Panorama NYC 2017 || Sydney’s Top Picks

Panorama NYC 2017

Panorama NYC is a little over a month away and with a lineup this great, the wait is becoming unbearable!


New York: home of all of the best television shows, celebrities, food, and essentially everything else. It’s the city where Carrie Bradshaw met Mr. Big (and then proceeded to drive us mad with their off-and-on-again relationship for six seasons and a full-length movie,) where the cast of Friends gathered at Central Perk for coffee paired with Phoebe’s horrendous singing, and where Alexander Hamilton caught his big Broadway break by rapping about revolution and pretty girls. New York is the city of dreams.

It is also the city of crushed dreams, once people like me realize how absurdly expensive the cost of living there is and that the chances they have of actually ever permanently residing there is next to none. So naturally, the first thing I did after finding out that I was going to have the opportunity to live there for six weeks this summer was scream. The second thing I did was look up all of the concerts and music festivals that will inevitably be going on while I’m there. Goldenvoice’s Panorama NYC was first on my list and after checking out these five killer artists that are on the music festival’s lineup this year, something tells me that it’ll be first on your list too.

Check out my favorite artists off the 2017 lineup below!

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Sydney’s Top Picks for Panorama NYC 2017

Breakbot

Breakbot

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I first learned of Breakbot, otherwise known as Thibaut Jean-Marie Michel Berland, through an ex-boyfriend of mine about three years ago. Incidentally, my love for Berland outlived my love for my ex and the song “Baby I’m Yours” is still one of my favorites, albeit ironic.

In all honesty, Breakbot is one of the few artists I haven’t been able to catch live and I cannot wait to have the experience to do so Panorama weekend. I feel as though Wikipedia describes his music genre best, listing his sound as French, electro, and disco house, along with electro-funk, nu-disco, boogie, and synthpop.

His newest album, Still Water, was released last year along with his track that was featured on Disney’s Star-Wars themed album, “Startripper.” Both of these are a synthesis of all of those genres. Berland is all the things that don’t suck about disco with an added intergalactic flair and I can’t wait to witness it live for myself come Friday.


24hrs

24hrs

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Formerly known as Rolls Royce Rizzy, 24hrs has come a long way since changing his name a little over a year ago. After maintaining his anonymity for some time, the Atlanta-based rapper finally revealed his identity to his fans at a show in Los Angeles and he’s been anything but anonymous in the rap and R&B community ever since.

Although not technically EDM, 24hrs is definitely a part of a new wave of hip-hop where the beats are just as important a component of each track as the lyrics are. His latest track, “Twenty Did It Again,” was released only days ago and follows suit, incorporating hard-hitting kicks that excellently contrast the artist’s high-pitched vocals.

24hrs is set to play Friday and plans to release his debut studio album Open Late later this year. So make sure not to miss his performance!


Matoma

Matoma

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No summer music festival would be complete without a representative from the tropical house genre and who better than Matoma? 26-year-old Tom Lagergren was originally best known for his remix of the Biggie Smalls classic “Old Thing Back,” but has released a slew of singles and an EP since then. The single “False Alarm” has been a personal favorite of mine since its release last year. It is the embodiment of the ultimate summer track with its catchy vocals and light-hearted feel so characteristic of the tropical house genre.

No, it’s not a false alarm. Matoma will undoubtedly have the whole crowd jumping and swaying for the entirety of his Saturday set and even if you’ve never heard of the Norwegian DJ before, I highly suggest you check him out.


Mura Masa

Mura Masa

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Mura freakin’ Masa people. I had the chance the catch Alex Crossan‘s set at Coachella and I cannot stress how talented this guy is. Crossan grew up singing and playing guitar, bass, and drums before ultimately discovering his love for making electronic music. Mind you, he’s my age… and I can barely manage “Chopsticks” on the piano.

With two albums already under his belt, Crossan seems to be on an unstoppable roll this year with the release of his three most recent singles, all of which feature popular artists as vocalists. His most recent, “All Around The World” featuring Desiigner, is an instant banger. The two artists play off one another to create a sound to satisfy electronic and rap-lovers alike. The popularity of the track is bound to attract a massive crowd for this young artist’s set on Sunday. Plus, apparently the name Mura Masa was inspired by the Japanese swordsmith Muramasa. Pretty cool.


Snakehips

Snakehips

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Last but certainly not least, I’ve listed Snakehips, the British duo comprised of Oliver Lee and James Carter. Snakehips has been on my radar since the release of their track “Miss You Always” on their Soundcloud about four years ago and I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t a little annoyed when they came out with “All My Friends” and everyone suddenly became obsessed with them. Okay, okay: a lot annoyed.

All pride aside, after seeing them last summer at Outside Lands, I can personally attest to the fact that Snakehips is not a set you’re going to want to miss. Their incorporation of R&B-esque elements paired with their overall feelgood vibes will hook you instantly, and not just because their lyrics are catchy as hell, either. So regardless of whether you’ve known about these guys for a while or are one of the aforementioned bandwagons (kidding!), let’s end the weekend together the right way with Snakehips on Sunday.


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Sydney attributes her love for music from her mom, who insisted on playing The Foo Fighters and The White Stripes rather than Kiss FM whenever she drove carpool and agreed to allow Sydney to attend Coachella in the eighth grade as long as she could go with her. That first festival only greater affirmed Sydney’s passion for the scene, but it was not until 2013 when she attended Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour concert in Los Angeles that she discovered electronic music. She was hooked instantly and has since attended a total of 23 festivals, with countless concerts in between. Sydney’s favorite artists include RL Grime, Jauz, Jai Wolf, Louis The Child, Slander, Bearson and Big Gigantic but she is constantly on the look out for new music and artists to dance to. When she’s not scouring the internet for new tracks or grooving at a concert, Sydney studies Journalism and Biology full-time at the University of Oregon.