20 ARTISTS YOU NEED TO SEE AT SONAR 2017 

By Lorna Tiller (Contributor) & Thomas Angrand

Sonar is back for another year to bring us the best music from around the world.

With up coming artists to international headliners, Sonar presents some of the best, yet diverse,

musical talent that 2017 has to offer.

Like last year, the program involves over 150 performances from solo artists to DJ sets. There will be big

names such as Nina Kraviz, Nicolas Jaar, Sohn and Justice preforming alongside new talents such as

alternative hip hop and R&B artist Princess Nokia. After Moderat’s excellent show at Sonar 2016, they are

back again to provide more electronic beats to their array of fans alongside legends De La Soul’s eclectic

sampling and quirky hip hop lyrics — we are very excited for Sonar 2017.

However, as always, Sonar is supporting younger talents such as, Sandro Jeeawock, and

Cashmere Cat.

Moreover the boundaries of genres are broken down by the bass guitarist, producer and

singer which is Thundercat to preform his new album Drunk that was released early this year.

Also how can we forget to mention Jon Hopkins who will be playing one of his rare and exclusive sets on

the Friday night at SonarClub — a cant miss!

That being said, all the artists preforming at Sonar are a must-see but in order to help you decide what stage

you want to be at during Sonar, we have selected a variety of

20 Artists You Need To See At Sonar 2017.

 

To see the full Line-Up here.

Tarik Barri ft. Lea Fabrikant

Tarik Barri ft. Lea Fabrikant will be creating a visceral, multidisciplinary show that involves the

connection of image and sound. This 3D format show will be preformed in collaboration with Todays Art

Festival as part of the We Are Europe project that is supporting innovative cultural practises across artistic

fields. Barri is collaborating with Fabrikant, photographer and sound artist, as she develops live audio and

visual inputs throughout the performance.

Andy Stott

 

Mancunian Andy Stott has a continually adapting sound, in his latest album Too Many Voices released just

last year he has experimented with mixing dub and techno into a transfixing sound. He will be playing at

SonarComplex as part of Sonar by day festival, a personal must-see. Stott has gained a stellar reputation as a

response to his recent releases, starting in 2006 with slow BPM techno his sound has developed into a

extraordinary experience above genre boundaries.

Carl Craig presents Versus Synthesiser Ensemble

 

An ambitious but rewarding project by Craig to adapt

his techno productions to a symphonic language. Collaborating with Fransesco Tristano in the creation of

this synthesis, they will both be joined by 4 other musicians at Sonar by night. Already expected to be an

unmissable experience, we cannot recommend Versus Synthesiser Ensemble any higher, the innovative and

open nature of Craig’s ideas incorporate everything that Sonar is about.

Denis Sulta

 

Denis Sulta’s influence over the production and community of house music in Glasgow has grown

considerable in the past few years. Sulta’s distinct melodic sounds are perfect for dancing and he is

increasingly well respected for his progressive state. With releases on a number of record labels including

Numbers, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, and Mister Saturday Night we predict Sulta has a large career

ahead of him and will be there dancing with him at Sonar.

Bad Gyal

 

Bad Gyal is representing the female figures in Sonar well, at just 19 years old she has managed to create a

unique and alternative sound to her tracks. With Jamaican, trap, and Catalan influence Bad Gyal has an alternative

sound that has taken the internet by storm.

Her version of Rihanna’s Work called Pai was a

massive hit online.

Bad Gyal promotes gender equality and empowerment, ‘bad gyal’ is a Jamaican term for a woman that looks good wearing clothes while being considered “naughty”,

desired by men, envied by woman.

Moderat

 

Moderat is back for a second year in a row preforming at SonarClub on the Friday night. Moderat began as

a collaborative project between its members Gernot Bronsert

and Sebastian Szary (Modeselektor) and Sacha Ring (Apparat), however their success together made it apparent that this

wasn´t a side project.

Already producing songs that are considered “mini classics”, Moderat is a Bizzarre must-see.

Moreover they are set to have an extraordinary

light and stage set up from their design team, Pfadfinderei,

it is going to be an immense performance from Moderat.

Jon Hopkins

 

It is a pleasure to be able to announce that Jon Hopkins will be play one of his rare, extraordinary sets at

Sonar 2017. He is set to preform at SonarClub on the Friday night. With an extensive discography involving

some fantastic collaborations over the years, we are very excited. Hopkins is currently working on his fifth

solo album which we are hoping might be sampled at Sonar. His melodic electronic and dance music sounds

are a must see for this year.

Sohn

 

Christopher Michael Taylor, is renowned for his particular sound, his electronic beats alongside pop

references and lyrical vocals. Currently living in Vienna, Sohn has just released his second album Rennen, at the legendary label 4AD which has received extraordinary support from his loyal fans.

His attention to detail is evident throughout the

album as it shows of his emotive sounds.

