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 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.
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!