Some of the artists you already know, others you may not have heard of yet. We’ve gone through them all! Here’s our top music picks you can’t miss next week at The Digital Desert Campout.
10. Sir + The Scientist
Is DJing art? Sir + is the strongest argument we’ve seen that says yes, DJing is art. Sir + is known for weaving off kilter mash-ups and poetic journeys across genres. This year he’s debuting a new audio/visual set at The Campout, and we’re really excited to see how this takes his performance to the next level.
Trillwax is another up and coming artist you can’t miss. He’s been making waves with the Phuture Collective and produces a unique style of surreal future glitch. He’s up for a post sunrise performance, and it’s worth staying up all night for. We believe Trillwax is one of the best new artist to keep and eye on, and that’s why he’s earned the number 9 spot on our list.
8. Adem Joel
Adem has been making waves with his style of sexy tribal/urban beats. A masterful DJ, Adem gets the dance floor moving every time. His vibes are so primal, seeing him play just does something crazy to people. It’s like it awakens everyone’s primordial instincts, and that why Adem Joel is number 8.
7. James Black
James Black earns the number 7 spot on our list because he’s the southwest’s best underground DnB DJ. Not that he’s limited to DnB, James also has a black belt in UK funky and dubstep. Seeing him live is always refreshing. This badman is the real deal.
6. Reverend Mitton
Reverend Mitton is a funky house master. In New Mexico, he taught us to groove before we knew grooving was a thing. He’s a legend in the southwestern underground scene for a reason. Nobody can make you shake it like The Rev.
5. Future Simple Project
Future Simple Project is the collaborative performance of Miraja and Mikey Fisher. Both have solo sets at The Campout, but it’s when they perform together as Future Simple Project that they really stand out. The chemistry they have on stage in undeniable, and seeing them perform is like watching the line between two individuals blur into one meta-human beat machine. Their synchronicity in performance makes for huge vibrations you can’t help but pick up on in the crowd and that’s why we placed them at number 5.
We don’t like our music festivals full of similar sounds all weekend long, and that’s why DRRTYWULVS gets the number 4 spot on our list. Expected to bring a deep dark and psychedelic performance to The Campout, DRRTYWULVS is not a not to be missed artist who describes his style as Phydub. DRRTYWULVS has releases on Kalya Scintilla’s Merkba Music label, so we’re looking forward to visiting another dimension during his set.
3. Ancient Mermaids
This underground duo has been putting in some serious work lately! A future bass tune that’s also a dance floor destroyer is a rare treat. Lucky for us, these guys have plenty of them. Their ability to weave chill vibes into crowd rocking good times is what places them firmly at number 3.
Can you say legend? The Campout is one of only a select few US performances for this international breakbeat master. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of the best there is stateside, and you don’t want to miss it. Even when breaks now seem old school, Hedflux keeps his performance fresh and relevant earning him the number 2 spot on our list.
It’s no surprise that the first lady of future bass is number 1 on our list. Before future bass even had a name, she was helping invent it. Ill-Esha has never seemed satisfied to sit comfortably in a genre always pushing musically in her own direction, paving paths others would follow. Also credited with helping to start the glitch hop movement, Ill-Esha is a continuous innovator in electronic music, and constantly on the frontier. Her multi-faceted live show is far beyond a DJ set, and her vocals are the icing on the cake.
With over 40 acts, The Digital Desert Campout has a lot to choose from. Let us know who you are most excited to see in the comments below.
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Editor’s note: This ranking was generated via internal discussion among ATM staff and writers, with consideration of our readership demographics.