RB Weekend Preview: Matroda, SoDown, Wet Electric 2019, Habstrakt, What So Not, Bland Splash, Thomas Jack
April 23, 2019
April 23, 2019
This year’s Goldrush lineup is undeniably stacked. While 2017’s inaugural festival kicked off with a bang, this second round will take it up another notch. The weekend features legends of the electronic music game, from Illenium, the king of melodic bass, to Steve Aoki, a veteran producer of pop and EDM alike, to Deadmau5, an artist who needs no introduction.
Still, the massive talent featured on the Goldrush lineup does not stop at those iconic names. The wild west is about to welcome countless artists who are on the rise, emerging to change today’s scene. Now that Goldrush is just over a month out, it’s the perfect time to discover who will bring the heat to Rawhide this September. Here are three artists that you won’t want to miss:
Originating from Boulder, Colorado, SoDown represents the Southwest with his unique funk-infused bass music. It is no surprise that his momentum has been unstoppable since his debut Red Rocks performance just last year. Already, SoDown is drawing huge crowds at festivals like Sonic Bloom, Electric Forest, and Global Dance. Whether you’re into weird bass or upbeat funk, you can get down at a SoDown set. This DJ even jams on live saxophone (meaning, GRiZ fans, don’t miss this one). SoDown’s delicious mix of bass drops and smooth grooves is bound to bring feelgood vibes that will last the whole festival. Check out SoDown’s recent summer release, “My Love,” which shows off his groovy side.
There’s one reason you must hear SQUNTO: the Megachop. In these infamous chops, SQUNTO live mixes gnarly riddim tracks, building layers upon layers of heavy bass that rev up his rowdy audiences. The Massachusetts native has been producing for years, but it was not until his 2016 release of Megachop Vol. 1 that his reputation exploded. Since then, SQUNTO has emerged from the East Coast underground into a growing spotlight. If you plan on bringing the energy for SLANDER, or riding the rail for Deadbeats’ heavyweight, YOOKiE, you should also prepare to get megachopped this Goldrush. Listen to SQUNTO’s powerful new track, “Dust”—a main feature on the Bassrush Massive 2018 Album.
Goldrush would not be complete without some major RBDeep talent. Born Dirty got our attention last year as a Relentless Beats DJ to Watch—and we haven’t taken our eyes off them since. Born Dirty is inventing a hybrid sound: house and techno that is shaped by hip-hop influences. This London duo first made waves in 2015 when their single was picked up for an Apple campaign. Today, Born Dirty continues to rise, with countless releases on powerhouse labels like Dirtybird, OWSLA, and Fool’s Gold. Just last week, they paired up with Australian house queen, Anna Lunoe, for a dynamic Diplo & Friends mix. You’ll want to be witness when Born Dirty brings high-paced club energy to Rawhide. Listen to Born Dirty’s Mad Decent collab with Anna Lunoe: “Badass.” This one’s sure to become a summer anthem.
These rising artists are certainly ones to watch, but don’t forget to check out the rest of the Goldrush 2018 lineup. Look here for the full lineup and to purchase tickets!