We've had a couple of days to absorb EDC's massive 2013 lineup, and here are a few of our early picks for who will rule the Speedway in June.
Jorge Labrador, Nightlife Contributor
Mt Eden: These YouTube darlings feel just at home playing for a live audience as they do for 100 million viewers online. Gotta love their crazy drum breakdowns and drops on drops on drops, which are sure to be crowd-pleasers. We'll also hopefully be getting a feel for the duo's upcoming album.
Dog Blood: The Boys Noise/Skrillex “supergroup” will be great, just to see the look on people’s faces when they realize Skrillex will be present after all.
Rusko: You often hear "video game music" as a mock label when people dismiss electronic music, but it's hard not to think of that with Rusko's chiptune-esque track tweaks and distortions ... in a good way. And that's only a small bit of his catalog, as the Brit dubstep producer has a diverse set of tricks up his sleeve.
Annie Zaleski, Music Writer
Jacques Lu Cont: The erstwhile Londoner might be known for his production and remix work for luminaries such as Madonna and The Killers. But the music he’s made under the JLC moniker (or using the aliases Zoot Woman and Les Rythmes Digitales, or even his real name, Stuart Price) is a sleek hybrid of ’80s synth-pop, digital funk and modern electro that’s calibrated for maximum danceability.
Dillon Francis: This LA native and Diplo pal earned quite a bit of notoriety for remixing both Passion Pit and Justin Timberlake this year. His own music is a fascinating work in progress, however: In a few short years, the 25-year-old has cobbled together a disorienting style incorporating Moombahton, fractured Eurohouse and tornadic dubstep drops.
Altern8: As an early ’90s contemporary of industrial-electro raver faves such as the Prodigy and Meat Beat Manifesto, Altern8 were inspired by both Detroit techno and Chicago house. Once a duo, the British group now consists solely of Mark Archer. However, this rare live appearance is not to be missed—for both o.g. ravers and young nostalgists alike.
Michael Uriarte, Strategic Partnership Manager (and DJ)
Sander van Doorn: Seeing his transition from trance to all forms of electronic dance music has been incredible. His ability to create beautiful melodic tracks and then flip to make a banger like "Joyenergizer" shows you that this world has no limitations.
Flosstradamus: Following these dudes on Instagram, their shows all over the world look insane, and I can’t wait to be a part of one. Dropping their tracks or remixes in a set is always one of our favorites.
Porter Robinson: This kid brings more energy and chest-throbbing drops to each and every set. He's a must see, period.
Dillon Francis: We have been falling in love with his world of music more and more each day. The Moombahton style is something you need to see live to understand its power.