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Anytime he hits the stage, Crizzly has no choice but to go hard. Channeling hyperactive energy and uncontainable swagger, the San Antonio DJ and producer ignites crowds with an intoxicating, infectious, and inimitable blend of dubstep and hip-hop, which he affectionately terms, “Crunkstep”. However, there’s a lot more to the 21-year-old artist.
Music became a part of Chris Lee “Crizzly” Marshall’s life at a very young age. As he recalls, he discovered it as a child-insisting on making his kindergarten class listen to the Space Jam soundtrack during naptime-but he didn’t formally embrace it until high school. Picking up a set of turntables, he scored his first gigs at birthday parties. At 19-years-old, production began to inspire him, and he started remixing rap songs from YouTube with a distinctive flare. He released his own takes on Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in Da Paint” and “Snap Back Swag” from AJ Hernz, and suddenly he set the blogosphere ablaze. Numerous web sites began reposting these cuts, and Crizzly developed a fervent following.
However, some guerilla tactics helped garner even more high profile attention for the fledgling DJ. After playing 2011’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, he took 20 USB drives with his music and distributed them to some of the festivals top names. “I made it a mission to pass them out to my favorite producers,” he remembers with a smile. “I was nervous, but I gave it to Diplo. He listened, and now he plays ‘Hard in Da Paint’ in his set.”
Meanwhile, he slipped “Snap Back Swag” into a playlist on Skrillex’s tour bus, catching the megastar’s ear in the process. As a result, Skrillex added the remix into his set as well. Soon after, even more support came in addition to Skrillex and Diplo with Excision, Datsik, and many others introducing his remixes into their shows.
He describes his sound and style best though. “It’s definitely a mixture of two different worlds, dance music and hip-hop,” he goes on. “People can connect because there’s a lot going on, and there’s more than one dimension. The audience responds immediately too. Since there’s a half- time feel, the blend just makes sense. It feels right to me.”
Most importantly, it feels right to audiences. In February 2012, he embarked on a highly successful tour with 12th Planet and Flinch, and he followed that up with shows alongside Zed’s Dead. In the midst, he was featured in the July 2012 issue of Spin. Currently, he’s confirmed on the bill for the 2012 installments of Nocturnal [California and Texas], Electric Daisy Carnival [Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico, Orlando, and Colorado], Atlantic Impulse, Electric Forrest, White Wonderland, Escape From Wonderland Lights All Night in Dallas, Global Dance in Kansas City and Denver, and more. Plus, he’ll embark on his first headline tour of college markets in Fall 2012.
In fact the best way to experience Crizzly is to actually be in the audience. “I play a lot of hard stuff,” he concludes. “I expend a ton of energy. I want the fans to get buck wild, crazy, and crunk. I want them to make some bad decisions and have fun.” One thing’s for sure: there ain’t no party like a Crizzly party. – Rick Florino
Mexico-born artists Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina have built a name for themselves as a “must watch”, highly talented, up-and-coming duo. Having an incredibly diverse musical background, Boombox Cartel combines their love and knowledge of music with an innovative and unique sound. The duo originally met while attending music school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their musical chemistry was instantly apparent and after a few self-releases, Boombox Cartel their star power began shining through a swift rise to the top of the Minneapolis DJ scene.
Feeling the call of a warmer climate and larger scene, the duo eventually made the move to Los Angeles where their rise as an international power-house really began to take hold. In quick succession Boombox Cartel released multiple massive singles that were quickly given full rotation by the biggest names in dance music. Their hugely dynamic track, B2U, became one of the songs of the summer 2015, receiving support from everyone from Diplo and Skrillex to Martin Garrix.
With multiple massive releases on the way, non-stop touring and support from top labels, 2015 will close with a bang for this quickly rising duo. Be on the lookout for releases on Mad Decent, a collab with Bro Safari and so much more.
In 2012, Tony launched the Dr. Fresch brand with remixes on Dim Mak Records, Big Mamas House Records, and Prep School Recordings. After securing a position as a resident DJ for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records in 2013, he won Insomniac’s Discovery Project Contest and was chosen to perform at Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, CA. Following his performance at Nocturnal Wonderland, Dr. Fresch went on to release his debut EP which was featured at #9 on Billboard Magazine’s “Next Big Sound” Chart in November 2013. Since then, Dr. Fresch has gone on to release a massively successful series of remixes, garnering multiple Top 5 spots in Hype Machine’s popular chart, and over 10,000,000 plays on SoundCloud and millions of plays on YouTube.
Dr. Fresch has continued to gain serious momentum over the course of the last year. With releases on OWSLA, Ministry of Sound, and more, Dr. Fresch has quickly solidifed himself as one of the most unique emerging dance music aritsts.
Over the summer of 2015, Dr. Fresch launched his viral mix series “The Prescription” which has already garnered millions of plays over the course of its first 8 episodes. Each installment features a 30 minute Dr. Fresch mix followed by a 30 minute guest mix. The summer also brought Dr. Fresch onto the festival circuit with plays at likes of EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso, Moonrise, Nocturnal, CRSSD, Splash House, Escape, and more.
With an arsenal of original music yet to be released, the future continues to remain bright for Dr. Fresch
The Florida based bass music producer Midnight Tyrannosaurus has been making quite a quake in the underground dubstep community. Quickly gaining recognition and DJ support from big names like Excision, Figure, and Cookie Monsta. With multiple top charting Beatport releases on Chronos Records, I. Am. Audio, Prime Audio, and Anemnesis; Midnight Tyrannosaurus is well on his way to making his own unique staple in the industry. Raw literal dinosaur sounding synths, and heart thumping sub bass make a Setasaurus one you’ll never truly forget!
“Jphelpz delivers an unprecedented style that has been merciless to the bass music scene. As he pushes the boundaries of different genres he remains very selective with each release & label that he works with. This St. Louis producer has made a powerful impact by taking his mechanical dubstep sound to the next level with major influences from Getter, Funtcase, Datsik, Excision, & more powerhouse producers. As Jphelpz perfects his production skills he has gained the continuous support from major labels such as Firepower, Xenomorph, Prime Audio, & many more. His blend of original dark dubstep with deep grimy elements has made his destructive dubplates a part of Jphelpz everyday artillery. The future of bass music falls into the hands of Jphelpz as his robotic bass sound rushes through your entire body as he drops the heaviest & deadliest dubstep known to mankind.”
Hailing from just outside of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, INF1N1TE, is making tremendous waves on the electronic music scene with his phenomenally innovative, sharp and devastating sounds. In just a few years of working under this project, INF1N1TE has pulled support by the ranks in both fans and fellow artists attracted to his original and honest approach to keeping things real and fresh in both music production and presentation. His undeniably exceptional skill and signature style of ballistic bass work and crushing composition hike up the already sky-high anticipation for his plethora of titanic tracks to come in the next year. With releases and remixes on heavyweight labels, Play Me Records, Ultragore Recordings, and Sumerian Records, INF1N1TE stands tirelessly committed at the dawn of a massive new era for himself as an artist, perfecting his already vast knowledge and profound ability in his work.
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