From: Los Angeles
DJ style: “Bass music.”
Best known for: “Creating a euphoric trance-like bass music style.”
Fave tune of 2018: “WAVEDASH ‘Deathwish’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “WAVEDASH.”
Derek Andersen and Scott Land became known for their very own sub-genre. It was called ‘heaven trap’ and was so named because the LA pair behind it always aim to make such an emotional impact on their audiences that they cry on the dancefloor. But this year they say they “definitely started leaning toward a more heavy dubstep style, and we are loving it!” Tracks like ‘Happy Now,’ ‘So Long’ and ‘Kneel Before Me’ all bare that out.
The pair also linked with pal NGHTMRE (who they initially met at Icon Collective, a music production school) to start their new label, and toured together around the world, including playing a string of sold out boat parties in the United States, and headlining Red Rocks for the first time. “We also are in the process of releasing our new EP entitled ‘The Headbangers Ball’, and we have a huge fall/winter North American tour to complement it.”
Words: KRISTAN CARYL