By: Jacki (Moon) Horne
Wakarusa has a well-deserved reputation of being the pinnacle of many music junkies’ summer festival season. A combination of its diverse world-class lineup, breathtaking location on top of Mulberry Mountain, and multitudes of colorful art installations create an unforgettably fun adventure that many festivals try to model (yet often fall short). The festival is returning to Ozark, AR June 5-8th for its 11th consecutive year, which means TheUntz.com Satellite Stage will also be returning for your dancin’ pleasure.
The Satellite Stage has become a staple in Wakarusa culture, as it showcases cutting-edge talent of the electronic and underground scene on a stage surrounded by glorious trees and dazzling art. This year is no exception; the stage is hosting some of the brightest talent and exciting acts that you’d be crazy to miss while partying on the mountain. We’re absolutely stoked on all of these acts, but somehow managed to make a list of the top 10 you’d be absolutely bonkers to let pass by.
If you like to shake your ass and get rowdy to heavy remixes and filthy basslines, make sure to catch heRobust (AKA: Hayden Kramer) at the Satellite Stage during his very late Friday night (more like early Saturday morning) set. While he primarily drops hype tracks, heRobust has been known to take it down a notch on occasion with a few downtempo beats, while maintaining a common thread of danceability. The ATL-raised producer won’t let you slack on getting down with his high-energy performance, even if you are a bit tired from a full day and night of music by the time you catch his set at the Satellite Stage.
9. Manic Focus
John “JmaC” McCarten is known for his hard-hitting, genre-bending sets that consist of both his own original tracks, and soulful collaborations with other Untz favorites like GRiZ, Michal Menert, and The Floozies. The distinctive quality of Manic Focus’ style stems from his strong musical background; the producer was classically trained on the piano long before his EDM production days. Make sure to catch this budding producer’s Thursday evening set at the Satellite Stage and witness why he is quickly becoming notorious for getting the crowd as excited as himself.
8. Wick-it The Instigator
The word ‘DJ’ is largely thrown around, leaving many people confused as to what it means to be a DJ in such an oversaturated EDM market. Have no fear: Wick-it The Instigator is here to demonstrate what it truly means to be a multi-genre DJ and producer. Wick-it’s all-original mixes effortlessly transition through a plethora of eras and genres to create a time machine made of sound, with a heavy OG hip-hop influence. The seamlessness of Wick-it’s song transitions make it literally seem as though entirely different tracks from varying times were somehow created to be matched up together. This mix master would keep the crowd dancing for days if he could; don’t just take our word for it… see what all the buzz is about during his very late Thursday night (early Friday morning) set.
7. The Floozies
Brothers Mark Hill and Matt Hill, better known as The Floozies, know how to bring out anyone’s inner funk. The dynamic duo will be ending the epic weekend out in the funkiest way possible with Sunday’s last set at the Satellite Stage. You may have listened to The Floozies before, but if you haven’t caught them live yet, you are definitely missing out. While their recorded stuff is great, it’s impossible to understand what the Floozies are all about until experiencing one of their funkadelic live sets, so we’ll see you Sunday night on the dance-floor.
SuperVision is a favorite on the PLM label, because his high-energy performances and unique electronic hip-hop sound speak for themselves. The Dallas-bred, Dallas-based producer’s electro-soul style is distinctive with its texturized synth, heavy bass, and soulful futuristic hip-hop samples. Blake [Supervision] inherently knows how to get a packed crowd to dance their face off, and his Sunday night set before the Floozies will show you how the producer’s extensive background of turntable spinning majorly adds to his stage presence.
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