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BUKU Announces 2019 Lineup

BUKU 2019 Initial Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the first round of performers for the festival taking place on March 22 and 23, 2019. Now in its eighth year, the two-day event will return to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans after a sold out 2018 event. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production.

Artists announced on the 2019 lineup are: Lana Del Rey in what is her only currently-announced U.S. performance; hip-hop and fashion icon A$AP Rocky; the return and 2019 debut of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s collaboration Dog Blood; bass music torchbearer Excision; Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates in his first New Orleans play since 2016; a live performance by GRiZ who just released the first two tracks off of his upcoming 2019 album; RL Grime; Louis The Child; breakout R&B star Ella Mai; hometown horrorcore rap heroes $UICIDEBOY$; a rare back-to-back set from NGHTMRE B2B Slander; the first New Orleans play for Playboi Carti; emo mainstays Dashboard Confessional and Mayday Parade; Toro Y Moi who will release a new album in January; Claude VonStroke; Gunna; Fisher; the first New Orleans play for The Black Madonna; Death Grips; a unique set from Getter performing his critically-acclaimed new album Visceral; Ekali; Yaeji; Denzel Curry; a rare joint set from J.I.D and EARTHGANG; G Jones; Liquid Stranger; TOKiMONSTA; internet sensations Oliver Tree and Doja Cat; 1788-L; jam band Papadosio; Peekaboo; Roy Blair; a special set from We Came As Romans in memory of Kyle Pavone; a DJ set from Matt + Travis of From First To Last; Rico Nasty; Dounia; Kidswaste; Whipped Cream; Mersiv; sfam. VIP patrons will be treated to VIP-Only performances from: CharlesTheFirst; Dabin; Duskus; Jantsen; Kittens; Noizu; Xie; and AF THE NAYSAYER who is one of Upbeat Academy’s lead artist instructors.

The 2019 event will also feature a strong showing of local flavor with over a dozen New Orleans’ artists and showcases: bàwldy B2B Boarcrok; Dohm Collective; Freewater; James Seville; Klutch; Lil Jodeci; Lleauna; Malik Ninety Five; Thou; TRAX ONLY; Tristan Dufrene; Trombone Shorty Academy; Unicorn Fukr; and Upbeat Academy. Complementing the music acts will be the following graffiti artists and live painters participating in a Live Art Gallery: Art by Jay; Ceaux; Dvote; Fat Kids; Hugo Gyrl; Ink; J Hand Paints; Jedi; Knowla; Lipkis; Monica Kelly; Murky; Painter; PAWS; READ MF BOOKS; and Swan.

Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances. The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project featured an expanded festival site that sold out with a daily attendance of over 17,500 guests, making it the highest attended BUKU to date. New additions included the Wharf Stage adjacent to the Mississippi River, a relocated main stage across the train tracks with the Market Street Power Plant serving as its backdrop, several new art installations, and an all new BUKU VIP Rooftop overlooking the main stage.

Tickets for the 2019 event will go on-sale Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10AM CT and include a variety of options for general and VIP admission as well as travel packages. VIP ticketing provides a host of special amenities that include exclusive VIP-only performances, premium viewing areas, as well as an open bar for guests 21+. When purchasing tickets, patrons should be mindful that BUKU is a 17+ event. More information on tickets offerings and pricing can be found at http://bit.ly/BUKU2019Tickets.

About Winter Circle Productions:
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of BUKU Music + Art Project and four-time recipient of the OffBeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now celebrating its 10th year anniversary as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced thousands of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. In July 2015, WCP joined AEG Presents to form and run its new Gulf Coast regional office, and in August 2017, took over a lease at the 1,200 capacity Joy Theater in New Orleans. In addition to concert production, the members of WCP founded the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production. www.wintercircleproductions.com

About AEG Presents:
AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Presents is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aegpresents.com

Goldrush 2018 Recap

Goldrush 2018 Girls

Goldrush returned for its second year to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center this past September 29-30, 2018. Did this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards for you? This year, some rainy weather augmented the stage production as lights reflected off the rain. Relentless Beats also made improvements to the layout of the festival, making crowds flow smoother from one stage to the next.

