What to expect from Illenium at the Gorge (DMNW Artist’s Guide)
As one of the industry favorites of the EDM scene, Illenium is hosting their own two-day festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. Find tickets for the Memorial Day weekend show on the Illenium website. To prepare for the show, read our full artist guide below.
Capitalizing on the success of her fourth studio album, fallen embers, Illenium performs several tour stops to sold-out stadiums across the country. Many of these stops also span two days with Illenium headlining, though it’s not yet clear how it differentiates the two sets. He certainly has quite a catalog to draw from. It’s probably safe to expect throwbacks and new tracks over the two days, as well as plenty of remixes.
During his career, Illenium has done a lot to advance the genre of melodic bass. While his early albums stuck solely to dubstep and melodic bass, he immersed himself in a pop rock-EDM hybrid sound with fallen embers. Although his sound has changed a lot over the years, you can always count on him to put on a hugely fun live set.
Sander van Djick, better known by his stage name San Holo, is a DJ and producer on a mission to light up the world with his music. In his early days he released singles on the Vancouver BC-based Monstercat label and soon gained support from Porter Robinson who featured the San Holo remix of Natural light on the official Worlds remix album.
After the start of his career, San Holo soon after launched his own label, bitbird. On his label, he has released two albums, the most recent of which was released earlier this year.
No PNW show would be complete with at least one bassist, and Dabin is here to deliver. Even fans who aren’t crazy about headbanging will enjoy the melodic bass tracks around which he’s built a dedicated fanbase. Fresh off the release of his fourth full album in October, Dabin stopped by Seattle for the postponed first leg of his highly anticipated Into the Wild tour.
Besides producing and mixing, Dabin can also kill a guitar live. Since he brings it to his tour stops, we can’t be sure we’ll be able to hear it on the Gorge stage, but we hope so. All of his albums are worth checking out, but Wild Youth is a DMNW favorite.
Another phenomenon of Colorado bass music, SoDown brings funky, instrumental beats to the big stage. He culminates his inspiration from Pretty Lights and his talent on the saxophone to create grooving and feel-good tracks. Within its sound signature, SoDown also classifies its discography into three distinct buckets: SoHeavy, SoGroovy and SoChill.
More recently, his 3-track EP, Get Up, does exactly what it promised: to get us moving. If you want a good sample of his live sound, check out his Dancefestopia mix from 2020.
Nicholas Chiari, known as Grabbitz, is a jack-of-all-trades in the music world. As a musician, producer, DJ, singer and songwriter, he has touched most corners of the EDM scene. In addition to his originally produced tracks, Grabbitz also jumps on several remixes. Some of these include deadmau5, OneRepublic, Jauz, Pendulum, etc.
While we’re obsessed with his collaborations with Rezz and Subtronics, his solo projects stand out. More recently, his 2022 album Time Isn’t Real showcases his creativity and indie sound.
Colorado native Thomas O’Connell aka Brondo is a hard-hitting dubstep force to be reckoned with. His music is filled with recklessly aggressive bass lines and packs a punch into every track.
Although he’s been on the rise for a few years, his take on SLANDER and Said the Sky’s Potions is where he’s become best known. His marketing strategy is also unique: he once played a show where the only ticketing requirement was to bring a ripe banana.
It seems fitting that the Denver Nuggets’ official DJ is an up-and-coming artist on the dance music scene. Quickly on the scene was Austin Pawelka, also known as PawS. With a SoundCloud only dating back about a year ago, it’s relatively unknown what he’ll throw in a live set.
What we do know is that he’s bounced from trap to house, and as a professional basketball DJ, he knows how to get a crowd going. It’s a big year for him to keep growing: he’ll be performing at the Global Dance Festival in Denver, and on another stop with Illenium at the Coliseum in Virginia.
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Reaching heights many artists only dream of before reaching the age of 20, Alan Walker continues to be one of the bright young stars blazing the trail for the future of dance music. At 23, he’s headlined several tours, released an album and has one of the most impressive release streaks in the industry. Moreover, he is friends with Hans Zimmer.
Another DMNW favorite and pioneer of the dubstep scene since its debut, Flux Pavilion also performs. Since 2008, the English producer, founder of the label and DJ has been performing all over the world following the dazzling success of his title, I can not stop.
More recently, he broke the mold of the hard-hitting dubstep box he was placed in for several years. His .wav The album was released in 2020 and shattered all expectations. Experimental and melodic in nature, Flux Pavilion offers a new sound that constantly impresses us.
Bizarre and wonky, Mersiv comes from the WAKAAN stable led by Liquid Stranger. After releasing their first full album in 2021, Mersiv continues to release collaborations with other bass players.
He first discovered his passion for DJing in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Although not considered a destination for experimental bass music, he found a group of friends who also enjoyed it and regularly threw barn parties. He now resides in Colorado, considered the American capital of bass music.
Australian-born producer Blanke has risen to fame over the past few years, and for good reason. His live sets are always great with everything from drums and bass to melodic bass, with a mix of house and fun remixes.
This isn’t the first time he’s performed in support of Illenium either. In 2019, Illenium and Blanke released Gorgeous as part of Illenium’s third studio album. Although it already had massive support on the album, it didn’t stop there: Blanke released an edit of the track which became a regular part of Illenium’s live sets.
Decadon is another bass music artist from Denver. His style is rooted in a combination of heavy bass and rock music which is complemented by his instrumental talent with piano, drums and guitar. The rock-EDM hybrid style is evident in his music, and more so in his rock remix playlist which includes Fall Out Boy, The Rolling Stones, and more.
This isn’t the first time he’s backed Illenium either. He released a remix of early Illenium for Sound of Walking Away, which caught his eye.
Fury + MC Dino
Drum and bass duo Fury and MC Dino also hit the stage this Memorial Day weekend with Illenium. Longtime friends, the duo first teamed up for two decades to perform together. At the start of the pandemic, they also launched a satirical drum and bass docuseries.