Toronto-native, LA-based hit songwriter and “outsider pop” artist ALLIE X arrived on the scene in 2015, and has already amassed a large and global cult following, selling out shows across the US, Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. An accomplished songwriter, Allie most notably co-wrote Troye Sivan’s “Youth,” Sivan’s debut album Blue Neighborhood and his sophomore LP Bloom. Allie X released her debut full-length album COLLXTION II, via Twin Music Inc. (Sony Music Canadat/Kobalt) in June 2017. Lead by single “Paper Love,” (which immediately went viral garnering over 1 million streams in one week), COLLXTIONII showcases Allie’s diverse range and strength as a songwriter. As of July 2018, Paper Love sat at 37,000,000+ streams as a top 20 single on Canadian Top 40 Radio. Allie X has gone from indie pop princess to mainstream contender – and is poised to explode in 2019.
bottoms was formed in 2014 by musician Harper V, drummer Michael Prommasit, and performing artist Jake Dibeler. In 2015 they released their debut EP "GOODBYE" on JD Samson's label Atlas Chair. This was followed by a 12” re-release of their single “My Body” with a b-side rework by Kassem Mosse. After a few year hiatus, bottoms re-united for a headline show at MoMA PS1 and found a renewed energy to make music together. They are currently working on their second EP “Parasite”.
Clara 3000’S sets are infamous for moving between different sound spectrums while maintaining a strong consistency, as demonstrated by her monthly residences on Rinse FM. Clara prefers simplicity and minimalism over baroque rhythms and overlapping sounds. She creates a dark, hypnotic, deep and constantly evolving sound out of minimal elements. A former editor of Trax in her younger years, Clara was previously associated with the Ed Banger label (where she worked alongside Pedro Winter). She then became part of the Kill The DJ collective, along with Chloé and Ivan Smagghe, among others. In addition to shining as a DJ, Clara has also begun to excel as a remixer, with commissions from peers including Cristophe, C.A.R., and Londoner Krista Papista. Clara’s sets tends to veer towards classical techno, industrial electronica and krautrock, and her name is beginning to resonate even louder on the European circuits and in cult clubs like Salon Des Amateurs.
Coi Leray began making waves before 2017 wrapped up with her singles “G.A.N” and “Pac Girl.” The two singles garnered initial buzz due to their hard-hitting beats, her uniqueness of being able to both rap and sing and the substance in her songwriting. Coi is a unique breed of artist. Her delivery is aggressive and in your face, but her message is rare and provides a perspective unlike other female emcees in the game. At the young age of 16, Coi Leray dropped everything in her life, leaving high school and walking away from her family, in order to pursue her dreams. She’s here to break the stereotype and provide a new definition for female emcees all over the world. Coi might be young, sitting at only 21-years old, but she has a vision. Her soul is old, yet her sound is new and refreshing. With her debut project ‘everythingcoZ’ now out and a barrage of upcoming shows in her current calendar, Coi Leray is aiming to make sure that 2018 is hers for the taking.
Rising pop star Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) makes music that defies gender norms. In the past year, their work has gained a queer cult following and led to them being named a must-know talent by Buzzfeed and one of PAPER Magazine’s "100 Women Revolutionizing Pop." Not only that, but Electra has also quickly built a dedicated fan base thanks to their futuristic spin on 00s pop, 80s funk, and a long-standing love of satirizing rigid gender roles and views on sexuality. A frequent Charli XCX collaborator, Electra was featured on the Pop 2 track "Femmebot (feat. Dorian Electra & Mykki Blanco)." They have also played live with XCX at a number of self-curated shows and after parties. In 2018, Electra performed at NYC Pride, toured with British pop sensation Rina Sawayama and supported Russian group Pussy Riot on their first U.S. tour. Electra’s recent singles and music videos, "Career Boy,” "Man To Man” and “Flamboyant” have garnered press and playlist spots from Pitchfork, Billboard, The Fader, and Nylon among others. 2019 will see the release of Dorian Electra’s debut album and headlining tour.
