With three picturesque stages kissing the marina skyline at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego, CRSSD Festival is quintessentially Southern Californian. The young festival biannually enlists an innovative mix of underground and main stage electronic acts, with past performances from Louis the Child, Zhu, Odesza, Felix Da Housecat, and Cashmere Cat, to name a few.
CRSSD remains special to thousands of honest music fans as major talent appears on every stage, showcasing heavy hitters who are just about to blow up in addition to well known acts. Ones To Watch has curated a list of five must-see artists at the Spring 2017 (March 4-5) installment of CRSSD’s techno, house, and future bass line up. Grab your tickets !
UK born Alexander Kotz, better known as Elderbrook, imparts a unique spin on familiar ambient electronica. Tinkering with unlikely sounds to support intimate vocals, the multi-talented producer, instrumentalist and singer/songwriter captivates listeners on his most recent tracks, “First Time” and “Closer.” In addition to a plethora of solo dates, Elderbrook toured with Gorgon City last fall to support their collaboration “Smile.” With a late March date at London’s esteemed XOYO venue already set in stone, the producer is taking the world by storm this spring. You’d be sorry to miss him on the main stage at CRSSD.
Just last month, a one-minute Apple AirPods commercial sent a lightening bolt through Marian Hill’s career when it featured their track “Down.” After the commercial, the “sexiest band of 2016” became the proud creators behind the #1 Shazam-ed song in the US, propelling them to the spotlight. The campaign broadened Marian Hill’s platform to showcase their full length debut album Act One–twelve tracks which seamlessly blend Jeremy Lloyd’s jazz/electronic production and Samantha Gongol’s sultry vocals. The duo’s evening set time, directly before Flume, is certain to match recent hype.
15-year-old (yes, you read that right) Billie Eilish has generated blogosphere and IRL hype since the airy vocals on debut track “Ocean Eyes” captivated countless hearts back in 2015. Eilish’s delicate voice typically drips over minimal production, but on her newest track “Bellyache,” jarring lyrics about a fictional psychotic outburst take center stage. Tastemakers like Zane Lowe of Beats1 Radio and Jason Kramer of KCRW have green-lit Eilish’s evolution since the jump, and her recent exploration of edgier lyricism is unexpectedly cohesive with stripped down production. Catch her dreamy falsetto on the main stage this weekend.
Nick Perloff-Giles hits the CRSSD nail on the head with tracks like “Rewind” and “Missing You,” which embrace the rising future bass-meets-disco sound. By crafting booming drops with warm disco and house elements, the Brooklyn-based producer has recently kept crowds dancing as an opener on Hotel Garuda’s North American tour. Wingtip is a busy guy this Spring–he’s also performing at Anagrama Festival in Mexico later in March–so be sure to check out his set on the Palms Stage while you’ve got the chance.
San Diego local Christian Ariza, who began Rad Cat as a side project in his bedroom in the nearby city of Escondido, embodies the homegrown spirit of CRSSD. Positivity oozes out of the choppy synths and sample heavy lyrics of Rad Cat’s releases, like his remix of blackbear’s “rly real” which clocks in at almost 750,000 SoundCloud streams to date. He will impressively be spinning his first live set this weekend at CRSSD, making an immediate leap to a coveted main stage slot. Listen to his most recent release, a smooth rework of surfclub’s “snapchat,” and support the local artist this weekend.