Goldrush 2018 Town

The Hideout stage and a rock climbing wall sit near the entrance to Goldrush, which leads into the main town area. This area like last year was breathtaking and incredible to see everyone all dressed up in their western attire. The town is breathtaking as it’s decked out with old western attire, including the crowd. The town featured various vendor booths and amenities, as well as a hangout zone with a giant chessboard, games, and plenty of seating for taking a break.

Next, the Pioneer Peak stage featured artists like Blossom, SoDown, Tookie, Virtual Riot, SayMyName, Black Tiger Sex Machine, TroyBoi, Rich The Kid, and Kevin Gates. The Pioneer Peak stage was quite a spectacle on Saturday, chock-full of eye-catching lasers. Unfortunately, the stage production was dialed back a bit due to the rainy weather. However, this did not hinder the artists from throwing down some great performances. Beyond the Pioneer Peak stage featured a spot for live artists to display their talents.

Beyond Pioneer Peak featured the Wagon Wheel and Golden Gorge stages. Night one featured Codeko, Said The Sky, Chris Lake, Slushii, Vince Stables, Deorro, and Deadmau5 at Golden Gorge, while the second night featured Loud Luxury, Ekali, Slander, Louis The Child, Illenium, with Steve Aoki closing out the festivities with his typical showmanship and shenanigans.

What do you think was it better than last year? Comment on our Instagram page what you think @dancebreakmusic. If you got a cold from staying with us while it was pouring, hope you feel better and stay hydrated!

Your Guide to GOLDRUSH 2018

Goldrush Festival Cowgirl

Will this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards? This is the second year of Goldrush in Arizona; 2017’s Goldrush kicked it off with a bang. Last year the headliners included: Migos, Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, RL Grime, Ghastly, Hippie Sabotage, Keys N Krates, Excision, San Holo, with a closing set by Marshmello! If you were there you would know it was an insane event, nothing like any other events this desert has seen. So, do you think this year’s line up will deliver?

Relentless Beats presents Goldrush 2018, which takes place on September 29-30, 2018 at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, AZ. This show is 18+.

This year’s Goldrush headliners are:

Day 1: Saturday – Deadmau5, Deorro, Vince Staples, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lake (OWSLA), Codeko, Slushii, Decadon, Juice Wrld, Liquid Stranger, Said The Sky, Squnto, Virtual Riot, Wifisfuneral, YOOKiE, Yung Pinch, Born Dirty, Yotto, Max Chapman, Moon Boots, Prok | Fitch, Sacha Robotti, Claptone

Day 2: Sunday – Illenium, Ekali, Steve Aoki, Porky, Louis The Child, Marbs, Kevin Gates, Rich The Kid, Slander, Guy J, Troyboi, Jpegmafia, SayMyName, Matroda, Loud Luxury, Medasin, SoDown, Tokimonsta, Leftwing & Kody, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds

Goldrush 2017 Stage Flames

A view from Goldrush 2017

We’ve put together information below on some of the crowd favorites that will be at Goldrush 2018.

Slushii – Genre: Trap – Julian Scanlan, aka Slushii, is a LA based EDM producer, vocalist, and DJ. After finding his sound in his remix of Zedd and Selena Gomez’s “I Want You To Know,” which was dedicated to his more light-hearted and future bass sound, this was his first official project under the stage name “Slushii.” That was back in 2013, since then Slushii signed to Red Light Management in February 2016 and soon after released his first single “Emptiness.” In 2017 he continued to create mesmerizing upbeat tracks, including collaborations with future bass DJ, Marshmello. Slushii came out with his debut studio album titled Out Of Light in August 2017. The album has 13 songs, including previously recorded songs “Dear Me,” “My Senses,” “Step By Step,” and “I Still Recall.” Each song consists of his own “cartoonish and pitched-up” vocals.

Slander – Genre: Trap – This duo met at their fraternity in UC Irvine and later graduated from Icon Collective together. They also became close friends with Tyler (NGHTMRE) at Icon Collective. Theirstage name, Slander, comes from their real names: “S(cott) Land” and “Ander(sen)”. In 2014 their remix of Showtek’s song “We Like To Party” with NGHTMRE had well over 12 million plays on YouTube and was what most credit as Slander’s rise to popularity. Since then there’s been an overwhelming number of collaborations with NGHTMRE, WAVZ, SNAILS, Yookie, Jinzo and many others. This duo brings the fire to the stage and you can clearly see them vibing off of each other, it’s electric! Head bangers get ready!