Formerly of Chicago, Meehan first got his start programming an open-format radio show for over five years on the airwaves of WLUW 88.7 fm. He then fine-tuned his love of dance music behind the counter at Gramaphone Records, behind the decks at Smart Bar, and behind the scenes as a co-founder & resident of the Men's Room. Upon moving to Berlin in 2016, Meehan is now a resident deejay & the program director of Buttons, which he runs along with his boyfriend, Danilo Rosato. Their monthly party is known for its irreverent themes, fun attitude, thoughtful music and warm crowd. Meehan and Rosato are also organizing members of WHOLE - United Queer Festival.
Images attached: all photos by Charles Ludeke
Jayda G is a Canadian DJ that moves back and forth from Vancouver to Berlin. As a music producer, she came out with her first release on the Australian label, Butter Sessions, in May 2015. Jayda runs the record label Freakout Cult with Sex Tags Mania co-founder DJ Fett Burger, the imprint inspired by the Freakout Cult club night the two started in Vancouver.The first record NYC Party Track was released late September of 2015 and the pair have since released their own music as well as records by LNS and DJ Tequila. The odd remix has also crept out. Jayda has been touring the world in the mean time, becoming a breath of fresh air to the scene. She has gained wider attention with a pair of Boiler Room sets and backing this with consistently strong online mixes ranging from the evergreen Trushmix series to Discwoman.
Gossip hit their prime with the release of critically acclaimed album Music For Men in 2009. Produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and recorded at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu, ‘Music For Men’ sold over 1.5 million copies and expertly captured iconic frontwoman Beth Ditto’s powerful righteous vocals and Gossip’s fiery sound. Lead single 'Heavy Cross' remains a favorite to this day racking up tens of thousands of streams a month.
The trio’s blistering brand of soulful swagger brought queer politics to the mainstream, confronted body politics head on and singularly refused to be pigeonholed or ignored, landing magazine covers around the world. Ahead of their time they garnered huge critical acclaim and cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting and relevant must-see live bands. Set against Nathan Howdeshell’s jagged riffs, slabs of synth and Hannah Billie’s pulsing drums, Beth Ditto's voice remains a thing of wonder: tender, but also capable of unleashing a ferocious range and exuding star power.
Honey Dijon was born and raised in Chicago the home of house music, but has been living in NYC for many years. Like many involved in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and r&b records at home. Soon she wanted to be the one dropping the needle on the record whenever they held parties in the family basement and the lure of club life soon followed. Before long she was obsessively collecting her own music from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in Chicago, all the while honing her own personal style.
It was while hanging out in these stores where Honey met and formed a long lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey also met another music giant Danny Tenaglia, whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. “Danny heavily influenced my sound as a DJ’, says Honey. “The drama of his delivery and risk taking always informed me of how I wanted to present music. Of course, Derrick and Chicago house were also very influential in my development as an artist, so it’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound.”
Still preferring vinyl as a format, there is something hugely authentic about the way Honey mixes, fusing the bump of Chicago with more classic New York sounds and other European influences. Her sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity. The art of the mix itself is also very important to Honey as anyone who has witnessed her play can testify about her deft mixing skills and the way she dexterously flows between house or techno with a warm, hypnotic feel. She has played at many of the best venues around the world including esteemed underground haunts like Panorama Bar/berlin, Sub Club/glasgow, The Block/tel aviv, Output/nyc, Space/ibiza and of course Smart Bar/chicago.
In the studio, Honey brings her unique perspective and experience to her productions as well. Of course heritage sounds are at the rock bed of what she does, but far from churning out throwback sounds, she makes sure new ideas are at the forefront. For evidence of this look no further than her releases and remixes on Classic Records. In fact this cultural star recently mixed a retrospective compilation for the legendary Classic Music label as well being commissioned to create the soundtrack for a recent Louis Vuitton Menswear shows.
With her charisma, style and broad understanding of electronic music and upcoming gigs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, and Paris to name a few there seems to be no stopping Miss Dijon.
Hu Dat has been DJing consistently for 8 years and has opened for Gunna, Chief Keef, Trippy Turtle, Tokimonsta, and many more! Her sets will turn you up and surprise you with lots of new music.
To New York City’s dance floors, the name Katie Rex, is a familiar mainstay. With roots beginning in the Philadelphia rave scene, her passion for the underground has crossed genre boundaries and culminated into an in-depth knowledge of music and cultural trends after dark. Inspired by the classic sounds of Detroit & Chicago as well as the hammering influence of EBM and invigorating sounds of dance music’s contemporaries, she curates a unique blend of dark acid bass lines with club inspired drum patterns into harsh industrial.
