We’ve selected 12 acts that we feel are not to miss this summer at We Are Electric!
1. Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz is on a roll at the moment, without a doubt leading the way with dance floor bangers. As Mouseville Records and Pryda Recordings continue to deliver the goods, Eric Prydz continues to be one of the world’s most in-demand electronic music spinners and producers.
Dave Clarke is a DJ with an anarchist streak and punk in his soul. The Baron of Techno has long embraced sounds outside staunch electronic dance, while rocking crowds of world-renowned clubs like Fabric, Fuse or Tresor, to festivals like I Love Techno, Pukkelpop and Glastonbury. The Brighton-born artist is always keen to push the envelope with his music, and this is reaffirmed with his most recent album, The Desecration of Desire.
Track: I’m Not Afraid (feat. Anika)
Gramatik has always been an early adopter. It began at the age of three, when his mother would catch him glued to the boom box in his older sister’s room, checking out cassette tapes with American funk, jazz, soul and blues. He started to make his first beats on an early PC by the time he was 13, and soon the kid from Portoroz, Slovenia figured out how to harvest the power of free file sharing. This led to his massive and dedicated fan following throughout the US and Europe.
Track: Aymo - Balkan Bump feat. Talib Kweli
Revered producer, remixer and DJ, MK’s storied background is one of long-term creative development. His roots are pure Detroit, but if you dig a little deeper, you will find that MK’s musical path is made up of seamless transitions from house and techno to hip-hop and R&B, only to return to house during recent years. MK’s discography includes over 500 titles that bear the stamp of his signature style.
Track: World To Me (feat. Luke James) (MK Remix)
Jersey boy, Julian Scanlan (aka Slushii), first brain-freezed the digital sphere with his music in 2016. Joining the ranks of Red Light Management (home to Ookay, Jauz, Marshmello and more), Slushii is surrounded by a tight-knit crew that encourages the artist to push himself creatively. Prior to producing and DJing as Slushii, Scanlan was in the psych-rock band, Deuteronomy, as a bass player and songwriter from 2009-2012. He left the group and started to produce original works and remixes under the name, DJ Swoon. This production persona was the bridge that led him to spawn his current moniker. Get ready for those tundra-cool drops at WAE when Slushii takes the stage.
Track: Level Up
6. Chocolate Puma
Chocolate Puma (René ter Horst and Gaston Steenkist) are two of Holland’s most celebrated DJ-producers. With a career spanning 25 years, 400+ releases and countless remixes, the duo’s influence on the dance music scene cannot be underestimated. Over the last few years, Chocolate Puma and leading dance music label, Spinnin’ Records, have enjoyed a close relationship, with the duo fast establishing themselves as key artists, both in the studio and behind the decks for the Dutch label.
7. Purple Disco Machine
Purple Disco Machine’s deep funk sound is infectious. Tino Piontek has been on a whirlwind of a musical journey since the conception of his disco house music project in 2009. The Dresden-born deep funk innovator has racked up numerous achievements, although it was his 2013 breakthrough hit, ‘My House,’ on OFF Recordings that propelled PDM into new heights. Championed by powerhouse labels, Defected and Sweat It Out, Purple Disco Machine’s studio success translates into upbeat sets that rev up crowds around the globe.
Track: Love For Days
Vitalic embodies the We Are Electric ethos of live music with an electronic soul. The French artist took it upon himself to redefine techno through his own lens, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognizable style. His tracks blur the boundaries between techno, disco, rock and pop. We can build up his live set all we want, but in all honesty, you’ll just have to be there in July to take it all in.
Track: Hans Is Driving feat. Miss Kitten
Melbourne-based, Robbie Bergin (aka Throttle) has been making noise in the electronic music scene for the past few years. Two years ago, Throttle signed an exclusive deal with Spinnin’ Records, marking another milestone for the young artist. Following in the steps of Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, Throttle delivers an exciting, new house sound, with hits like ‘Money Maker, ‘Waiting’ and ‘Tell Me You Love Me.’ Known for his uplifting live performance, the young artist’s DJ persona is burning up on the festival circuit.
Track: Tell Me You Love Me
10. Mura Masa
Self-proclaimed, ‘beat slayer, heart breaker, producer, singer, writer, lover,’ Mura Masa holds all the cards. Alex Crossan (aka Mura Masa) hails from the channel island of Guernsey, located between England and France. A lifelong musician, Crossan began experimenting with beats and electronic music production at the age of 15. Just two years later, his track ‘Lotus Eater’ was picked up by a number of different BBC Radio 1 DJs, effectively launching his career. Mura Masa’s 2017 self-titled full length features full-body tracks, featuring collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Charlie XCX, Desiigner and more.
Track: Love$ick feat. A$AP Rocky
11. San Holo
Dutch producer, San Holo, blurs the lines between electronic music genres in the pursuit of creative freedom. After some success as a ghost producer, San Holo decided to strike out on his own. He built a significant following on SoundCloud with the Don’t Touch the Classics series that featured his remixes of ‘90s and 2000s hip-hop. Continuing to develop as an artist, he released his first EP, Cosmos in 2014, followed by a cascade of original productions. San Holo’s 2017 single, Light, adds another well-received release to his track record, with nearly 1 million streams on Spotify.
Fasten your seatbelts, Aevion is ready for take off! Harry Andrews’ (aka Aevion) debut singles, ‘Cannes’ & ‘Love,’ catapulted the young artist into the realms of Europe’s most exciting to watch up-and-coming producers. Still a teenager, the solo pilot behind a range of influential tracks - from house to tropical to tech-house - are setting alight dance floors around the globe.
Track: Mystery Island