Let's be frank, 2017 EDM shows were a scorching fire-show of EDM glory, from Billy Kenny to Bonobo... Alison Wonderland to ATrak... we couldn't have asked for bigger builds, cliff-edge drops or chemically induced 10-hour marathon shows.
With all that serotonin coating the world's dance floors, one might be tempted to ponder 'how could it get better?' Believe me, child, it will. Here's some early 2018 EDM event temptation to get you back into rolling shape...
Kyle Watson at CRSSD Festival // March 3-4 // San Diego
If this announcement didn't get you erect in your seat, you might want to have your muscle rigidity checked. Like a South African unicorn, Kyle Watson makes his first appearance in the US at San Diego's Waterfront Park. Dirtybird is heavily represented at this 2-day jam but Watson will surely shine the brightest, with searing drops and diamond-studded melodies.
Listen for the classical training throughout his original work, but don't be surprised when he punches you with thick, signature, soul-filling Dirtybird bass.
Life is full of choices and many ripple through time, essentially formulating and shaping perspectives - wah wah. Feel free to let Excision tug at your motivations or simply let 100K watts of bass eviscerate your body of any viable thought process.
Sound aside, the legendary Terminal 5 venue and his state-of-the-art media system are sure to leave you questioning if robo-dub-step was created in the Jurassic period. Enter DMT...
REZZ at Wobbleland // February 23 // San Francisco
This perennial bass-centric festival is saturated with legends like Minnesota and Troyboi, but headliner REZZ is sure to pounce on her rising, much-deserved popularity. 2018 is the Year of REZZ and she’ll look to cement a foothold at one of the Bay Area’s chemical sanctuaries, Bill Graham Auditorium.
Not convinced? All manner of unknown and unannounced guests are expected, including well-known REZZ idol...Gesaffelstein. But that could be the chemicals talking...
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Shiba San at Exchange // February 10 // Los Angeles
Trying to sift through the newly-announced 2018 festival lineups? Get in line. If Calvin Harris’ reported $275m two-year Las Vegas Hakkasan extension has you less than inspired, get back to purity in Downtown Los Angeles. Dirtybird’s Franco-Floridian bassline legend returns for his first residency performance of 2018 at LA’s highest rated electronic club and historical stock exchange building...Exchange. FYI, the French translation for Valentines Day = marble & candy. The cool kids who know Exchange will get it...
Luke Mandala // March 23 // Eugene, Oregon
Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this PacNW Psy-Bass master...he’ll be all over the festival scene in 2018, including Serenity Gathering in late April. And don’t be surprised if he pops up at a Desert Hearts event near you, as he’s released a bevy of quality sounds under their label.
If you happen to find yourself hitting a RooR in Tracktown at the end of March, take advantage of the chance to see him at an intimate bar, Old Nick’s. Be prepared to fly high as he takes on you a whimsical journey, seemingly linking beautiful cosmic worlds in a heart-felt, playful flow. Think Fern Gully meets Avatar wrapped in heavy resonant bass.