The upbeat, classic bounce of house music is back and in a big way at Breakaway Music Festival this August (read about the full lineup here).
From B to Z, there’s a house music artist or group for all music tastes we promise. Read below the who’s who of House Music on this year’s bill; there are some new, some established and even a few royals in the mix!
Benny Benassi, out of Milan, is one of dance music’s most established names. Benassi broke away on his hit “Satisfaction” then reinvented his sound with “Cinema”, which received one of the most widely recognized Skrillex remixes ever produced. Benny Benassi shows feature hard electro-house tunes that make you want to move your feet. Those who enjoy artists like Tiesto, Zedd and Deadmau5 should check out Benny Benassi. Below is his latest track “Paradise” which features vocals from Chris Brown, which has been all over Sirius XM’s BPM Radio this summer.
LA-based trifecta Cheat Codes just hit it big with their sample-heavy songs “Sex” and “Turn Me On”, which are both upbeat and border on deep house. They are chill yet cheerful; we’re also impressed with the recent pairing with Quintino on “Can’t Fight It”, below. Like Shiba San? Check out Cheat Codes.
Elephante often creates big-room house melodies, perfect for those that love anthemic and atmospheric tracks from legend Kaskade. The artist’s recent “Closer”, which features Bishop, received fantastic remixes from the likes of Speaker Of The House and Virtu. Check out Elephante’s own set of SoundCloud remixes here that takes songs like “Smoke Filled Room” from Mako and makes them big yet bubbly, effective yet effervescent.Gryffin
Gryffin is a chill-house DJ first known for his laidback, bass driven remix of “Animals” by Maroon 5. Gryffin’s online music collection is not too broad, but having attended his set at Electric Forest this year, we can guarantee an amazing sound experience similar to Steve James, Lost Kings and Odesza. “Heading Home” is the latest to come from the emergent artist but Gryffin just tweeted two days ago about putting the “finishing touches on a new record.” We are stoked to hear at Breakaway, after he plays at the Billboard Hot 100 and on several Mad Decent Block Party dates.
Hippie Sabotage is a DJ duo out of Sacramento, California. In 2014, their remix of “Stay High” gained quick popularity, pushing them into the public eye. Hippie Sabotage throws down some of the most fun, indie dance music currently circulating in the EDM world. Their song “Your Soul” is still hanging towards the top of the dance music charts, and their “Options” EP dropped on June 24. Those who like Odesza, Flume or Hermitude can most definitely get down with Hippie Sabotage.
The Lost Kings have a bright, branded sound with tropic house undertones which can be heard easily on “You” and “Bad”, both relatively new tracks. They even took on Rihanna’s “Work”, turning the sultry hit with Drake to a light, dance track. The Lost Kings have a busy summer, playing Moonrise Music Festival as well as the Billboard Hot 100 (in addition to Breakaway). PS: Not that you need visual proof, but their live sets are off the charts energy wise. See below!
Prince Fox spreads across the genres of dance music but mainly settles in future effects with a mainstream merging of pop and house. With his roots in playing the guitar and singing, Prince Fox only recently started producing electronic music. If you enjoy the future-pop sounds of The Chainsmokers or Gryffin, you’ll like Prince Fox. He also has the ability to reel you into utter obsession on a track similar to what Cash Cash has done on their latest, “How To Love.”
Progressive-house DJ Zaxx is based out of Staten Island, New York. Zaxx brings much more interesting drops than typical house hits like on his original mix “Alpha”. Supported early on by Makj and Tiesto, Zaxx is a young performer that although last on our list, is one to watch taking over that proverbial #1 spot. Similar artists: Hardwell, Zedd or Marmik.