20 First-Time Acts You Must See At EDC Las Vegas 2014
Electric Daisy Carnival, regarded as one of the largest and most respected music festivals in the world, makes its return to Las Vegas on June 20-22. This year’s massive lineup features some of the biggest names in dance music, including Hardwell, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, and Dillon Francis.
As Insomniac stays on the cutting edge of dance music, they have announced many first-time artists on the EDC Las Vegas lineup. While we know you’ll want to see some of the big names who have played at EDC Las Vegas in the past, make sure you explore the festival. You might find something new you like. Below we have complied a list of the newcomers that you need to see.
In just a few short years, 3LAU has taken the electronic dance music scene by storm. From mashups, to remixes, and original tracks, 3LAU has had huge success while dominating Beatport and Hype Machine charts. You’ll want to catch his set for a fun, high-energy party full of pure excitement.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Since the breakup of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have joined forces as an official production duo. While Ingrosso just confirmed that they are finishing up their first artist album together, Axwell /\ Ingrosso will be one of the most highly anticipated live sets at EDC. You can expect to hear a lot of brand-new material along with Swedish House Mafia classics. For now, check out their latest release “We Came, We Rave, We Love."
Dutch duo Blasterjaxx have completely blown up with their electro-house and big room style. They have produced a countless amount of bangers that have smashed festival sets all over the world. In 2013, the duo made their debut in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s List ranked at number 71. With support from Hardwell, Tiesto, Laidback Luke, and more, Blasterjaxx have built quite a resume. Listen to their Ultra Music Festival set for a taste of what's to come.
Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo, have definitely come a long way. With four albums under their belt and a number of hit singles, Chromeo has proven to be at the forefront of funk music. Chromeo isn’t your typical DJ set either. They are a live show with vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, and even a talk box. Make sure you catch Chromeo for a funktastic live show.
If you haven’t heard “Turn Down For What,” then you must be living under a rock. Parisian DJ Snake has one of the most popular songs in dance music right now. The record has gone double platinum and still ranks number one on Billboard’s Dance Music Charts. DJ Snake knows how to throw down a sick DJ set as well. Blending together big room, electro, trap, and hip-hop, you can expect a diverse bass-heavy set. Have a listen to his latest hit with Dillon Francis titled "Get Low."
In just two years, Los Angeles native Deorro has become one of the most in demand producers in dance music. His signature style of producing is in a world of its own and has helped him build a massive and loyal fan base. With an impressive catalog of original productions and collaborations with Steve Aoki, Axwell, Krewella, Carnage, Diplo, and R3hab, it seems that everyone wants to work with Deorro. You can expect a high energy live set filled with signature Deorro drops that make festival crowds going absolutely nuts. Make sure you see him at EDC, because he plans to quit DJing after 2014.
Destroid is a full-on live bass music band led by Canadian producer Excision, featuring Downlink and former Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka. Destroid’s live show is executed with midi guitars and drums in a way that bass music has never been done before. Fans of dubstep absolutely need to experience this audio-visual live show. Destroid is bringing a new meaning to bass in your face.
After the release of “Tsunami” on Sander Van Doorn’s label Doorn Records, DVBBS completely blew up. Since 2013, they’ve performed with Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, and Adventure Club. After collaborations with Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Sander Van Doorn, these guys have become one of big room house's 2014 stars. You can expect their set to be filled with big room bangers and a rowdy crowd, so come prepared to dance.
Fans of heavy electro house bangers are not going to want to miss out on catching Holland based duo Firebeatz. From working with Martin Garrix to Sander Van Doorn, the duo has produced some huge electro house originals. When it comes to festival sets, their music fits the bill perfectly. You will be blown away by the sounds of their fat electro drops.
With a battle cry of “Death To Genres,” you can expect to hear just about anything from Miami-based duo GTA. With a catalogue of original and remixed productions ranging from trap, electro, moombahton, hip-hop, and big room, GTA is guaranteed to have the dance floor shaking. This is definitely one of the go-to sets if you want to get your twerk on. Check out their Ultra Music Festial set to see what you're in for.
With breakout singles “Encore,” “Jump!,” and “Hot Steppa,” Henry Fong has made a name for himself in the dance music scene. His bouncy electro-house style has become a total fan favorite and from originals and remixes, Henry Fong does not disappoint. Make sure you have your shuffle shoes on because he will have your feet putting in work.
Fans of trap music need to look no further. Los Angeles duo LOUDPVCK will be bringing EDC a dirty trap set from start to finish. From bass-heavy original productions to festival trap remixes, LOUDPVCK is guaranteed to have you wylin’ out.
At 18-years-old, the controversial Martin Garrix is one of the youngest and fastest rising stars in dance music. “Animals” has took over dance music by storm, reaching number 1 in several countries worldwide. Recently, he has worked with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Firebeatz, Sander van Doorn, and DVBBS. After monster debuts at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival, Martin Garrix is primed for a big EDC Las Vegas.
New World Punx
Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten are both heavyweights in the trance music scene in their own right. Their shared love of trance led to them joining forces as New World Punx. Combining both of their styles into one, fans are in for a set of pure trance mayhem. Their set at EDC New York was one for the books.
Ookay b2b Kennedy Jones
Individually, Ookay and Kennedy Jones have each exploded into the dance music scene. Within the past 2 years, they have gained recognition for producing trap, electro-house, and big room hits. Performing together, you can expect a diverse set full of bass-fueled tracks with more energy than you can imagine.
Los Angeles producer Party Favor is taking trap and bass music to a whole new level. With festival trap remixes of producers like Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, and Showtek, along with millions of plays on Soundcloud, Party Favor knows exactly what the people want. If you’re in the mood for some twerking then you’ve got to be there for his EDC set. To celebrate his debut performance, he has released a new edit to Carnage's "Kat!e."
Pegboard Nerds, one of the most popular artists on Monstercat, have been able to produce music in any genre. They’ve dabbled in dubstep, electro-house, glitch hop, and hardstyle. Fans looking for a diverse set of bass-heavy beats and dirty electro drops will be in heaven when the Pegboard Nerds take the stage. Their single, "Hero," gained mainstream attention when it was featured in the viral Superman with a GoPro video.
With a background in hip-hop and bass music, Protohype has created a signature sound of his own. With a massive collection of music ranging from heavy dubstep, to trap and twerk, Protohype has become a well-respected producer. 12th Planet, Datsik, The Frim, and Dirtyphonics are just a few of the names Protohype has worked with. There’s no doubt Protohype will absolutely dominate all bass heads with an epic EDC performance. Check out his latest remix to Lucky Date's "Freak."
Tchami is one of the biggest up-and-comers of 2014. The Parisian producer and DJ has kept a relatively low profile, but his tracks have blown up. The deep house sounds and his catchy riffs will have you dancing like crazy. His first big song came as a remix last year of Janet Jackson's "Go Deep," followed by his remix of AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It." Tchami has also made incredible guest mixes for THUMP and Pete Tong, both of which show off his unique sound. Tchami is definitely a can't miss set at EDC Vegas.
What So Not
What So Not has made huge waves in dance music during 2014. Skrillex has been pushing What So Not—consisting of Emoh Instead and Flume—throughout the year. In fact, What So Not and Skrillex played a B2B set at OWSLA's Good Times event during Miami Music Week. Their songs have been influential in pioneering a quickly growing future bass sound. They are one of the EDC acts attracting the most buzz, and they won't let the Las Vegas crowd down.
Honorable Mentions: Andrew Rayel, Julio Bashmore, and Maya Jane Coles
Cover photo credit: Jordan Shiraki