Troyboi ‘T-R-O-Y-B-O-I’ – Genre: Trap – One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets, this multi-talented musician specialises in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuse various textures from multiple genres and brands it as ‘My Style.’ TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He has already produced tracks with some very high profile artists and his collaboration with Flosstradamus ‘Soundclash’ is arguably one of the biggest anthems in the scene today. His style is undeniably his own, infectious to the ears and beyond stimulating to the mind. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream. Together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will NEVER want to get out.

SAYMYNAME – Genre: Hard Trap – Better known as Dayvid Lundie-Sherman: SAYMYNAME. As a result of years of hard work, working 35 hour weeks at Guitar Center, and his dedication to the studio in his spare time, he was signed by AM ONLY. After trying to figure out his sound with trap and hardstyle, his re-birth came about as he discovered #HARDTRAP. SAYMYNAME has been on the forefront as a pioneer of this sound movement. Numerous blogs and fans have labeled him as The Godfather of HARDTRAP. Keep an eye out for this young exciting act with his mesmerizing stage presence, ridiculous energy that has created a whole new movement, and enthusiasm that successfully converts brand new fans at every show.

Can’t wait to see who will be ending the festivities this year! What do you think? Illenium or Steve Aoki? Let us know on Instagram @dancebreakmusic!

If you haven’t already, grab your tickets from the Goldrush ticketing website. Enjoy Goldrush, stay safe and hydrated out there!

Goldrush Announces Final Lineup for 2018

Goldrush Cowgirls 2017

Phoenix, AZ – As time grows near for prospectors to head west, Relentless Beats has recently released several key updates for the second annual Goldrush Music Festival- mainly the final touches to its massive lineup, an artist by day schedule, the Desert Hearts takeover and after party. Returning to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona, this September 29th and 30th, one of 2017’s best received new festival experiences pushes further into the Wild, Wild West with a goldmine of electronic dance music and hip-hop talent. Showcasing artists across four stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, Goldrush has added: Deorro; Louis the Child; Rich the Kid; Ekali; Slander; Troyboi; Codeko; Decadon; Loud Luxury; Saymyname; Squnto; and Virtual Riot to the roster. With these artist additions comes the Desert Hearts Takeover all-;day Sunday and the Superstitions After-Party to close out the weekend.

These final additions to the Goldrush lineup join over 25 previously announced artists, which have now been slotted on their respective days. Artists by day are as follows:

SATURDAY
Deadmau5; Deorro; Vince Staples; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Chris Lake; Slushii; Codeko; Decadon; Juice Wrld; Liquid Stranger; Said the Sky; Squnto; Virtual Riot; Wifisfuneral; Yookie; Yung Pinch; Born Dirty; Claptone; Max Chapman; Moon Boots; Prok | Fitch; Sacha Robotti; and Yotto.

SUNDAY
Illenium; Steve Aoki; Louis the Child; Kevin Gates; Rich the Kid; Ekali; Slander; Troyboi; Jpegmafia; Loud Luxury; Matroda; Medasin; Saymyname; SoDown; Tokimonsta; Guy J; Leftwing & Kody; Mikey Lion; Lee Reynolds; Marbs; and Porky.

On Sunday, September 30th, the darling of the West Coast house and techno scene, Desert Hearts, will takeover the The Hideout stage. Featuring the DH family of: Mikey Lion; Lee Reynolds; Marbs; Porky and special guests: Guy J and Leftwing & Kody, the crew will bring its intimate experiences of sonic joy to Goldrush 2018. And once the festival is over, the party continues with the Superstitions After-Party- another Desert Hearts takeover featuring the original core four of the movement.

