Seismic Dance Event, Austin’s premiere house and techno festival, is heading into its fourth installation this coming weekend with a killer lineup. You can still purchase tickets online – and do it quickly because you don’t want to miss out on this! With all of the great choices of artists to see and only so much time, you may be overwhelmed to figure out who to fit in your schedule. If that’s the case, read on for my five must-see artists!
21-year-old Mason Maynard hails from the Manchester scene and has already begun to build a name for himself being named as the “one to watch” by BBC Radio 1‘s Monki and Solardo, respectively. With such confident in MAson’s ability, Solardo quickly locked Mason in as a Solardo Sessions resident, playing up and down the country in some of the most well-respected clubs such as The Warehouse Project, Leeds Festival, Stealth Nottingham, Switch Southampton, and many more. With releases on Cajual, Repopulate Mars, Solä, Defected, and Relief Records with his collaboration EP with Green Velvet, Mason has rose through the ranks as a young emerging artist. His catchy and groovy house beats, mixed with minimally tasteful vocals, show the depth of aristry Mason has that makes him stand out from the broad umbrella of Manchester music and why he has received support from heavy weights in the scene like Pete Tong, Lee Foss, Claude Von Stroke, Hannah Wants, and many more. Find him on the Frequency Stage on Friday, 11/12, from 10 PM to 12 AM.
Talented Brazilian-born ANNA has been unstoppable with productions such as “Hidden Beauties” and her powerful remix of Jon Hopkins‘s “Singularity,” garnering acclaim from every corner of the industry and achieving large streaming numbers on Spotify. Her success has been over two decades in the making, stretching back to the nightclub her father owned in the countryside outside São Paulo, where she honed her craft as a DJ from the age of 14. Her journey since then has been marked by passion, hard work, and unrelenting dedicating to her craft. You can see this when she plays – a skilled and accomplished selector, her performances are energetic, engaging, and captivating. She has been recognized by DJ Mag, Mixmag, and Pitchfork while also playing everywhere from Movement Detroit, Awakenings, Tommorrowland, DC10, and Block in Tel Aviv. Her tasteful brand of techno house is both hard-hitting and emotionally thrilling, guaranteeing a special experience for listeners in all capacities. You can catch her on Saturday, 11/13, from 12 AM – 2 AM closing out the Volcano Stage.
Coming up in Bristol’s famed dance community, home to pioneers of jungle, drum’n’bass, dubstep, and more, Eli Brown brings a singular vision to the world of electronic music, marked by visceral energy to club sonics ever since his emergence on the scene in 2016. His production style captures the raw atmospherics of his homeland’s icons and paplies them to a blend of house, techno, and full-bodied electronica, custom-built for cavernous warehouse spaces. This sound has helped him rise to prominence in a hotly-contested club scene, rapidly gaining support from the likes of Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Calvin Harris, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, Green Velvet, and more. His innovative approach to club sounds roots itself in the sinister, placing the listener in the darkest sonic recesses before throwing them onto the dancefloor at breakneck speed, pairing those foreboding textures with a pulsing, destructive rhythm. Eli Brown’s penchant for dark and subversive sonics doesn’t stop with his productions; Arcane, his own label, was created as a vessel to support new upcoming talent who deal in the brooding, hard-edged house and techno that inspires his own work. You can catch him on Sunday, 11/14, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM on the Frequency Stage.
DJ, Grammy-nominated producer, and label owner Mark Knight is one of the most celebrated electronic artists of his generation with an impressive 120 million+ global streams to his name. His career has spanned close to two decades, with releases on a diverse range of world-leading labels such as Sony, Warner, and Ministry of Sound, as well as cool independents such as Cooking Vinyl, BBE, Elrow, and Toolroom. Armed with a musical library that knows no boundaries and a consistent run of chart-topping hits, the success of Mark Knight’s recording career is only matched by the credibility and integrity maintained throughout his discography to date. Anthems such as “Man With The Red Face,” “Alright,” and “Downpipe,” and working closely with bands such as Faithless, Underworld, and Florence & The Machine, have sealed a diverse musical heritage for the accomplished producer. His soulful and discotechque house roots create timeless dance records that stand the test of time. He will be performing on the Frequency Stage on Sunday, 11/14, from 8:30 PM to 10 PM.
As one of the breakout artists of his generation, British house and techno artist Patrick Topping has contributed a constant flow of positivity to the culture he loves so dearly, becoming one of the scene’s most popular DJs in the process. He continues to garner widespread acclaim, including from DJ MAG and Mixmag, for his prolific production and dynamic DJ sets. Soundtracking countless sunrise memories as ersident of Jamie Jones‘s famed Paradise parties at Ibiza’s DC-10, Patrick’s release catalogue is bursting with iconic dance-floor records on labels such as Hot Creations, Truesoul, and Relief Records. Armed with an arsenal of career-definining productions in the form of the Beatport chart-topping “Be Sharp Say Nowt,” Green Velvet collaboration “Voicemail,” and 2014’s Ibiza track of the season “Forget,” Patrick’s far-reaching appeal has seen him play numerous festivals including Coachella, Awakenings, Ultra, and Tomorrowland. His groove-packed tracks are guaranteed to keep energy levels high, so don’t miss his set on Sunday, 11/14, from 10 PM to 12 AM on the Frequency Stage.
See you all at Seismic this weekend for some wholesome house and techno vibes! Stage lineups and set times can be found below. Don’t forget to purchase tickets!