Having picked up a guitar at the age of 10, Beat Fatigue’s obsession with music began. He gained inspiration from heroes like Stevie blues guitarist Ray Vaughan and jazz musician John Scofield. So it should come as no surprise that he’s another genre-crossing artist. Wading through the fields of jazz, blues, glitch, dubstep, soul, hip-hop, and funk he provides an energy boost like no other artist. His many years of playing the guitar shine through in his mixes. His style of music will give you the urge to dance, so if you’re tired…don’t press play.
Beats Antique Live feat David Satori & Sidecar Tommy
Billy Kenny has been gaining recognition for his aggressive sound. Many artists have used his most popular track Work as a part of their set in music festivals worldwide. In 2014, Kenny and a few of his friends curated This Ain’t Bristol, a fashion and music label. The label has been catching the attention of many well-respected people.
Kenny was born in Leeds, but now lives in Germany. Many people there consider him to be an influential person when it comes to music production. We can see why. His hard hitting UK garage hits paired with his electrifying choices of equipment make for a must-see act.
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Black Tiger Sex Machine (often referred to as BTSM) are a memorable three-man act based out of Montreal, Canada. Their performances are part DJing, and part live. Aside from the blend of heavy electro and bass, this group is known for their signature light-up tiger helmets.
Before their rise to stardom, BTSM were already travelling around the globe. In 2016, they released their debut album Welcome to Our Church which has received positive reviews. They’ve toured all over the globe and have been to many big name festivals such as Lollapolooza, Electric Forest and many more. In 2011, they launched their Kannibalen Records label. This label has gone on to sign big acts like Snails, Apashe, Dabin and more.
Bleep Bloop has a very diverse background in music, which ranges from orchestral to hip-hop. Liquid Stranger had him on as one of the acts for his Weird and Wonderful Tour. He’s gained support from many other big names and notable ones include Mat the Alien, G Jones DJ Shadow and many many more. Shambhala’s biography of him said it best: “He’s bass dipped in liquid question marks and rolled in lasers.”
Calyx & Teebee
Ever since their first collaboration in 2004, DnB fans all over the globe have been running to their performances. They met quite a while beforehand, as in 1998 they met each other because they were on the same label called Moving Shadow. Between 1998 and 2004 they worked at their solo careers and carved quite a name for themselves.
After their success with The Shape of Things to Come, their Anotomy LP proved to be a game changer, as big names in the industry and fans of DnB clamored for a taste of it. They’ve been working hard with producing and have been on non-stop global tours. For us, it checked a name off the ‘Shambhala Wish List’ here at DMNW. We are so excited that they’re coming to the farm for the first time.
Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters
For the last two years, it seemed like all news reports we heard about The Funk Hunters tied into their new partnership with Chali 2na. The Funk Hunters, comprised of members Duncan Smith and Nick Middleton fused their love of funky bass and breaks with classic songs from many genres (hip-hop and classic rock to name a couple).
It was when they were discussing who should rap over a track nearing completion that Chali 2na topped both their lists. All it took was one call to Chali’s manager and it turned out he was on board! He had been getting the itch to do something more on the electronic side and that started their incredible journey together. They’ve since gone on two tours together and produced the EP ILLectric. Chali loaned his voice to the entire EP. Since that time they’ve gone on two world tours together. It looks like Chali 2na may become a staple of their yearly tour for Funk the Halls.
Charlesthefirst brings an individual sound that only his childhood in Sierra Nevada could have produced. He’s started to make quite the name for himself, and he’s only 18! The great amount of influence from his hip-hop roots and the love of nature that he has he’s developed ‘a danceable style steeped in dreaminess and psychedelia‘.
He’s quite the performer too, with his ability to have his love for music shine through his stage presence. If you’re looking at a lot of funky music, smiles and excitement. Charlesthefirst is an artist that you should check out. The ‘impressium’ on his Facebook page is pretty amusing too, if you’d like a laugh click here.
Do you remember the song Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics? Chris Lake gained a lot of recognition for his bootleg remix of that song, along with many other remixes he did of other notable songs. The track Changes was initially released in 2005 through the label Alternative Route Recordings and the following summer it was licensed to Universal Music.
The House producer has had four consecutive top 10 singles in US Dance charts, and he is receiving a lot of praise. Lake has been hailed as ‘the best thing to come out of Scotland since Mylo,’ and this wasn’t said lightly as he has been a guest DJ on Pete Tong’s Radio1 show.
Hailing from Birmingham, UK, Chris Lorenzo is riding a huge wave of success with his fresh new blend of ‘Jackin House’ or otherwise simply termed house and bass. He’s released EPs on many labels, including Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label. In 2015, he was surprised at one of his shows by Skrillex showing up and immediately whisking him away to work in his studio for a collaboration.
Following this event, he was invited on Skrillex’s European tour. Not long after this happened, Steve Aoki requested that he put his magic touch on his single Delirous feat Kid Ink. Not long after that he started to make a name for himself outside of the U.K. Billboard magazine has lauded him as one of the ‘highlights of EDC Las Vegas’. It’s going to be exciting to see what’s coming next with him.
Hailing from Toulouse, France, CloZee has a background steeped in musical influence. She learned to play guitar at the age of 11 and then moved on to produce electronic music at the age of 16. She was spotted by respected labels during remix contests she was the runner up for. Due to her precision in choosing world music and mixing it with booming basslines and funky percussion sounds, she’s been compared to artists like Bassnectar, Beats Antique, and Bonobo.
Yet another artist that defies genres, CloZee hops between glitch-hop, trip-hop, future bass and world bass like nobody’s business. One of her tracks Koto reached one million views on YouTube in only two months. CloZee believes that her music should defy any language barriers and has a preference to use purely organic sounds.
CMC & Silenta
CMC & Silenta started producing together after they had a couple of successful solo careers. CMC started out his career in live hip-hop bands, but found himself more drawn to the role of the band’s DJs. With that in mind, he quit the band and purchased a bunch of vinyl and taught himself the craft of DJing. Silenta had a similar situation happen. When he was just a teenager learning how to play the piano, Silenta quit the piano lessons after being exposed to a Technics Workstation.
Around that time, the two met and recorded their first tunes. They have a no restrictions attitude, which makes it hard (and fun!) to try to predict what they’re going to release next. Regarding the game of production, CMC has stated that “Making music challenges you to put your mental ideas into real sound.” That couldn’t be a truer statement coming from the glitch hop masters.