One of the biggest electronic dance events of last year is back with a star-studded lineup
The UK has Creamfields, Belgium has Tomorrowland and America has Ultra Miami. And now Hong Kong and Macau can boast about Don’t Let Daddy Know. The one-night-only electro fest arrived in Hong Kong last year and is upping the ante with a switch to Macau for proceedings in July. This year, they’ve got an all-new lineup for us to chew on, some of the biggest names in the business and also some of the best artists that you’ve probably never heard of. Fortunately, we’ve got the scoop on who to keep your ears out for. Which is everyone, really.
If chart hits could be worn like military honours, there’s no-one in this lineup who’d have a jacket more colourful than Bourgeous. The Floridian rose to fame in 2012 with his hit Tsunami, which was frequently misattributed to industry heavyweight Sander Van Doorn before Pete Tong confirmed the song was a collaboration between Bourgeous and Canadian duo Dvbbs. Since then Bourgeous has signed with the mecca of house, Spinnin’ Records, and collaborated with labelmates Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike. With a sound bigger than the Studio City Event Center, Borgeous is an act to not be missed.
Carta might not be the most well known DJ from China, but the fact he’s Spinnin’ Record’s first Chinese DJ should tell you something. Signed just this February, he’s been busy ever since. After a mini-tour that stopped by Hong Kong, he released new singles in April and June before returning to our city for another massive set. Hailing from Shanghai, see for yourself whether Carta’s got the chops to hang with the big boys.
The Netherlands is one of the few places able to go toe to toe with Ibiza at the top of the EDM world in terms of being home to top-notch tastemakers. Producer-DJ Dannic hails from Breda, also the birthplace of Hardwell and Tiesto, and releases his music jointly between Revealed Recordings and his own label, Fonk Recordings. The Dutch tastemaker brings an energetic progressive house sound to the proceedings in Macau and should have the crowd jumping.
With a decade in the industry under his belt, Amsterdam native and future house tastemaker Moti is an established star. Within a few years of starting his professional career he was being commissioned for remixes of Flo Rida, Tiesto and Far East Movement. More recently, Moti has expanded into music videos, big-time collabs such as Virus and Martin Garrix, and appearances at huge festivals like Tomorrowland. His move to big room house should more than light up Macau when he takes to the stage in Cotai.
Another Dutch star, Sem Vox, is laying down the vibe as the man behind this year’s DLDK anthem Get It Up, inspired by last year's anthem Electric Elephants. Hitting the decks with a lifetime of music experience, Sem Vox is best known for his unique concept TikTak, a festival native to and wildly successful in his homeland. With his level of festival success, he's a must-see.
With DJ duos like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Aly & Fila at the summit of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs this year, other DJ brotherhoods are following suit and raising the bar. Brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen bring their signature hardstyle touch to mixes, and with 15 years of experience under their belts, you can bet Showtek are going to hit it out of the park.
By happy accident, we’ve saved the best for last. Steve Angello, member of the now-disbanded legendary group Swedish House Mafia, is top of the billing at Don’t Let Daddy Know and he's sure to bring the house down. Owner of his own record label, Size Records, Angello promotes some of the biggest names in the game with Moguai, Afrojack, Tiesto and Avicii having released on the label. Angello should provide only the best in modern dance music.