Wet Electric, Phoenix's original water-park festival returns this weekend for two days at two locations: Saturday, April 26, at Big Surf in Tempe, and on Sunday, April 27, at Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale.
As always, the lineup includes everything from dance music heavyweights to local legends. If you're on the fence about which day to go, or are trying to figure out the logistics of when to get there, definitely include these acts in your itinerary.
Dzeko and Torres
This Toronto-based duo's big room style unites the melodies you love from progressive house with the energy and boom of electro. Dzeko and Torres have done a lot of remixes, including Krewella's "We Are One," Imagine Dragons' "Demons" and Pegboard Nerds' "Bassline Kickin." More recently, they turned towards original, releasing "Galaxy," featuring Alessia Rio.
If you plan to rage your face off and need something speedy and loud to jump and bang your head to -- Dzeko and Torres are your guys.
This Berlin-based producer and DJ is someone everyone can like. He is a balanced DJ who has been known to remix pop music, like Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" and Lady Gaga's "Judas." But he also appeals to the more hardcore dance music fans with cleanly produced original music like "Sing2Me," and collaborations with other well-known producers and DJs, like Dirty South.
Gold's laces his originals and remixes with an overall progressive house sensibility. While some of his tracks are little faster tempo, louder and rougher than some of his more melodic, vocal mixes, he never really crosses into electro.
If you're a bad influence on people, Thomas Gold is the kind of DJ you introduce friends who aren't super into the music -- yet. He's not as mainstream and poppy as Avicii or Tiesto, but not so hardcore that your friends are going to question your character. Crizzly
Where a lot of Wet Electric artists are bringing anthem-style, pretty house music to the lineup, Crizzly dirties it up. Crizzly's style -- which he dubbed "crunkstep" -- is hard and deep, with heavy drops that will melt your brain.
Crizzly is one of the youngest artists on the Wet Electric lineup. I find that a lot of younger DJs become successful through finding an older, more successful mentor who will let them remix their songs and expose them to the right people. Crizzly hasn't publicly had such a relationship, but has managed to get on the lineups for major events and festivals like Mysteryland, Warped Tour and Lollapalooza.
When you close your eyes and picture Wet Electric, if visions of dancing, spilling alcohol and shaking asses in bikinis is what comes to mind, this is probably up your alley. This is the perfect music to drink and shake your ass to.
If you missed him when he played at International two months ago, here's your second chance. Dash Berlin is the only trance act on the lineup for Wet Electric, and while he is not exclusively trance, it's as close as you're going to get.
I've only met Dash Berlin once, but he seems like a really happy, upbeat person. When I asked him if he had a musical guilty pleasure, he said he was actually pretty into Pharrell's "Happy." That to me just kind of embodies the lightness and purity of his whole message. The guy almost broke his leg while playing a show in London a month ago, but continued on smiling and playing his set through to the finish. That positive attitude and appreciation he has for his fans seems to to radiate through his music at a live event, and really connects everyone.
Have you met a Dash Berlin fan before? Or Dasher, as their called on social media? They don't just like him, they love him. If you're new to dance music they might weird you out, but if you're open minded their energy and sheer admiration for music can really enhance your experience.
Check out the full lineup on the next page. Wet Electric 2014 lineup Saturday, April 26, at Big Surf Waterpark, and Sunday, April 27, at Talking Stick Resort. A two-day pass costs $93.
Dash Berlin Morgan Page Thomas Gold Manufactured Superstars Crizzly The Chainsmokers Dzeko and Torres Caked Up EC Twins Stonebridge Dean Mason DArrigo Ricky Rocks Lujan
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