What The Festival’s 2017 edition is loaded, and we can thank the local talent, hailing from the beautiful state of Oregon, for the additional balance of this year’s lineup. While Gramatik, Cut Copy and ZHU come from various spots around the globe, WTFest’s own backyard offers extensive, genre-blending talent that you’ve likely never heard before. Although other local artists will be performing that aren’t featured on the list below, these guys bring that electronic-dance vibe we at DMNW just can’t get enough of. Get to know a few of them now so you can chill with the locals at this year’s festival!
Milo Hayden, aka Mr. Moo, is a one of a kind act coming from Portland. Hanging around the fest the past couple of years, the DJ and violinist creates some blissful, soothing, electro-acoustic vibes by fusing live instruments with beats, grooves, and samples of different world cultures. His most memorable moments at WTF were supposedly created by people he knows, most of them friends or at least talent directly sourced from Oregon.
“Realizing that there is top-level talent that goes toe-to-toe with some of the biggest festivals in the world, right in my backyard? That is memorable.”
Mr. Moo is a classically trained violinist with a background in gypsy Hungarian fiddle, and is joined on stage by Jon VanCura (of MarchFourth) on sax, guitar, flute and bass. For WTFest, he’s focusing on an offering that fuses the instrumental psychedelic cumbia out of Peru and Mexico with raw dub riddims, and a floating hot-bed of live instrumentation on top. He described that he rarely gets the chance to just do his thing on stage, so people are in for a treat.
Tyler Tastemaker of Portland brings the heat, along with his very own style to every set he plays. Dropping sounds on unsuspecting heads for over 18 years now, Tyler Tastemaker proves technical ability, plus impeccable track selection equals bodies grinding. Consistently serving the best forms of music, whether i’ts from the dj booth or the studio, Tyler Tastemaker knows how to keep the vibes high.
“This year I will be playing as part of the STYLSS block with EASTGHOST, ONHELL and Quarry.”
Tyler has had the opportunity to open for, and share the decks with the likes of: Jamie XX, Die Antwoord, Bassnectar, Skream, Duke Dumont, Caspa, Rusko, The Glitch Mob, UZ, Machinedrum, Dillon Francis, and many (many) more.
This guy has been to every year of the fest! Let’s just call him the resident DJ, bringing everything from bass music sets to sunshine-disco vibes. If you haven’t seen Tyler play before, expect a mixture of bass music, along with rap, jungle, trap, and 160 footwork.