Rave children of the Northwest:
Paradiso is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. Just three more days until we get our own taste of a super festival, put on by the always amazing USC Events. We have the opportunity to have two days at the Gorge, one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the entire world, and see over 60 of the world’s best DJs and EDM artists.
Now I know that many other EDM-centered blogs put together a preview post of upcoming festivals, but they have been few and far between for Paradiso. It’s likely that many are still reeling from the whirlwind of EDC weekend, or that there aren’t as many bloggers representing the beautiful Northwest.
This festival is going to be BIG, people, and I want to provide you with the most important info you’ll need. I’m not going to tell you what to pack (because let’s be real… you should remember your sunscreen, coolers and toothbrush on your own, guys), and I’m also not going to give you any tips for the “festival experience.” I know, and you know, that the most important thing right now is with all of these artists packed into two days, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO SEE???
USC has done a great job at putting the Paradiso schedule together in a way that you have the ability to see as many artists as possible without running into more than a few conundrums. I’ve listed my pick of must-see artists that you may not have thought to see, along with their set times, so you can make the most out of your Paradiso experience. (Trust me, I’d add way more people, but I’d be here writing all night; these are my must-sees.)
Friday, June 28
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike
– 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Main Stage
It’s going to be 95+ degrees at the Gorge this weekend; it’s Friday and you’re hot, a little tired, but you’re ready to get crazy tonight. Need a little pick-me-up? This duo will definitely get the party going for you. These two keep the energy high during live sets, and definitely get the crowd engaged. They’ll ask you questions and you damn well better answer them (because come on, “How are you feeling tonight?” when you’re at Paradiso better come with a lively response). With catchy, upbeat tracks like Wakanda and Turn It Up, any feelings of lethargy will immediately leave your body. Catch their Tomorrowland 2012 set to get a taste of what they’re like live.
– 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Bass Haven Stage
So we’re all here for the electronic music, right? Doesn’t mean you can’t throw some other genres into the mix. A few weeks ago I mentioned Crizzly as one of the top upcoming dubstep artists
for the year; I stand by that notion and I couldn’t be more excited to listen to the trap/hip-hop/dubstep mélange that he’ll bring. You’ll have to make time between Infected Mushroom
and Porter Robinson
(both amazing), but I would recommend heading over to see him for a bit.
Headhunterz – 1:00 to 2:00 a.m., Digital Oasis Stage
I love Tiesto
. A lot. He’s been one of my favorites for years. I’ve seen him a few times, and chances are I’ll see him again. But, how many times are you going to get to experience some amazing HARDSTYLE? Yes, Hardstyle, the 140-150 BPM hard bass hits that make you want to move your feet like crazy. While everyone’s off at the main stage feeling light, melodic and loving each other while listening to Tiesto’s vocals coo them into the end of the evening, the hardcore ravers will be at Headhunterz, dancing as though there’s still 6 more hours or concert time left in the evening. Check out a few songs at least; it’s definitely an experience.
Cazzette – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Main Stage
Schoolboy – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Bass Haven Stage
3LAU – 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Digital Oasis Stage
Saturday, June 29
– 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bass Haven Stage
This man/robot hailing from LA can really throw down. He’s done a number of tracks with Mad Decent head (and my celebrity crush) Diplo
, and has also mixed on Diplo and Friends
, as well as Annie Nightingale’s show
on BBC Radio 1. ETC!ETC! is known for his use of samples, clevery mixed into tracks one after another after another. It’s trappy, it’s moombah-y, it’s funky, it’s hard. I recommend checking out his tracks with Brillz
(Live) – 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., Digital Oasis Stage
These three Colorado bros went from being a small band at U.C. Boulder to one of the most anticipated artists at their local Red Rocks Ampitheater (save maybe Pretty Lights
). These guys have a sound unlike any other EDM artist I’ve heard, and, to be honest, it’s a little hard to pinpoint a subgenre since they use so many different sounds. Their latest track, You and I, has a bit of a rock and Daft Punk feel to it. If this show is anything like their Live with Lazers tour
, you’re not going to want to miss it.
Gramatik – 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., Digital Oasis Stage
I’e described SAVOY as funky, but Gramatik is even funkier. A member of the Pretty Lights Music record label, Gramatik has a sound similar to label founder Derek Smith (Pretty Lights). If you listen through his newest EP, #digitalfreedom, you get taken on a roller coaster ride of drops and hits that come out of nowhere. He’s got an awesome stage set up to boot, which looks a bit like a mad scientist’s laboratory. I highly recommend that all you trance fans should take a quick break and get down to a little Gramatik!
- 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Digital Oasis Stage
- 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Digital Oasis Stage
- 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bass Haven Stage