Moonrise Festival 2018

Moonrise Festival 2018

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is unquestionably one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much as an international brand (tastemaker, spokesman, curator, saxophone player) as he is a musician/DJ/producer. Year after year, he’s proven himself to be an ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.

In 2004, after studying film at Temple University, throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, and releasing multiple mixtapes promoting the aesthetic of his party, Hollertronix, Pentz cemented himself as a full fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida.” Receiving praise within the underground community, “Florida” caught the attention of XL Recording’s newest act at the time - M.I.A. - who partnered with Pentz to release mixtape “Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1.” This pivotal mixtape (listed by the New York Times and Pitchfork Media as “Album of the Year”) helped build buzz for M.I.A.’s debut and boosted Diplo’s reputation as a scene-spotter, championing the mongrel pop of the global underclass to the speakers of American clubs. Diplo would continue to work with M.I.A. on her first and second albums, eventually creating the Grammy nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit No. 4 in the U.S. Hot 100 Charts and has sold more than 3 million copies.

In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a showcasing platform for the myriad of fascinating sounds Pentz encounters while touring the world. The early release of Brazilian group Bonde do Role remains a testament to Diplo’s aspirations, as their music helped define Baile Funk in the United States. Mad Decent has gone on to release music from a dynamic range of artists that include Santigold, Peter Bjorn & John, Rusko, Crookers, Bosco Delrey, Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Buraka Som Sistema, Dillon Francis, RiFF RAFF, Baauer and Major Lazer. Coming full circle from his days of Hollertronix, Diplo has also utilized the label to produce the annual and infamous Mad Decent block parties – a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 19 cities across North America.

After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the #1 most streamed artist on Soundcloud in 2013, Diplo’s might continues to grow in 2014. Diplo’s touring remains extensive, playing hard ticket venues all around the world 300 days of the year, headlining the 22-city Mad Decent Block Party tour across North America, as well as launching the inaugural Mad Decent Boat Party on the Caribbean seas. Following the success of Diplo’s “Express Yourself” EP in 2012 and Major Lazer’s sophomore album Free The Universe in 2013, 2014 will see the release of his compilation album Random White Dude Be Everywhere, which includes some of his biggest recent hits that have been seen in TV commercials for Doritos and Fiat. His chart-climbing single “Revolution” recently broke the Top 40 Pop Chart at radio, making it Diplo’s biggest hit to date. In addition, Beyonce’s “Run The World” heavily sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and went on to sell over a million copies, further cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world. He remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape – Usher, Snoop Lion, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, No Doubt, Beyonce, Madonna, Pharrell and more.

“Lean On” the global smash hit from Major Lazer’s June 2015 release Peace Is the Mission has garnered a host of accolades including reaching #1 at Top 40 Radio, a first for any independent label, being named Spotify’s Global Song of the Summer as well as the 4th most streamed track in history making it the most successful independent song of all time.

Diplo is truly a jack of all trades - he’s contributed to Vanity Fair, yields regular radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and Clear Channel Media stations, as well as his new show Lazer Sound on Apple Music’s Beats1, has modeled for the campaign of fashion designer Alexander Wang, released the coffee table book 128 Beats Per Minute and the documentary film, Favela On Blast, made a cameo in 22 Jump Street and starred as the host of the ?uestlove-produced VH1 show, SoundClash. Diplo is a dynamic and self-driven spirit with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm; he is truly the 21st century artist.

If somewhere, in the vast expanse of the multiverse, there exists a planet where giant exotic birds twerk to trap and hard-style all day long under a blazing tropical sun, then DJ Snake is definitely from that planet. Hailing from Paris, France, the grammy-nominated producer exports a brand of party music so ferociously groovy that it instantly sets any party on fire, regardless of how steamy it may already be. His 2013 Jeffree's release "Bird Machine" is an infectious, staple trap anthem that brilliantly samples a bird whistle for the drop and has made a solid name for itself as one of the hottest songs of the year. It has received extensive play from the likes of Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Baauer, to name but a few, on some of the largest festival stages in the world. DJ Snake's ability to fuse fun, outrageous melodies with his genius trademark style makes it safe to say that we have a lot to be excited about when it comes to what we can expect next.

