HARD Summer music festival is this weekend, and I am pretty stoked on it. According to Gary Richards, this lineup is the future of electronic music. That may or may not be true, but it’s definitely going to be different, and obviously a blast. There is a little bit of something for everyone in this line up, and I want to test out as man different genres as I can. So, here is where you can find me on Friday and Saturday.
People are really amped on the Dirtybird artists. I’m sure they are great, and I have tried to like them. Hate me, but you will definitely not find me at one of their sets for very long. That being said, let’s see where you WILL find me.
To start off my day, I will probably end up bouncing around at Alex Metric and Jokers of the Scene. However, if someone has a better suggestion, I am open to it. And speaking from experience, realistically, this time will probably be spent trying to meet up with our other groups of friends. As long as we have our act together by the time Little Dragon starts, it’s all gravy.
The name by itself sparks your interest. I did a little bit of investigating to see what they were all about. As I watched more and more footage of Little Dragon’s live performances, the more sure I became that they will be one of my favorites of the festival. When everyone is synced up and on the same page, live electronic music is very exciting, for lack of a better word, compared to a DJ set. Not to take anything away from what the DJs are doing, but it is a nice change of pace.
Not going to lie, I am going to watch Action Bronson’s set only because I suspect that Riff Raff will make an appearance. If Action Bronson ends up putting on a killer show, all the better.
I was very disappointed with them at Coachella in 2011. I know Tobes was disappointed in them at Beyond Wonderland. Well, THIRD TIME’S A CHARM! First of all, Skream or Benga by themselves throw down a killer set. Put them together, and add Artwork, and I am sure they have it in them to blow my mind. When I saw them, they threw down a very safe set. They played mostly hits, and on top of that there was a hype man that was sure to kill my buzz every chance he got. Hopefully these guys take a few more risks on Friday and the hype man shuts the fuck up.
I have been dying to see this guy again. I saw him 3 years ago I think? Half of the songs he throws down, I find myself asking, “What is this?” Fact is, usually no one else knows, and there is no finding out. This dude is very mysterious. He revealed his real name only a few years ago, and to be honest I do not remember what it is.
I will be missing Miike Snow, but I saw him at Coachella and I must see this Frenchman jam hard in his tuxedo. This guy hits hard as hell, and if you haven’t seen him before, get ready.
I am by far the most excited to see these guys. I have been into Bloc Party since I was a Junior in high school (I am 23 now). They are probably the last people I expected to see on the flyer for an event like this, but I am not complaining. It is going to kill me to miss Erol Alkan, but it is unforgivable in my opinion to miss this set.
Big Boys Noize guy right here. This dude is relentless. His beats will pull dance moves out of your body that you never knew were there. He only has two stops in the US for the rest of 2012, and this is one of them. LET’S FIRE IT UP!! ACID ACID ACID ACID ACID ACID
I live for the weekends, so I will probably be going hard as hell on Friday. Hopefully I will have my act together early enough on Saturday to get there for the start of the festival, but the first act I must see isn’t until 6:45pm.
What’s a HARD event without A-trak running around somewhere? This dude is always entertaining. His turntable-ism is matched by no one, and to top it all off, the man can produce! He is one of the most creative people in the electronic music industry, and it would be silly for anyone to miss both of his sets this weekend.
I know nothing about this guy, and I have not done any research. I have only heard that he is legendary, so I am going to go to his set with no expectations, and I am going to see for myself.
Bloody Beetroots DJ Set
These guys were out of control the last time I saw them throw down a DJ set. They definitely have a distinct style that you have to be in the right mood for. And I am positive that I will be in the mood to get my face fucked off by these Italian Stallions.
I have not seen this silly ass br0 since the last HARD summer. I thoroughly enjoyed his set then, and I expect to do the same on Saturday. His moombah gets my tooshy going all over the place. Watch out, this is about to be extra hot
Hopefully I will be able to catch some of Nero, but I saw them at Coachella and I did not see Zedd. Since the last time I saw Zedd perform, he has cranked out countless hits that range from anthems to bangers. He always seems to play exactly what I want to hear. In the wise words of Diplo, “I am dumb retarded excited.”
James Murphy DJ Set
Never heard this guy play before, but my friend, Mariano is very stoked on him, and James Murphy is not Skrillex…. so yeah I will be disco-ing with him to close out my HARD Summer.
I hope this rundown/schedule got you as pumped as it got me, and hopefully we will run into each other this weekend. See you in Los Angeles.