Here is the third and final installment of our “10 must-see artists at EDC Las Vegas” series. This festival draws in so many dance-music loving fans, we really just wanted to create a piece of content that might introduce people to some new artists that they had previously not thought to see. That is how the dance music community grows, by people sharing good music. That mission was the basis of why Booty Shakers was created, and our hope is to continue bringing the bumpin’ beats. So, let’s take a look at a few more acts not to be missed at this years edition of EDC Las Vegas.
Art Department- Neon Garden- 10:00-11:00pm
Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow (left) and Canada’s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner – Jonny White (right). The pair, despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Department. Unfortunately, within the last few months, Kenny Glasgow has (amicably) left the project, leaving it in the very-capable hands of Jonny White. Although a one hour time slot is criminally short for Art Department, the set will undoubtedly be filled with heavy hitting tech-house that will have the entire floor dancing.
From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him within the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a focused determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own and is resolute in his forward-thinking ethos.
Known literally the world over for his techno prowess, Dubfire effortlessly blends tracks using a combination of effects and techniques, ultimately creating a unique style of the genre that can be claimed as his own. Be prepared for rattlesnake-esque snares and heavy, throbbing basslines, all packaged up in a musical journey. Like Art Department, however, the one hour set length is really quite a bummer. Dubfire is at his best when given hours and hours behind the decks, but regardless, this set is still guaranteed to entertain.
The Soul Clap biography states “before today there was yesterday and after tomorrow is the future. Elyte and Cnyce’s paths were crossed for all time when a Sun Ra light beam sent from Saturn collided with the P-Funk Mothership and sent them tumbling to earth. Now, Soul Clap time travels on a musical spaceship of dopeness…” While this might seem nonsensical, in reality it is actually the complete truth. Soul Clap are playing a 90 minute set on the funkHOUSE stage, the smallest, non-mobile stage at EDC Las Vegas. Translation- intimacy! This set will give dance music fans a chance to watch Soul Clap up close and personal, as they bring their funkiest, grooviest, most downright danceable house music to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Always pushing new boundaries, always traveling through time and space, The Clap is on a mission to change the world one dance floor at a time. Dr. Funkenstein has taught us well: free your mind, and your ass will follow.”
AC Slater has been dubbed “the King of heavy bass house in America” and we are pretty much in agreement. AC Slater has been throwing bass music parties since before it was cool, since before every single kid and their mother wanted to go to Miami Music Week, and to Ibiza. Fast forward to the present, AC has toured the globe several times and his tunes have been played at every major festival and club in the world by DJs including Skrillex, Diplo and so many more. Slater’s tunes and guest mixes can regularly be heard on major radio stations across the world, including the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and Rinse FM and Australia’s Triple J. His crew Trouble & Bass and his own record label Party Like Us continue to release some of the most groundbreaking and forward-thinking bass-heavy dance music in the underground. Throughout all the craziness, AC has somehow remained down to earth, putting all of his time and energy into progressing the music that he loves so much.
Make no mistake, while we love the deep and dark house music here at Booty Shakers, we also like to branch out. Why attend a festival as huge as EDC Las Vegas and spend the entire time at one or two stages? Explore the giant grounds, and get lost in the music at the smaller stages! AC Slater is a perfect example. AC is playing the seven-up sponsored stage7. This is the perfect setting for an AC Slater set, and I fully expect him to absolutely destroy the crowd. Last year at EDC Las Vegas, the surprise best set of the weekend was Trippy Turtle on this same stage7. Perhaps this year it is AC Slater’s turn?
One of the last sets of the entire festival is Get Real, taking over the Neon Garden early Monday morning. Get Real is, of course, the new collaborative group formed by Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet. In my opinion, this is the most exciting new DJ collaborative unit that is out there. We here at Booty Shakers love Claude, and have seen the Dirtybird boss crush many stages, in many different cities. The same can be said of his counterpart, Green Velvet. Velvet has been in the house/techno game for a long time now, and his ability to read a crowd is second to none. Yet again I feel it necessary to state that a one hour set for an act as dynamic as Get Real is criminally short, but it will still be arguably one of the best sets of the entire weekend.