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This is going to be a treat for anyone in the Seattle/Portland area. HARD has created some of the most stunning & successful events in dance music today. Holy Ship sells out in pre-booking every year, and HARD Fest is one of the premiere events in California every summer. I’m lucky enough to be heading to the Tacoma Dome to catch this off-shoot of HARDfest, goHARD. The idea is fantastic, putting signature emerging artists in front of huge crowds and changing it up, giving different acts chances in different parts of the country. They’re also mixing genres of music which will be interesting to see.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn2mfDELAv4] Porter Robinson has been on fire lately, with his track being chosen as the Thank You (Aftermovie) from Coachella. When they choose Flicker over everyone else at the show, you know he did well.  Chicago trap duo Flosstradamus really needs no introduction, but if you aren’t sure who they are, educate the mind![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwrY0D2ACNk] Same thing with Rae Sremmurd. These guys have exploded in popularity & they’re on the fast track to super-stardom. When you’ve got Nicki Minaj featuring with Young Thug on your new single, you’ve officially arrived.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182147366″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”120″ iframe=”true” /] I’ve been wanting to see Tchami for years now, and this kind of crowd I think is really going to dig his future flavor. The heavy, almost metallic sound fused with future beats is going to do work.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/60812033″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”120″ iframe=”true” /] Destructo is showing up in support, and as the founder of HARD, you know he is going to give the crowd what they need. His sneakily catchy g-house has a lot of potential as it’s both cerebral & energetic. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192121815″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”120″ iframe=”true” /] Jauz is an LA starlet that’s come out of nowhere to get a lot of attention. His Riff Raff remix pulled in 2 million plays on Soundcloud shockingly quickly, and his heavier, almost fidget sound will go places. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194202950″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”120″ iframe=”true” /] [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190793845″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”120″ iframe=”true” /] Wax Motif & Anna Lunoe keep the party going, with LA/Sydney & Seattle proper being represented. The emphasis on future sounds for goHARD is really good to see, and I can’t wait to see how successful the event is! Get tickets here in case you’re still not up on this.

Originally written for ENL by Terry Gotham

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