With such an eclectic lineup filled with so many talented acts of all different backgrounds, exploring the lineup will prove to be an adventure in itself.
String Cheese Incident
First off, playing three nights at Electric Forest (and basically Hosting the Festival) is the String Cheese Incident. This band pretty much covers every type of genre with their music whether it be an original or a cover and they ultimately make whatever they play their own, with a special “cheesy” twist to it.
Here is a performance by the String Cheese Incident at Electric Forest in 2011:
Another artist worth mentioning is electronic music pioneer, DJ, and producer, Benny Benassi. With a history of about 13 years of touring and producing music, Benassi is far from new to the scene and is certainly a big name when it comes to the EDM world.
Dopapod is an electronic jam band who is completely blowing up and taking over the jam scene. The band is one of the hardest working younger groups in the entire scene. Dopapod tours extensively and their commitment to their craft can be heard in their extreme musical diversity and lack of respect for any type of musical boundaries, they know how to make just about anything work. Like their wonderful reputation for a newer jam band, Dopapod’s following is extremely loyal and constantly growing with good reason! This band is raising the bar!
To download Dopapod’s album Draw Onward, click here: http://dopapod.com/drawnonward/ or stream it here:
The Werks is a jam band powerhouse that seemingly came out of know where. The band is so diverse and eclectic, that they can serve to satisfy almost anyone’s taste, and this makes them a perfect band to perform at Electric Forest. There music can be described as “Fusing the psychedelic shredding guitar and screaming organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music entitled ‘Psychedelic Dance Rock.’ Their unique style of performing is affected and manipulated by the energy of the audience, guaranteeing that each show will be different and memorable. The success is largely credited to the hard work of their street team as well as to the dedication of the band, their fans and a unique performance.”
Back on the EDM side of the spectrum a DJ has recently emerged, basically changing the face of electronic music and raising the bar for all producers just before things got too dubstep-y. It is the one and only, The Polish Ambassador. Sporting a full onesie jumpsuit at every show, The Polish Ambassador’s mission is to bring back the heart and soul to EDM. “For the Polish Ambassador project, born on the richly-colored streets of Chicago and San Francisco, infectious melody is paramount. However, this never overshadows the depth and harmonic complexity that have made the Ambassador a favorite amongst festival curators and beat aficionados worldwide. Over the course of 6 years, his sound has dipped and swirled through a staggering range of styles, with each album exploring uncharted sonic territory. Warm, analogue dreamwave; mind-altering glitch; world-infused groove; bass-fueled breaks; sexified downtempo; electric lullabies; and psy-fi funk are just a few of the genres that have poured from the Ambassador’s soul into earbuds and ghetto-blasters across the galaxy” While the Polish Ambassador’s albums aren’t free, they are available on BandCamp at the price you name: http://thepolishambassador.bandcamp.com/
One surprising and exciting headliner debuting themselves on the festival scene this summer is Dispatch. Over the years, Dispatch has created a massive cult following for an independent band. Brad ...