Mysteryland USA is back for another year, taking place in Bethel Woods, NY on May 23 & 24. The two-day event will feature headlining performances from the likes of Diplo, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson, and more. Read on for a more detailed look at the Mysteryland 2015 lineup.
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SATURDAY, MAY 23
Empire of the Sun
Australian electronic glam pop duo Empire of the Sun formed in Sydney in 2007. The group, often compared to Daft Punk, consists of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, who had been collaborating together for years before officially forming Empire of the Sun. They released their debut album, “Walking on a Dream,” in 2008. The record went platinum in their home country of Australia, while the title track became an international hit. Their sophomore album, “Ice on the Dune,” arrived in 2013 and featured the hit single “Alive.” Empire of the Sun is currently working on a third album titled “Every Ocean Tells a Story.” Their live show is one not to miss, and features elaborate setups and extravagant costumes.
Porter Robinson is an electronic music artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He began producing music at the young age of 13, influenced by sounds from video games like Dance Dance Revolution. The self-taught producer earned the recognition of Skrillex’s OWSLA label, which signed him for a one-EP deal which turned out to be extremely successful. In the following years, he continued to ascend to fame with more hit singles and remixes. He released his debut album in 2014 and through recent extensive touring has achieved headliner status.
Kygo is a Norwegian DJ and record producer. He initialy built up his popularity through the internet by accumulating over 80 million views on his Soundcloud and YouTube pages. His internet fame attracted the attention of big artists like Avicii and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. When Avicii had to back out of his main stage performance at the 2014 TomorrowWorld festival due to health reasons, Kygo was selected as his replacement, which garnered him even more fame and exposure.
German house producer Robin Schulz rose to fame almost immediately with his first-ever release, a remix of “Waves ” by Dutch rapper Mr. Probz. The track debuted at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart as well as hitting the top spot in several other countries, and it earned Schulz a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording this year. His second single, a remix of Lilly Wood & The Prick’s “Prayer in C,” was an even bigger success, which led to international recognition for the up-and-coming producer. Following the success of his popular remixes, Schulz released his debut album, “Prayer,” in September 2014.
French producer Hugo Leclercq, aka Madeon, began stirring up buzz when he was only 16 with his popular remixes of artists like The Killers and Pendulum. His rapid rise to fame has brought him in front of international audiences, performing at several major music festivals and touring as the opening act for Lady Gaga. Earlier this year, Madeon dropped his debut album titled “Adventure.”
Enigmatic producer Claptone has joined the hordes of DJs who wear masks when they perform, opting for a gold, birdlike visage as his signature look. Hailing from Berlin, he has gone on to achieve international recognition. In late April, Claptone released his latest single, “The Music Got Me.”
Goldfish is an electronic duo from Cape Town, South Africa consisting of Dominic Peters and David Poole. Both DJs are also trained jazz musicians, and they incorporate that experience into their sets with live instruments. After taking the South African music scene by storm, they established themselves as an up-and-coming international act, and are building up an ever-growing global following.
Brooklyn-based electronic duo Bob Moses is comprised of Vancouver natives Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Earlier this year they issued the album “All in All,” which is a compilation of all of their previously-released singles. The album was released through Domino Records and came out this April.
LA-based DJ duo Ricoshei is comprised of Nikki Gibler and Jake Patrick. They debuted last year with their single “Perfect Like You,” which became a huge hit, topping the charts on sites like Beatport and Hype Machine.
GRiZ is the stage name of DJ and producer Grant Kwiecinski. He began playing music at a young age, learning piano and alto saxophone in elementary school, and he incorporates his saxophone playing into his funk-inspired dance music. GRiZ has toured with artists like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Big Gigantic, eventually earning himself his own headlining tour as well as appearances at huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands.
Slovenian-born DJ/producer Gramatik mixes hip hop, electro, and dubstep styles in his music. He moved to New York and dropped his first hip hop album in 2008, and eventually signed to electronic artist Pretty Lights’ label Pretty Lights Music. He has since released several other works, and this year has already dropped both a new album and a new EP.
Beats Antique is an electronic and world music trio consisting of David Satori, Zoe Jakes, and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel. Their sound is very unique, incorporating a variety of world music genres like Middle Eastern, Balkan wedding music, flamenco, French gypsy jazz, hip hop, reggae, and many other styles, all fused together with electronic techniques. Their music obviously appeals to world music fans, but because of their electronic spin on things, their sound attracts a lot of electronic and dance music fans as well, making for a widespread and diverse audience.
Colorado-based EDM trio Savoy started off as a regular rock band, but decided to expand their sound into something bigger, and thus gravitated toward adding more electronic production to their music, eventually fully transforming their sound into EDM. Although they primarily focus on dance music now, the band still maintains their rock edge, preferring more melodic sounds over the typical harsh and aggressive style of dance music. Last year, they dropped their debut full-length album, “Self Predator,” as a free download, coinciding with the band reaching 100,000 fans on Facebook.
Minnesota is the alias of dubstep DJ Christian Bauhofer. Originally from Minneapolis, he established himself on the West Coast bass music scene. He has earned success with both his remixes and original tracks, been lauded by the likes of Bassnectar, and toured with acts like Big Gigantic, STS9, and Gramatik.
