It's about to be that time of year again... Where strange things start happening and the freaks come out at night. In Ozark, Arkansas - the time for Wakarusa is approaching steadily, and with every day that passes, the anticipation rises. Wakarusa (a Native American word for a river that is about "ass deep"), is a four day festival that has one of the most diverse lineups out there.
It's returning to it's home on Mulberry Mountain next month (June 5-8th, 2014). While the rock & folk acts are nothing to frown at (String Cheese Incident, Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros +++!), here at Magnetic we are of course most excited about the EDM talent taking the stage.
We break it all down for you here, and included our 'don't miss top 10'.
This Bay Area producer is most famously known for his insane stage production, light shows & non-profit work. Bassnectar has long established himself as one of the most highly sought after live performances to experience in EDM Culture. His Glitch-Dub-Bass-Trap-Break sounds will have the beatfreaks moving and mesmerized all night long.
2. Infected Mushroom
Isreali duo, Infected Mushroom has been defying the laws of psychedelic sounds since the late 90's. With their limitless sounds reaching from rocktronica all the way to the depths of pure psytrance, combined with their impressive resume- Infected Mushroom is an act surely to make anyone 'become insane.'
3. Claude VonStroke
Raise your hands up for Wakarusa! Let's give it up up for legendary Techno & House producer, label owner and musical genius- Claude VonStroke. With his roots established in the famous birthplace of America's Techno/House scenes, Claude has not only exceeded expectations of house music, he has raised the bar & ultimately redefined it.
4. Alvin Risk
This multifaceted artist made his debut into EDM CUlture back in 2003, and has long since established himself as one of the greatest live acts around. Singer, songwriter, producer and remixer extraordinaire- Alvin Risk (AKA Telemetrik) has conquored sounds rooted in Moombahton, Electro House, Dubstep, and Drum & Bass.
5. Fractal Sky
Forget about everything you might think you understand about Electronic Music production, because we need to explain Fractal SKy. Influenced heavily by nature, fractal art, colors, lights and universal emotion; with his foot heavily planted into classical and jazz music production- Arkansas native, Aaron Spence is your go-to dude for HipHop/Funk/Soul this festival season. To miss him would be doing yourself a huge disservice.
Let's get a little progressive- Justin Blau (Stage name 3LAU) is a Vegas native with an ear for top-shelf sounds. 3LAU has an impressive self-taught piano, guitar & drum background, making his affinity for unique productions a no brainer. Fresh to the scene, 3LAU has been causing a stir since his 2011 release of Girls Who Save the World. Bonus Points: He's a Non-Profit Junkie!
Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) is an Atlana born crew, perfecting beats for the last fifteen years. Combining illustrious instrumentals, elements of classic rock, heavier EDM components & authentic Atlanta Hip-Hop and Jazz, STS9 is not an act soon forgotten. Their music is a genre-loaded ride, an experience to remember.
8. Robert DeLong
Ladies, here is a man with a keyboard. Yes, It's okay to melt now. Say hello to Robert DeLong, Washington's indie-gone-moombahton prodigy. Raised among drums & live bands, DeLong took his childhood to the next level with an education in music. (Smart and talented? Sign me up.) Today, his experiences have led him to busting out Moombahton-House sounds influenced by Rock, Electronica & Drums, and you don't want to miss it.
He hasn't got a clue what's going on... But we might. Destroying the scene since his Sub-Soldier inception in 2006, Rusko has been one of the single most notable names responsible for the rise of Dubstep. No filter, no rules, no boundaries. Rusko has the uncanny ability to send your mind into oblivion, ignite your darkest elements, and drag you through a beautiful nightmare. Now Wake the Fuck Up.
10. Adventure Club
Remember when every girl in North America had the same "I walk into the room dripping in Gold" facebook status? Right. Well, this Canadian Dub-Duo is the responsible party for the phenomena, taking the original Flight Facilities track and transforming it into something universally astounding. Their evolution since the famously remixed Crave You has been equally astounding to watch. Sold out shows, hugely creative sound elements & award worthy releases are just a few honorable mentions for these two. Well Done, Canada.
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Don't forget to check out the entire list of EDM artists --
Moon Taxi, DJ Snake, Lettuce, EOTO, Cherub, The Floozies, Boombox, Minnesota, Herobust, The Knocks, Poolside, Ill Gates, OTT, Gigamesh, Phutureprimitive, Wick It The Instigator, ill Esha, Fort Knox Five, Break Science, Random Rab, The Hood Internet, GOvinda, The Funk Hunters, Stickybuds, BUKU, Thriftworks, Up Until Now.
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