Digital Dreams is kicking off in Toronto, and we've picked the 5 performers you cannot miss!
1. Major Lazer:
This is our first pick hands down. Never mind the dj scene, this live show goes beyond what any act is doing in any genre. The lineup can vary but the current tour featuring Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire is absolutely insane. No one else gets down like this. With big tunes like 'Get Free' and 'Original Don' leading up to the second album things are only going to get crazier. Diplo has just released the insane 'Express Yourself' EP and has got the whole world expressing themselves on twitter. We just interviewed Jillionaire. We've had the chance to see Major Lazer at Coachella, Sasquatch, and a few times in Toronto. Cannot wait for this...
Talk about career longevity. A-Trak has been owning the turntables since before he could legally drive a car. Winning everything from ITF, Vestax, and DMC dj competitions to YTV Acheivement Awards he set the bar high. Nowadays he's running Fool's Gold Records, releasing a steady catalogue of singles and remixes, and touring constantly. His live show combines turntablism, and a wide array of genres for an unforgettable show. He really is one of the best dj's in the world. We've seen him perform everywhere from the Embassy Hotel in London, to the Hoxton in Toronto, and Sasquatch in Washington.
3. Richie Hawtin:
We'd heard the legend of Richie Hawtin, the English-Canadian who played a huge part in Detroit techno in the 90's. It wasn't until we caught some of his set at the Virgin Music Fest in Baltimore a few years ago that we clued in to the greatness. There's nothing like seeing a dj who can make the crowd go crazy with the simple addition of a high hat to a beat. There's something unmistakeable in Richie Hawtin's finesse as a dj that makes his live show something you really need to experience to believe.
4. Torro Torro:
Torro Torro keep offering up a selection of tracks and remixes that make classifying their style difficult. They've worked to create Slowed, the moombahton event that takes place at Wrongbar but don't let that convince you that the duo is limited to 108-112. They've just released two remixes; Neoteric and Wax Motif's 'Go Deep' and 'Tropicalia' by 2Edit that clock in at 128 bpm. The versatility and variety of tracks, and the festival setting make this a set to run for!
5. Andy's iLL:
This is an exciting time to catch Andy's iLL live at a festival. The eye of the storm between the release of the 'Firefight' EP and the release of his full length debut album. There's no denying that Andy's music covers the entire spectrum from the absolute heaviest bass to the most delicate melody and their inevitable collision, there's no denying this music is huge and growing. By the time you hear the upcoming album, about to be released on Dim Mak you'll understand where we're coming from. For now just trust us and go lose your minds! The show is insane, incredibly energetic both onstage and in the audience. Next time Andy's iLL will be headlining Digital Dreams!