10 Artists to Watch at Electric Zoo
Top 10 DJs at Electric Zoo
Since it’s inception in 2009, Electric Zoo has become a staple of New York City live music events. Held over Labor Day Weekend on Randall’s Island, NY, this festival brings together both the biggest and up-and-coming DJs and producers in the EDM scene. This year the festival will fall on 8/30 – 9/1, and includes two main stages and five stages total. An epic event for an epic musical genre. Read on to find out who SeatGeek’s must-see acts are for this year’s gathering. Also, click here to see the festival’s full lineup and schedule, plus tickets!
Since this Los Angeles-based DJ began producing music in 2002, he’s worked with the likes of M.I.A., Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Usher. You probably heard his music for the first time with the hit “Pon de Floor,” a song he created under his other project titled Major Lazer. Diplo’s music is a blend of Jamaican dancehall, trap, electro, reggae and house, and he’ll be performing on Sunday, September 1, at Main Stage East.
Video for Major Lazer “Pon de Floor”
We shined the spotlight on Big Gigantic earlier this month, and with good reason. This duo from Chicago blends jazz sounds with electronic beats through their use of saxophones and synthesizers. In a nutshell. So far in their four-year tenure they have opened up for artists like Pretty Lights and STS9, plus have had slots at big name festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. You can see them performing at the Hilltop Arena on Friday, August 30.
Video for Big Gigantic “I Need a Dollar (remix)”
When you were 24, did you create a song so successful that it spawned millions of YouTube parody videos and hit the top 10 in 10 different countries? Me neither. But Baauer, the 24-year-old trap/electro music producer, has. “Harlem Shake” took the world by storm earlier this year, and the Philly native shows no signs of slowing down. Having produced remixes for Nero, Prodigy and Flosstradamus, you can see this Billboard Music Award winner perform on Friday, August 30, at the Hilltop Arena.
Video for Baaur Remix – “Roll Up” (by Flosstradamus)
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As if a Pulp Fiction-inspired band name wasn’t cool enough already, this trio of DJs manage to combine elements of electronic, Spanish and swing-style music to create unique and danceable sound. And they’re Australian. Their track “We No Speak Americano” was a huge success in 2010, earning them two ARIA Music Award nominations for “Best Dance Release” and “Most Popular Australian Single.” See what else this eclectic sounding group has to offer when they hit the Riverside Stage Sunday, September 1.
Video for Yolanda Be Cool – “We No Speak Americano”
Hailing from Portoroz, Slovenia, Gramatik has been making beats since he was just 13 years old. By the time he arrived in the U.S., he had already garnered an international following and was signed with Pretty Lights Music, a label which gives away all of their music for free. Gramatik has been giving his music away online since he began his career, with the philosophy “freeing music by making music free.” Get your money’s worth by seeing this prolific artist at the Hilltop Arena on Friday, August 30.
Video for Gramatik – “So Much Love”
Another Pretty Lights Music group, Break Science pulls influence from artists as far-ranging as Herbie Hancock to Flying Lotus, Sly and Robbie to labelmate Gramatik. On their Facebook page the two members describe their music as, “Kick ass electronic bass music mixed with golden era hip hop and some Trap Step,” and their diverse style is reflected on their latest single, “Who Got It,” featuring Redman. Head over to Main Stage East on Saturday, August 31, to hear them for yourself.
Break Science Video for “Victory”
Founder of Dim Mak records, Steve Aoki is no stranger to the electro music scene. The Miami, FL, native has been producing music since the late ’90s, remixing tunes from Jackson 5, Drake, Kanye West and even the All American Rejects. His own sound is often categorized as indie dance and “moombahton” – a blend of house and reggae. Besides music, Aoki is also quite the business man: he co-owns DECKSTAR management company, has his own magazine, and is developing a website which allows college students to buy, sell and share textbooks. This entrepreneurial dubstep enthusiast is headlining Main Stage East on Sunday, September 1.
Video for Steve Aoki ft. Polina – “Come With Me (Deadmeat)”
If you’re going to Electric Zoo and don’t know who Skream is, then you probably should. The 27-year-old producer is often considered one of the founding father’s of dubstep, taking the dark, UK garage influences of the genre and giving it a more melodic and accessible sound. One of his most commercially successful tracks came in 2010 with a remix of La Roux’s “In for the Kill,” which you may have heard if you ever watched the show Entourage. Lately, however, he’s been veering away from dubstep in an effort to have a more varied live performance. A live performance which you can catch on Friday, August 30, at Riverside Stage.
Video for Skream – “Simple City”
Known for his visionary live performances and over-the-top light shows, Bassnectar is one part DJ, one part showman. His early musical influences include rock and metal bands like Metallica and Megadeth, genres which are often reflected in his gritty and driving songs. The producer has also coordinated several regional events called “Bass Centers”: large scale musical performances, complete with opening acts, collaborations and circus-style performances. Come see what all the fuss is about at Main Stage East on Saturday, August 31.
Video for Bassnectar – “Bass Head”
Although he began producing dubstep music in 2008, it seems the last two years have been the most commercially successful for UK-born producer Flux Pavilion. In 2012, the 24-year-old DJ had his hit track, “I Can’t Stop,” featured in a video game, the viral Kony 2012 campaign, and helped get him a nom for BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Earlier this year, it was included on the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. His latest release, Blow the Roof, came out in January of this year, and features yet another video game soundtrack song, plus a collaboration with Childish Gambino. He’ll be performing at Main Stage West on Friday, August 30.