Take a spin: December EDM and DJ performances


Top EDM and DJ shows coming to San Diego this month include the Groundwater festival, Keys N Krates, Slow Magic and Lane 8.

12.1 Elephante

After releasing his full-length debut album last year, Michigan-born Harvard grad Tim Wu has released a pair of singles in 2017: May’s Troubled (feat. Deb’s Daughter) and the October-released Come Back For you (feat. Matluck).


12.1 12th Planet

John Dadzie, aka dubstep/drum & bass DJ 12th Planet, has worked extensively with Skrillex and been seen at Coachella, Ultra, and Electric Daisy Carnival. His five-song Let Us Prey EP dropped in September.

@ Bassmnt,

12.2 Groundwater

Swapping two days for one, and coming a bit later than last year’s October event, Groundwater’s current visit includes heavy-hitting house DJs Maya Jane Coles, Claptone, and Felix Da Housecat. Headliner and Dirtybird Records boss Claude VonStroke teamed with Will Clarke and Sebastien V on August’s two-song single, Works Well With Others.

@ The Park at Petco Park,

12.7 Lil Jon

The DJ, producer, and Grammy-winning King of Crunk heads back to America’s Finest City after he and Skellism dropped In The Pit (feat. Terror Bass) in June. And thanks to a September remix by MaNa, he’s once again barking the greeting on a new version of Alvaro & Mercer’s 2013 single, Welcome to the Jungle.

@ Omnia,

12.8 Slow Magic

In October, the anonymous electronic music producer released his 13-song third album, Float. It features appearances from the likes of singer/songwriter MNDR and The Antlers’ songwriter/vocalist Peter Silberman.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.8 The Him

The Amsterdam-based DJ duo of Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs released a pair of singles earlier this year - Oasis (feat. Sorana) and Everybody Hurts (feat. Ivy Adara). They followed it with another in November, Always.


12.10 San Holo

Here last year as part of Valley View Casino Center’s Tramps Like Us show, the Dutch DJ Sander van Dijck’s remix of Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode has 152 million YouTube views and counting. He tapped James Vincent McMorrow for his September-released single, The Future, and seven other artists for the recent If Only.

@ Spin,

12.14 Rezz

The 22-year old Canadian producer, also known as Isabelle Rezazadeh, released her eight-song debut album, Mass Manipulation, on the mau5trap label in August.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.15 Andrew Rayel

The 24-year-old Moldovan trance DJ and producer was signed to Armada Records by co-founder Armin van Buuren. Rayel released his 16-track LP, Moments, in May. He followed it with the single, Mass Effect, in September.


12.16 Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean, aka electronic musician/DJ John MacLean, returns to San Diego after the November release of The Brighter the Light. The four-song single includes remixes of the title track by DJ Tennis, Len Leise, and Octo Octa. Marcus Marr is also on the bill.

@ Bang Bang,

12.16 4B

The New Jersey-based DJ has released tracks on Diplo’s Mad Decent and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. In March, he teamed with Junkie Kid for the release of the collaborative single, Love Is Dead.

@ Bassmnt,

12.16 Two Friends

The L.A.-based DJ duo of Matt Halper and Eli Sones dropped a pair of singles in September — While We’re Dreaming (feat. Kevin Writer) and a Zack Martino & Beauz remix of Emily (feat. James Delaney).


12.29 Keys N Krates

Toronto’s DJ/electronic/percussion trio of David Matisse, Adam Tune and Jr. Flo are signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. They released new single Glitter (feat. Ambré Perkins) last month.

@ Bassmnt,

12.29 ZHU

The L.A.-based DJ and former CRSSD headliner recently remixed the Portugal. The Man hit I Feel It Still and Gorillaz single Andromeda. His four-song stardustexhalemarrakechdreams EP dropped in August.

@ Observatory North Park,

12.30, 31 OMFG! NYE 2018

Slimming down from four to two days this year, the annual EDM extravaganza is always a great way to end the year. It’s a no-brainer when you add the fact that this one is going to be anchored by Zedd, Dillon Francis, and Tiesto. NGHTMRE, Illenium, San Holo, Ghastly, and more also perform.

@ Valley View Casino Center,

12.31 Ghastly

The Arizona-born, California-based DJ followed the release of his singles We Might Fall with Matthew Koma (May) and Geisha (August) with new track, I’ll Wait, at the end of October.

@ Bang Bang,