Take a spin: May EDM and DJ performances

Top EDM and DJ shows coming to San Diego this month include Armin Van Buuren, My LED USA, Benny Benassi and NGHTMRE.

5.4: Tritonal 

David Reed and Chad Cisneros, the Texas-based DJ/producer duo who partnered with The Chainsmokers on 2015’s Until You Were Gone, have made music together for more than a decade. Their latest single, February’s Out My Mind (feat. Riley Clemmons), was released as a club mix last month. 




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5.4: Barely Alive 

The Massachusetts-based dubstep duo appeared on Rampage Recordings’ Sampler 03 EP in February, and followed it by teaming with Ghastly on the April-released single, Fake U Out.

@ Bassmnt, 

Barely Alive

Barely Alive.

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5.5: Vice 

It’s a Cinco de Mayo party with L.A.-based DJ Vice, aka Eric Aguirre, who also owns the CRSVR clothing/shoe boutiques located in Santa Barbara and Las Vegas. 




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5.5: Andrea Oliva 

The Swiss DJ, producer, and one-time Ibiza wunderkind released his three-song single, Preset the Reset, last December with remixes from Philip Bader and Reset Robot.

@ Bang Bang, 

Andrea Oliva

Andrea Oliva.

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5.6: Claptone  

Celebrate Quartyard’s new location with a set from this CRSSD Fest veteran. The mysterious, masked German house DJ and producer is sure to play plenty of fresh cuts from his upcoming new album, Fantast, set for release in June.   

@ Quartyard,



Claptone. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for Coachella)

(Michael Tullberg / Getty Images for Coachella)

5.11: Zaytoven 

The German-born, Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer and DJ has worked with the likes of Usher, Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gucci Mane. In March, he collaborated with Waka Flocka Flame and Big Bank on the eight-song album, Brick House Boyz.

@ Parq, 

5.11: Rusko 

When British DJ/producer Rusko was in San Diego last April he was happily getting pelted by paint at Life in Color’s 10-year anniversary show. It must’ve provided some inspiration, because he’s already released five singles – Guérilla, Look Out!, Kolamaya, Flash Gordon, and Hot – so far in 2018.    




(Jennica Abrams)

5.11: Pan-Pot + Lee K 

German tech-house duo Pan-Pot (Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix) teams up with San Diego’s own Lee K for a sweet double bill.

@ Bang Bang,  


Lee K

Lee K. (Arlene Ibarra)

(Arlene Ibarra / Arlene Ibarra)

5.25: Armin Van Buuren 

Last at OMNIA in September, the veteran Dutch DJ, producer, Grammy nominee and co-founder of Armada Music has been DJ Mag’s No. 1 DJ a record five times. His latest release, the two-disc, 42-track mix, A State of Trance 2018, came out last month.


Armin Van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren.

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5.25, 26: My LED USA 

The kids are fast, man. Tickets for this two-night, 18+, Memorial Day weekend extravaganza featuring Galantis, RL Grime, 3LAU, Habstrakt, Hotel Garuda, ARMNHMR and more, are long sold out. 

@ Valley View Casino Center,

RL Grime

RL Grime.

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5.26: Stafford Brothers 

The Australian-born, L.A.-based DJ siblings have already collaborated with the likes of MAKJ, Timmy Trumpet, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Rick Ross. Their January-released single, The Money (feat. Waka Flocka Flame), got its own three-track remix EP last month.

@ Parq,

Stafford Brothers

Stafford Brothers.

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5.27: Benny Benassi 

After releasing a handful of new singles last year, the globe-hopping Grammy-winning Italian DJ and record producer collaborated with UK singer/rapper Yxng Bane on the pair’s April-released latest single, Vroom.

@ Bassmnt, 

Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi.

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5.27: Nipsey Hussle 

After spending the last decade dropping four mixtapes, L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle finally released his official debut album, Victory Lap, earlier this year. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy, CeeLo Green, YG and more. 

@ Fluxx, 

Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for BET)

(Jerod Harris / Getty Images for BET)

5.27: NGHTMRE 

Connecticut-born/L.A.-based producer Tyler Marenyi follows up his latest encore performance with another. After helping shut down 2017 at OMFG!’s NYE two-day extravaganza at Valley View Casino Center, the trap DJ hit S.D. again in January. He’s back once again, this time on the heels of his April-released collaboration with Dillon Francis, Another Dimension (YOOKiE Remix).




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