Manic Focus is the electronic music project of John “JMac” McCarten. He made his debut in 2011 with his first album, “Definition of the Rhythm,” which showcases his style of electro hip hop combined with tranquil grooves. The Chicago-based DJ has since released three more albums, the most recent of which dropped in 2014.
Promising young producer Jack Aisher, better known as JackLNDN, has been stirring up buzz around the blogosphere lately with his summer-ready beats. The British producer has a background in classical music, but turned his attention to dance music after experiencing the club scene firsthand and deciding that he needed to be a part of it. JackLNDN’s latest release is an EP called “Summer Never Ends.”
Brooklyn-based producer Jasha Tull performs under the name Space Jesus. His music is bass-driven and seeks to create new, futuristic sounds. The rising talent has toured with the likes of Break Science, Die Antwoord, and Big Gigantic. He is ready to release his upcoming full-length album “Close Encounters” this spring.
Maya Jane Coles
Benoit & Sergio
SUNDAY, MAY 24
Superstar DJ Diplo will be making an appearance at this year’s Mysteryland festival as one of the main stage headliners on Sunday. Throughout the last decade, he’s been one of the hottest producers out there, having worked with artists like M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Usher, Drake, and Beyonce to name a few. In addition to his DJ career, Diplo oversees the successful Mad Decent label, which is host to artists like Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, and Flosstradamus. Besides performing as Diplo, he is also the force behind Major Lazer and as of this year is part of the duo Jack U along with Skrillex.
Los Angeles-based DJ Dillon Francis first came to attention in 2010 after earning the notice of Diplo and joined up with the producer’s Mad Decent label. Francis just released his debut album in the fall of 2014. The album is titled “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” and features appearances by the likes of Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Brendon Urie, and Major Lazer.
Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky came onto the scene in 2009. His music style is that of funky dance music, and his songs often have more of a pop feel and feature guest vocalists. In recent years he has released several successful remixes, reworking tracks from artists like Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia, and Pendulum.
Classixx is the production duo of childhood friends Michael David and Tyler Blake. Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-2000s, the duo began DJing together at house parties, blending genres like house, disco, and funk. They gained recognition early on for their remixes of popular indie rock artists like Phoenix and Passion Pit, and eventually began releasing their own music in 2009. Classixx released their first full-length album, titled “Hanging Gardens,” in 2013.
The M Machine
San Francisco’s The M Machine is a trio comprised of Ben Swardlick, Eric Luttrell, and Andy Coenen. They emerged in 2012 with the first installment of their two-part album “Metropolis,” which they released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label, and dropped the second half the next year. Their live sets incorporate self-designed visuals, including a giant LED “M” logo as their backdrop.
Oliver is the producer-DJ duo of Vaughn “U-Tern” Oliver and Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein. The pair came together in Los Angeles with the goal of creating music that is fresh and new. Their style incorporates plenty of synthesizer with funk and disco influence.
Russian synthpop/new wave quartet Tesla Boy formed in 2008 in Moscow. The group currently consists of frontman, founder, and principle songwriter Anton Sevidov along with guitarist Stas Astakhov, bassist Leo Zatagin, and drummer Mike Studnitsyn. Tesla Boy released their debut album, “Modern Thrills,” in 2010, followed by their sophomore record, “The Universe Made of Darkness,” in 2013.
With deep roots in Amsterdam’s underground club scene, DJ/producer Olivier Weiter has become an established figure in Dutch house music. Weiter has brought his performances all over the world, and his sets have been known to get crowds energized and moving.
Best known for his successful single “The Drop,” Nick Weiller, a.k.a. Bro Safari, has made his presence known to the dance music world over the last few years. The multi-instrumentalist and producer is known for energetic and eclectic live sets that include everything from drum and bass to moombahton, the latter of which is the basis for Bro Safari’s music.
Makonnen Sheran, aka iLoveMakonnen, is a hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He entered the spotlight in 2014 when superstar rapper Drake remixed his song “Tuesday” from his self-titled EP. The track now has almost 10 million plays on SoundCloud and over 60 million views on YouTube. iLoveMakonnen recently signed with Drake’s label OVO Sound.
California-based DJ/producer TJ Rozdilsky makes music under the name TJR. His eclectic music has been championed by artists like Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Hardwell, Claude Vonstroke, and more. Since his debut in 2008, TJR has become known for popular hits like his original track “Ode to Oi” and his multi-platinum single with Pitbull, “Don’t Stop the Party.”
English dubstep producer Shaun Brockhurst performs under the name Doctor P. He has produced a number of original hit singles as well as done remix work for artists like Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran, and Dillon Francis. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Doctor P is known as the co-founder of the label Circus Records, along with Flux Pavilion, DJ Swan-E and Earl Falconer.
Los Angeles’ ETC!ETC! is the solo endeavor of DJ/producer Jose Guerrero. He has received a lot of attention for his moombahton productions lately and has earned the support of big names like Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Mstrkrft, and more.
Gabe Baer, also known as CRNKN, is a producer from New Hampshire currently based out of Los Angeles. Having garnered hundreds of thounsands of plays on Soundcloud and earning the support of Flosstradamus, Adventure Club, Crizzly, and others, CRNKN is a star on the rise.
Gent & Jawns
After developing their own solo DJ careers, longtime friends who go by the names Billy the Gent and Long Jawns decided to make music together, and officially formed Gent & Jawns. The DC-based production duo has earned considerable attention for their 2012 single “Turn Up,” as well as several collaborations with Diplo.
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