Above & Beyond
If uplifting trance is your thing, don’t just stop at Above & Beyond’s set—there will be plenty of trance to choose from. Aly & Fila (Sunday) are coming straight from Cairo, bringing the “Future Sound of Egypt” to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Hailing from Germany, Cosmic Gate (Saturday) is another DJ duo you shouldn’t miss. The pair’s progressive beats will keep you dancing the entire set. If you like trance with a side of dubstep, make sure to catch Seven Lions (Sunday) for his unique sound and visuals.
Do you dig lyrically-driven electro-pop, like what Calvin Harris serves up? French DJ Martin Solveig (Saturday) achieved mainstream success with 2011’s Smash (you no doubt heard his collaboration with Dragonette, “Hello”), so see what the electro-pop purveyor has been up to since. Oliver Heldens (Saturday) may be only 22, but the Dutch producer makes the freshest future house beats—he may not have the vocals that Harris does, but his music is catchy nonetheless. There’s also CID (Sunday), an American producer out of New York City. Teaming up with the likes of Kaskade, his music is definitely on the cutting edge of the house genre.
If you’re looking for something similar to what Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are putting out, Illenium (Friday) will bring his melodic electric sound this year. Another to check out is electro-house beatslinger Ookay (Sunday), an on-the-rise DJ who has worked with talents such as Diplo and Marshmello. Galantis (Friday) is a Swedish duo with hits such as “Runaway (U & I)” and “Peanut Butter Jelly”—and if you like the Chainsmokers, they might just be your must-see EDC act.
Traces of the innovative and eclectic sound of Diplo can be heard in these artists’ work. Hailing from Phoenix, Mija (Saturday) is one of the few female acts in the male-dominated world of electronic music. Now signed to Skrillex’s label, OWSLA, her sound is all over the map—and her sets are as genre-defying as they are fun to dance to. Another OWSLA artist taking the EDC stage is Valentino Khan (Saturday, pictured above) out of Los Angeles. Best known for his “Deep Down Low” banger, Khan brings an uptempo groove and funky drops to every set. Also, Kygo (Saturday) is bringing his brand of tropical house, and his set might just remind one of Diplo’s dancehall-infused beats. This Norwegian artist new releases with pop stars such as Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez.
You’ve seen Tiësto a million times—why not check out someone new? If shuffling is your thing, make sure you listen to Dutch DJ Don Diablo’s (Friday) “Cutting Shapes” track. As the name might suggest, Firebeatz (Sunday, pictured above) will bring its hot, big-room beats to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Are you a fan of YC? Check out Alison Wonderland (Saturday), an Aussie DJ with a unique mix of trap and hip-hop sounds. Also, Israeli DJ Borgore (Friday) is bringing his self-described “gorestep” sound. The artist’s hard-hitting, metal-influenced trap beats are perfect to headbang to. If you’re looking for music that’s even heavier, Canadian producer Snails (Saturday). will be serving dirty bass drops with insane visuals to match.