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Preview: Trillectro Fest’s perfect cocktail

It was only last year that 16-year old electro production wunderkind Alex Young was in the crowd at Washington, D.C.’s Trillectro Festival. Next weekend (August 17), the D.C. native will join a crew of rappers like Wale, Travis $cott, and A$AP Ferg and a plethora of progressive dance music names at the second annual event, held in the shadow of Nationals Stadium at the Half Street Fairgrounds. Trillectro (a mash-up of “trill” and “electro,” in case you were wondering) endeavors to showcase the best of when hip-hop and EDM cultures collide. Mainstream pop music is growing more comfortable with this curious co-mingling, and we expect this year’s event to be bigger than the last. Below, the ingredients to Trillectro’s perfect cocktail:

FESTIVAL FODDER

Much like last year’s headliners Flosstradamus, 2013 headliner Carnage brings festival-ready trap sounds to the table. His tailor-made summer smash “Michael Jordan” is a production duet with Tony Junior, which like its namesake moves higher and higher up the scale of notes, then drops down with thunderous intensity.

HOMETOWN HEROES

D.C.’s no slouch for homegrown headliners. Trillectro’s lineup features Moombahton purveyors Nadastrom and seasoned veteran bass-slinger Tittsworth, who – while D.C.-to-LA transplants – are frequent visitors back home to recently Rolling Stone magazine top-rated dance club U Street Music Hall. Throw in trap lords Gent and Jawns to round out the local-to-global renowned mix, and the expectation – not unlike their top 2013 single – is for the crowd to “Turn Up.”

HOUSE AND CLUB GET TURNT

DJs Salva and Sliink (pictured), plus Venus X of NYC’s famed Ghe20 Got1k parties and the chilled-out vibes of Goldroom, add depth to Trillectro’s dance vibes. Venus whimsically yet carefully navigates the spaces between global bass, frenetically-paced house and mainstream rap. But L.A.-based Salva and New Jersey-based Sliink both share a gift in surfing the BPM’s between trap and more traditionally house-friendly styles. “Crwd Cntrl” – Sliink’s co-production with the aforementioned Flosstradamus – blends a knowledge of hard house and heavy bass with angst-ridden rap attitude. The result is a sound that is more akin to M.O.P.’s rap classic “Ante Up” than typical David Guetta or Tiesto big room fare.

As rap and EDM slowly begin to speak the same tongue, Trillectro celebrates that language’s various accents. Check this space for a review of the action next week.