With Electric Zoo just around the corner this Labor Day weekend, we figured it would only be right to give you guys a go-to guide on who to see, when and where. From the combination of Skrillex & Diplo as Jack U to the funky vibes of Kill Paris or the 20 year old French phenom Madeon, theres no shortage of acts that you can’t bear to miss at EZOO6.
Jack U | See also: Alvin Risk
While the name may not immediately jump out at you as the most recognizable on the bill, you may know the artists Skrillex and Diplo individually and this makes Jack U my personal choice for MUST SEE SET of the festival. The two producers throw down some of the most varied sets all centered around making an absolute racket and getting the entire crowd moving. Their set at Ultra Music Festival was an instant classic and Diplo just recently disclosed an official mixtape that he and Skrillex are going to release in an AMA. If this is your style, check out Alvin Risk on the Main Stage Sunday afternoon for his damn near schizophrenic production style and head banging bass music to keep the energy up.
Gessaffelstein | See also: Sunday School Tent, Oliver Heldens
For those looking for something entirely darker, be sure to check out Gessaffelstein and his set at the Beatport Riverside Stage. The man has worked with legends like Kanye West and is obsessional over his product to the same extent. Described by some as straight up “dance-metal”, think Nine Inch Nails meets the dance floor for an industrial sound that you can lose yourself in. It will be dark and sweaty and a perfect break from all the euphoria and switch up the flavor a little bit. You can find similar sounds in the Sunday School Tent all weekend and also be sure to check out Oliver Heldens for a new spin on the deeper side of dance music.
Kill The Noise | See also: Zeds Dead, Datsik, Destroid
If dubs and wubs are your thing and you just want a face full of bass, I can’t think of anyone better than Kill The Noise. The Rochester, NY product has put out releases across all of the top labels and has some of the most intense sound design you can ever encounter and he’s done songs with everyone from KORN & Skrillex to Wiz Khalifa and Dillon Francis.
Clockwork | See also: Zedd, Knife Party, The Chainsmokers, Showtek
The producer Henry Steinway is one of the best kept secrets in dance music as far as production is concerned. The man behind both RL Grime and Clockwork, he makes some of the most refreshing music by always looking to progress new sounds and combine others to always leave you with something distinctly his own. Songs like his track Surge with Wynter Gordon could be mainstream Top 40 material in my opinion and still prove that there’s still good dance music out there.
The future of electronic music is bright for a while to come with artists like Madeon around. Only 20 years old and a superstar since the age of 16, his music brings strong songwriting, a danceable French house influence from the likes of Daft Punk and an immediately recognizable voice as his. The song Icarus above was his first real breakout original single and is his taste distilled into one track. His closing set at the Hilltop Arena on Saturday night is going to be one for the books so make sure you get there!
Mat Zo | See also: Audien, Wolfgang Gartner
All 188 artists on the Electric Zoo bill have their own journeys that will lead them to Randall’s Island this Labor Day weekend. Some are lifetime DJs that have cut their teeth in clubs for years to spin this, others bedroom producers turned superstars; Mat Zo is of the latter breed. A self-described producer who moonlights as a DJ, his sets incorporate his brilliant production with a hand-curated selection of the top tracks from around the dance music world. His debut album Damage Control was met with critical acclaim almost across the board and stays drastically away from all this “EDM” stuff.
Seven Lions | See also: BT, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk
There’s a certain part of me that loves straight up euphoric music and no one really does it better than Seven Lions. Taking the rhythms of dubstep and substituting in powerful melodies and adding the perfect amount of wobbles, Seven Lions is a must-see performer, who will be performing at the Hilltop Arena on Sunday!
Kill Paris | See also: GRiZ
Weeee want the funk. Kill Paris is a producer who started his journey as an Ableton Live trainer on YouTube before catching the attention of Skrillex and his OWSLA label with his perfect blend of old school soul sounds and big fat basses. His live show is one of the most versatile in dance music as he plays almost entirely live by triggering samples from his songs and playing instruments like a keytar. If this is your jam, you can NOT miss GRiZ performing this weekend.
What So Not | See also: LOUDPVCK, Milo & Otis, Brillz
What So Not is the combination of Australian producer/DJs Flume and Emoh Instead. Individually successful in their own rights, the two of them make some of the most refreshing music out right now. Their tracks Touched and Jaguar are complete classics to me and their collaboration with RL Grime called Tell Me is an absolute festival hit this summer. Head over to the Beatport Riverside Stage on Sunday afternoon to get turnt up early!
Dirtyphonics | See also:, Zomboy, Sub Focus
If you’re into the more rapid fire stylings of drum and bass, make sure you catch Dirtyphonics set. After seeing these two crush it at Mysteryland USA, I can’t wait to see what have for Electric Zoo at the Hilltop Arena before Zomboy and Sub Focus come on and crush it.
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