"Internationally renowned DJ/Producer/Remixer KASKADE has taken the world of electronic music by storm, and shows no signs of slowing down. The proof came in 2010 when "Dynasty," Kaskade's sixth album, climbed to #5 on the iTunes Charts for all genres.

"Dynasty" is the follow-up release to the massively successful "Strobelite Seduction," which garnered four global hit singles and was #1 on iTunes Dance for six weeks. With consistent and high music chart placement (topping Billboard Hot Dance Airplay, iTunes Dance, BBC Radio, and "most played record" on Sirius Dance Radio in 2009) and various TV and film licensing placements ("Sex and the City" movie and soundtrack, "Devil Wears Prada," and "Date Night" with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey), Kaskade's sound still holds authentic to the underground, generating some of the biggest club anthems year."

DC and Hooks are Zeds Dead.

They first hooked up in 2004 and formed Mass Productions. Influenced by the digging in the crates sampling school of hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It was their first and only release.

In the summer of 2009, the two launched their second collaboration - Zeds Dead - turning up the bpm and aiming the bass-lines at the dance-floor. Soon after Zeds Dead (alongside the Killabits) founded a weekly party in Toronto called BassMentality. Guests have included Nero, Skrillex, 12th Planet, Borgore, Mary Anne Hobbs, Plastician, Netsky, and many more.

Two of the hardest workers in electronic music, Zeds Dead's tireless efforts have earned them an excellent reputation amongst a new generation of producers as artists without borders - genres hold no bearing over their music as they transcend style and form with ease. By pulling from a vast array of source material (Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Sublime), and molding it into their unique brand of dance-floor classics, They have established themselves as a dominant force in EDM circles and have received recognition and praise from tastemakers worldwide. With a stockpile of originals and remixes set to be released in 2011, DC and Hooks show no signs of slowing down.

Catch them live and you'll know: Zeds Dead is here to stay

Justin "3LAU" is house music producer and DJ by night; college junior by day. Currently 21 years old, 3LAU balances a full course load at Washington University in St. Louis with a nationwide tour schedule and hours devoted to producing the bootlegs and remixes that have landed him top 10 Beatport & Hype Machine charting. Combining top-40 acapellas with instrumental bangers, 3LAU kickstarted his career producing a signature sound that transcends the traditional definition of a bootleg, seamlessly weaving tracks that breed dance floor filth.

With a background in piano, guitar, and drums, 3LAU's beginnings were in indie, but a trip to Sweden in the summer of 2011 opened his eyes to the world of house music. After producing for only a year, 3LAU's achievements include the #1 remix in Tiesto's "Work Hard, Play Hard" remix competition, a top 10 beatport release on the progressive charts, and slots at Electric Zoo, Global Dance Fest, Spring Awakening and Camp Bisco. FratMusic.com named 3LAU as its official House DJ and he has received critical acclaim from top blogs ThisSongisSick.com, GoodMusicAllDay.com, and Earmilk.com as well as EDM influencers R3hab, Porter Robinson, and James Egbert. Look out for 3LAU's debut EP later this year!

At a time where the upcoming talents in the scene of Electronic Dance Music seem to get younger by the second, another promisingh his incredible sense beautiful melodies and a production quality that deserves a lot of recognition, Nate "Audien" Rathbun is starting to show off his skills in a trance and progressive scene that many had mistaken for being dead and gone.

At age 18 and hailing from the Northeastern shores of USA, Nate has silently been honing his skills ever since his first encounter with EDM at age 15. Having been brought up in a family with a mother that was very passionate about music in general, and a father that expressed his joy through guitar playing and singing, undoubtedly helped to shape Nate's passion for music. Starting off with up-tempo techno gradually transitioning to trance and progressive. It did not take long fo prospect of tomorrow has appeared. Witr people to see that Nate had a flair for the melodies and the production skills required to create quality productions.