General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $159, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the Golden Gorge stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. VIP options are available starting at $219 for a two-day pass, plus fees and you must be 18 for Standard VIP and 21 and up for Platinum VIP to purchase. Table service will be available at the Golden Gorge stage. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 (GA), $149 (VIP) and $79 (GA), $139 (VIP), before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

Live & Love Relentlessly at Decadence AZ 2017

DecadenceAZ 2017 Sunset

This past December 30-31, 2017, thousands of music enthusiasts took over the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, AZ, for Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, Decadence. Festival producers Relentless Beats and Global Dance pulled in 12,000 attendants per day, with a lineup that featured a cast of national acts including Armin van Buuren, Big Wild, Borgore, Boys Noize, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Justice, Louis the Child, Madeon, Oliver Heldens, What So Not, Zedd, Zeds Dead, Zhu, and many more. The two-day event featured two main indoor stages: The Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with the outdoor Ruby Courtyard and carnival rides.

Big Wild at DecadenceAZ 2017

Big Wild performing in the Sapphire Ballroom. Photo by Victor Tranfield

With a number of destructive natural disasters and unusual political phenomena in the US, many would consider 2017 a wild and tumultuous year. Perhaps that’s why 2017 also seemed to be a big year for music and festivals, as people search for a means of community, especially in the festival realm: a place to escape the distractions of the world and find love and peace. On that note, we reached out to several artists and people in the industry to ask them:

“Can you recall a particular moment that stands out, which happened in 2017 that you think exemplifies the unifying power of music?” Here’s what they had to say:

Snails
“The power of music is crazy. People can just forget everything and be with their friends and just have fun. That’s what it’s all about. A very special moment for me this year was pressing play at my Sluggtopia Red Rocks show in front of 10k people and everyone coming together for the moment and forgetting about everything else. Can’t wait for 2018!”

BIJOU
“For me that moment was EDC Las Vegas. This year has been an extremely difficult for many around the world. To have the opportunity to play on that size of a stage and watch every single person out there forget about all their problems and issues is truly empowering. It was a moment I’ll never forget and a moment that the music really brought everyone together as a whole. It’s really a beautiful thing that I feel like only music can do for such an audience.”

BIJOU DecadenceAZ 2017

BIJOU performing at the Diamond Atrium. Photo by Phil MacDonald

Thomas Turner of Relentless Beats
“When we announced Goldrush many were concerned overlapping fan bases might lead to an environment different than the one we have built in our electronic music scene. To witness it in fact be a cohesive event with many musical tastes coming together was such an amazing feeling. Arizona is really special place.”

Black Tiger Sex Machine
“It’s tough to single out a specific moment, so we are just going to choose our entire Midnight Terror Tour in 2017. We had the chance to play across all of North America in the span of a few weeks and it was our biggest tour yet. We always expect the smaller intimate shows to have a real unifying vibe, but we were so amazed to see these larger crowds coming together and enjoying themselves in such a positive way. And it wasn’t just one specific area. People all over are in tune with this idea of community and spreading positivity. It makes us really hopeful about the future, in spite of all the craziness that can happen in the world.

Music won’t hate. Music won’t judge. Music is here to stay. Music is our religion.”

While artists had the chance to reflect on the previous year, we spoke to festival attendants to ask the oft repeated New Year’s question: “what is your new years resolution?” While the festival’s name might betray a sense of extravagance, luxury, or self-indulgence, a fitting theme for an atmosphere of celebration, the reality is the responses were far humbler. In fact, festival owner Thomas Turner commented that Decadence was really about giving “our fans the most elaborate and immersive experience yet. Think of it as a ’Thank You’ for a great 2017 and a toast to an even bigger new year.” In other words, Decadence is less focused on self-indulgence and more of an unrestrained thank-you to the music community.

When festivalgoers were asked about their New Year’s resolutions, the responses resoundingly revolved around several key themes: self-improvement, self-love, helping those less fortunate, being more accepting, and being more environmentally conscious. When questioned, one festival attendant responded: “After 2017, I think we could all use a little more love.”

As thousands of people at Decadence danced, laughed, and celebrated the beginning of 2018 together, with a raucous celebration to end 2017, positivity was in the air; music enthusiasts radiated with a bright outlook entering the new year. Decadence Arizona 2017 was a magical weekend; take that magic that brings people together, share it with the world, and live and love relentlessly in 2018. Welcome to the future!

