As Big Wild, producer Jackson Stell crafts lush soundscapes and sweeping melodies that challenge the status quo of electronic music. Formerly a hip-hop beat producer known as J Beatz in his native Massachusetts, Stell switched creative lanes following a life-altering trip to Big Sur, California. He adopted influences from the state’s natural glory and open spaces to create the atmospheric and wide-spanning Big Wild sound. Today his music traverses electronic, indie, pop, and beyond and has gained him distinction as one of the fastest-rising dance/electronic artists.
Entering music as a classically trained opera singer, Brooklyn based artist EVAN GIIA’s voice adds a unique touch to her alt-pop sound. She amassed millions of streams and BBC Radio 1 single of the week with her first release, “Heat of the Moment” followed by #1 on HypeMachine with “WESTWORLD” released by ODESZA’S Foreign Family Collective. She has creatively directed her own music videos including her latest single, “I DON’T LIKE UR FRIENDS,” was part of the ODESZA: 2018 A Moment Apart arena tour, and continues to rejuvenate pop with her relatable hooks.
It’s been 20 years since Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. Apparently, the world was ready for change as AD became the first hip-hop artist to receive the “Best New Artist” Grammy. The group also received a Grammy for “Best Rap Single” for their hit song, “Tennessee.” The money came in, but not for precious stones and big cars. Instead, these pioneers of the conscious and positive rap game took one big step for mankind by using their voices and their status to benefit the many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.
Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. After dominating the New Orleans club scene for over a decade, Big Freedia brought the Bounce movement to a worldwide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back, on Fuse TV which gained status as the network’s highest rated original series. In 2016, Freedia was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy-winning single, “Formation,” and has collaborated with artists ranging from Sia, Elliphant, The Postal Service, and Matt & Kim to Mannie Fresh and Sylvan Esso.
Thundercat is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles known for blurring the lines between musical genres. First gaining distinction as the bassist for Suicidal Tendencies, he has since dropped four solo albums, collaborated with producer Flying Lotus, and appeared on Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” It was the song “These Walls” on that album that won Thundercat a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance in 2016. He has gone on to collaborate with everyone from Pharrell and Wiz Khalifa to Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and Kamasi Washington.
Theophilus London draws from a wide range of styles—soul-pop and calypso to new wave and contemporary R&B. As a singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer, he hit Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart with his debut album “Timez Are Weird These Days” in 2011. He then pierced the Billboard 200 with his second album “Vibes!” The frequent collaborator was a featured artist on Kanye's "All Day," which earned him a ‘Best Rap Performance’ Grammy nomination. London has since inched toward releasing his third album with singles “Bebey” [SN1 Road Mix] featuring Giggs, "Only You" with Tame Impala, and “Seals” featuring Lil Yachty.
Ghost Light is a true collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound. Foregoing tradition, rather than initially focusing on live shows, the band got their start in a Philadelphia recording studio. This gave them fresh ears and no pre-conceived notions. They developed their music as they developed their communication which led to trust, creativity, and an adventurous take on the process. The result is a unique live experience where the band’s collective energy and improvisation gets the songs where they need to go, wherever that may be.
Former pro snowboarder Luke Mitrani’s life took a dramatic turn when he crashed while competing to make the 2014 US Olympic Team. Always one to bring a guitar on every trip, he gained a deeper understanding of music’s healing powers while on his road to recovery. Soon after, Luke teamed up with fellow musician/producer Lynx to create his first album – “Walking on the Moon.” In 2019, Luke self-produced his second album “Live it Up.” To imagine his genre, think rock and roll meets organic electronic in a high-energy performance that shows us all how to ‘Live Frendly.’
Named a 2019 Artist to Watch, 99 Neighbors is a group of friends from Burton’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont who are creating music in a basement for the world to hear. Fronted by Sam Paulino, Swank, and HANKNATIVE, the group fuses hip-hop, jazz, and rock, alongside their DJ JFear and producer Somba. If their work so far is any indication, you can bet that the next thing they release won’t sound the same. The only thing you can ever bet on with 99 Neighbors’ music is that you won’t see it coming.
Known for captivating audiences with his creative blending of hip hop, pop, dance, rock, and more, J. Espinosa’s style has earned him numerous accolades, including most recently the 2019 Red Bull Music 3Style World Champion, the planet’s most notable DJ competition. He has also performed alongside huge artists such as Drake, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, and Britney Spears and is the official DJ for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. To witness the musical knowledge, technical skill, and energy that goes into each of his sets is an experience no music lover will forget.
From breakbeats to soul hits, DJ Cre8 has the vinyl stack and skills to entertain any crowd. With over a decade dedicated to the turntables, this DJ from Burlington, Vermont (Burton’s hometown) has rocked venues of all sizes, from intimate private crowds to opening for international acts like Z Trip and Macklemore. His resident nights at Vermont nightclub staples like Red Square and Nectar’s always draw a crowd, which is part of the allure that’s made him a Burton U·S·Open musical staple for years.