VIBES… I’m telling you guys, I can already feel them. The energy in New Orleans during the BUKU Music + Art Project is unreal. Why? One thing that I believe that makes one particular artist better than the next is their raw emotion and ability to ‘move’ you. After all, it’s all about feeling something, right? Sometimes I catch myself dreaming about jambalaya and voodoo dolls, but the eclectic atmosphere is unforgettable. Undoubtedly, every artist on the bill will give a killer performance, but I believe these particular artists will not only give you chill bumps. They’ll burn an image into your mind. Above all, I promise you these acts will do something special, and you’ll want to be there – trust me. Here’s my list of the top 10 must-see artists at BUKU.
(10) Tyler the Creator – I already know this one is going to be out of control. Tyler is literally going to start a riot, and it’s going to be legendary. You’re going to want to take off your CamelBak for this one because you might find yourself in the middle of a mosh pit. Tyler takes weird to a whole new level, and it’s going to be beautiful ratchetry.
(9) Kaskade – The man, the legend. This OG delivered one of the most epic headlining acts I have ever seen at a festival at EDC Orlando 2013. His classic stuff is all golden, and his newer release, Fire & Ice, was on repeat for months. His Atmopshere album brings tears to every babe’s face, and holy sh*t can he drop some festival bangers. If we’re really lucky, Kaskade‘ll grab the mic and lay down some vocals over Atmosphere. I can’t wait to see what secret weapons he pulls out for this one.
(8) Chromeo – Traveling from the mothership down to Earth, the funk lords will bless your ears, and don’t say I didn’t warn you. In my mind, these guys stack up with Daft Punk, Justice, Treasure Fingers, MSTRKRFT, Bag Raiders, Cut Copy, & Holy Ghost! Every single one of their productions teleports you back to the days of vinyl; trust me, disco never died. I’ve been trying to catch Chromeo for years now, and I can’t wait to come alive.
(7) Zeds Dead – Zeds Dead, baby. I will argue all day that the Canadian duo is not even capable of delivering a less-than-mind-blowing set. Their arsenal of remixes and productions must be days long, so you know they’re always prepared. Zeds Dead was one of the first acts I ever saw over 5 years ago, and they still deliver more ravey dubstep than most in the game. I place them alongside Bassnectar because I swear their LIVE mixing skills will seriously leave your face on the floor more than once. Don’t forget to pick it up if you make it out alive.
(6) GRiZ – Oh, Grant. The Mad Liberator. I’ve seen GRiZ come up from a room in Alabama with 50 other people to the Tabernacle in Atlanta on the Budweiser Made in America Tour to selling out the Masquerade in Atlanta on his first headlining tour. He’s made it big, and he deserves every second of it. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Louisiana and New Orleans, I think about brass and horns. His saxophone is going to be electric and literally send sex down your spine. This could be his biggest performance yet.
(5) Baauer B2B RL Grime – Sweet Trap Jesus. We thank you for the 808′s, but especially for sending your sons Baauer and RL Grime. Elbows up… amen. Two of my favorite performances at ‘Bisco were Baauer and RL Grime, this really is the best of the best. I see them as superheroes, but not like Batman & Robin, more like Batman & Batman. These two might top Diplo’s performance at BUKU 2012. It’s going to be filthy, steamy, and grimey. If you’re not the biggest fan of trap, you’re about to be converted. It’s set to be a religious experience.
(4) Cashmere Cat – We are not worthy. Seeing this guy on the lineup sold it for me. I speak for my Soundcloud nerds out there when I say his creativity and production quality makes him one of the most anticipated acts of 2014. In laymen’s terms, Cashmere Cat is literally changing the game, bending genres, and inspiring a generation of musicians. He’s been working nonstop for the past two years with an all-star lineup including, but not limited to, Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, Ludacris, and Hudson Mohawke. The kid is hot, and you will regret missing his set in the Back Alley for the rest of your life. Don’t sleep.
(3) Nas + DJ Premiere – How much more legendary can you really get? Two of the most important hip hop icons EVER are set to throw down a very special performance of their album Illmatic in honor of its 20th anniversary. If you’ve never listened to Illmatic, do yourself a favor and just leave this page, go to google, search for a torrent, and download it. Trust me, it’s much more important that you actually educate yourself with a work of art than anything else you have planned for the weekend. If you already know what’s up, this is going to be one for the books. Everyone else is talking about Outkast on this years’ festival run, but I’m talking about Nas and DJ Premier.
(2) Explosions in the Sky – I literally thought I would never get a chance to see these guys…and I literally had accepted the fact until I SH*T MY PANTS when I saw them on the artist announcement. Surrounded by electronic and hip hop acts, Explosions in the Sky is one of the most important acts of the festival. I’ve been following these guys since 7th grade and literally used to meditate before football games, listening to The Earth Is Not A Dead Cold Place. I can’t wait to feel some type of way. I might shed a tear – it’s going to be beautiful.
(1) The Glitch Mob – It’s been four years. They’ve returned with a vengeance, and everyone’s talking about it. BUKU will be their first festival stop and biggest performance of the year so far. The Glitch Mob is one of those acts that don’t just push buttons, but flipped the ‘live-tronica’ world upside down and crushed it. No questions asked, The Glitch Mob is creating work that’s ahead of our time, and honestly, they might make the world stop spinning for a minute. I already see illuminated triangles flashing in my mind… Buckle up, and Drive It Like You Stole It.
Who are you excited to see at the BUKU Music + Art Project this year?
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