10 Artists You Can’t Miss at Paradiso

Sold-out festival behemoth Paradiso is less than two weeks away! Held at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater and billed as the “largest Electronic Dance Music event ever staged in the Pacific Northwest,” every year the folks at USC manage get a more stacked lineup than the year before. This year is no exception. At Unity, music is our passion and we put together a list of artists you’ll regret missing.

10. Lost Kings

Genres: progressive house, melodic house, bass House

Why you can’t miss them: This Los Angeles based duo are not afraid to be different. Remixing songs from artists such as Imagine Dragons to Rihanna to Vance Joy. Their set provides a mix of indie rock, R&B, to top 40 pop. Their sets transition flawlessly into pure EDM bliss.

9. Seven Lions

Genres: dubstep, electro house, progressive house, trance

Why you can’t miss them: Jeff Montalvo aka Seven Lions has made a name for himself as one of the top DJs in the world due to his style that incorporates a powerful brand of melodic, larger than life soundscapes that makes you feel like you’re living in an epic fantasy world.

8. Breathe Carolina

Genres: electropop, electronic rock, post-hardcore, progressive house

Why you can’t miss them: Although an odd pairing, EDM and alternative music pair together like peanut butter and jelly. Before becoming the king of dubstep, Skrillex was the lead singer in the hardcore band From First to Last. Atlanta bass duo Mantis started out in a metal-core band named Attila. Breathe Carolina is no exception to the rule. Starting out as darlings in the pop-punk world, they soon found their niche in EDM and have never looked back.

7. Anna Lunoe

Genres: house, downtempo

Why you can’t miss them: Hailing from the Land Down Under, Lunoe’s style crosses genres and breaks boundaries. Named as one of Sydneys 100 most Influential People, her music blends garage, indie pop, house and bass. EDM was searching for a feminine edge and Anna Lunoe is what we didn’t know we needed.

6. Yellow Claw

Genres: hardstyle, dubstep, big room house, trap, moombahton

Why you can’t miss them: Mixing party style, stadium techno, trap and neo-electro, Amsterdam trio Yellow claw consider themselves a “partyconcept” instead of a band. Climbing the Billboard 200 albums chart and collaborating with artists such as Pusha T, DJ Mustard and Waka Flocka Flame, these guys are unstoppable.

5. Flux Pavillion

Genres: dubstep, drum and bass, electronica, electro house

Why you can’t miss them: Joshua Steele was just a guitarist in an English rock band when he downloaded some music creation software and the rest is history. Since that faithful day, Flux Pavillon has become one of the biggest DJs and producers in the world, headlining every major EDM festival. His unique sounds are out of this world and if his name is on the bill, you have to experience him live.

4. TroyBoi

Genres: trap, hip hop, trip hop, R&B

Why you can’t miss them: in a sea of EDM festival lineups that play primarily dance and techno heavy music, TroyBoi brings something different to the table. His original beats and instrumental sounds incorporated with trap and hip hop influences makes for the perfect dance party.

3. Mija

Genres: trap, bass house, dubstep

Why you can’t miss them: Making a name for yourself in a music genre that is primarily populated by men is a tough feat. Phoenix based DJ Mija has made a name for herself in the EDM world and for good reason. Discovered by Skrillex, this 25 year-olds stage presence and charisma, combined with her unique ear make her an exciting upcoming artist in the EDM realm. Catch her now before she starts selling out stadiums worldwide.

2. Prince Fox

Genres: future bass, pop, deep house

Why you can’t miss them: Sam Lassner aka New York based DJ Prince Fox says his biggest inspirations are a three-way tie between John Mayer, Skrillex, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and you can hear an influence from all those artists in his music. Prince Fox’s sound is dreamy pop featuring electronic elements that can be replicated by no one else.

1. Zeds Dead

Genres: house, dubstep, trip hop, hip hip

Why you can’t miss them: do yourself a favor and see Zeds Dead live at least once before you die. The Toronto based duo are one of the biggest forces in EDM – and for good reason. Their live shows incorporate out-of-this-world light shows, paired with a diverse set of music that effortlessly switches from pop, to trap, to alternative, to hip hop. Zeds  If you see them on a festival bill the choice is already made for you.

Written by Jennifer Durnell