The Woodstock of EDM, or Electric Forest as you may know it, kicks off today in Rothbury, MI. We could not be more excited for four days and four nights of music, art, friends, lights, and camping under the Electric Sky! EF is all about wandering through the tripped-out forest late at night, dancing in the mud, and making new friends from around the country. For the 2012 edition, SoCal based Insomniac is back with a stacked lineup which includes some of the biggest names in bass, progressive, and Electro House. The EDM Lounge team will be roadtripping it from the Big City Friday night, and we'll be there the whole weekend taking photos, meeting new people, and spreading the love.
There are plenty of great acts to see at the festival, but here's a short highlight of who we're really making the drive for!
Thursday, June 28
Borgore (8:30-9:45, Ranch Arena)
The king of "Gorestep," and an EDM Lounge favorite, Borgore is guaranteed to tear apart the Ranch Arena stage with his hard-hitting, eardrum-bursting bass. Get ready to nod your head and move your body in ways you never thought possible when Borgore drops his heady beats.
Wolfgang Gartner (10:15-11:30, Ranch Arena)
Wolfgang Gartner has been churning out the new beats lately, so we're really excited to see his set. Wolfgang always experiments with his sound, which is a true blend of Electro and Progressive House, with just a splash of bass that always leaves us wanting more. The German producer and DJ has skyrocketed to the top of the EDM charts since his collaboration with Tiësto on the highly-received club banger "We Own the Night," and its sure to be one of the most anticipated shows in the forest.
Friday, June 29
AutoErotique (9:15-10:15, Tripolee)
If you're a fan of hard Electro, don't pass up on AutoErotique's set! The duo from Toronto have quickly become reps of Dim Mak's trademark hard sound, and with the recent release of their hot new record EKG EP, they're guaranteed to have some fresh beats ready for the forest-goers.
Zeds Dead (11:45 PM - 12:45 AM, Tripolee)
I'm going to be perfectly honest when I say that Zeds Dead is my favorite bass act out there today. The Canadian dubstep duo consistently impresses with their releases, and their live shows are absolutely face melting! Constantly mixing up their sound, the two infuse hip-hop into their heavy percussion-driven tracks making for some of the best music to get down to this country's ever seen. Don't miss Zeds Dead, baby!
Datsik (1:00 - 2:00 AM, Tripolee)
Datsik is just one of those names that doesn't need to be brought up, because everybody's already talking about him! But seriously though, D has some of the filthiest, grimiest sounds out there. For real, don't leave the Tripolee stage Friday - Dim Mak has it stacked out!
Steve Aoki (2:15 AM - CLOSE, Tripolee)
Oh Steve, what can we say about you? To start, I'm just going to say that I personally don't listen to too much of Aoki's stuff. But you have to give the guy props just from watching all the video footage of his shows on the Internet. Ever since Steve latched onto Dutch DJ Afrojack for their collab "No Beef," his career has gone nowhere but up. While he's far from being the world's #1 DJ, I'd argue that Aoki is one of the few people in the EDM world today who really embraces the whole button-pushing style, understanding that a "live set" is almost impossible when it comes to electronic music. Instead of pretending to be up there producing and mixing live, Steve's all about getting the crowd to go wild (which is really what EDM shows are all about). So make sure to watch your head this weekend, because Aoki's coming in his inflatable raft!
Saturday, June 30
Dada Life (12:15 - 1:30 AM, Tripolee)
Like Aoki, these two really know how to kick out the epic motherfucker! The Swedish Electro-House duo has their own unique sound that's driven by heavy synth lines, making all of their productions rage-ready. Their use of props in their sets is also a fun addition. Don't miss their set, it's going to be one of the highlights of the weekend!
Major Lazer (2:00 AM - CLOSE, Tripolee)
Diplo is going to get the crowd grinding to his Hip-Hop-Electro beats Saturday night - and we can't wait! Major Lazer's set at Governor's Ball (review coming soon) was by far the most energetic show Saturday, and we can't wait to follow him all the way to Michigan just to hear those moombah rhythms again! Get ready to Express Yourself!
Sunday, July 1
Bassnectar (11:00 PM - 12:30 AM, Ranch Arena)
I can't even say how excited I am to once again see Lorin blast the bass! All three of his releases have been godly creations, and with his really versatile style that isn't strictly "dubstep," I can say with confidence that Bassnectar is a true musician. I'm always impressed at his ability to play tracks almost no one in the crowd has heard before while still making everyone go insane dancing. Do not miss this aural delight!
By Edward Fancher