Coachella 2012: Five Must-See, Under-the-Radar EDM Artists
We've simplified things for you, though, with this handy list of the five dance music producers and DJs you need to see. Schedule your weekend accordingly.
Datsik has been getting solid buzz in the dubstep scene for a couple years now. The Canadian producer, who has collaborated with artists like Diplo and 12th Planet, is poised to breakthrough in a big way this year. He just released his debut album, Vitamin D, on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records. His sound is heavy, filled with epic drops, but still nuanced. Try to listen for the tiny melodies as you dance to Datsik's bass explosion.
Datsik is scheduled for Friday, April 13 and Friday, April 20.
4. Jacques Lu Cont
Jacques Lu Cont is Stuart Price, a man of many aliases (Les Rythmes Digitales and Thin White Duke to name a couple). He worked closely with Madonna, particularly during the Confessions on a Dance Floor era, and has remixed everyone from hip indie bands to major pop artists. With a sound rooted in '80s synthpop and '90s French house, Price creates some of the most sophisticated and fun party sounds you'll hear.
Jacques Lu Cont is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21.
Borgore produces some of the weirdest, coolest remixes you'll ever hear. Check out his bootleg of the Gorillaz song "Clint Eastwood" — the beat changes so many times that it's hard to keep up with it. His creepy mix of Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead" is a winner too. Needless to say, his own tracks are nuts. The Tel Aviv-based producer sometimes replaces typical dubstep rhythms with death metal beats. This will be one wild set; prepare to sweat.
Borgore is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21.
Ben De Biel
Modeselektor has played Coachella before, but it's imperative that you check them out now. The German duo, who collaborated with Radiohead's Thom Yorke multiple times, have long been darlings of the underground. But the U.S. EDM fans' current fascination with dubstep and other bass-heavy styles makes them all the more relevant today. Will 2012 be the year Modeselektor finally gets the Stateside acclaim they deserve? We hope so.
Modeselektor is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22.
1. Beats Antique
If the idea of squeezing into an overfull show is about as appealing as the smell of body odor, chill out and check out Beats Antique. The Oakland-based group has live drums, violin and even a belly dancer. This trio's bass-heavy fusion of electronic dance music and, frequently, Middle Eastern sounds has earned them a rabid cult following, which only increased after they toured with Bassnectar.
Beats Antique is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22.
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