While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemas and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!
Canadian duo, Loud Luxury, produce dynamic deep house music that has been recognized by artists like Oliver Heldens, SNBRN and Gorgon City. Two of their tracks have made it onto the HypeM charts, and the track they produced for Tiesto’s AFTR:HRS compilation hit number two on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart.
Phoenix-based Gerry Gonza is making waves as an up-and-coming house artist. His single, “Bad Bitches” has been dropped by huge names, like Tchami, Malaa, DJ Snake and Mercer. Gonza became interested in music at a young age, and he played percussion in his band class. After his brother introduced him to electronic music, he found his passion.
k?d has had one hell of a 2017. From playing some of the biggest festivals to charting on Billboard to opening for The Chainsmokers, k?d has blown up. His captivating live shows and devotion to his art — he creates his own album designs, have earned him a massive following. Dubbed by some as the “Next Porter Robinson,” k?d is sure to create a lasting impact for years to come.
Medasin first started making beats when he was 12 years old. Since then, he’s refined his style and focused on being an innovative producer. Medasin recently dropped a remix of Joji’s “Will He,” which has received a lot of praise, including from deadmau5. The Dallas-native also put out remixes for “Wild Thoughts” and “I Feel It Still,” which were massively successful.
Chet Porter’s music and live sets have a euphoric vibe to them. His sets are often multi-genre, and he typically plays the keyboard and drum pads along with mixing. The Toronto-native has had a busy year. In the Spring, he was on tour with Jai Wolf and Big Wild. He spent the Fall on tour, too, and he got to open up for ODESZA on a few of their shows.