Dirtybird Campout is easily one of the most highly anticipated music festivals going down this Fall and there are way too many reasons why we say this. If you can imagine a boy scouts themed camping adventure filled with 3 days of some of the best house music in the world then you might understand why they just officially sold out of tickets. The biggest Dirtybird names like Claude VonStroke, Shiba San, and Justin Martin are pulling the majority of fans but there is also a handful of artists on the bill who have yet to release with the San Francisco based record label. Here's our top 5!
1. REGGIE WATTS
Reggie Watts is more currently known for his stand up routines and his stint on the Late Late Show with James Corden. However, this musical veteran boasts a legacy as grand as they come with his career dating back to the late 90s. Being a Seattle native, Watts aligned himself with music at an early age practicing the piano and violin. His thirst for musical knowledge and involvement didn't end there. This desire followed him all throughout his youth and college years where he studied jazz while playing in various Seattle music bands before his career took off as he began performing at major events throughout the world. Meanwhile, comedy offered Reggie another outlet to express his creativity, allowing him to have notoriety for stand up with success on Youtube and the IFC.
2. GREEN VELVET
Curtis Alan Jones, better known as Green Velvet, is a dance music veteran. Curtis's plans to become a chemical engineer were sidelined to pursue his then hobby of music production. While toying around with drum machines and synthesizer keyboards in his teen and early adult years, Jones at first was not compelled to follow in his DJ/musician father's footsteps. Nonetheless Jones was committed to music and specifically house music which inspired him to release music on his own record label Cajmere Records under the Cajmere moniker. Taking influence from the likes of Prince, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk, Jones ascended to newer heights by adopting the Green Velvet alias. Since then, Green Velvet has played on the biggest stages all across the globe and released on prestigious labels such as Warner Bros. Records.
Travis Stewart, who goes by Machinedrum, had a very early start in music with added influence from a singer-songwriter cousin. Travis played multiple instruments that were at his disposal at the time which eventually culminated into joining various music bands while in high school. Stewart's true calling came in the form of hand me down computers loaded with music making software that he luckily was able to come across. Upon starting the Machinedrum project, Travis was able to express his love for experimental electronic music convincing him to study audio engineering at Full Sail University. Upon graduating and moving to New York and now Berlin, Stewart has released music on various labels, both big and small, while touring the world. After a successful side project with techno-legend Jimmy Edgar entitled 'Jets', Machinedrum finally made his return this month with Human Energy and we have to admit it is one of the most impressive listens in experimental bubble-gum induced bass music.
4. PARANOID LONDON
UK duo Paranoid London emerged in early 2007 with a breakout warehouse single titled 'We Make Acid' which was credited under the label, One Last Riot. After a five year hiatus, Paranoid London surged back to popularity with a string on successful releases on One Last Riot, featuring collaborations with Green Velvet, Adonis, and other house music veterans. Quinn Whalley and Gerardo Delgado are the dynamic duo behind Paranoid London and house music enthusiasts who were drawn to one another as young adults attending underground club shows and promotions. Upon forming the group, Whalley and Delgado took inspiration from classic house, techno, and jungle records that were abundant in UK at the time in order to create their signature underground house music sound.
5. MR. CARMACK
Aaron Carmack, known as Mr. Carmack, burst on the scene in 2013 fueled by the originality and power of his music. Mr. Carmack's musical journey began as a child growing up in San Francisco where he played piano, drums, french horn, bass, trumpet, guitar and many many more instruments. Mr. Carmack has released music on Jeffree's label and Soulection while also boasting massive collaborations with Pharrell, Djemba Djemba, and Diplo. He's reached the #1 spot on Bandcamp twice and played massive shows around the world including Coachella and Lightning In A Bottle.
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