Recently Nate has seen his originals and remixes getting picked up by heavyweight UK trance labels Armada, Enhanced Recordings, Flashover, Black Hole, and Alter Ego among others. Recently Nate signed a track to Ferry Corsten's dutch imprint Flashover Recordings which ended up on Ferry's hot compilation theory entitled "Once Upon A Night" among many other compilations lisenced by Armada, Enhanced, and others.

Nate has never had a problem with airplay. His productions have frequently been featured on radio shows such as A State Of Trance with Armin Van Buuren, Trance Around The World with Above and Beyond, Corsten's Countdown with Ferry Corsten, Tiesto's Club Life, including many other shows hosted by credible and established Producers and DJs.

On the remix front Nate has proven himself capable at working at an amazing pace; finishing remixes for before mentioned, Enhanced Recordings, AVA (Armada), the also UK based Alter Ego, and with numerous other deals in the works it is safe to say that it will not take long before the world will be making the first encounter with young, yet incredibly gifted American.

Elephante

GG Magree

Joyryde

Alternative punk metal band from London, England active from 1991 to 1998.

Intense shows with incomprehensible energy, music with great supporters from big acts across the globe, as well as a likability and intimacy with fans and supporters around the world are what make everything "Ookay". With only six months' time of being in a fast-paced, competitive and growing industry, Ookay has established himself by other as "a leader" and being at the forefront of a rapid growing music genre.

With only six months creating music, Ookay has created an imprint of a growing sound within clubs and major festival. His first ever Beatport release with Ultra Records has charted very well on the electronica chart peaking at #10. With thousands of people supporting Ookay, there's no limit to where he may go. Already associating himself with names like Borgore, UZ, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Mayhem, Craze and more, Ookay has gained mass popularity and a likability, not just personally, but musically as well.

Ookay was recently listed as one of Vibe Magazines top Trap / Moombahton artist to watch in 2013. With his recent release on the Buygore Allstars Album taking over dance floors across the world, Ookay is definitely an artist to keep your eye on in 2013 and many years to come.

The Two Friends

The Two Friends cut one single for Harvey Fuqua's HPC label in 1960 "Just Too Much To Hope For" b/w "Family Reunion." Most Motown collectors are probably more familiar with the version of "Too Much to Hope For" cut in 1968 for Motown Records by Tammi Terrell.

The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally "removal by cutting". It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests.
Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision's skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld.
The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the ROTTUN label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision's sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide.
To see more, go to Excision.ca

Swedish electronic music production and songwriting duo consisting of Christian "Bloodshy" Karlsson of Miike Snow, and Linus Eklöw aka Style of Eye.

Griz

Sitting at the forefront of the melodic dubstep and bass music movement, ILLENIUM has quickly become one of Denver’s most talked about EDM producers and DJs. San Francisco native Nicholas Miller, better known as ILLENIUM, moved to Denver in 2013 and is now proud to call Colorado home. Incorporating influences from artists like Seven Lions, Zeds Dead, & Sound Remedy, ILLENIUM creates his own blend of melodic dubstep with his asteroid like bass and catchy melody lines. While some people say that dubstep is a dying breed, ILLENIUM reinvents the style with a much more epic melodic sounding approach. ILLENIUM began making electronic dance music in early 2008 and was immediately recognized for his production quality and content.

ILLENIUM’s latest EP titled, RISEN exemplifies just that. Miller teamed up with the internationally acclaimed Sirma for one of the songs on this EP, after hearing DropTalk’s remix of Wanderer and together they created the melodically beautiful track, Drop Our Hearts. This song was the first single from RISEN, premiering on Tuesday December 10th. Drop Our Hearts immediately rose to the #1 position on the EDM Network’s Dubstep.net.

