Preview: Camp Bisco 2012

    Curated and founded by Disco Biscuits, Camp Bisco celebrates its 11th anniversary this July by bringing in some of the biggest names in electronic music. Aside from the Biscuits themselves, acts like Bassnectar, Skrillex, Amon Tobin Isam, and Atmosphere are set to headline. However, much of Bisco’s reputation comes from their ability to book up-and-coming talent and thereby exposing them to crowds measuring in the tens-of-thousands. With over 100 performances, five stages, two dance tents, and a silent disco, Camp Bisco cements itself as the keystone in the American EDM festival scene. 

    Make sure you grab your tickets for the festival (July 12th – 14th), and check out these artists while you’re there:

    Band: Bonobo

    “The Keeper” by Bonobo

    The Lowdown: Bonobo, coming from Brighton, England, is somewhat of an anomaly given his success in the American music scene. Competing with bombastic acts in the electronic genre like fellow Bisco performers Bassnectar and Skrillex, Bonobo is much more reserved, incorporating elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop. I missed him last time he was in Boston (I went with Aoki/Datsik), but I’ll be sure to catch him this time around.

    Band: Big Boi

    “Be Still” by Big Boi ft. Janelle Monáe

    The Lowdown: Any chance to see Big Boi is a no-brainer. This year Bisco is his only scheduled tour date this summer aside from a spring concert appearance at Kenyon College. Big Boi is set to headline the hip-hop segment of the festival along fellow veterans Atmosphere and Chali 2na (with Break Science). I think it’s fair to say im not the only one hoping for some on-stage collaboration.

    Band: Amon Tobin Isam

    The Lowdown: Amon Tobin Isam is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary electonic artists, and for good reason. His sweeping cascades and blissful soundscapes are more symphonic than danceable, often seemingly creating their own environments. To intensify the experience, Amon’s team developed a completely new stage for the ISAM tour. Be sure to check out the video above to get an idea. 

    Band: Daedelus

    “Sew, Darn, Mend” by Daedelus

    The Lowdown: Daedelus arrives at Bisco fresh off of an international tour for his only east coast show of 2012 so far. His unique style and voice have earned him a spot on Ninja Tune records along stars like the above-mentioned Amon Tobin. Daedelus states his new album is “the imaginary memory of a time that never was! It’s my drug/love record…” Sounds appropriate for Bisco, no?

    Band: Star Slinger

    “Gimme” by Star Slinger

    The Lowdown: Sample-heavy Star Slinger has risen to recognition in an incredibly short amount of time. The Guardian named him one of the best new acts of the year. His style is unmistakable, incorporating high-pitched soul samples, crafting beats that would fit seamlessly on The College Dropout. Although Mr. West himself has not acknowledged Star Slinger’s tunes, acts like Gold Panda, Childish Gambino, and the Morning Benders have all hired him to remix their work. Star Slinger is a prime example of an up-and-comer sure to wow the Bisco crowds.