First off I want to start by saying I am first and foremost a bass-head. I love all styles of electronic music, but I reside generally in the bass camp. So for this list, understand it is based on my opinions and perspectives.
My Top 10 Artists To Catch At Freaknight
With that out of the way, let us begin! The Freaknight Festival
in Seattle WA is only a few weeks away now. With the full lineup and now set times released, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look through the lineup and pick out a few artists to highlight as must-see at this year’s event. Don't worry; the top 10 list is in no particular order, and I've even posted my schedule in there for you too. Hopefully I'll see you all at some of these sets!
One of the leading forces on the Anjunabeats label, Ilan Bluestone
has proven time and time again why he is one of the best producers and DJs around. His music is as beautiful as it is powerful and his live sets showcase what can happen when beautiful uplifting trance music meets masterful mixing. His set at Foundation Nightclub earlier this year was nothing less than breathtaking and went down as one of the best nights ever at Foundation.
Long time Netherlands DnB veterans Noisia
return to Seattle to one again devastate the crowd (in a good way!) with their hard hitting brand of drum & bass and dubstep. Their collaborations with artists such as Foreign Beggars
have created some of the most recognized tracks in bass music and have helped shape the scene significantly. Their live sets are carefully crafted and show off the true skill that the members of Noisia possess behind the decks.
What can one really say about Carl Cox
? He is a legend. His music has spanned decades and has helped establish electronic music as a force to be reckoned with. He has held down entire stages at events such as Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and now he is bringing himself and some very awesome
friends along for an entire stage Friday at Freaknight. This will go down as an all-time great for Seattle (and a first!) and simply cannot be missed by those who don’t want to witness EDM history happening in their own city.
The collaboration between Gramatik
is one of the most progressively thinking artist collaborations around. Griz, known for his funky style and live sax elements will be bringing that sexy sax alongside Gramatik and his swing, jazz and funky style for one hell of a performance. This will be the first Seattle appearance for the duo Grizmatik and should be legendary. Both Griz and Gramatik have been to Seattle separately for performances and both have been phenomenal solo. I cannot wait to see what they pull off when they are working together on the same stage.
When it comes to trap music, no producer does it quite like ETC!ETC!
Compared to a lot of trap producers who go down the "ratchet route," ETC!ETC! has kept some of the older trap vibes and sounds alive while adding his own signature style. I personally think he is one of the best producers for trap and just electronic music in general. When he breaks out of the trap bubble and into other styles, his productions are just as good. This fact translates well into his live sets where he brings a very diverse set every time. They cross genre boundaries and really showcase what bass music is as a whole rather than just one subgenre.
One of my most anticipated performances of Freaknight has to be Zeds Dead
. This duo continues to amaze me with every production they put out and has a live show to back it up. Their sets are fantastic and have been raved out from the Mad Decent Block Party Tour. With a primarily hip hop and dubstep style, Zeds Dead will have everyone getting down to some of the hardest hitting and grooviest tracks around. They really are a must see at this year’s main stage at Freaknight.
Mixing it up a little, Emma Hewitt
is returning to Seattle to give us all another amazing performance. Emma is one of the few truly live acts of electronic music as she live performs all of her songs. Her voice is incredible and she really does put on a good show. I saw her earlier this year at Resolution in Seattle, and her live singing really is on key. Some other live acts (cough cough Krewella cough cough) don’t live up to the vocals on their mastered work, but Emma truly does. If you want to change things up a little and see some amazing singing, check out Emma Hewitt at Freaknight.
Emotionally charged bass music. Sums up Mt Eden
perfectly. Their tracks are beautiful and have a lot of power to them. Mt Eden is one of the rare bass music producers who goes down the powerful vocal route with beautiful lyrics. I have seen them twice before and could not be more excited for a round three. They are my most anticipated act at Freaknight by far and are a must see for any bass lover or really anyone who wants to be moved by the power of music.
One never really knows what to expect from a Dillon Francis
set other than the facts that it will be deep, dirty, and a bit weird. Known for his moobahton and trap style as well as his secret alter ego DJ Hanzel and his deep house, Dillon Francis is one of the best DJs in the world. He does not hold back when it comes to his pursuit to make dance floors dance. With weird visuals, a vast array of bass heavy tracks, and one stylish suit, Dillon Francis will remind us all how to properly move and get low to dance music once again.
The legend returns to grace Seattle with his beautiful music once again. Kaskade
really doesn’t need an introduction or reason for why he is on this list. He is one of the best DJs in the world, one of the best producers as well, and have the spirit and kindness that we should all inspire to. Extremely down to Earth, wonderful personality, and a voice that brings entire crowds to tears are all reasons why Kaskade is more than just a DJ. Much like Bassnectar, he is one of the driving forces in electronic music and actively speaks out on what he feels is wrong and could be improved. Do not miss the headliner for Day 1, Kaskade, as he does what he does best; take us all on a journey through sound.
My personal schedule for who I am seeing as follows. I unfortunately cannot see all of the artists listed above due to conflicts, so here are the ones you can catch me dancing the night away to. Who will you be seeing?
9pm: Mt Eden
10pm: Planet of the Drums
11:45pm Dillon Francis
6:30pm: Yellow Claw
7:30pm: Zeds Dead
9:30pm: Caked Up