Tribal, primal and hard-hitting bands like Nero, Krewella, Hermitude and Justin Jay are just a few of the headliners performing at the Bass Camp Festival on Aug. 6 and 7 at the Hard Rock.
Watch a sneak peak of this year’s lineup at Bass Camp
“I like to play music that’s forward thinking and
substantive but still makes me dance,
smile and feel good. Berlin house
and techno meets funky, feel good disco.”
– Justin Jay
“We have three stages and a new grass field for festivalgoers, a vendor village with food and beverages and an interactive art wall for participants to get creative,” says Paul Reder, organizer and founder of Bass Camp.
“The festival started out as a heavy, bass-driven festival and as our audience matured their musical tastes have changed. The lineup is still peppered with deep house, dub step and bass heavy sounds and we still keep true to our bass-oriented acts. We’ve added a more diverse lineup of different electronic genres,” explains Reder of the talent this year. “We look at who’s available, who our audience is, their production and popularity when choosing talent,” he adds. Expect high-end production, flames and amazing performances from Burning Man veterans the Dancetronauts.
Raw & intense
There are a number of live electronic acts performing this year. In a male-dominated world, the group Krewella has been taking the electronic world by storm. Fronted by sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf (they are half Pakistani) they’ve had a string of hits and have played at some of the largest EDM festivals, performing to audiences of 30,000 people.
“We live and breathe Krewella every day. We are singer-songwriters and artists, sisters and friends,” says Jahan about the band.
They are passionate about what is happening in the world and want people to take a bigger role in what’s happening in politics.
“Women need to be represented and get more involved. It’s important for our generation and the ones after ours to not be complacent and not just focus on our little bubble. We need to have more empathy and caring for people in the world,” says Jahan.
The sisters realize that their audiences may disagree ideologically, but both women agree that when people are celebrating side by side and dancing it is a way for each other to get along. “It’s a ripple affect,” adds Jahan.
“Our music is tribal, it’s about being human and letting go,” says Yasmine of their performances. “Our live shows are cathartic, raw, emotional and intense; we can let loose,” she adds.
Dance, smile & feel good
Justin Jay is another live act that is gaining traction in the world of EDM. Jay has thrown numerous intimate house parties in LA with high-profile guest DJs and offers fans an opportunity to participate via Facebook. The band formed during college when Jay was a DJ and producer. He leans toward house, techno and dance music from Europe particularly Berlin, London and Ibiza.
With Josh Taylor on vocals and Benny Bridges on guitar, the unlikely trio has created a unique EDM sound. Their album “Fantastic Voyage” was recently released.
“The songs are so diverse and we wanted to avoid confusion to our fans. We released our avant-garde, artsy, deep house European sound on one EP and then we released another EP, which is more funk and soul inspired,” explains Jay.
Performing at Bass Camp with their whole band, Jay and friends tap into electronic music while expressing their art and creatively.
“I hold Lake Tahoe dearly and love Lake Tahoe fans,” says Jay, who grew up playing classical piano. “I like to play music that’s forward thinking and substantive but still makes me dance, smile and feel good. Berlin house and techno meets funky, feel good disco.”
The all-ages festival promises to bring some of the brightest talent in the electronic world to the Hard Rock.
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Aug. 6 & 7 | $70-$199
Hard Rock | Stateline, Nev.
For more information or tickets, visit basscampfest.com.