Editor’s Note: This was a collaborative article by Phil MacDonald and Victor Tranfield, with a special thank you to Caren West PR for assisting with artist relations.

DecadenceAZ 2017 Unicorns

Festivals: where magical things happen, like unicorns riding unicorns. Photo by Victor Tranfield

Decadence AZ 2017 Initial Lineup

Decadence Arizona 2017

Relentless Beats has announced phase one of their lineup for Decadence NYE, Arizona’s largest music festival – a two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona on December 30 and 31, 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival will include two main stages, with some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists, including: in the Diamond Atrium: Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Galantis; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); What So Not; Zedd and Zed’s Dead and in the Sapphire Ballroom: Big Wild; Destructo; Justice (dj set/AZ debut); Petit Biscuit; Tchami; Tokimonsta and ZHU, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

“This has been by far the biggest year in Relentless Beat’s history,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It is pretty remarkable that we get to cap it off with our biggest lineup of 2017- setting the bar for an even bigger year next year.”

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. Relentless Beats will be transforming Rawhide’s Frontier Hall into the Arizona’s biggest super-club for a decadent two nights. Guests are invited to indulge and live lavishly one last time, as they say good-bye to 2017 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year.

General Admission tickets go on-sale Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. for $149, plus fees for a 2-day pass. VIP passes, with separate VIP entrance, two (2) complimentary drink tickets, a catered spread, massive VIP deck with assorted seating, two preferred main stage viewing areas, passed hors d’oeuvres, New Year’s Eve champagne toast, commemorative lanyard, and VIP restrooms will be available. Table service will be available at both main stages. VIP Platinum options are also available. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. VIP is reserved for 21+. Decadence Arizona is an ages 18 and over event.

Decadence Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Okeechobee Music Festival 2017 Artist Preview

Okeechobee Music Festival 2016

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017 is just a week away, and if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you should do that before it’s too late! All ticket options are currently sold out, except for 4-day General Admission passes. And don’t forget to check the schedule, so you can plan your weekend. Building off of a stand-out inaugural year last year, Okeechobee Music Festival returns with a strong lineup of diverse artists spanning the spectrum of music. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight some of the artists we are excited to see, with an emphasis on some of the talented, but less mainstream artists.

PoWoW!
Let’s be clear here, you do not want to miss the PoWoW! If you’re not familiar, a PoWoW! is a gathering of artists that you normally wouldn’t see perform together, from different genres of music, coming together to put on one spectacular performance. This year’s PoWoW! will feature Michael McDonald (of both Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers), joined by R&B vocalist, GALLANT, DJ/producer/saxophonist Griz, Funk outfit Vulpeck, Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soullive), soul singer Antwaun Stanley, and members of Snarky Puppy.

Nightmares on Wax at Jungle 51
Nightmares on Wax, AKA George Evelyn, has been gracing the music scene since 1988. He’s been DJing and touring longer than many of the Okeechobee attendants have been alive. Nightmares on Wax will be playing a three-hour set from 9:30AM to 12:30AM on Sunday, at Jungle 51. Not only is Nightmares on Wax an incredible DJ, he will also be performing at, what is in my opinion, one of the best parts of Okeechobee. Jungle 51 is a stage deep in the palm jungles of Okeechobee. The stage is heavily focused on late-night House and Tech DJ sets, where DJs play until the sun comes up. If you’re the kind of person that likes to simultaneously slow things down, while also getting rowdy in the jungle, then make sure you make it to Jungle 51.

Whethan at Aquachobee Beach
Chicago native Ethan Snoreck, better known by his stage name, Whethan, will be performing from 3:45-4:45PM at Aquachobee Beach, for the thissongissick Beach Party. Whethan’s chilled out signature sound should be the perfect vibe for a daytime beach party at Aquachobee Beach.

The Golden Pony at Aquachobee Beach
This self-proclaimed curly male duo, consisting of Timothy Monkiewicz and Thomas Murphy, hails from Brooklyn. The duo credits a long list of artists that influence them, ranging from Jimi Hendrix, The Pixies, AC/DC, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and pretty much everything in between. Their list of influences is exhaustive, which can probably help to explain their dynamic sound that pulls its style from a variety of genres. The Golden Pony performs on Sunday from 2:00-3:00PM at Aquachobee.

