Body Language Festival starts in two weeks with an incredible all-star lineup of big names in the underground techno and house scene. Hosted by Relentless Beats and RBDeep, the brand-new three-day festival will kick off on Friday, March 4, at 2 PM. The festival will end at 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, then at 10 PM on Sunday, March 6. It will take place at the intersection of 5th Street and Maple Avenue in Tempe, AZ, with three unique stages to host the artists: Mirage, Labyrinth, and Abyss. Scroll down further to see my top 5 recommendations!
Swedish DJ and producer Ida Engberg has carved herself a career through relentless hard work and passion, playing her first-ever gig at 18. Now an internationally recognized talent whose taste for stripped-back, sweat-on-the-ceiling techno and her discerning ear for deep house, Ida possesses a growing production catalog as she ascends amongst the electronic music ranks. Her versatility is infectious, whether playing big room techno at Drumcode nights and festivals like Awakenings, or deep house at clubs and after-hours all around the world. You can catch her on Friday at Labyrinth.
Wax Motif (Danny Chien) doesn’t believe in hype. He’s regarded as a major orchestrator in the G-house sound but isn’t content with producing the same sound and is always ready for more challenging work. With musical influences like R&B, disco, and UK bass, the Australian-born producer brings a unique style to the studio, which makes him a highly sought-after producer. He has released music on Diplo’s Mad Decent, Tchami’s Confession label and A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold, as well as a host of remixes for the likes of Major Lazer, YG, Kid Ink, Chromeo, Deadmau5 and Warren G. If you’re wanting a set that will keep you dancing, catch Wax Motif on Friday at Mirage.
Drezo: bold, aggressive, malevolent. The LA-based producer has carved a brazen path in the last 5 years to be where he is today while making no compromises along the way. This unapologetic attitude has earned him fans from all over the world, allowing him to play shows in not only his homeland of America, but as well as Asia, Australia, Europe, and more. With the forthcoming first volume of his new EP series, Drezo is set to stay revolutionizing and shaping the EDM world as we know it. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to catch this meteoric talent on Saturday at Labyrinth.
Korean-American DJ, producer, and vocalist SOHMI is starting to become globally recognized by top labels and tastemakers for her unique, minimal sound. With releases on Astralwerks Records and Danny Howard’s progressive UK-based dance label Nothing Else Matters, SOHMI’s ascent has been nothing short of head-turning when she launched her career in late 2018 and quickly gained the attention of the underground dance music scene in Los Angeles, where she’s currently based. Her influences reflect her eclectic nature and upbringing, ranging from classical to 20th century minimal; jazz to 90’s pop and R&B; Detroit techno to UK garage. You can experience SOHMI’s unique sonic blend on Sunday at Mirage.
The masked and beaked mythical being known as Claptone uses his shamanistic sonic powers to move crowds all over the world. Years spent wandering medieval landscapes have informed his view of the world, experiencing both magical mysteries and muted melancholy, he enchanted onlookers with occult instruments and beguiling sounds. Forever surrounded by a sense of intrigue, the world soon cottoned on to the elusive yet enchanting musical powers of this otherworldly beast. Wander over to Mirage on Sunday to allow yourself to be lost in the interesting world of Claptone.
Set times will be released the week of the event. Tickets are still available online.