RB Weekend Preview: Gem & Jam, Mr. Carmack, Doctor P, GoldFish, and Lee Curtiss & Ryan Crosson
January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018
It’s officially ‘cuffing season,’ meaning love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. We’re absolutely swooning over the Crush Arizona lineup that consists of Kaskade, Carnage, Getter, Crankdat, Grandtheft, Volac and Gerry Gonza. There’s no doubt these DJs are going to win your heart with their impeccable sets.
Kaskade is a man who needs little introduction. He’s been mastering his sound for years, traveling the world as one of the most prestigious names in electronic music. He always has listeners coming back for more, infiltrating the hearts of fans everywhere with his refined, emotional tunes. He released his first single, “What I Say,” in 2001 and almost 20 years and 9 albums later, the 6-time Grammy nominated artist still has it. His fans flock from every corner of the country for his sold-out shows. Recently, Kaskade perfected his reputation with his Christmas album, Kaskade Christmas. The compilation provides an easy transition between the holidays and leaves us counting the days until Crush.
You know when you hear “Where My Latinos At” boom from the stage something wicked is about to drop, and that can only be experienced with the one and only, Carnage. Born Diamante Blackmon, Carnage became a top-of-the-mind musician and producer back in 2012. Carnage began his music career in his bedroom, and after the release of a couple trending remixes and originals he took his talents to recording studios and stages all over the world. Tracks like “Loaded” with G-Eazy and his remix or Harwell’s “Spaceman” put him on the map and he solidified him as a reputable rapper, producer, and DJ. Today, Carnage can be found making crowds go wild at some of the most coveted stages in the world like Tomorrowland and EDC. He also frequents Las Vegas where he has a residency at the Marquee night and day club. Carnage is one of those acts that engages the crowd and relentlessly drops banger after banger-come prepared with energy because as his name suggests, a carnage set kills.
Getter has been a staple in the bass industry for quite some time now. Whether you know him for his famous “suh dude” phrase or his impressive take on dubstep, he has proven himself worthy of all the attention he receives. Without a doubt, he is a very popular member of the entertainment industry, for his musical abilities keep his name coming out of everyone’s mouths. Over the years, he has been a leader in the transformation of dubstep and has even taken a new turn with his hip-hop alias, Terror Reid. His skills are expert level and not to be missed.
Ohio native Christian Smith, aka Crankdat is a man of many talents. Today, he’s an outstanding DJ and producer, but not long ago he was a D1 athlete who ultimately turned down a full-ride track-and-field scholarship to Kent State to pursue music–talk about passion! He’s become known for his energetic and melodically vibrant tunes. He originally gained recognition for a string of high-energy remixes, including a bounding reworking of Fetty Wap’s breakout single, “Trap Queen.” Eventually, these remixes racked up millions of plays and he was getting attention from bigger names in the EDM industry such as Skrillex and The Chainsmokers. This year he’s been on tour and released the Jauz collaboration “I Hold Still,” as well as the triumphant single “Dollars.”
Grandtheft is a Producer/DJ based in Toronto, Canada. Establishing an eclectic, custom club sound by playing largely his own originals and remixes, Grandtheft has slayed clubs worldwide and is respected as one of the best live DJs Canada has to offer. The music he produces is varied beyond categorization, except to say that it seems to move people. Grandtheft’s music is spun nightly in club and radio sets worldwide and has garnered wide-reaching support from Pretty Lights to Hardwell, Skrillex to Annie Mac. With a heavy schedule of touring that includes festivals such as Coachella, Ultra, Bestival, TomorrowWorld, HARD Fest, EDC and Mad Decent Block Party among others, Grandtheft’s following has increased astronomically in the past years and shows no signs of slowing down.
VOLAC is a Russian-bred duo consisting of childhood friends Stas and Sasha. They’ve loved electronic dance music from an early age. Volac shows their unique style in cartoon comics, which present each podcast called ‘VOLACAST’. The duo’s sound combines elements of deep house, bass house and g-house, producing music with deep powerful bass-lines and energetic grooves loved by clubbers. One of their breakout hits “Drug Dealer” was released by CUFF and they’ve been nonstop hustling since. In 2015 VOLAC started working with AC Slater’s Night Bass imprint, having released 2 EPs with them thus far. VOLAC kick-started 2017 in fashion with their Do Ya Thing EP. After that, the Russian boys have joined forces with LA-based DJ/producer DESTRUCTO to create an irresistible G-house infused anthem “What I Got,” which got more than 1 million streams on Soundcloud. Volac has collaborations with Sharam Jey, Illusionize, Bruno Furlan, Vanilla Ace and others.
Gerry Gonza started his interest in music at an early age, learning to read, write, and play percussion. His brother first introduced him to dance music and started to produce shortly after. By 18, he was playing his first 2,000 cap club. In 2016, he decided to take a leap of faith and leave his on-the-rise duo Thee Cool Cats to pursue a solo career. He came out of the gate swinging with a remix for HARD boss Destructo followed by the release of his hit track “Bad Bitches” on Tchami’s imprint Confession. Gaining support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Richy Ahmed, AC Slater, Shiba San, Claptone, Wax Motif, and many more, he’s hit the scene hard, bringing a mixture of driving basslines and drums combined with melodic synths that come together to form an indistinguishable sound that’s always fresh. Blending any and all influences, he makes music that’s free. Expect anything and everything from Gerry Gonza.
The 9th annual Crush Arizona goes down on Saturday, February 17, 2018, and will be one for the books. Collect the squad, your ravebae, your sweetheart or anything in between and grab your tickets now. They’ll make a perfect Christmas OR Valentine’s Day gift. See you there!