From the city of Chicago, Kidd Kenn discovered an unparalleled joy for performance at an early age. His viral freestyles videos gained him local notoriety and an influx of online fans. With the mission of encouraging young people to be comfortable in their own skin, Kidd Kenn addresses the topic with a passion and hunger that cannot be denied. Now sixteen years old, he continues to grow his career with new music coming very soon.
MAZURBATE, aka Matthew Mazur, is a globally recognized New York based DJ that is shaking up dance floors from Paris to Sãu Paulo. He uses his unique point of view to fuse downtown cool with uptown sophistication, and has become a regular fixture at parties hosted by fashion’s elite, as well as the rawest of raves. Mazur’s high energy mashup of multiple genres breathes life into any event, making even the most conservative of crowds break into full blown mayhem! With a unique ability to read and please his audience, he doesn’t play for himself - he plays for the people.
Michael Magnan is a multi-disciplinary artist, DJ, and producer based in NYC. Aside from DJing around town solo you can find him collaborating on music with Physical Therapy as Fatherhood and working alongside JT Almon throwing the Brooklyn-based floating warehouse party Fruits and Vegetables. His latest Fatherhood EP is out now on Batty Bass Records and look out for a killer Fatherhood-curated compilation out this summer on Nervous Records.
Ms.Boogie is a Afro-Latina Brooklyn based MC and activist. Sex appeal, independence and the power of femininity are at the top of her agenda as an artist. It is safe to say she is trailblazer of the LGBTQ community existing within the genre of Hip-hop. She has dedicated her artistry to building a bridge between the avant-garde and the conventional lifestyles that are expected of a Rapper. Representing the 'T' in 'LGBT' she still carries the rest of the acronym on her shoulders, pushing the envelope and speaking to the youth around the world about the importance of pride.
According to FADER, “Brooklyn DJ MISTERVACATION delights in creating points of connection between disparate sounds; each one bursts forth in a shower of renewed party-energy and surprise. The 25-year-old, who's a medical student by day, has become a staple in the New York club scene.”
Mykki Blanco is a rapper, performance artist, poet, and activist whose breakout music video “Wavvy” earned critical acclaim in 2012. Blanco’s work includes EPs Betty Rubble: The Initiation and Mykki Blanco & the Mutant Angels as well as studio albums Mykki and Stay Close to Music, Stay Close to God. Blanco has collaborated with notable artists including Charli XCX, Princess Nokia, and Brooke Candy.
Brooklyn-based producer Octo Octa’s (née Maya Bouldry-Morrison) debut EP Let Me See You lasso’d a mighty wave of international house-heads to the dance-floor and helped push underground house label 100% Silk onto everyone’s radar in 2011. Bouldry-Morrison’s finely-tuned marriage of exquisite compositional flare, meticulously-sculpted sonics, and primal dance-floor functionality has earned her a Red Bull Music Academy residency in Manhattan, which found the producer working closely with Harald Bjork and Throwing Snow, as well as tours across the world that included coveted gigs at Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Frankfurt’s Live At Robert Johnson, and Barcelona’s Sonar Festival. Fresh off of having SPIN herald percussive floor-burner “Cause I Love You” as one of the 50 Best Dance Songs Of 2014, Octo Octa currently has forthcoming coming 12″s prepped for DeepBlak and Stay Underground It Pays and is preparing for another year of pushing her unique sonic perspective and shimmering club-ready earworms through sound systems across the world.
Pussy Riot is a Russian Moscow-based activist art collective known for its provocative and radiant live music performances and political actions that they have continued to perform since 2011 despite dangers from Putin's regime. In 2012 three members of Pussy Riot were arrested for performing a punk-prayer "Virgin Mary, please get rid of Putin" and convicted for two years in labor camps. Other known Pussy Riot songs include "Putin has pissed himself,” "Death to prisons, freedom to protest!", "Police state,” "Straight outta vagina,” "Make America great again,” "Refugees in" (a performance in Banksy's Dismaland). In 2018 four members of Pussy Riot made international headlines by running onto a football field during the World Cup final demanding to release all political prisoners.
