Identity Festival | Skullcandy Main Stage
The time has finally arrived for Identity Fest! Set times have been announced via the tour’s website, so be sure to peep it and map out your day. We hope our coverage has given you the guidance required to make your choices for the day. We aren’t one to play favorites, but we’ve got a few acts we’re really excited to see. Headliner Kaskade has a recent article out with his personal recommendations for must-sees of the festival. Stay tuned for a full recap of the festival, including many pictures, as we’ll be up close to capture all the action. We’ve yet to give you the lowdown on the main stage, so without further adieu, we present the acts of the Skullcandy Main Stage!
Figo – Based out of NYC, Figo utilizes a unique blend of punk rock and electro to get the crowd moving. Their influences range from The Misfits to The Chemical Brothers, another Identity Fest artist. They have toured alongside the likes of Samantha Ronson, N.A.S.A., Cut Copy and many others. They are known for their dark and sinister electro club anthems, as well as their remixes.
Data Romance – Canadian-based boy/girl duo Data Romance has been compared to everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Lykke Li. Their background in film sound design helps contribute to their dark, eerie sound and energetic live show. Their debut album is expected to drop in late 2011.
Nero – Nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, Nero are certainly up-and-comers on the international dubstep scene, touring with some of the top Djs in the world right now – Deadmau5, Skrillex, Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris. Though they’re mostly associated with dubstep, Nero also produce house and drum and bass. They’ve remixed the likes of La Roux, The Streets, N*E*R*D and Daft Punk, and were named “Best Dubstep Act” at the 2010 Beatport Awards.
Modeselektor – This Berlin-based duo is only hitting a limited number of spots on the tour, and Pittsburgh is lucky enough to be one of them. These guys don’t give an eff about genre categorizations, but draw heavily from IDM, glitch, electro, and hip hop. They’re a favorite of radiohead’s Thom Yorke, who has recommended their albums in many of his interviews and has even invited the duo to open for them on multiple European tour dates. They also appeared as main characters in Amy Grill’s 2009 electronic music documentary, Speaking in Code. They are definitely a must-see of the festival!
Booka Shade – Iconic house deejays Booka Shade are considered veterans of the Frankfurt electronic music scene. They are also responsible for founding Get Physical Records with DJ T and M.A.N.D.Y., having recently handed the label over to them to focus on other projects. Their 2005 singles “Mandarine Girl” and “Body Language” were widely played in clubs and licensed on many mix CDs.
The Disco Biscuits – Hugely successful on the independent scene, Disco Biscuits incorporate stylings of both electronic music and jam bands to create a genre often referred to as trance-fusion. They are responsible for founding the popular music festival Camp Bisco, inviting artists to perform who encapsulate the band’s broad range of influences. 2011 headliners included Bassnectar, Cut Copy and Wiz Khalifa.
Rusko – English dubstep producer Rusko is at the forefront of the dubstep scene. He graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Musical Performance. He’s signed to the label Mad Decent, which is spearheaded by Diplo and includes artists such as Major Lazer, Crookers and Depressed Buttons. He’s worked with everyone from M.I.A. to T.I. to Rhianna, as well as doing production on Britney Spears’ latest album.
Kaskade – Arguably the most well-known act on the tour, he’s also hands-down the dreamiest. Look at him. You can’t help but want to give him a big fat smooch. Too bad he’s married! He was placed at number 35 on DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJ Poll” in 2010 and has worked with the likes of Deadmau5 in addition to learning the ropes as an A&R assistant for Om Records. He has remixed the likes of Beyonce, Britney Spears, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and many more.
See you on the other side of the festival, kiddos!