Giving myself the task of picking just ten artists from this lineup has been quite the mission to complete. I’ll be honest, it was insanely hard to narrow it down to just ten. In my selection, I chose some names that you probably are familiar with, and other that may be unknown to you. To me, EDC Las Vegas isn’t necessarily about the artists who are playing but rather the experience that comes with the event. These artists are the background music for your night, but the beauty of a multi-genre event is that you’re able to explore sounds both new and old. I hope you like my selections, and check as many of these artists out as possible.
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Grant’s Top 10 Artists at EDC Las Vegas 2016
Hands down one of my favorite all time artists, Eric Prydz is someone that honestly everyone should check out. I’m sure you’ve heard his name before, or perhaps one of his pseudonyms Pryda or Cirez D. Coming in hot off the release of ‘Opus’, this is a must see through and through. Be prepared for an experience that is out of this world.
In an era in which big room house has dominated the main stage of nearly every festival, Deorro has been my guilty pleasure. Bringing a unique twist to house with some melbourne bounce, he will keep you dancing throughout his entire set. Be prepared for some latin twists to the table as he brings the panda funk with him.
My top performance at Dreamstate SoCal last November takes a spot in my top 10 for EDC Las Vegas. Whether you love the uplifting vocal side of trance, or the fast paced psy elements, Ben Nicky is there to rock your world and bring the vibes. Curious about his set? Check out his EDC New York set from last month to get an idea of what type of set he’ll be bringing to the table on Sunday night!
Looking to mellow out your night a bit? Check out Lane 8. He’s going to keep you grooving all night long with some seriously deep tunes. This well-loved Anjunadeep artist is a master of track selection, making sure to keep the vibes unreal. His mixtapes are sublime and you should add them to your own collection if you haven’t already. Catch him on Friday night, you won’t regret it!
Paul van Dyk
Join me on Sunday at the circuitGROUNDS to help welcome Paul van Dyk back to the stage. This trance legend was sidelined earlier this year, but back and better than ever. He’s set to be bringing you to your own personal dream state with his set at EDC Las Vegas. His work speaks for itself, but his latest tracks have definitely left a mark on me. Check out his collaboration with Genix, and his work with Betsie Larkin for a point in the right direction.
In an era in which track releases are a dime a dozen and turntablism has all but become a lost art form, A-Trak stands apart from the rest. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t know his infectious remix of “Heads Will Roll” from seven years ago, and his sets have always been filled with some epic house tunes to boot. The Fool’s Gold Records boss, A-Trak has worked with countless big names and represents the bridge between hip hop and rave cultures.
You say you love techno but do you know who Derrick May is? If you don’t you should be ashamed of yourself. This Detroit Techno pioneer is a legend who paved the way for the modern rave culture. His label Transmat, is stocked full of talent that stems from the infectious sounds of techno. Do you find yourself getting down to artists like Green Velvet or Claude VonStroke? Then don’t sleep on this legend. Pasquale brought some epic names back for the 20th Anniversary and his is one of them.
Another artist “debuting” at EDC Las Vegas for the first time. RL Grime is hands down one of the biggest names in the trap genre, and I have never had a bad time at one of his sets. While I’m not huge on trap as a whole, RL Grime brings an element of superiority with him that I simply can’t ignore. He is the king. Having played at past editions of EDC Las Vegas under his other alter ego, Clockwork, its finally time for this man to take the stage. What’s more fitting than at the 20th Anniversary of the event?
Bringing in the New Order with his friends Dr. Fresch and SNRBN, Shaun Frank is nothing but extraordinary. Catching him at the Halfway 2 EDC last February was one of the best moments I had, and it was great to have him bring Delaney Jane out to belt out the vocals on her tracks with him. The New Order is definitely taking over, and with Shaun Frank leading the way I’m definitely not unhappy. Check out his tracks “Heaven” and the remix of Duke Dumont’s “Ocean Drive”!
Above & Beyond
It has become a tradition for me to get some Group Therapy during my annual pilgrimage to the Electric Daisy Carnival and this year will be now different. Ever since seeing them at EDC Las Vegas in 2012, I have never missed their set and have always had a great time vibing out in the crowd. Last year, they brought out Bryan Cranston to push the button on the track “Walter White”, and ended their set with paying respects on Father’s Day. As they have left the kineticFIELD after a three year run, I cannot wait to see what is in store at the circuitGROUNDS this year.