April has now begun, and that means we are just two and a half months away from another incredible edition of What The Festival. If you haven't noticed, the lineup is looking amazing this year, featuring a diverse cast of artists across a wide variety of genres and performance styles.
To make things a bit easier, we decided to compile a quick list of 10 artists that we couldn't be more excited to catch this year, and highly recommend you do the same. We hope you enjoy our selections, and we can't wait to see you at Wolf Run Runch in a few short months.
If you’ve ever seen REZZ before, you know that she slays with a capital S. The 22-year-old producer from Canada has become a household name over the past few years with an electrifying sound that enraptures listeners with an amalgamation of techno, industrial, and bass, and her last few EPs on Mau5trap have continued her unrelenting ascension. We highly recommend tuning in when she brings her ominous sounds to Wolf Run Ranch.
Made up of Manila Killa and Candle Weather, the DC meets LA duo known as Hotel Garuda makes the type of feel good house music that is tailor-made for What The Festival. Just take a quick listen to their most recent single “Fixed On You” with Violet Days, which layers alluring vocals and groove-inducing synthesizers that are undeniably addicting. Plus Manila Killa will also be doing a performance of his own, so there is a lot to be excited about.
To say that Brasstracks is on fire right now would be a complete understatement. In the past year, the Brooklyn-based live act has released a stunning collaboration with one of 2017’s most promising vocalists Khalid, dropped an EP that featured names like Lido and Jay Prince, and most recently won two Grammys for their work with Chance The Rapper on Coloring Book. Expect a riveting set with drums, trumpets, and soul for days.
If you are seeking a healthy serving of bass during your trip to What The Festival, then look no further than ill.Gates. The veteran producer just recently unveiled his first studio album since 2011, and the LP did not disappoint with an undeniable catalog of hard-hitting anthems and collaborations with DubFX, KJ Sawka, and much more. He will be playing on Thursday for the Early Entry Party, which will also feature Haywyre, Manic Focus, and more.
Known for running Terrorhythm Recordings and for his show on Rinse FM, Plastician is a legendary tastemaker from London that is sure to bring an overflowing supply of grime, future bass, and underground sounds straight from the UK to What The Festival. If you’ve seen him live, you know exactly what we mean. If you haven’t, then we can’t imagine a better time to immerse yourself in the sweet sweet sounds of Plastician himself.
Whethan is another young producer that is on an ultimate tear right now. Between “Can’t Hide” with Ashe, “Savage” with Flux Pavilion and MAX, and a few off-kilter pop anthems with Oliver Tree, it’s become pretty clear that age is just a number for the Chicago native. He’s been tearing up festivals and clubs with a vengeance these past few months, and we couldn’t be more excited to see him in action at What The Festival this year.
Reppin it for the Team Supreme crew, Promnite is an LA based producer that is making some serious moves right now. His Snake Charmer EP just dropped on Fool’s Gold, which is nothing short of amazing and features names like Denzel Curry, J.K. The Reaper, and Mark Johns. The release truly has something for everyone with a balance of hip-hop, electronic, and R&B, and we highly recommend giving it a rinse.
If you haven’t heard the debut album from Barclay Crenshaw, then we recommend putting that on right about now. To summarize, the project is what happens when Claude VonStroke decides to drop an album under his real name and share his love for hip-hop and heavier sounds with the world. We were able to witness a recent Barclay performance at The Roxy in LA, and we can pretty much guarantee that his set at What The Festival is going to be something special.
Desert Hearts has become a definitive staple of the techno and house scene across Southern California and well beyond. Known for throwing parties in deserts, clubs, and really anywhere in between, the record label and party collective will be taking over What The Festival this year with Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs. If you like dancing, you are going to love this. If you also like getting weird, then you are really going to love this.
Stooki Sound is another What The Festival artist that will be bringing the sounds of London to Wolf Run Ranch. Effortlessly mixing grime, trap, and hip-hop together, the duo has become an established force with a sound that brings life to any crowd. We’ve had the chance to see them on a number of occasions, and let’s just say that things tend to get a bit wild. Expect a headbanging set that will give a primer on all things UK.
And while you're at it, make sure to take a peep at the full lineup for What The Festival 2017. Can you say stacked?