10 must-see acts you may have missed on the Stereosonic line-up
DJ, producer, label head, adult actress, jewellery designer, model…Jessie Andrews has a lot of irons in the fire, but dance music is her passion. The Miami-bred, L.A.-based multi-talent has spent the last couple of years putting in some serious face time in clubs – as well as ticking off bigger shows at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival – proving her skills as a selector with a taste for disco and “any kind of house music”. Make it front and centre for her set and you might get to hear some of Jessie’s handiwork, too – Andrews has just released her driving new EP Usually Deep and is busy building up ZIVS, the imprint she founded to be able to share music when and how she wanted to. This is Andrews’ first Australian festival tour, and you can bet she’ll rock it.
For everyone who isn’t a hardcore fan of hard dance, the name Headhunterz might be unfamiliar: but for committed stompers, he’s pretty much the biggest name in the game (especially since former champions Showtek made a move sideways into big-room sounds). Dutchman Willem Rebergen, AKA Headhunterz, has stayed (mostly) true to his hardstyle roots, but he’s also branched out to collaborate with bass and trap acts like Krewella and Yellow Claw, as well as mainstage stars like Hardwell – so you can expect a festival set like Stereosonic to feature plenty of outrageously heavy hardstyle kick drums, but also enough genre variety to keep a diverse crowd entertained.
Hot Dub Time Machine
If you find yourself flagging in energy at Stereo, do yourself a favour and go see Tom Loud’s ridiculously fun, rather silly and endlessly dance-worthy audio-visual show Hot Dub Time Machine: “The World’s First Time Travelling Dance Party”. Loud has put together a show combining archive footage on the big screen with live audio mixing that takes you through the history of dance, from the Charleston, the Twist and the Mashed Potato right through to the modern day. Expect a whole lot of classic tunes and good times.
As one of Anjunabeat’s top guns, Andrew Bayer’s sound has always swung across multiple genres, from emotive, melodic trance to cinematic electronica and crisp electro-pop and future-house, but always characterised by sharp, intelligent production and sparkling sound design. If his set earlier this year at Ultra Miami is anything to go off, Stereo crowds can expect a healthy dose of his outstanding EP from earlier this year Do Androids Dream; we certainly hope so, at least, because it’s an EP custom made to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
Another round with the man behind Okay, everyone’s favourite dancefloor burner? Don’t mind if we do. Shiba San’s graduating from the club to the stage with his first Australian festival tour, making the trip out with his Dirtybird label head Claude VonStroke to give us all a masterclass in the art of bassline-heavy house. The tour will also be a good chance to get to know a producer who’s managed to stay mysterious since blowing up – hell, we don’t even know his real name. And as for Shiba San’s mission statement? “My joy comes from being able to make the exact kind of music I want to make, and to have no one telling me to change this or that.” Respect.
STEREOSONIC 2015 DATES
Saturday November 28 – Sydney
Sunday November 29 – Perth
Saturday December 5 – Adelaide
Saturday December 5 – Melbourne
Sunday December 6 – Brisbane