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The Unofficial Paradiso Genre-By-Genre Artist Guide For 2017

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The sixth annual Paradiso Festival is coming up quickly, and many of us have already purchased tickets and camping passes. We’re planning outfits, creating tailored playlists, and gushing over the lineup as we plan which sets you wish to catch.

USC Events has once again brought us a fully stacked lineup with something for everyone. With the usual big name headliners like Tiesto, Seven Lions, Marshmello, and Snails, it’s no wonder people are getting hyped for this next installment. However, this year USC has done something slightly different, by focusing on great up-and-comers as well as a more diverse lineup than ever before.

You may not know some of the people on this lineup, and that’s why we’re here: To bring you the most comprehensive and in-depth genre-by-genre artist guide. Get ready for good vibes, great people, (hopefully) some blue sky action, and the great memories that will last you a lifetime.

Rest assured that we’ve done the hard work for you in generating this artist guide to help you discover artists that will grace your summer playlists, or help you to cement which artists you MUST see this time around. Don’t remember who’s on the lineup? Never fear, we have the complete list for you to peruse along with their respective genres.

Now, sifting through some 60 or so artists and breaking them down into specific genres is no easy task. Many artists as you know don’t necessarily fall into one category or sub-genre. We did our best to sort them by their most popular genres and musical stylings which will help you better understand who these artists may be and what they bring to the lineup. Our hope for all of you this year is that, while you’re out at the most beautiful venue in the entire country, you will be able to discover something new and something exciting from this vast lineup.

Don’t be afraid to branch out and try out a new genre or new artists, because you may just end up discovering something wonderful and perhaps discovering something new about yourself in the process! That is our challenge for all of you reading this, give one new thing a try and see how it fits. That’s what is so great about Paradiso in the end anyway, you are immensely spoiled by such a diverse and awe-inspiring lineup, so please take full advantage of it.

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Gareth Emery:
Hailing from England, Gareth Emery has made a name for himself in the trance community courtesy of Armin Van Buuren, who awarded Emery ASOT’s Record of the Year twice. He is best known for his three studio albums, Northern Lights, Drive, and 100 Reasons to Live, as well as his tracks with his sister Roxanne Emery, and big anthems such as Sanctuary and Into the Light. Gareth Emery is no stranger to the big stage, having in 2015 played the closing ceremony of the European Olympics in addition to the big festivals liked EDC.

As a DJ, Omnia has played festivals such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, and A State of Trance. Making his way on the scene back in 2008, Omnia has garnered support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Andrew Rayel, and Mat Zo.

He has done numerous remixes for these great artists ,so it’s no surprise that he graces the trance stage at Paradiso. Omnia also hosts his own radio show called, where he is known for experimenting with music genres and style, as well as showcasing original sounds from all over the world. Some of his most notable tracks include The Fusion,and For the First Time. His big trance sound, and blend of different styles makes him a great addition to this outstanding lineup.

Born Tyson Illingworth, TyDi began making a name for himself at age 17 when he was signed to Armada by Armin Van Buuren himself. The following year he was hailed as Australia’s number one DJ, and also the youngest ever to receive the recognition.

Classically trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he was able to learn and study music from all different perspectives, giving him unique insight into how to compose compelling dance music. With five studio albums under his belt including Shooting Stars and Hotel Rooms, along with an extensive list of tracks with Christina Novelli, Richard Durand, and Audrey Gallagher, TyDi has cemented his place in the trance scene.

Vini Vici:
Vini Vici is comprised of experienced electronic DJs and producers, Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh. The concept was formed by a love of old-school trance and psytrance. They joined Iboga records, one of the largest pystrance labels in the world, alongside acts such as Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul, and Captain Hook.

Directly following their early success, the duo released their first studio album called Vini Vici – Future Classics, which catapulted them to the top spot in Beatport’s psytrance rankings.

Keeping their #1 on Beatport’s Psytrance Artist list two years running, the duo went on to lead a new generation of fans and producers. In 2016 they collaborated with Armin Van Buuren, featuring French band Hilight Tribe for their track Great Spirit. This massive collaboration took over the Beatport Main Chart immediately and gained over 1,000,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks, taking them one step closer to their life goal of spreading psytrance culture and energy around the world.

Ben Nicky:
This British international trance producer and DJ has captured the hearts and minds of all of his fans. Nicky has been recognized for his hard work and talent by some of the biggest trance artists in the world including Armin Van Buuren, and Paul Van Dyk. In addition, he has released a number of tracks with Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT label.

Nicky has garnered support from Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and Gareth Emery. His tracks have also become a staple for Paul Van Dyk ,who is known for dropping many Ben Nicky tracks in his live sets. His name has become synonymous with the kind of once-in-a-lifetime sets that has seen him play at iconic festivals like Nature One, Tomorrowland and A State Of Trance, as well as world class venues like Godskitchen and Ministry of Sound. With over one million followers online, Ben Nicky has only grown in popularity over the years. If you haven’t yet had the chance to discover his amazing uplifting sound, Paradiso is the great place to do so!

MaRLo is Dutch-born, but grew up in Australia, where he was named the number one DJ in the entire country. He quickly gained success at home and abroad when he was ranked at the very top of the Beatport trance charts. His influences are vast, ranging from tech-trance, hard trance, and even big room house.

MaRLo has revved up crowds from Ushuiaia in Ibiza to Beirut, having graced the stages of the world’s biggest festivals, including Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields UK, Stereosonic, Electronic Family and Beyond Wonderland USA. He has become one of the standout artists on the powerful Armada label with hit after hit. Surely MaRlo will have some surprises in store for even the most finicky of music lovers.


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