This weekend, Tampa’s largest electronic dance music festival will invade Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, May 26th. There will be no shortage of great acts taking the stage, but these artists are on our must-see list.
At only twenty years of age, Alesso has already honed his sound to anthemic proportions, having grown tremendously under the tutelage of Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, with whom he worked on the collaborative smash hit of 2011, “Calling.” The track proved to be not only the most riveting debut single of last year, but also one of the most stirringly poignant, boasting gradually building synthesizers and a monumental drop; his remix of the Starkillers and Alex Kenji single “Pressure,” which features Nadia Ali on vocals, attained comparable success; garnering massive play in the club circuit, while exhibiting the young Swede flair for arena-scaled drops. Alesso continues his rapid ascension to the forefront of the contemporary guard of Electronic Dance Music, bolstering his debut appearance on the annual DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs in the world poll (in which he charted at number 70) with his remix of Keane’s “Silenced by the Night,” which peaked at the top of the Beatport charts.
23-year-old Dutch DJ/Producer Nicky Romero first started producing music back in 2008, but hadn’t begun to engrain his presence into the collective consciousness of EDM aficionados until his fortuitous 2011, that saw the advent of unprecedented poise in the young producer, which became manifest in his collaborative effort “Beta,” with fellow Dutch DJ/Producer, Hardwell. Romero has also spent the past year collaborating and performing alongside the likes of David Guetta and Tiesto, while accumulating gigs at some of the most exclusive club venues in the world. His prolific output of club singles has spawned the smash hits “Toulouse,” “Generation 303,” and “Se7en,” all of which exhibit the young producer’s talent with manipulating distorted drops and yielding compositions that are indicative of a thorough mastery of electro.
Having already been nominated for the equivalent of a Grammy in his homeland of Australia, Aussie import Tommy Trash has made some remarkable strides in a relatively short span of time. Trash’s release, “Cascade,” is among the most effectively-paced pieces of Progressive House to have come out of anywhere other than Europe. He shows a rare gift for identifying, isolating and integrating only the stronger aspects of the contemporary electronic scene, namely, distorted synths, gargantuan crescendos culminating in equally uproarious drops. Trash has been immensely prolific over the course of the past year, releasing a constant stream of remixes and original tracks, all while maintaining a busy touring schedule that eventually brought him to Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, where he opened up the first the day on the main stage.
One of the more polarizing figures in the contemporary dubstep circuit, largely due to his association with being one of the artists who provided the impetus for the emergence of the North American “brostep” phenomenon, Datsik nonetheless eludes detractors off of the strength of his deftly-crafted collaborations with fellow Canadian collaborator, Excision, with whom he produced the now genre-defining staple “Swagga,” in 2009. His follow up, entitled “Firepower” was a raucous continuation in Datsik’s utilization of a markedly hard-hitting sound that managed to blur the lines between being robotic and gritty, while taking cues from the gangsta Hip-Hop sounds of the early to mid-90’s.
Oscar Gaetan (who performs under his stage name of Oscar G) has been a driving force in defining the electronic music that has emerged from the Tropical House capital of Miami for nearly twenty years now, having attained the stature of a living legend in the city due to his pioneering collaborations with fellow Miamian, Ralph Falcon, as the House production duo, Murk; as well as his longtime residency at Downtown Miami mega club, Space; and subsequently, Miami Beach’s Mansion. Using the moniker of Funky Green Dogs, Oscar G and Falcon produced the 1997 club scorcher “Fired Up!” a progressive, drum-laden, funk-infused slow-burner that provided the template for the duo’s formula. Oscar G’s collaboration with Ralph Falcon on 2002’s “Dark Beat” saw the duo exploring a far more sensual and evocatively dark and sexy ambience, rife with drums and distorted synthesized backbeats. All told, the duo has accumulated twelve tracks that have charted in the top ten of Billboard’s U.S Club and dance charts.