Coachella: 5 Must-See EDM Acts

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Coachella has built its name by bringing the most cutting edge musical acts, old and new, across a variety of genres ever since 1999. The Californian desert festival also wows its attendees with interactive art, such as last year’s giant moving snail. Musically speaking, this year puts more focus on electronic music than any other before, with a great diversity of DJs/producers, ranging from big-room stars to deep house acts. With many options, comes many tough decisions; so, we’ve selected 5 acts you just can’t afford to miss as an EDM aficionado:


The one and only Deorro is a young DJ/producer and a Southern California native. At the age of 22, he already has an impressive résumé. His discography consists of original productions such as the recent electro-house hit 5 Hours released on Avicii’s ‘LE7ELS’ imprint, as well as remixes for other EDM artists like Krewella (also at Coachella this year), Steve Aoki, and Diplo. Deorro has a loyal fan base called the PandaFam; you will surely be able to spot them jumping at this year’s Sahara Tent. There’s just something about Deorro’s sound that pumps you up. Whenever we hear one of his tracks, we just feel a huge rush of energy that makes us want to dance.

Here is an old favorite of ours, a great one to keep going hard whether you’re on the dance-floor or getting your work-out on:

Dillon Francis

Dillon Francis is from sunny Los Angeles. He is one of the funniest producers out there. If you haven’t already, check out all his Instagram videos to see his multiple alter egos. DJ Hanzel is a German producer who is all about going “von deeper” with his deep house sets. There’s also the newer and younger DJ Rich AF who wears a snapback backwards and follows Dillon and DJ Hanzel around, because why not? He’s rich. Dillon Francis was at Coachella last year, so if you missed him then or didn’t go last year, you now have a second chance to redeem yourself! You will undoubtedly have one of the best times at his set. He’s very interactive with his audience and his music makes you get crazy and just lose it. You must see Dillon Francis this April, but in the meantime, listen to his newest track featuring DJ Snake right meow!


Harley Streten, otherwise known as Flume, is not only a producer and DJ, but also an electronic music instrumentalist. The 22 year old from Sydney, Australia has a unique and eclectic sense of sound. He includes a wide variety of instruments in his tracks. His originals are more calm and quiet than other electronic music producers’ songs, so stop by Flume’s stage when you just want to chill for a while. Just let your body do the moving while you clear your mind and relax to his magical and instrumental electronic set. He won’t disappoint.

Gareth Emery

For all the trance lovers out there, after four years since his first album, “Northern Lights,” was released, Gareth Emery has just released “Drive” just before Coachella weekend begins, so you can expect to hear plenty of amazing new tracks during his set. Gareth is a man of many talents with a degree in Politics, professionally trained in classical piano, and owning his own record label, Garuda. His music is very feel-goodish and definitely danceable, too. If you want something beyond a big drop, look to Gareth Emery’s smooth beats and flowing transitions for something you definitely don’t want to miss.


Showtek consists of two brothers from the Netherlands who formed in 1999 making their name in hardstyle with tracks such as the famed “FTS” and, now having delved into a new style, are once again taking the electronic music world by storm. These guys just really know how to throw a party. Their hit song, adeptly named “We Like to Party” validates their ability to turn up. Their vibes are just so energetic and, “Booyah,” in your face; there is never a moment where the energy level falls during their sets. You will be jumping for the whole duration of the performance and no regrets will be made.

Sometimes, it may be difficult to choose who to see because of conflicting set times, but these five electronic music acts are a must-see at Coachella. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be jumping all over the place and getting loose when the beat drops. No matter what you prefer, try your best in seeing these sets because you will be blown away by the energy these artists radiate and even if you don’t attend Coachella this year, have a listen to these amazing musicians and stay tuned for the livestream link. If you’re lucky enough to join us at Coachella, have fun and be safe!

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andrew Rayel in Los Angeles

Andrew Rayel Trance DJ Producer Los Angeles

Andrew Rayel hails from the small Eastern European country of Moldova, but his presence in the world of trance is anything but small. He has made a name for himself as one of the most talented trance producers and DJs in the world, combining his knowledge of classical and electronic music to create a sound that is instantly recognizable as his own. Some call him the next Armin, and although we agree his talent is on the same caliber, Andrew Rayel is a musician in his own right who deserves to be recognized apart from any comparisons. Continue reading

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Interview: Project 46 takes over Exchange LA

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If you’ve been following the dance music scene in the last year, then you have probably heard of the progressive powerhouse duo Project 46. Despite living on opposite ends of the country, Ryan Henderson and Thomas Shaw have been hard at work releasing a myriad of originals, remixes, bootlegs, and mashups that have helped gain a massive following around the world. Having done successful collaborations with Kaskade, Laidback Luke, and Paul Oakenfold, their music has helped them joined the ranks of Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 as the only Canadians in the DJMag Top 100 DJs poll, currently residing at #70.

They graced us with a killer set at Exchange LA as part of their 2014 tour that packed in a full dance floor. They kept the energy high with fresh takes on EDM hits, so much so that one overly excited fan caused a near disaster almost knocking down the decks! Among the busy touring schedule and constant travel, we got a chance to ask Ryan and Thomas a few questions to see what goes on behind the scenes and what they have coming for us in 2014. Here’s what they had to say:

Tell us about your collaboration with Laidback Luke. How did you guys link up and what was the process like creating this record?

The process itself was super easy. Luke is very fast to respond to requests and really gets things done quickly. We linked up by us consistently pestering Luke on Twitter until he finally sent us his email address to send him some music. An email from him shortly followed and Collide was born.

How is the 2014 looking for you guys? Any new music or collaborations coming up this year?

We have a whole album coming. So there is going to be a ton of music and the first single should be out in a few weeks!

What is your process like in the studio and preparing for your sets? Do you feel like each one of you specialize in certain things?

We don’t really “prepare” sets, we just get up there and change gears depending on how the crowd is reacting. In the studio we definitely have a system that works for both of us.

What has been your favorite event to play? How about your dream DJ gig?

There has been so many but Exchange in LA ranks right up there. It’s crazy but our dream gig was always to play SPACE in Ibiza and we just got booked for the opening party. To say we are excited is an understatement.

5. Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.

Thomas is an avid golfer and sushi snob and I am quite a good poker play. (any takers?)

–> Project 46 on Facebook

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