The six must-see acts at Stereosonic 2014
Tanning salons are booked out, gyms run hot and the local indie kids are running for cover. Yep, Stereosonic is only a month away. While the mammoth dance festival is known for its big stadium picks in Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Alesso, it’s time some focus is pulled towards the DJs and producers flying under the radar.
With two jam-packed days of dance acts to fill makes it easy to get lost in where to be and who to see. We mean, when that lineup gets dropped and you’re trolling through the poster trying to find the act you want, there’s so much talent that goes unseen.
They often may be unheard of in the Australian ‘EDM’ scene, but are most definitely not less credible. From deep house to dirty trap and local electronic kids, here are our pick of the Stereosonic acts that most definitely can’t be missed.
HOT SINCE 82
There’s a good chance you haven’t come across this English producer. Hot Since 82 has been making music since 2012 after leaving behind his regular big club gigs in Ibiza on a pursuit to make music that he actually loves.
The man behind the name, Daley Padley, dropped his debut LP Little Black Book in 2013 and since then he’s rapidly gained popularity to become the producer that not every festival wants, but needs.
His sound? A meld of house vibes that waft between techno, deep and progressive house. It’s his musical flexibility, variety and finesse tied in with his experience as a live DJ/producer on the big stage that has seen him do mixes for the Boiler Room and BBC Radio 1. You can also expect Padley to showcase his range with remixes he’s done for Shadow Child, Rudimental and Green Velvet.
Hot Since 82 brings the underground sounds to life, and while they have their place and reason to be labeled ‘underground’, he will be more then welcome to lay it all down in the Aussie summer sun this Stereosonic season.
LISTEN OUT FOR: ‘Shadows’, ‘Bigger Than Prince’ (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Announced earlier this month as a late inclusion to the 2014 lineup, the anonymous house producer who has decided to keep their identity unknown has stunned the electronic scene worldwide after dropping the massive single ‘Faded’, followed by the flawless ‘The Nightday’ EP in July.
Wishing to be judged only by the music produced, ZHU made his live performance debut in Australia a few months back at the Listen Out Festival, hidden behind a project screen with an impressive audio, lighting and visual display, he gave concertgoers only his silhouette and an energy packed set to judge him by.
Stereosonic has made a slick move in swopping up the inconspicuous musician currently in demand, so do the right thing and get along to ZHU’s audio-visual set, a feast for both the eyes and ears. The hype is real!
LISTEN OUT FOR: ’Faded’, ‘Paradise Awaits’ and 'Superfriends’
WHAT SO NOT
These dudes most definitely don’t fly under the radar when it comes to the electronic music scene in Australia. But with two days and a swag full of big name acts, they could easily be missed, which would be a serious mistake.
If you don’t know who they are or what they do then climb on out from under that rock. Harley Streten (Flume) and Chris Emerson (Emoh Instead) make up What So Not, the collaboration that is known for its 1000% club bangerz in ‘Jaguar’, ‘Tell Me’ and the massive Major Lazar ‘Get Free’ remix. Think dirty trap, melded with sweet vocals that hook you in and lead you to that banging drop.
Emoh takes charge when it comes to live shows, returning home from nearly a year overseas flying the WSN flag at festivals such as EDC Las Vegas and Coachella, as well as joining his OWSLA label boss Skrillex on his Mother Ship Tour.
These guys hit the small arenas at Stereosonic last year and after a mammoth 2014 they will be sure to join their big-name buddies on the main stages. With a lot of new music that’s sitting unreleased, we can expect a fresh set that will preview their new stuff while dropping in the favorites that we’ve come to know and love.
LISTEN OUT FOR: ‘Jaguar’, ‘Touched’ and ‘Tell Me’ w/ DJ Snake.
Piano driven deep house; what more do we need to say? It’s got those warm weekend vibes that get you grooving and kick festivals off so smoothly, whether you’re fresh on day one or rocking a nasty hangover on day two. Think club filling Duke Dumont, Storm Queen or even local house king Motez, Rowan Jones, AKA Route 94 has you sorted.
‘My Love’ featuring Jess Glynne has been the track for Route 94, bouncing off the walls of clubs and underground raves for the past year, and really does give you them warm inner feels that festival bangers miss. Following the success of ‘My Love’, Jones released his second Route 94 EP Misunderstood in July.
Initially signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA, Jones comes from a dubstep background, so don’t expect his set to be all cruise and baby making tunes, especially with remixes of heavy hitters Katy B, Skream and MK.
It’s the second trip Down Under for the London producer so welcome him back with open arms and I’m sure he’ll give you a set that will put you in the right state of mind, whatever that may be…
LISTEN OUT FOR: ‘My Love” ft. Jess Glynne, ‘Aint Nobody’ and ‘Look Right Through’ Storm Queen Remix.
CARMADA (LDRU & YAHTZEL)
Sydney kids LDRU & Yahtzel have been making their own beats for some time now, each with a stacked Soundcloud and dedicated following. Now hand in hand, donning their tropical suit getup, they have taken on the tag of producing the “Australian Sound” and are set to tour it around Australia.
Following the release of ‘The Only One’ earlier this year and a bunch of festivals, clubs shows and mixes together, the duo walked off the Splendour In The Grass stage and came up with the name Carmada. Now, their latest in ‘Maybe’ has been dropped by everyone, everywhere. The track has a smooth piano line and vocal hook intro that drops into a raw, junkyard electronic jam, two completely different ends of the musical scale melded so well together.
This type of soundscape from ‘Maybe’ reflects the nature of their live sets, one that you might have to arrive early for, but don’t want to miss! Keep any eye and ear out for more from this fresh combo!
LISTEN OUT FOR: ‘Maybe’ and ‘The Only One’.
The duo hailing from Canberra have had a busy 2014, releasing their second studio album Photographs and touring it nonstop, with Stereosonic seeing out their Australian duties for the year.
Vance and Mikah are Australian electro-pop masters and have a niche of working their loud and rhythmic production around tasty vocalists, seeing a heap of collaborations across both their old and new stuff. The sophomore album runs deep, with tracks including ‘Comfortable’, ‘Back & Forth’, ‘Can’t Stop Now’ and of course the festival hit, ’Tear It Down’.
— Cameron Webley