Goldrush Music Festival
Illenium, Steve Aoki, Louis The Child, Kevin Gates, Rich The Kid, Ekali, Slander, TroyBoi, JPEGMAFIA, Loud Luxury, Matroda, Medasin, SayMyName, SoDown, Tokimonsta, Guy J, Leftwing & Kody, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porky
5700 W North Loop Rd
Chandler, AZ, 85226
There are melodic bass producers, and then there is Nick Miller. The Denver-based producer known as Illenium has been turning heads in the dance music community over the past year and for good reason. Illenium has distinguished himself from the myriad of others through an unrivaled ability to create an immersive emotional experience of highs and lows that pulls on the heart strings and leaves the listener awestruck, accomplishing in the span of just a few short minutes what takes many a full set. He has displayed an adeptness for creating aural arrangements that vary in style, yet always maintain beauty, complexity and emotional depth. Illenium gave the world a taste of what he has to offer in 2014 with standout originals "Falling In," "So Wrong," "Make Me Do;" remixes of Dawn Golden, Odesza, Oh Wonder; and performances at Global Dance Festival, Decadence NYE and other select dates. However, as foreshadowed by his inclusion in UKF's "Ones to Watch: 15 for 2015," this is poised to be Illenium's breakout year.
American DJ, producer, and musician. Also, the founder of Dim Mak Records.
Louis The Child
Chicago-based music duo
As an artist, you've got to know yourself and your own vision first and foremost. Kevin Gates certainly does. The Baton Rouge-based rapper doesn't pull any punches, and his honesty fuels everything he does. More importantly, you can get to know him very well just by listening to what he's got to say on tape.
Rap felt like destiny for him from a very young age. In a house with stacks of records and CDs, he became engaged by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and The Notorious B.I.G. as a child. Watching music videos religiously, the burgeoning MC would then perform for his aunts and uncles during family gatherings.
"I'd emulate what I saw on TV," he recalls. "I'd pretend like I was a rapper for my family. I just knew that this is what I was meant to do. I never questioned it. I felt that for as long as I can remember."
In 2004, he entered a local studio for the very first time and started professionally recording. Three years later, he dropped his breakout debut mixtape, Pick Of Da Litter. As he passed out thousands of CDs around the area, his buzz started to spread like wildfire and he began playing multiple shows per week. Shortly after, he unleashed the 2008 hit "Get in the Way" featuring Lil Boosie, developing a devout national following in the process. However, in the aftermath of the track's success, Gates faced incarceration until 2011.
"When I got out, my fan base had strangely grown," he admits. "It was so crazy to me. Once I came home, I knew that I had to just focus on the music. I practically never left the studio after that. It was all about recording and making more songs."
Gates also took the opportunity to found his very own record label, Bread Winners Association, in 2011. As a banner for his movement, the company touts an important ethos for the artist that courses through all of his output.
"Bread Winners Association was always an idea," he says. "I got serious with it upon being reinserted into society. This is the way I see it. If you're making money and supporting yourself or your family, you're a Bread Winner. It's not about how much money you make. It's about hustling to survive for a better life for yourself and the people you love. It also means, 'Be what you are'. The biggest quote for me is Shakespeare's 'To thine own self be true'. That's my philosophy. If I'm in a situation, it has to feel like me."
He upheld that even when offered a deal with Young Money Entertainment in 2012. Gates respectfully (and famously) passed, having been inspired by Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman's own story of "taking twenty years" to build a brand. He took it to heart and wholeheartedly pursued his own path. 2013 saw him make waves a few times with The Luca Brasi Story, which Rolling Stone dubbed "One of the 20 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2013", and an incendiary feature on Pusha T's "Trust You". That year, Stranger Than Fiction put Gates on the map once again, boasting cameos by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J and garnering unanimous praise from Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, and Spin.
However, 2014's By Any Means raised the bar even higher for Gates. Unflinchingly real, he delivers razor sharp verses with intricate wordplay as well as hard, yet hypnotic hooks. Once again, he attracted everybody from Plies ["Keep Fucking With Me"] and Rico Love ["Go Hard"] to 2 Chainz ["Bet I'm On It"] and the late, legendary Doe B ["Amnesia"] to the studio. About the latter, he goes on, "When I met Doe B, we had instant chemistry. It's like I had known him my whole life. It was immediate and so real".
Meanwhile, "Arm & Hammer" swings from ominous production into rough rhymes before colliding on an anthemic and gruff verse. Simultaneously, "Don't Know" showcases his penchant for a powerful and passionate melody. "People can get different things from it," he explains. "It's like a movie. You can picture it and get your own story. When I listen to music, it captures a moment. I hope it's that way for everybody else."
By Any Means also solidified him as a 21st century heavyweight. Upon release, it nearly doubled the first-week sales of Stranger Than Fiction, landing at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on the Current Rap Albums Overall Chart. With his partnership between Bread Winners Association and Atlantic Records in place, Gates sees even bigger things in store.
"This alliance between us is great," he continues. "Atlantic allows me to embrace new challenges like stepping outside of myself and out of my comfort zone. That's encouraged me to be a better songwriter and artist. Having my own label, I wanted to learn how to successfully run a label. Why not learn from one of the most successful in the game?"
Ultimately though, it always remains about the same thing for Gates—the music. He leaves off, "It feels good when people appreciate my art in its entirety. That makes me feel great. I want everyone to experience this in its entirety. Other than that, I don't have any complaints. As long as I can record, I'm okay. That's all that matters."
Rich The Kid
American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is signed to Quality Control Music (2), 300 Entertainment, and is the CEO of his own label Rich Forever Music.
Thrash hardcore punk band from Venice, Italy.
Electro House producer from Croatia.
Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is known for her unique take on electronic,hip hop, and dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic taste in music has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations. Since 2010, she has released 2 full albums, 2 EPs, 2 vinyl only singles through Ultra Records (US), Sony (Korea), Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune (US/UK), Art Union (Japan), Black Acre (UK), Ramp (UK), and All City (Ireland).
Her music has been recognized by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various worldwide radio programs such as: BBC Radio1 (UK), NPR (USA), BBC World Service (UK), J Wave (JP), Studio Brussels (BE), Radio Nova (FR), KCRW (LA) to name a few. Subsequently, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, The Guardian, XLR8R, Paper, LA Times, Dazed and Confused, SPIN, Wax Poetics, MTV, VIBE, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Sound and Recording and more have covered her. She has been ranked by LA weekly as LA's best female DJ (noting her versatility as a producer). Additionally, Resident Adviser featured her for their "Breaking Through" series, which focuses on the next break through artist. Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join Flying Lotus' crew/label BRAINFEEDER, which is on the forefront of LA music scene.
Recognition of her music has given her the opportunity to tour the world. In a never-ending effort to stay on top of technological and musical advances, she uses cutting edge technology with pieces of musical and multimedia gear. She participated in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010. In the summer of 2012, she was apart of the Full Flex Express tour, the first electronic music themed train tour that traveled across Canada with Skrillex, Diplo, Pretty Lights, and Grimes. She performed on the very first SS Coachella–Golden Voices' first ocean cruise festival. Some notable past performances were at Coachella, Sonar Barcelona, DEMF, WMC, Electric Zoo, SXSW, Camp Bisco, Decibel Festival. 2014 will include festival plays at Sonar Barcelona (2nd time), Glastonbury, Roskilde, Sasquatch, with more to be announced.
DJ and producer from Israel currently residing in Antwerp, Belgium.
Runs the label Lost & Found (4).
Leftwing & Kody
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