We’ve summed up a new list of acts not to miss this summer at WAE..
1. MARTIN SOLVEIG
Martin Solveig never let’s his producer’s cap get in the way of his DJ headgear. An artist endlessly roaming from venue to festival to venue, he performs his music on the decks, touring relentlessly worldwide. Solveig had his first pair of turntables and was showing off his skills to friends since the age of 13. At 18, while working in a record store, he further discovered the complexity of electronic music, and began spinning at some of the most prestigious clubs in Paris. The seasoned veteran maintains the perfect balance between his old school roots and contemporary house sounds, which will shine through during his set at the HELDEEP stage during #WAE.
Track: All Stars
2. BENNY RODRIGUES
Rotterdam born and raised talent, Benny Rodrigues, understands the art of using the funk, of getting the dance floor full and the room turned up to high gear. The Dutch act will bring his groovy, deep tech-house beats, with lots of Detroit, minimal and acid influences, to Velder Woods this July. Get ready to jack!
Track: House Music
3. FELIX JAEHN
German DJ-producer, Felix Jaehn, is bent towards atmospheric, yet still pop-oriented, deep house. Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1994, Jaehn studied classical violent in his youth before turning his attention to DJing in his teens. In 2015, Jaehn’s remix of OMI’s “Cheerleader” grabbed the public’s attention worldwide, topping the charts in Europe and reaching the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Jaehn’s #WAE set will be full of upbeat melodies that’ll effortlessly make you groove to the beat.
4. YUNG NNELG
Dutch rapper, Glenn Ascencion’s (aka Yung Nnelg) music experience began at a young age, influenced by gospel music and his Ghanaian heritage. As one of the most promising hip-hop artist from Amsterdam, Young Nnelg made a name of himself as a member of the SMIB collective and features on mixtapes of contemporaries like fellow Dutch rapper, Bokoesam.
An up-and-coming DJ whose sounds are influenced by international big room artists of the previous decade, CARTA has quickly established himself as the frontrunner of electronic music talent from China. Born of Italian and Chinese descent in Hong Kong, he moved to the UK and honed his skills in mixing and production. In 2014, CARTA returned to China, and established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Shanghai nightlife scene. Sharing festival stages with acts like Don Diablo, DVBBS, Laidback Luke, Skrillex and Tiesto these past three years, CARTA has learned from some of the best and will continue to build his rep as a prominent name in the global scene.
Track: Sorry Not Sorry
The personal style found in the music of Kungs can be tracked back to the musical influences from his youth. Kungs first musical instrument was a djembe drum, gifted to him by his parents. He also grew up listening to rock and roll, with his father educating him on a wide range of genres. The young producer absorbed it all, then discovered electronic music on his own in his teen years, gravitating to house with upfront vocals and lush melodies. He began recording and uploading his own bootlegs around 2014, making waves with his edits of Bob Marley’s, ‘Jammin’,’ and Lana Del Rey’s, ‘West Coast.” The French artist has produced a myriad of music since then, with his latest release, ‘More Mess’ featuring British singer, Olly Murs and Belgian rapper, Coely, in 2017.
Track: More Mess
The Rotterdam-based duo, Equals, are lyrically in sync and thrive off each other’s stage presence. The rappers complement each other perfectly, and their range in music will take you from the concrete jungle of the city to a tropical island in the Caribbean. Their 2nd album, Reloaded, paints a picture of how Equalz’s performance will go down at WEA this July.
track: Op de weg
8. HOLY GOOF
DJ-producer, Holy Goof, has emerged as one of the UK’s most promising acts in the last year. His fluid, bass-house hybrid sound is strongly focused on making the dance floor move. With two sold out headlining shows in London and Nottingham, plus notable appearances at high-profile venues and festivals like Printworks, Detonate, Glastonbury and Boomtown, Holy Goof is definitely making a name for himself in the touring circuit.
Track: Be Mine feat. Kai Ryder
9. JACIN TRILL
Known for his crazy style and epic freestyles, Jacin Trill will definitely put on a show to remember in Velder Woods. For the Dutch rapper, everything is all about happiness, no negativity, good vibes only. Trill’s Happyland LP was an immediate success, featuring artists like Bokoesam, Jonna Frazer and Ronnie Flex. His latest track, ‘lettetznow,’ continues with the same positive energy, featuring US rapper, Ugly God.
10. KRAANTJE PAPPIE
Dutch artist, Kraantje Pappie (born Alex van der Zouwen), started rapping in the late 2000s, but didn’t issue his debut album until 2012. Titled, Crane (Noah’s Ark), the release featured collaborations with Groningen-based production trio and fellow WAE act, Noisia. Check out his latest release, ‘Gotwu,’ featuring Lood De Loot and Nikes, below.
Mohamed Sylla (aka MHD) is a French rapper from the Paris suburbs. His music has pioneered the Afro-trap sound. Part of the rap collective, 19 Réseaux, the artist push themselves creatively, keeping things fresh with each released production. With Dutch festivals, Eurosonic and Lowlands under his belt, MHD will feel right at home on the WAE stage.
Music has been a part of Toronto artist, DLMT’s, life since he was a child. At the age of the 13, he started playing drums in a band, with the hobby quickly turning pro. Three albums were released with his group and they went on tour across Ontario and the United States. Exposed to new genres, DLMT started to gravitate towards electronic music and discovered his love for house. The band eventually dispersed, and DLMT was born. DLMT brings a unique, groovy and emotional sound to his music, striving to push electronic music in a fresh direction.
Track: Right Now feat. Tom Budin