Voodoo Artist Previews: Saturday, October 28
Carmine P. Filthy & DJ OttO
Le Plur Stage, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Carmine P. Filthy was born in Miami and has held residencies in Chicago and NYC, but the DJ has called New Orleans home for the last seven years. At 15, he began sneaking into a club in South Beach, eventually integrating himself as a regular at their underground drum-and-bass party Beat Camp. He is an avid fan of the “Golden Age” of dance music, including early electro, Italo disco, and first-generation house and techno. This year will be his eighth time performing at Voodoo.
DJ OttO has amassed a cult following as a regular in New Orleans late-night and underground dance hotspots. You might recognize him from Handsome Willy’s, where he’s been known to spin a wide range of genres and styles that are always guaranteed to get you grooving. His encyclopedic knowledge and ability to mix beats can transform any room into a wild dance party.
Black Pistol Fire
Wisner Stage, 12:45-1:30 p.m.
Black Pistol Fire, a hard-hitting Canadian indie blues-rock duo that cites Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly, and Muddy Waters as inspirations, was founded by Eric Owen (drums) and Kevin McKeown (guitar, vocals). Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic Southern rock and garage punk.
Toyota Music Den Stage, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Jared Pellerin, known professionally as Pell, is a rapper from New Orleans. Pell released his first project, Floating While Dreaming, on May 20, 2014, which "earned praise as one of the top independent releases of the year." The project premiered via Complex and Spotify, and had gained over 11 million streams as of 2016.
DJ Gracie Chavez
Le Plur Stage, 1:15-2:00 p.m.
Gracie Chavez of Bombón, or DJ Gracie, is an ambassador for the Texas music scene. A Houston-based DJ with recent performances at Super Bowl LI, she is constantly pushing the crossover of music genres, playing a spectrum of sounds, and winning folks over. DJ Gracie co-founded Bombón, one of the region's hottest tropical bass parties, and was voted Houston's Best DJ in 2016.
Altar Stage, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Colony House is a four-piece indie rock band from Franklin, Tennessee. The group released their sophomore album Only The Lonely in January of 2017. Since its release, they have appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, and Conan. The group’s members include brothers Caleb and Will Chapman along with Scott Mills and Parke Cottrell.
Le Plur Stage, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Tim Gunter is a producer/DJ from North Carolina now residing in L.A. He has ventured into electronic music and his style is a pleasant fusion of hip hop and electronic sounds. Fresh off the release of his track "First Breath," Tim is currently gearing up for a run of festivals throughout the year. This up-and-comer is definitely one to watch.
South Course Stage, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Hayley Kiyoko is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Throughout her acting career, she has appeared on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows, as well as a number of feature-length films. She got her start in the music industry with the band The Stunners in 2007. Since then, her solo career has led her to release three EPs. Her most recent single “Sleepover” dropped March 2017 via Buzzfeed.
Toyota Music Den Stage, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Mexican born producers/DJs Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina are the creators of Boombox Cartel. The duo has quickly risen to become one of the most anticipated groups in electronic music with their unique genre-bending sound. Their global tour has included sold-out performances, as well as festival plays at Moonrise, Global Dance, Lollapalooza, and EDC, just to name a few.
Le Plur Stage, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Carlos Cid, more commonly known by his stage name CID, is a DJ and producer. Originally from Queens, CID has made quite a name for himself in the EDM world already, having won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording. This trail-blazing DJ is in high demand now, and there is no telling what he is capable of accomplishing.
The Black Angels
Altar Stage, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Deriving their name from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” The Black Angels have released five studio albums since their formation in 2004. This rock band from Austin, Texas, has spearheaded the postmillennial psychedelic movement and continues to reinvent the notion of “psychedelic rock” to this day. Their fifth album, Death Song, was released earlier this year.
The Record Company
South Course Stage, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The Record Company is a Los Angeles-based blues trio consisting of Chris Vos, Alex Stiff, and Marc Cazorla. Their debut album Give It Back to You was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Contemporary Blues Album. They have opened for acts such as John Mayer, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Trombone Shorty.
Wisner Stage, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
After her album Life as a Dog peaked on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart at number two and Rap Albums Chart at number 14, K. Flay has been steadily rising in the ranks of the indie hip-hop scene. Her music has appeared on movies and television like Netflix’s Bojack Horseman. This “genre-defying” artist cites Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, and OutKast as influences.
Le Plur Stage, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Brian Imanuel, or Rich Chigga, is an 18-year-old rapper and comedian from Jakarta, Indonesia. His first experience with American rap was Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” Rich Chigga first recorded his own music on his iPhone and rose to international fame from there. He began his first U.S. tour in April 2017 and is currently working on his debut album.
Altar Stage, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
LIVE achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the U.S. The band had a string of hit singles in the mid-1990s including "Lightning Crashes," which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart for 10 consecutive weeks, from February 25 to April 22, 1995. The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
South Course Stage, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Whitney is the brainchild of songwriting duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich. The two were roommates in Chicago who began writing music together in a fury of creative energy. Shortly after, they expanded into a folk rock sextet. The group as it is today formed in 2015 and released their debut album, Light Upon the Lake, not even a year later in June of 2016.
