[Coachella Festival] Swedish House Mafia, Kaskade & David Guetta, The DJs That Matter And Why

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Afrojack (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Afrojack (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Coachella isn’t the Small Font band hipster fest it once used to be. And that’s a good thing.

While the plaid-clad bearded folk are wilting away in the heat to see their favorite indie or big name band, babes in bikinis are writhing around together under the shade of the Sahara Tent to see their favorite DJ or electronic artist.

Check out ten picks that will get you dancing.


10. Afrojack

Grammy award-winning music producer Afrojack is known for his signature Dutch House sound.

Recently, he’s done many collaborations. Songs like “Take Over Control” and “Give me everything” topped pop charts last year. In 2007 he began his own record label Wall Recordings. He’s gone all over the world numerous times and has DJ’d massive music festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival.

Afrojack is ranked as one of the top 10 DJs in the world according to DJ Mag.


09. Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin is a Brazilian musician considered to be one of the most influential electronic music artists in the world.

He has released seven major studio albums since his début in 1996. He is noted for his unusual method of sound design and music productions. Amon Tobin’s music has been used in movies like The Italian Job and 21.

Tobin’s done video game scores too: In 2005, he made the score to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Friday, April 13 and Friday, April 20


08. AVICII

Born Tim Berg, AVICII is a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer.

He began making music at the age of 18, writing and remixing tracks in his bedroom. His melodic house sound gained him a huge following and led to the support of very well-known DJs like Tiesto, Pete Tong, Laidback Luke, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Eric Morillo, and Kaskade.

Berg keeps his productions up-to-date and innovative which makes him stand out among the rest. His hit song “Levels” has stayed on top of the charts for months on end. Recently, Avicii premiered Madonna’s new track at Ultra Music Festival with the pop idol singing along side of him.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22

Avicii – “My Feelings For You”


07. Borgore

Borgore is the alias of Israeli Dubstep producer Asaf Borger. He’s known for a type of genre called Gorestep.

He just finished a massive US tour, SXSW, and a bunch of sold out dates everywhere with a bunch of positive reviews. He is now in the process of signing with a major label. Keep an eye out for this guy in 2012.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21

Asking Alexandria – The Final Episode (Borgore s Die Bitch Remix)


06. Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris started recording bedroom demos as a teenager in 1999. After posting his songs on his MySpace he quickly got recognized and signed.

Harris released his first album “I Created Disco” in June of 2007. The album contained up-tempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. The songs “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls” became Top Ten hits while the album kept climbing up the charts.

If you look back to old iPod promotional billboards, you’ll notice Calvin Harris was one of the featured artists in the ads. Most recently, Calvin Harris worked alongside Rihanna on the international chart topper “We Found Love.”

Keep a look out for his new record coming out later this year.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22


05. David Guetta

Just incase you don’t know by now, David Guetta was ranked #1 DJ in the world this year by DJ mag.  He is the pioneer of French House music.

Guetta first started DJing in Paris in the mid-1980s at the age of 17 – around when House music was just getting started. Now he’s best known for killing the dance floor.

A new documentary on his life was released last year called Nothing But The Beat. David Guetta has set the bar in Dance music.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21


04. DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow is one of the originators of Trip-Hop. His sound consists of genre-bending works of art merging elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, and soul. Don’t miss his Shadowsphere show at Coachella!

Playing at Coachella 2012: Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22

DJ Shadow – “Organ Donor”


03. Kaskade

Before becoming a top class DJ, Kaskade aka Ryan Raddon, owned a record store and worked as a club DJ to make ends meet for him as his wife in Utah.

He traveled to Japan on his mission with the Church Of Latter-day Saints and when he returned he finished school at the University of Utah in Sal Lake City.

Kaskade’s musical career launched in 2004 with the release of In The Moment. Since then, he’s been no stranger to dance music charts.

Playing at Coachella 2012: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21

Listen to: Kaskade – “Ice”


02. Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia are a group of House DJs consisting of producers Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. It’s a big deal for them to come to the States and perform.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch them at Coachella!

Playing at Coachella 2012: Friday, April 13 and Friday, April 20


01. Justice

Formed in 2003, Justice is a duo from Paris, France. They are mostly known for their remix of Simian’s “Never Be Alone,” (later renamed “We Are Your Friends”) as well as ”D.A.N.C.E.,” their single release from the Waters of Nazareth EP.

Justice are the most commercially successful act on the label of Pedro Winter (Busy P), Ed Banger. It’s been well over two years since they’ve done a show here in the States.

Do not miss Justice!

Playing at Coachella 2012: Sunday, April 15 and Sunday, April 22

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