Thundercat

 

Thundercat is nothing but extraordinary, Stephen Bruner developed his unique sound in the heart of Los

Angeles beat scene. Classically trained in Jazz, Bruner developed his own sound, mixing his bass guitar,

electronic beats, and melodic voice to create innovative and experimental music. Having collaborated with a

variety of alternative artists such as Kendrick Lamar and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, it is clear that Bruner’s

talent is huge making his a must-see this year.

Nicolas Jaar

 

Nicolas Jaar is coming to Sonar to give a live performance following the release of his album Sirens that

has gained considerable respect and has marked his progression away from his earlier releases.

His alternative music involves acoustic and synthetic sounds ranging over a number of genres such as blues,

ambient, cumbia, noise, and house.

Princess Nokia

 

Princess Nokia is renowned for her rap and her attitude which has been influenced by her Latino origins and

her childhood growing up in Spanish Harlem, New York. Now one of the leading female figures in rap,

Destiny Frasqueri is renowned for the originality of her music becoming well respected with in both the rap

and trap communities. Her dedication to feminism and the raw nature of her music earns her a place in our

20 must-see artists for Sonar 2017.

Ches

 

Spain’s very own Ches will be playing one of her wonderful sets this year at Sonar. Renowned for her ability

to effortlessly mix hiphop and electronic beats, perfect for the dance floor. With her own brand and label

company set up here in Barcelona, Allurbansounds. Already growing here in Barcelona we want the rest of

the world to get the opportunity to experience her mixing for themselves.

Soulwax

 

Soulwax was originally created back in 1995 by David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele, and Stefaan Van Leuven.

It is comprised of a whopping seven musicians, the only original band member Stefaan Van Leuven, three

drummers (Victoria Smith, Igor Cavalera and Blake Davies), and synth and backing vocalist Laima Leyton.

Soulwax is known for their ability to blur the lines between rock and dance music, this is achieved through

their eclectic choice in beats and instruments creating an truly inspiring sound.

Nadia Rose

 

Nadia Rose has taken 2017 by storm, the release of her new album Highly Flammable has had fantastic

support and been heavily supported by key figures in

British music scene. Although already destined to be a

star, the lyrical genius which is Rose, deserves her reputation and place on Bizzarre’s top 20.

Her effortless lyrical flow and hip hop influences have created an unmissable performance.

Deena Abdelwahed

 

Deena Abdelwahed is arguably one of the few European artist creating such futuristic and intimate sounds.

Her pre-recorded mixes have been played across a number of influential radio shows and her own world has

been released on InFine label. Abdelwahed is from Tunisia, North Africa, emphasising the impressive nature

of her work and skills. She will be playing SonarXS as part of the Sonar by Day festival.

Crystal / Sparrows

 

Sparrows, Ryota Miyake, is by far one of the most creative artists, beginning his musical career at the

budding age of 13 when he created a guitar out of cardboard and elastic bands and recorded a loop of the

sounds. This unique and inquisitive sound is evidenced throughout his work. Now working alongside

CRYSTAL band, their sound is now considered experimental pop, however there are clear folk and ambient

influences throughout.

Evian Christ

 

Following Evian Christ’s stella performance at Sonar 2015, we have all been long awaiting the release of

his album this year. Alongside preparing for his new album, Christ has be creating his live performance for

us at Sonar 2017. The British producer mixes a variety of different sounds and genres in order to create his

unique and frankly instantly recognisable sound; this include hip hop, grime, trance. Christ is an ultimate

must see at this years Sonar, not just because of his excellent sounds but also because of what we know is

going to be an extraordinary performance.

Kiddy Smile

 

Kiddy Smile is inspired by the history and influences surrounding house music. With a toe in a number of

different projects ranging across the arts it is clear that Kiddy Smile is nothing but creative. Alongside house

music, he has be inspired by the discos scene in particular a scene that is directed towards gay audiences.

Kiddy Smile often discusses his own experience with his sexuality in his music reaching out to the guy

communities across the world.

Bawrut

 

Throwing another genre into the mix, We are happy to announce that Bawrut will be playing at Sonar 2017.

Now residents in Madrid, Bawrut is taking the population by storm with his hypnotic mix of acid and house,

however Bawrut cannot be limited to only two genres.

With his track Rumba already well recognised and

played around the world by the most prestigious of DJ’s I do not waver when I say that Bawrut’s set is a

must- see.

Tutu

 

Barcelona’s very own Tutu, known to her friends as Gemma Planell, will be the first performance at Sonar

and a fantastic start to a great festival. While always remaining out of the limelight, Planell has managed to

achieve an extraordinary reputation here in Barcelona’s clubs, festival, and radio sessions. Tutu’s live mix

will be a blend of deep house, trance, the most abstract of acid, alongside techno. However, Tutu is renowned

for her ability to respond to the audiences desires — so lets get down there and create the best start to Sonar

2017 that we can.

Sonar 2017   15.16.17. June   Barcelona Spain

Tickets, Full Line Up and more info here.

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