If the name didn't make it clear, Bassnectar, the dubstep moniker of Lorin Ashton, is thoroughly devoted to the lower end of the sonic spectrum, as well as creator of some of the hugest bass-drops in dubstep history. More than a decade into the game, he calls himself "the original long hair behind the tables."
King Skrill (is that what the kids call him?) and his bass-dropping abilities are not to be trifled with. Did you ever hear a bland story from a Skrillex show? No. No you did not. Get to his set and live you life the way it was meant to be lived: Bass-droppily.
A guru at sampling a buffet of styles and melding specific moods that straddle hip-hop, electro, soul, and more, Pretty Lights is also the original massively visible DJ to sample Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold of Me," later of Avicii's "Levels" fame. Plus, he's been known to perform with with a live drummer by his side.
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Having worked with the likes of Robyn and David Guetta, this young Swede is one of EDM's most biggest names. As energetic as his jams, Avicii loves to throw in little singalong bits, too. As long as he's playing, it's a party. (When he's done playing, it'll probably feel like a party still.)
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Fun fact: Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello's full name is Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis. Other fun fact: He has a dope light show and the turntable skills to back it up. There shall be dancing.
Firstly, M83 are a band, not a DJ (but they make some of the sounds that DJs make!). Secondly, they are from France. Okay. With our facts straight, we can now discuss how awesome the group are, and how high they're riding off last autumn's celebrated 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming': They are very awesome, and riding extraordinarily high. If you see one non-turntabling, non-rhyme-spitting act at CounterPoint, M83 might have to be it.
Sharing a name with an early '80s Atari game just makes sense for this group, with a bunch of the jams being comprised of gamelike beeps and boops. The other portion? Pure chaos, noise, and groove. And the duo, Alica Glass and Ethan Kahn, put on a serious live show that'll make you question your sanity.
Whenever you get a chance to catch more than five percent of OutKast, you take it. And since Mr. Boi is precisely 50 percent of the pioneering Atlanta hip-hop duo, you'll need to be there. It doesn't matter that 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty' dropped two years ago — it's still that good, and you can bet it's going to be represented hard, along with some of your favorite OutKast cuts, with any luck.
Montreal's A-Trak is by most accounts one of the world's most gifted turntable maestros, an emperor of scratching. He also worked with Kanye West on his second and third records and performed as the rapper's touring DJ in 2004. A-Trak's resume also boasts a co-founder role behind the indie label Fool's Gold.
The 20-year-old Chapel Hill, N.C. prodigy has been at this since age 13. He's on Skrillex's OWSLA label, has toured internationally, and boasts major festival experience under his belt. And yes, he knows how to drop the bass.
Rick Ross's dreadlocked associate Wale has a severely tight flow he showed off on last November's 'Ambition.' If you're going to take a break from an eclectic EDM onslaught, few rappers could be a better transition for you than Wale.
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Why someone would run with a stage name when his real life name is Chazwick Bundick is beyond us, but that's Toro y Moi. The 25-year-old artist and producer pulls from a variety of influences to make an ambiently synthy, mellow soup of chillwave. And it's performed live. No pushing play for ol' Chazwick.
This LA producer jumped out with a wild remix of Nina Simone's "I Put a Spell On You" and has been wreaking dubsteppy havoc on the festival scene ever since. And he's not afraid to go the Girl Talk route live, mixing in crowd-pleasers like that glitchy, earwormy beat to Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N*ggas in Paris."
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Ernest Greene's chillwave group is bound to be a soothing respite in the middle of your sweaty weekend. There'll be swaying, slow rhythmic clapping, and, most likely, smiling. They'll be gentle with you just when you need it.
This Austin, Texas duo throw a bit of soul, old school disco vibes into the electro realm, with live vocals and instrumental contributions. They also have a mental laser light show — one amazing YouTube uploader wrote that if you haven't seen them live, " your eyes are missing the sole reason for their existence"