The best EDM + DJ performances in December
DJ and EDM performances coming to San Diego in December include Steve Aoki, Crankddat, Infected Mushroom and NGHTMRE.
12.6: Steve Aoki
Aoki, an OMNIA regular, has already played the club a couple of times this year. But the Grammy-nominated DJ and entrepreneur returns for his first show there since May with a new album under his belt. Aoki’s sixth full-length collection, Neon Future IV, features collaborations with everyone from the Backstreet Boys and actor Darren Criss to Dutch duo Showtek and South Korean boy band Monsta X.
Nicholas Miller is having a pretty good year. In March, the Denver-based DJ picked up a pair of wins — Best Male Artist (Bass) and Best Remix (Halsey’s Without Me) — at the 2019 International Dance Music awards (IDMAs). Then, in August, Miller released his major-label debut (and third studio album overall), Ascend, which features collaborations with The Chainsmokers, X Ambassadors, Jon Bellion and more.
Pechanga Arena, pechangaarenasd.com
12.7: Sébastien Léger
Over the last two decades, Léger has remixed the likes of Armand Van Helden, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. The French producer and house DJ has released four studio albums, and more than 20 EPs, in that same time as well. The savvy vet heads to Quartyard on a bill that also includes Ofier and Andrew Wilkinson.
In October, instead of releasing a follow-up to his 2018 debut EP, Gravity, Pt. 1, New York house DJ and classically trained pianist Dan Griffith repackaged the EP’s six songs with 10 new ones for his full-length studio debut, simply titled Gravity. Among the new tracks were collaborations with Aloe Blacc, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gorgon City, Slander and Seven Lions.
Guatemalan-born, L.A.-based trap DJ and producer Diamante Blackmon released his sophomore full-length album, Battered Bruised & Bloody, last year. He’s spent 2019 releasing seven new singles, including his most recent, Don’t Get Me Started with Pia Mia and Gunna.
Twenty-two-year-old trap producer Christian Smith infamously gave up a full-ride athletic scholarship at Kent State to DJ. And after landing official remixes for the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Skrillex, Jaden Smith and The Chainsmokers, it seems like that wasn’t such a bad idea. Now Smith is making music of his own: a debut EP Gearworld, Vol. 1, and the October-released Fearworld.
12.20: Infected Mushroom
Israeli trance duo Infected Mushroom (aka Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani) released its 11th studio album, Head of NASA and the 2 Amish Boys, at the end of last year. The pair’s first release on Canadian indie label Monstercat (Marshmello, Slushii, Vicetone), the seven-song collection also features lyrics in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
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Getter, aka electro house DJ, producer and actor Tanner Petulla, released his debut studio album, Visceral, last year on Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label. He also stars in the Facebook Watch parody series Real Bros of Simi Valley as recurring character Bryce Meyer.
Over the years, Swiss-born Italian DJ and producer Maurizio Colella has remixed the likes of Avicii, Tiësto, Janelle Monae, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Charli XCX and more. He even picked up a 2019 Grammy nomination for his Dubai Skyline remix of Charlie Puth’s How Long. Colella has also released a handful of singles this year, including his latest, Neptune.
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Most times performing as a single individual, occasionally as a duo, the mysterious, masked German house DJ(s) and CRSSD Fest veteran(s) released his (their) sophomore album, Fantast, last year. And in November, he (they) remixed You Ain’t The Problem from British singer Michael Kiwanuka’s self-titled third album.
So, Connecticut-born/L.A.-based producer Tyler Marenyi was at OMNIA in August, before making a quick trip back to San Diego in October for a co-headlining show at Petco Park with dubstep duo Slande. Now, Marenyi is headed back to the downtown club to help close down a year that also saw him collaborate with Lil Jon, Shaquille O’Neal, A$AP Ferg, ZHU and others.
12.29: Claude VonStroke
With a given name like Barclay Macbride Crenshaw, it’s hard to imagine needing a stage name. But such is the case with L.A. tech house DJ and Dirtybird Records boss Claude VonStroke. However, it did allow the producer and documentary filmmaker to release a hip-hop record under his own name last year, while continuing to put out singles under his long-running adopted moniker.
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