After a year long hiatus in 2014, Camp Bisco will be making its triumphant return, bringing a mix of jam and edm to Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, STS9 and Big Gigantic among the headliners, this lineup is stacked from top to bottom. For the adventurous type, here are some of the most interesting non-headliner, must see acts of the weekend.
Exmag is one of Lowtemp’s greatest gems. They’re a three-man-band that brings a whole lot of funk and soul to the stage. The group got together about three years ago, released Proportions, their debut EP last year and since then has risen to fame. The most extraordinary magnificent aspect about Exmag is the cleanness and crispness of their sound. Their music resonates so perfectly, that it almost sounds pre-recorded. Don’t be fooled, Exmag performs a completely live set. There are so many electronic funk bands growing in popularity, that sometimes it’s hard to tell apart one from another. Exmag’s sound is so distinct; it’s impossible to mix them up with another group.
A departure from the norm at a edm/dj oriented festival, Moon Hooch is the perfect fit for the crossover jam and dance fest that is Camp Bisco. This Jazz fusion trio makes some seriously funky saxophone music. Moon Hooch has been on the map since performing at Electric Forest in 2013, and has continued to gain a following in the Northeast with performances at local gatherings such as Farm Fest and Beardfest, both in New Jersey. Originally from Brooklyn, these guys will be bringing some serious funk to the grounds of Montage Mountain, promising to deliver one of the most unique and upbeat performances of the weekend. Check out their performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk here.
Lido (Peder Losnegard) is one of the most noteworthy artists at Camp Bisco because he is performing twice. If you didn’t know, Lido’s alter-ego stage name is Trippy Turtle, a “bed-squeaking,” jersey-clubbing member of the Fofofadi Family, who will also be mixing at the festival. Although Lido and Trippy Turtle’s music has many similarities, there are some distinct differences. Lido tends to mix and produce more long-wavy synths, while all of Trippy Turtle’s songs have a jersey-club beat. Lido’s tracks technically sound more difficult to produce, while Trippy’s often sound like they took half the time to produce. Last, the mood of Lido’s songs is more mature and serious compared to Trippy Turtle’s, which sound more promiscuous but extremely fun to booty pop to. Lido is a king in the realm of future bass. In terms of production, he has a very similar sound to Cashmere Cat. He seamlessly strings intricately produced synths together. Many of his songs have a down tempo-rhythm and speed up, others are fast-pace. When he mixes, he plays some of the biggest names in the future game: Wave Racer, GANZ, Cashmere Cat, Flume and many others. If you’re down with future bass music, do not miss Lido!
Sometimes performing as a live act with guitar and singing, this eclectic performer will be spinning a DJ set at Camp Bisco; funky house beats with live vocals. His style is similar to that of Chet Faker, combining a live performance aspect to danceable DJ beats. With remixes of Lana Del Ray and Churchill, Penguin Prison has built a reputation for smooth, Chromeo-esk sounds. A name sure to fly under the radar, Penguin Prison is one of those hidden gems that rewards those who are lucky enough to find him at Camp.
21 year-old Jauz, currently signed to Buygore Records, produces tracks that belong to many genres, but still maintains a common sound: bass music. After landing festival gigs at North Coast, Shambhala, Electric Forest and more this summer, this young man has risen to fame in just one year, and has released some awesome tracks and remixes ranging from dubstep, bass house, future bass and some drum-and-bass. In his typical set, Jauz spins more songs than there are minutes in the set. His signature bass house style has helped him gain popularity almost overnight, following a tour in support of Borgore and Ookay.
Aaron Carmack is the godfather of future trap. His distinct sound has spread into a movement that has blossomed into one of the most intriguing genres of the past few years. A mysterious producer, Carmack is known for his ever-changing SoundCloud page, where new tunes are constantly cycled in and out. His sold out show at Cervantes’ Other Side proved just how awesome this future beats virtuoso is live, and after his bangin’ sets at Electric Forest and Buku Festival in New Orleans, there is no reason to doubt that Carmack will be bringing the heat to good ol’ Scranton, PA.
Like Lido and Mr Carmack, Sweater Beats is a future bass artist that is not to be missed at Camp Bisco. With huge remixes of Kastle, Flume and Chet Faker, Sweater Beats has carved himself a place within the ever-moving center of future bass music. Visiting Denver last March at the 1up-Colfax, the dj threw down an absolute fire set, proving that he has what it takes to rock the larger festival stage. His prior experience also reaches out to an American tour with Chance the Rapper and Chet Faker, as well as performances at this year’s Firefly Festival and at the upcoming North Coast Festival this September in Chicago.
Written By Sami Elkan
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