EZOO 3.0 has been the talk of the town (and by town I mean the EDM community) since they revealed their theme and announced their incredibly stacked lineup last year. Let me tell you – Made Event & Gray Area did not disappoint. Perhaps, one of the biggest things to look forward to aside from the lineup are the stages and all of the stage hosts this year.
Although stage hosts at EZOO isn’t something new, as we’ve seen the likes of Ophelia, Deadbeats, Nightbass and other labels take over entire stages - this year brings an eclectic new mix of artists and sounds that have people really conflicted or really set on where they’re going to be – there is no in between. Personally, I have artists I want to see at all stages so I’m excited for them to release set times, but I know in my heart that I will be at one stage more than any other: Tchami’s Confession Stage.
Still, there is so much worth exploring and I have really loved diving into the artists I don’t know as well by sifting through Spotify playlists. This playlist is by far my favorite! So put on your headphones, kick back and learn more about this year’s Electric Zoo Stage Hosts!
Confession is a label started by one of the founding fathers of Future House himself, French-born DJ and producer: Tchami. Teasing the release of his label with this SoundCloud Minimix titled “What’s To Come,” he showcased 5 of Confession’s upcoming releases which had fans all over salivating and to this day has not stopped releasing straight heaters since. 6 years later, not only has he added an incredible roster to the Confession repertoire, but is now taking entire festival stages, gracing EZOO with some of the biggest names in house, including:
And himself, of course! Catch him closing out the Hilltop Arena alongside his friends to kick off EZOO Day 1!
Brownies & Lemonade
No stranger to stage takeovers at EZOO and just festival stages and underground shows in general, EZOO welcomes Brownies & Lemonade for yet another year of absolute debauchery. Founded by a few house party music loving friends, the intention behind B&L in the words of Kush is that it “caters to the SoundCloud scene and focuses on a lot of acts that don’t usually get booked.” Although the artists featured on this year’s Brownies & Lemonade stage at are far from “basement DJ’s” and have quite a few festivals under their belts, they are artists who make moves in the underground bass scene with experimental sounds that are far from mainstream. Make sure to check them out on Day 1 at The Grove!
Bite This! is a music label started by Sam Vogel, otherwise known as Jauz. Not only did he expand his artistic endeavors from being a DJ/Producer and designing his own line with iHeartRaves, but he started a label back in 2017, pushing forward and mixing artists playing genres like future bass, dubstep, bass house and trap. His choice of artists for this year’s EZOO x Bite This! Stage takeover come as no surprise then, recruiting some of bass music’s heaviest hitters that will have you gripping that rail and headbanging your heart out at the Hilltop Arena all of Day 2!
Switching over to a more experimental, psychedelic vibe we have the Odyzey stage, curated by Clozee, so we can expect face-melting performances with wobbly tunes and perhaps even some live instrumentals. Clozee, hailing all the way from Toulouse, France, has been described as the “space queen” and has curated some fantastic mini-festivals in interesting places like The Caverns in Tennessee and Cheyenne, WY called Voyage. Her sound has large bass & trap-tribal influences so you know the artists she’s chosen to play her stage at EZOO will bring the noise & the vibes! Catch the Odyzey stage takeover at Riverside on Sunday, day 3!
Carl Cox Invites
Carl Cox is another absolute legend who is known for keeping the techno scene alive and THRIVING since the early 80’s! A true pioneer for Acid House and dance music in general, Carl Cox has graced stages all over the world with his infectious energy and passion for the music he creates and commands. You cannot go to a Carl Cox set and not feel the electricity he emits from the DJ booth and the artists he’s bringing with him to EZOO will be no different! Head over to the Hillside Arena on Day 3 to immerse yourself in a techno trance!
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