It’s March and festival season is kicking off. Although I have been to plenty of music festivals before, the year will be the first time I will be attending the legendary Electric Forest, happening June 22 – July 2. When looking at the lineup, I recognized most of the acts, but some of them were quite new to me. My natural curiosity led me to listen to every act playing at The Forest (and I have continued to do so as they released their lineup additions). Out of the 70+ artists I explored, there were five up-and-comers that really caught my attention. Each one is carving their own path with relentless effort and original sound, which you can truly hear in their final product. Here are the five artists you need to listen to before you embark on your journey into The Forest.
Rezz hardly needs an introduction. She made a name for herself on the festival circuit last summer and is cementing herself as someone to watch out for in 2017. After seeing a Deadmau5 concert a few years back, Rezz basically locked herself in a room and dedicated herself to creating a new sound. Rezz showcased her self-described Alien House on her recent EP Something’s Wrong Here, which garnered of 100,000 of plays since its release. Often compared to Gesaffelstein, Rezz shadowy synths and hypnotizing melodies have garnered her a dedicated following. With over 8,000 people in The Cult of Rezz Facebook Group, it’s only a matter a time until she becomes a household name.