidimensional, genre-blurring offering.
From: Tarpon Springs, FL
Releases on: Subhuman, Project 51, System Recordings
Why we like him: If you don’t already know Dieselboy but claim to be a savant of bass music, it’s time to study up and get in touch with the scene’s roots. Besides being just a hella cool guy with a penchant for food, this OG DJ/producer will give you so much drum & bass in his sets, you’ll need a new face after he melts it off. The accolades run strong with this one, so instead of listing them out, just know he’s someone you need to know as a raver. Expect disgusted looks of disbelief if you dare ask, “Who’s Dieselboy?”
From: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Releases on: Rottun Recordings, Lifted Music, Rat Records UK
Why we like him: Sure, Excision has wowed thousands with one of the most badass stage setups for a single artist thanks to his Executioner video-and-lighting production, plus a 150,000-watt sound system, but he wouldn’t be anywhere without all that bass to back it up. Half man, half robot, and half dinosaur (don’t do the math), he’s unrelenting and brutal in the booth as he proliferates dubstep into a soul-crushing sound that penetrates to the core. If you’re lucky, he’ll offer up some cuts from this year’s Codename X LP.
Listen to this: Don’t dare try to listen to Excision through laptop speakers. You need a proper sound system as you throw your “X Up” to Excision’s collaboration with the Frim and Messinian.
If you like Martin Garrix, check out Nervo, KSHMR and Felguk
Even though he’s the baby of the bunch, Martin Garrix’s brand of big-room EDM resonated with the masses seeking the popular formula. He was actually making moves long before his 2013 breakout hit “Animals” dominated dancefloors worldwide, studying production at the Herman Brood Academy and remixing Christina Aguilera back in 2012, the same year he was awarded the SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year nod. His loyal fanbase propelled him high up the DJ Mag Top 100 poll this year, coming in at an impressive #3.
Releases on: Ultra, Spinnin’ Records, Protocol Recordings
Why we like them: Long before twin sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo stepped into the DJ both, they were writing some of the biggest hits for other artists. David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over”? Yeah, that was them. Ke$ha, Richard Grey, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, and many more have all been touched by their talent and songwriting prowess. In their own time in the spotlight, they’ve won over the electronic world.
Listen to this: Nervo’s debut album, Collateral, includes disco-laden track “The Other Boys” featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers.
Releases on: Musical Freedom, Spinnin’ Records, Ultra
Why we like him: Not to be confused with Green Velvet’s alias Cajmere, KSHMR is on the EDM tip, and curating that popular sound found him debuting on the DJ Mag Top 100 poll at #23 this year, the highest new entry. Not bad for a lad that dropped his first single, “Megalodon,” just last year. But it’s not like he’s a total n00b. The artist born Niles Hollowell-Dhar had previous success as half of the Cataracs.
Listen to this: For a taste of those addicting builds and drops with a nice bit of wonky bass to break it up, check out KSHMR’s collaboration with Shaun Frank featuring Delaney Jane, “Heaven.”
Releases on: Protocol Recordings, Smash the House, Vicious Recordings
Why we like them: Rio de Janeiro’s own Felipe “Fel” Lozinsky and Gustavo “Guk” Rozenthal have rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in the music biz. EDC Brasil is far from their first Insomniac experience, as their track “2nite” was the unofficial EDC anthem in 2010. They’ve released remixes for the likes of David Guetta and Madonna, the latter nabbing the duo a support slot on the Brazilian leg of her MDNA tour. Their impressive résumé includes collaborations with Dirty South, Infected Mushroom and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
Listen to this: For a bit of modern electro house, complete with more cowbell, take a listen to “Spin It Back.”
If you like Jamie Jones, check out Ahmed, Alex Justino and Anna
Get ready for some Hot Creations when Jamie Jones brings his brand of melodic house and techno. Whereas some of those other DJ lists can often feel like popularity contests, the Resident Advisor Top 100 poll is one to be earned, and Jones’ skills saw him nabbing the #1 spot in 2011. They don’t call him the leader of the “new sound of house” for nothing, and his event series Paradise in Ibiza has since become a global destination.
Releases on: Architecture, Flux Epidemic
Why we like him: Francisco Ahmed fell in love with electronic music early on via an introduction to jungle in 1993, but he was ultimately wooed by techno thanks to the sounds of Carl Craig, Derrick May and Dave Clarke. Last year found him dedicating parties to the genre in Brasilia, followed by the Crazy Cake Crew project with podcasts and parties galore throughout his country.
Listen to this: Get dark and dirty as Ahmed digs deep into “Your Unconscious Mind” with the track “Rainy Night,” along with Illan Nicciani.
Releases on: Nin92wo Records, Sintope Digital, Spirit Soul Records
Why we like him: The deep house DJ/producer slaves away in the studio to bring his brand of beats to Brazil. Alex Justino takes the dancefloor from disco and old-school to a place as deep as you can go. He made waves with the track “We Can Get It” with Stee Downes and Thomaz Krauze, nabbing a spot in the Deep House Top 100 Beatport charts.
Listen to this: Justino delves into more tech house territory with his track “Physical Reaction” for some melodic grooves.
Releases on: Tronic, Kraftek, Turbo Recordings
Why we like her: With more than a dozen years cultivating the tech house and techno scene, Anna has earned respect from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Damian Lazarus. Her track “Can’t Sleep” entered the Beatport charts in the Techno Top 10, and her song “Unique” was chosen for Global Underground 2014. Anna continues to blaze a path around the world—including techno hotspot Germany—while giving Brazilians a healthy dose of the underground vibes.
Listen to this: Premiering on Mixmag, Anna’s “Freedom” is a tech house adventure that chugs and kicks as it picks up the pace and works the listener into a frenzy.