10 must-see acts you may have missed on the Stereosonic line-up
2015’s seen Stereosonic shake up their line-up in a big way. Headliner heroes like Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso and Major Lazer are still there, but this summer there’ll be just as many new, boundary-pushing names making their Stereo debut. To make sure you haven’t missed any of the acts in Stereosonic’s new class of cool, we’ve picked out ten recruits we think are on track to steal the show at this year’s festival. Because from the techy-house of Hannah Wants to radio-ready hits from Galantis, the quality on this year’s bill runs deep.
LA’s Sam Vogel, AKA Jauz, is a dab hand at tinkering with syrup-slurred, chopped and screwed trap beats and putting some very vicious wubs on top of them, as his Diplo & Friends Guest Mix from earlier this year attests. This is where a youth spent listening to Atlanta rap, dubstep and old school jungle gets you – a broad musical palette to draw from whether you’re DJing or producing, and subsequent releases on Mad Decent, OWSLA and Buygore…even though you’re still finishing music production school. Jauz will bring the party.
If you aren’t already on board with the genius of Hannah Wants, now would be a good time to get familiar. The Birmingham-bred talent swept the UK and Europe in 2014, and this year has her poised to take over the rest of the world. The Brit’s credentials are certainly solid: she’s a resident at Amnesia Ibiza, her mixtape series rules Soundcloud, Pete Tong tapped her for an Essential Mix and she’s one of the rare new names who keeps it old school as a DJ first, and a producer second. And as for what Hannah – err – wants? “I want to be the biggest and best I can be. I want to gain a solid reputation around the world for my live DJ sets and mixtape series. I want to start my own tour next year. I want to get more into radio.” We’ve no doubt she’ll do all that, and more.
Montreal’s Snails deals in industrial grade bass music: a speaker-shaking dubstep/trap hybrid he calls ‘Vomitstep’ that’s already attracted the attention of names like Skrillex and Diplo. They called on him (and New York toaster Taranchyla) to add some extra heaviness to their Jack Ü laser-fest Holla Out, while his latest EP Free The Vomit has seen him on the road around the USA and destroying festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival. If you want to see the ground shaking like the ‘big one’ has finally hit the San Andreas Fault, then Snail’s set is where you need to be at Stereo.
It’s no accident that Galantis are as good as they are. Just look at who’s behind the handiwork: Miike Snow’s Christian Karlsson and Style of the Eye’s Linus Eklow teamed up for the project circa 2013, after cutting their teeth producing for little known names like Usher, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Madonna. The union of two of the world’s most in-demand producers was bound to be big and sure enough, the Galantis hits haven’t stopped coming. In the first half of 2015, they’ve already given us chart-climbers in the form of Gold Dust, Runaway (U&I) and Peanut Butter Jelly, all of which you’ll find on their just-released debut album. Stereosonic marks the first ever Australian tour for the Swedes, and it’s one we’ve been hanging out for.
Cut Snake hail from Australia, but you might not know it. Gold Coast-bred Paul Fisher and Leigh Sedley went straight to Los Angeles to kick start their career, and the move has paid off. In just a few years, the boys have gone from virtual unknowns to certified Next Big Things with a non-stop tour schedule and a major label deal to boot. They’ve got the personality, too – Cut Snake are earning as much rep’ with their on-screen antics and “zero f*cks given” mantra as they are for their on-point house-ish tracks, like breakthrough hit Face Down and the deep and dirty Jungle Shrimp. About time they came home for a Stereosonic-sized victory lap, then.