5 Dance Acts You Must See At Coachella
As always, Coachella's lineup is absolutely amazing. However, it can be difficult choosing which acts to watch due to the endless time conflicts at the festival. Don't fear: We're here to provide you with five acts that you cannot miss at Coachella.
Gareth “Gaz” Emery had a relatively quiet year in 2013 in terms of releasing new music, but he recently revealed that he just completed a brand new artist album. In fact, the first single, “U” featuring vocalist Bo Bruce, is already available for pre-order ahead of its February 4th release. You can expect to hear the single along with more brand new material in his Coachella performance, making his stellar blend of the trance and progressive with a dose of hard hitting electro bangers extra special. Emery has perfected his craft—a reason for which he has been a long-standing power player in dance music—and he is a producer you can’t miss under the Indio desert skies.
Chromeo are a Canadian export who deliver an electro-funk sound that harks back to a previous era. Their fourth album White Women is in the works, and from what we’ve heard so far with the singles “Come Alive” featuring Toro y Moi, “Sexy Socialite,” and “Over Your Shoulder,” this is a true feel-good dance record. Call me crazy, but in this writer’s opinion, they’re doing funk better than Daft Punk’s attempt with last year’s Random Access Memories. This might just be the most fun you have at Coachella; don’t forget your dancing shoes!
A true standout in the world of deep house, Maceo Plex leads through innovation. He manages to create a sound that is as dark as it is uplifting and puts together sets that a track list cannot adequately describe; they are a journey into underground dance music. He may not play one of the larger stages at Coachella, but we encourage to step away for a couple hours and let yourself be transported by this exceptional talent. He will likely be playing in the Yuma Tent, which is Coachella’s version of an underground club.
Skrillex’s early success polarized many, as some people loved his harsh, bass-heavy sound, while others found it to be lacking in depth. If you fall into the latter camp, we encourage you to give Skrillex another chance. He has greatly evolved as an artist since the time of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” Skrillex has diversified both his productions and his sets to encompass many genres. His innovative side projects include Dog Blood with Boys Noize and Jack U with Diplo. Skrillex’s energy and enthusiasm for music radiates throughout the audience in his performances, which is reason enough to make him a must-see act.
When their debut album Settle was released last summer, Disclosure took the world of electronic music by storm. Their popularity proved that big drops and catchy synth melodies are not the only sound that today’s dance music fans can “Latch” on to. Often performing with live elements, their music is filled with warmth and emotion, leading audiences into a euphoric vibe. This may be their second year at Coachella, but we’re pretty sure that round 2 will be even better than the first!