This years' Sasquatch Music Festival was one for the record books. From chill to drum n' bass to electro-pop to techno, artists brought us a little bit of everything. Being at a festival with such a wide array of music was a nice change from the normal 'massive' or 'festival' that everyone is used to attending in electronic music these days.
There are ten artists I was able to see that completely killed it and had something that set them apart from the rest. Each of them actually played at the same stage, the El Chupacabra tent. Since every artist brought their own feel to this 3 day/4 night extravaganza, I've listed them in alphabetical order from A - Z (or rather, B - Y).
1) Boys Noize
was hands down the best DJ set we saw all weekend (I mean come on, the guy has been around for a while). With some really crazy and off-the-wall electronica and techno sounds, it does takes a true fan to stay at this set. But, for those who love it, they really LOVED IT. I definitely spotted the most ridiculous dance moves at this set, our favorite German techno fiend didn't give anyone a chance or reason to stop moving. Not only did he mix some crazy techno beats that he's known for, Boys Noize
also incorporated a few trap songs that absolutely destroyed any other trap that was played all weekend. He even worked in a remix of a Danny Brown track and Daft Punk's "Da Funk" at some point. Kudos to you Alexander.
2) Chet Faker
This one man musical act from Melbourne, Australia
does a little bit of everything. Not only does he play all sorts of instruments during his sets, but he sings as well. His music puts out a disco/house feel to it, but with a strong, soulful R&B influence. His cover/rework of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" was absolutely to die for.
Before this weekend, I hadn't heard much about Classixx
but wow, JUST WOW!! Nu-Disco had the El Chupacabra tent going wild with the funk. This duo from LA plays electric guitar along with their DJing, which is a nice touch that you don't hear very often. They are currently on tour with Cut/Copy
in the United States, so if you missed them at Sasquatch or are from a different part of the country, I highly recommend checking them out.
If you are into that deep techno alongside some classic hits, this would have been the set for you. From Bromance Records, Frenchman Gesaffelstein
definitely stole the show on Sunday evening. Major Lazer
and Gesaffelstein's time slots overlapped pretty badly, but it seems as though most everyone stayed at his set until it ended at 1 AM before venturing over to the Bigfoot stage for the end of Major Lazer.
live show is something everyone needs to experience in their lives. Not only are their drum n' bass beats stellar in the first place, when they bring live instruments and live vocals in, it is untouchable. The group consists of childhood friends
Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, and DJ Locksmith. The vocals during this set were the best we heard all weekend, with amazing range. Having an electronic yet live performance feel is something not many groups can accomplish.
6) Ryan Hemsworth
is a sampling and remix genius with a heavy hip hop sound. During his set, he remixed Frank Ocean's "Thinking Bout You", A$AP Rocky's "Thuggin' Noise" and many more hip-hop songs. Most of his set was centered around this trappy sound with a little R&B/pop influence. When he dropped his remix of "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, the crowd went nuts!!
Jennifer Lee hails from Los Angeles, California and packs a strong punch. She brings an indie dance, R&B, and chill trap all into one set. Outside of Boys Noize this was the cleanest DJ set of the whole weekend hands down. We also heard she killed it down at Lightning in a Bottle
this weekend as well. From working with MNDR
, Flying Lotus
and having remixes of Felix Cartal
, Tinashe & Schoolboy Q, and Hundred Waters, she brings you a little touch of everything.
Recently signing to Disclosure's label, Tourist
is a one man show out of London. He uses all sorts of instruments along with ambient noises to create his tunes. From cowbells to nature sounds, you will find a little bit of everything in his performance while still having a very chill, yet upbeat vibe. This was the first set on Friday that really brought out everyone's dance pants for the weekend.
live show was the best chill electronic show we have seen in a while. With four members (Scott Hansen, Zac Brown, Rory O' Connor, and Joe Davancens) there were many instruments to be played. Synthesizers, Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drums were all played in a chill, ambient, rock/electronic type of way. They are almost reminiscent of a calmer version of M83
, which kept an awesome groove in the crowd through their entire set.
This trio from France absolutely blew minds at the El Chupacabra tent. They have an 80's disco pop-electro sound with strong drumming influences. Their live show was stunning, with tons of energy from infamous singer Julie Budet
the entire time, including her jumping in and joining the drummers for a few songs. All of their tracks were sung in French and although there weren't many French speakers in the crowd, everyone still couldn't get enough. Once home from Sasquatch, I checked out one of their DJ sets on Soundcloud which is slightly different than Yelle's live show, but it is also pretty impressive in its own sense. nee Julie Budet