10 Dance Music Artists to Watch in 2016 Inspired by SXSW
Since South By Southwest was founded in 1987, the interactive media, film and music festivals and conferences get bigger with every year, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitolists, artists, visionaries and music professionals from around the globe. In the last few years, in particular, the event has seen a rapid expansion in its electronic dance music showcases and programming.
For rising artists, a SXSW showcase is like a of passage, and in some cases - for new artists - a coveted performance slot could be the spark of a big break. For those that want to keep a pulse on this telling event, we're sharing 10 electronic music artists to watch who are performing at SXSW in Austin this week.
Bio (from Facebook): WAVEDASH is three kids from Austin, TX who are making heavy bass music at the caliber of artists twice their age. The group is made up of members Gavin Bendt (17), Luke Shippey (18), and Michael Stone (18). With multiple premieres on Nest HQ, and a release on OWSLA’s 2016 Winter Compilation, this group of young teens have a bright future ahead of them. Taking influence from artists such as Skrillex, Zomboy, and Porter Robinson, WAVEDASH has only begun to make their mark on the music industry.
Joshua Brennan aka Oshi is a 17-year-old producer based in London and the youngest to ever to perform on the iconic Boiler Room series. His recent track of Kali Uchis' "Ridin Round ft. Tory Lanez" has garnered over 3.75 million plays, and the young producer has received attention and support from such artists as Halsey and even Lorde.
Bio (from Soundcloud): Electronic music like a journey without destination : here is the concept of the young French producer Fakear. Drawing his inspiration from world music and labels like Future Classic or Ninja Tune, he blends genres together within a clear and powerful music to create his unique stamp. During lives he gives all he has, forgets our space to build a new one, and vigorously takes the entire audience with him. After some prestigious gigs as support of Wax Tailor or Flume and in reknown festival such as Transmusicales, Dour or Les Vieilles Charrues, he can be found everywhere this year, throughout France and beyond...
Bio (from Soundcloud): Wolf-e-Wolf, also known as Nick Wolfe, is a bass-music producer from Austin Texas. Wolfe found his musical roots in genres like southern hip-hop, metal, and classical music. He has taken various elements of these styles and used them as inspiration for his current productions, which encompass many different bass driven niches. His distinguished sound is highlighted with elements of retro gaming, arpeggiated riffs, and dark jungle vibes. Wolf-e-Wolf started his musical journey at the age of 15. He kicked off his DJing career in 2007, and it wasn't long before he began producing and performing full time. His energetic sets and unique style of mixing quickly caught attention all over the south, especially with the release of his acclaimed remix of Ronald Jenkees' classic track 'Stay Crunchy.' Wolf-e-Wolf has performed twice at one of the south's most notable music festivals, Wakarusa, and has shared the stage with major acts such as Skrillex, Bassnectar, Baauer, and Crizzly. Wolf has releases on both Gravitas Recordings and MalLabel Music. His tracks have received support from big names like Borgore, Reid Speed, and Bassnectar. 2016 has lots in store for this up and coming producer.
Henrik the Artist
This breath of fresh air from Oslo, Norway is producing his way into people's hearts one song at a time. Inviting every fan to be an actual friend, Henrik's perspective on music and art is refreshingly charming and lovable. Experimenting with tropical, bass and pop sounds of the 90s and 00s, Henrik is as much a poet as he is a producer.
Bio (from Resident Advisor interview): I started DJing when I was about 11 thanks to the support of my family and newfound peers at the time. Before then I had been listening to a weekly techno and industrial radio show called the Mechanical Pulse and had eventually begun going over to the station to watch Steve Lammers, AKA DJ Horsepower, mix records and bring in guest DJs from all over. That's about where and when I segued to going to parties at The Bingo Hall and, soon after, Detroit and Chicago. Saw a lot of great DJs, met a lot of people who still mean the world to me today. Then in the fall of '98, I moved to Texas and got really depressed. I was also 15 at the time haha, but in retrospect it was great being able to mutate on my own terms having been displaced from the music scene in the Midwest. Since then I've just been collecting records and gear as much as possible.
Made up of Parissa Tosif and David Ansari, Vallis Alps is an electronic duo hailing from Canberra/Seattle. A featured artist on triple j Unearthed, AIR and FBi Radio, the duo has snagged a spotlight with their unique sound that melds melodic downtempo production with trap beats, 80s synths and airy vocals. Their self-titled debut EP released last year at #1 on Hype Machine.
The LA-based production "algorithm" known as Gitchii is composed of two graduate students from Stanford University. After making their official debut with the relese of "Raxxx" on Dim Mak's New Noise imprint, the duo released their first EP Buss a Shot in October of 2015. Combining experimental percussion with trap, bass and dancehall, Gitchii has found a fresh sound that is both hard-driving and head-turning.
Bio (from Facebook): From Austin, Texas, Bronze Whale is an indie-electronic duo comprised of Aaron Jaques and Benny Alley. Starting in late 2011, Bronze Whale have made their mark on electronic music through a consistent delivery of emotion wrenching, articulate originals, remixes, and collaborations, which have driven them to chart topping successes. Bronze Whale's love and knowledge of all things music have allowed them to create songs which unapologetically bridge genres. Delivering tracks which take the best pieces of indie, dance, dubstep, trap, and drum and bass, the end result is a sound which refuses to be categorized, and finds a home in the hearts of music lovers of all backgrounds.
Bio (from website): Los Angeles native Edrina K. Martinez is Astronautica, one of Alpha Pup Records’ newest artists. Bringing a unique style of lush electronica and a playful sense of exploration to the label, the young producer is a fresh face to the thriving local beat scene. Learning to play guitar by ear at an early age, Astronautica soon began mixing her own samples and beats. Quickly becoming addicted to the burgeoning beat sounds of the West Coast, Astronautica is now a full-fledged member of the movement. Her debut release on Alpha Pup Records is the dreamy LP Replay Last Night, a soothing instrumental album that glows warmly with intricate beats and a soulful sensibility.
I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.