Wisner Stage, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Superduperkyle, also known as Kyle, is a rapper hailing from Ventura, California. He is best-known for his breakout single “iSpy” featuring Lil Yatchy, which made him one of the artists to watch when it reached popularity on Billboard’s Hot 100. After signing a deal with Atlantic Records, Kyle is ready for his debut album, coming soon.
Le Plur Stage, 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Nick Miller, better known by his stage name Illenium, is a San Francisco-born, Denver-based electronic artist. He began producing EDM in 2008 after he saw Bassnectar perform live. Just eight years later in February of 2016, he released his debut album Ashes, which rose to the top of the iTunes Electronic Album Chart. Illenium’s live performances incorporate a keyboard, drum pad, and intense lighting and visuals.
Altar Stage, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Brand New has come a long way since their debut in 2001. The indie rock band is well-recognized in the emo genre and has attracted a strong legion of fans. They have been widely praised for creating artistic statements with their music instead of aiming for mainstream success like many of their contemporaries have.
Le Plur Stage, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Henry Steinway, better known as RL Grime, is a member of the electronic music collective WeDidIt. As a record producer, he has worked with Kanye West, Big Sean, and the rapper Problem. Grime released his EP High Beams in 2013, which debuted at #1 on iTunes Electronic Chart and #8 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums.
South Course Stage, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Vintage Trouble is an American blues band originating from Los Angeles. They take R&B and soul stylistic riffs from the 50s and 60s and give them a modern edge. The group has opened for and toured with rock legends including The Rolling Stones, The Who, and AC/DC. BBC Radio 6 has deemed the group “the heirs of rhythm & blues.”
Wisner Stage, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Canadians Ethan Kath and Alice Glass formed the electronic group Crystal Castles in 2006. They released many limited vinyl singles between 2006 and 2007 before releasing a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2012. Glass announced her departure from the band in 2014, and was replaced by Edith Frances, who sang vocals on the single “Frail.”
Altar Stage, 9:30-11:00 p.m.
Foo Fighters began as a one-man band created by drummer Dave Grohl, following the death of Kurt Cobain and subsequent dissolution of Nirvana. The self-titled debut studio album release in 1995 was entirely written and recorded by Grohl—apart from a guest guitar spot by Greg Dulli. Choosing to release music anonymously, the “band” derived its name from a World War II term for UFOs. Grohl eventually expanded the project to include bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear, drummer Taylor Hawkins, and guitarist Chris Shiflett. Over the past two decades, Foo Fighters have achieved both critical and commercial success. Their albums There is Nothing Left to Lose, One by One, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, and Wasting Light have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015, their album sales numbered 12 million in the U.S. alone. In addition to national recognition, Foo Fighters are international rock stars. They have performed headlining sets at several major music festivals, including Reading, Leeds, Hangout, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury. In 2001, they established a relationship with the band Queen, joining them onstage during Queen’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Grohl’s dedication to performing and to his fans was exemplified in 2015, when after breaking his leg onstage, he returned after receiving medical attention to finish the last two hours of the set. Despite the cancellation of the remainder of their European tour dates, the Foo Fighters returned the following month for a special 4th of July event to commemorate the band’s 20-year anniversary. The all-day event took place at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., in front of 48,000 attendees. The following North American tour, initially intended to promote their eighth studio album Sonic Highways, was re-branded as the Broken Leg Tour and featured Grohl performing from a giant custom-built throne. Their highly anticipated ninth album, Concrete and Gold, was released in September, their first since 2015’s free EP Saint Cecilia. In addition to the album announcement, the band also confirmed touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee as an official sixth member. This year marks the Foo Fighters’ second Voodoo Fest appearance. In 2014, the band closed the festival with a two-and-a-half-hour set featuring NOLA’s own Trombone Shorty. The post-grunge icons and seasoned performers are guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable show.
Le Plur Stage, 9:45-11:00 p.m.
William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, better known as DJ Snake, is a Grammy-nominated DJ and producer hailing from Paris, France. His monikker is derived from his youth as a graffiti artist, referencing his ability to evade the police. DJ Snake became a steady presence in the Paris club scene at 14 years old when he began DJ-ing. At 19, he began producing, gaining recognition in 2011 for his work on Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way. He collaborated with the pop star again in 2013, producing several tracks, including the hit “Applause” on her album ARTPOP. The same year, DJ Snake released the club banger “Turn Down for What,” a collaboration with Lil Jon. That track and his song “Get Low” were featured on the soundtrack for the film Furious 7. In 2015, Snake collaborated with electronic trio Major Lazer to release “Lean On.” The song was named one of the best songs of 2015. Its accompanying video has reached nearly two billion views on YouTube and was named one of “The Best Videos of 2015” by Amplify magazine. Snake has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the biz, making him a highly sought-after producer and renowned DJ. His debut album Encore, released in 2016, features vocals from Justin Bieber, Jeremih, Young Thug, and Swizz Beatz. He has performed around the world, including sets at Coachella and as a supporting act for Skrillex’s Mothership Tour. If you want to know what to turn down for, his upcoming set at Voodoo Fest is it.