Pussy Riot's live performance piece is lead by Nadya Tolokonnikova, who served two years in jail, went on a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions, and ended up being sent to a Siberian penal colony. Still, she managed to maintain her artistic activity, and toured around Siberian labor camps with her prison punk band. Nadya Tolokonnikova recently published a book "Read and riot: Pussy Riot's guide to activism,” well-received by critics.
Pussy Riot’s on stage performance is a radical audio-visual live act touching topics like gender identity, personal freedom, climate change, transgression, and how activism can help us to shape a better world.
28-year-old Rina Sawayama’s 2017 debut mini-album RINA saw her land on a heap of "Best Of..." lists, including those by The Guardian, The Needle Drop and Pitchfork. 2018 saw Rina release her R&B/pop infused single”'Cherry,” her most personal and political track to date, a track praised by the likes of Fader, i-D, Nylon, and Dazed with the latter describing Rina's music as "sugar-coated R&B with meaning for the digital age." Rina took her show on the road and in the past year has gone from playing 150 cap venues to selling out London's iconic "Heaven," touring the US twice, performing with Charli XCX at her POP2 show in London, and supporting Years & Years at the O2 Arena. The amalgamation of these experiences makes up the foundations for Rina's unique sound that has set her apart from her peers since day one. With nods to the productions of 90s and 00s pop stalwarts Max Martin, Timbaland and The Neptunes. Rina, alongside collaborator Clarence Clarity has crafted a soundscape that pays homage to the past while gleefully rushing head-on into the future.
For over a decade, Miami–based artist and DJ Ashland Mines has disrupted the linearity of club sets under his Total Freedom moniker. This talent for compressing club atmospheres and working crowds into an almost religious catharsis has elevated Mines to a mythological status across various creative networks and nodes of underground subculture. And as a true artists’ artist, Mines’ disruptive ethos echoes through a collaborative network of contemporaries shaking up the zeitgeist from the margins of popular culture.
Violet Chachki is known for creating sophisticated performances and entrancing visuals that blend strip tease, aerial acrobatics and fetish aesthetics – while also distorting the gender binary. Their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent won them the crown – and the $100,000 cash prize – on Season 7 of mega-hit TV series, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since that victory, they have performed in large venues in over 20 countries on 6 continents. Headlining a number of burlesque festivals and international drag shows, Violet has even gotten to tour with long time inspiration Dita Von Teese! They have appeared on countless magazine covers and in a number of high profile editorials with the likes of Italian Vogue, Interview, Nylon, and Candy.
Violet credits much of their inspiration to the likes of Bettie Page, legendary model Dovima, Thierry Mugler and renowned DJ Lady Miss Kier.
Vōx is intoxicated by the power of vulnerability. She has a fascination with dichotomy and religion, making these elements the basis for her complex visual world. Her stark, layered vocals pair with minimal downtempo electronic beats giving her the perfect landscape to discuss anxiety, rebirth, and healing. In 2016, her cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “i” climbed to #2 on the Spotify US Viral 50 (#8 on the Global Viral 50) chart. She is currently finishing new songs to follow up her critically acclaimed 2017 EP I Was Born, which received praise from i-D, Vogue Germany, Schön, and Pigeons & Planes, among others. vōx attended the Red Bull Music Academy Berlin in 2018, after which she embarked on her first European tour.
Try to unravel Yves Tumor and the dimensions and personas spill out like warped contents of a grotesquely beautiful matryoshka doll. To see Yves Tumor step upon a stage is to be thrashed by a howling cyberpunk fiend - yet filter the recorded output and you’ll be treated to a kaleidoscopic union of classic songwriting and lobotomized sound experiments. The duality unveils subtly, but hints and images can be parsed from music and lyrics, giving that impression that everything just might come into a pop perfect focus.
This (r)evolutionary queen likes to push the boundaries of drag and is known for outrageous and unconventional looks--which can range from a pretty lady to terrifying alien creatures--and her signature loud cackle. Her flexibility, strength, and long limbs make for entertaining and energetic performances, always willing to give the audience something they haven’t seen before. Known for bringing her brain to the table, Yvie has been dropping jaws to the floor on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.