The Knocks (Live) at Now
This duo hails from New York City, consisting of members Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson. These folks have been touring and producing for years, injecting their brand of Indie Dance, Nu Disco, and House into the music scene. They have been on fire lately, having just provided support for Justin Bieber on his Purpose Tour. They also just released a brand-new album titled TESTIFY. The unfortunate reality of music festivals is that people must make tough decisions about which artists they want to see, due to the inevitability of overlapping set times. If you take our advice on The Golden Pony, you’ll have to decide what to about The Knocks. The Knocks play Sunday from 2:30-3:30PM at the Now Stage, which overlaps with The Golden Pony’s 2:00-3:00PM set. Why not catch a little of both?

Louis the Child at Now
Another duo on our list, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett hail from Chicago. These two have been making quite a splash in the music world recently. They just released their Holy Ship! 2017 Live Mix, where they performed back-to-back with Big Gigantic, Slander, Ghastly, Jai Wolf, and Manila Killa. Their newest single, Phone Died, releases the first day of Okeechobee—March 2nd. The rest of the EP comes out later in March. They list some of their influences as Flume, Mr. Carmack, Mat Zo, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, and Jai Wolf. Louis the Child will be performing Friday from 5:15-6:15PM at the Now Stage.

While Dancebreak focuses more on electronic dance music, we love music in general! This is why Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is one of our favorite events—there’s a healthy balance of music diversity. It’s an excellent festival for music discovery, so go out there and discover! Use Okeechobee as an opportunity to check out new and unfamiliar artists. You won’t be disappointed.

Sunset Music Festival 2016: Artist Preview

Sunset Music Festival is just around the corner (make sure to get your tickets!) and with that in mind, we wanted to let our readers know of artists that we’re excited to see. This year’s lineup is pretty star-studded with the likes of The Chainsmokers, Jack U, Galantis, Hardwell, and other big names. However, we like to shed light on some of the lesser known artists that are busy making fresh waves in the ocean of music. If you don’t already know about these artists, make sure to keep an eye out for them as their following only gets larger.

Team EZY

LA-based Team EZY AKA Drew Gold spent the last five years touring with Skrillex in various management roles. His debut single (Pretty Bye Bye) released earlier this year was a collaboration with Skrillex. Now he’s starting his own artist venture and Sunset Music Festival is one of his first stops. His music style ranges from chill and liquid to hard and raw. The influence from Skrillex and OWSLA on his music style is evident, yet he still brings his own special touch that brings his bass music to life.

Lost Kings

This duo consisting of Robert Gainley and Dr. No have been blazing their trail through the dance music scene over the last year, most recently inking a deal with Spinnin’. These make some really fun music and seem like they really know how to have a good time on stage.

Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf has been making moves in the dance world lately, having done official work for Alesso, Dirty South, ODESZA, and more. His style brings in hip-hop, pop, and bass elements, resulting in some smooth and euphoric tunes that fill the room and capture the moment. His remixes of Miss U, Heroes, and Say My Name are all great examples of his ability to take a popular song and put his unique feel-good spin on it.

Vanic

British Columbia native Vanic AKA Jesse Hughes has been absolutely crushing the bass music scene. With a wide selection of originals and remixes, his style is a nice balance of rowdy and euphoric. Vanic knows how to bring the party atmosphere, so definitely check out his set at SMF!

Louis the Child

This duo hailing from Chicago says their goal is to make music that makes people happy. With releases on Skrillex’s label OWSLA, the two have enjoyed widespread critical acclaim with their single “It’s Strange” having been featured on popular radio shows like BBC and Triple J. The two set the atmosphere with their chill bass beats.

Bonus: Claude VonStroke

Ok, so Claude VonStroke is not up-and-coming by any means, but he really needed his own little shout-out. He has been a dominate force in the house music scene for over ten years. This is one of those artists that knows how to produce, but if you ask me, he really shines while on the decks. His technical skills when it comes to DJing will leave you floored. His set will undoubtedly get the feet moving!