ILLENIUM got his start on the scene when he released his 2013 debut self-titled EP with LA based record label, Prep School Recordings. Adding his own blend of intricate melodies and powerful bass heavy rhythms into electronic dance music fuels his sound, and puts him at the forefront of the melodic dubstep and bass music scene that so many people consider the future of electronic dance music. ILLENIUM states that, “We are in the midst of a digital revolution and along with this revolution comes the freedom of music.” ILLENIUM is a freedom of music pioneer and gives all of his music away for free to his fans.

Action Bronson

American rapper from Flushing, Queens, New York of Albanian descent.

Musician, producer and DJ/turntablist born November 29, 1987 in Halden, Norway.

American indie pop duo founded in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Vince Staples

American rapper, born July 2, 1993 in Northside, Long Beach, California, USA.

Minnesota

Producer and member of the Money Boss Players. Producer of Boss Money, producer of Sam Hill.

Rapper from College Park, Georgia.

SNAILS’ is a Montreal-based producer and DJ.

Producer from Santa Cruz, California.

Liquid Stranger

Liquid Stranger's creative output ranges from suggestive ambient soundscapes to movie scores, pop, dub, infernalia, drill n bass, and electronica.

Christopher Mercer, aka Rusko was born in Leeds in 1985 to a musical family. From day one Rusko was surrounded by music whether it be his families piano's, guitars, banjo's and saxophones…or in his later years the heavy reggae and dub sound systems of Leeds, music has always been an integral part of Rusko's life.
After graduating from Leeds university with a degree in musical performance, Rusko discovered the world of dubstep through SUB DUB and a debut appearance from the "Digital Mystikz", having spent the past 10 years making future dub alongside Leeds very own Iration Steppas, Rusko connected with the sound and moved down to London to further advance his musical opportunities.
Veering away from the dark, serious side of the sound Rusko bought a highly driven energy and fun approach to the dubstep massive, quickly coining his own take on the genre that infected . His sound appealed to many people outside of the dubstep world as his productions became more adventurous in formula, sound and energy. His huge hit "Cockney Thug" has been played by everyone from Pete Tong, Switch, Diplo and Santogold. And has been remixed by Buraka Som sistema, Diplo, Drop the Lime and the Scratch Perverts.
Now part of the Mad Decent Camp with collaborations on the horizon with the likes of Switch, Diplo , Santigold, Trouble Andrew, Hot Chip and more…the future sure is looking bright. Currently setting the radio airwaves alight with his own productions and remixes of artists such as The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Little Boots and plenty more, Rusko is only going in one direction. Onwards, upwards and far beyond any other young producer could dream of.

Matthew Philpott-Jones

19 year old Belgian artist. Since his debut signing to Never Say Die Records he released the ‘Like A Boss’ EP that went straight to the top 5 on the Beatport dubstep charts, and stayed in the top 10 for 7 weeks running.

Since, he has moved on to collaborate with artists such as Habstrakt which resulted in ‘Ninja Challenge’ that was featured in this years Never Say Die and UKF album mixed by SKisM alongside names like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, Foreign Beggars and more.

Midnight Tyrannosaurus

Sullivan King

Bass music producer from Los Angeles, United States.

Terravita often enjoy a slice of pizza-pie. They are a tasty buscuit of contemporary styling,
teamed with all sorts of nutritious beats. You can eat Terravita with big enough teeth to sink into their beastly bass.

Tech-, Electro-, Progressive- & House DJ & producer from London, UK.
Runs his own label Rising Music since late 2005.

Mark Knight

UK House DJ & Producer. Founded Toolroom Records in 2004.

Mastering engineer at Optimal Media GmbH, formerly known as Optimal Media Production.

Note: The company does not release the full name of the engineer.
Other mastering engineers employed there, are BK (14), HL (2) (Heino Leja), KL (5), KR (3) and TW (5).

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American DJ and producer based in Los Angeles.

House project from Hannover/London

Sacha Robotti

DJ and producer.

Sage Armstrong

Treasure Fingers

Treasure Fingers is the Funk / House / Disco House side project of The Enemy.

Will Clarke

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