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CNY brings the big name EDM artists

CNY brings the big name EDM artists

Electronic dance music has grown in popularity everywhere in the last few years and Central New York is no exception. This fall, a big slate of top acts covering different subgenres are coming to the Westcott Theater and the F Shed.

Eric Binion, a talent buyer for Upstate Shows who puts on concerts at venues around CNY, said he gets emails almost daily requesting that he book DJs more than bands.

“Four years ago we would maybe host one or two dance shows a year,” he said. “Now with the growth of popularity in the genre that number has skyrocketed.”

This autumn brings a variety of EDM performers to the area. They are diverse in both style and notoriety. Here’s a list of some of the shows.

Skrillex Fall Tour – Skrillex – F Shed (Oct. 22) – One major name coming to Central New York is the well-known dubstep icon Skrillex. The artist has once again jumped into the front of the EDM consciousness with his collaboration with Diplo to form Jack U. He’s touring independently before hooking up with Diplo at Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve.

Parental Advisory Tour – Carnage – F Shed (Nov. 5) – Carnage is the one of a few trap music headliners coming to Central New York this fall. His star continues to rise in the trap world after he played ULTRA Music Festival in Miami and Electric Zoo in New York this year. But, this show offers more than just another big-name headliner. The undercard packs a serious showcase of upcoming EDM talent with Paris Blohm, Dzeko & Torres and Junkie Kid.

Blohm burst onto the scene over the last year. A Los Angeles native, he’s been making tracks for less than a decade, but has gone from virtually unknown in 2013 to playing Electric Zoo and TomorrowWorld over the last month.

RL Grime – Westcott Theater – (Nov. 7) – More trap comes to Syracuse, this time back at the Westcott Theater. RL Grime is known for remixing popular songs, both EDM and otherwise, with heavy bass. He’ll bring that sound to Syracuse the same month he’s set to release his first album, titled Void.

Binion said the large amount of trap music performances stems from the increasing demand.

“The demand is high that’s for sure,” he said. “We book what the fans want to see and right now that’s a hot item.”

Overall, Syracuse might not jump out as a must-go place for big-time artists. This fall’s lineup says otherwise.

“Artists play cities where they know they’ll have a good turnout,” Binion said. “Skrillex has two sold-out Syracuse shows under his belt and a year ago Carnage just about sold out The Westcott on his first play. The shows are great and fans keep coming out to see them,” he said.

About The Author

Kieran Lynch

I'm a graduate student in the magazine, newspaper and online program at the the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. I'm originally from Long Island and spent the last four years in NYC attending St. John's University.


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