Splash House is coming to Palm Springs for the second time this summer, on Aug. 8 and 9. Once again, the venues will include the Hilton and the Saguaro, but this time around, 2014 Splash House venue the Hard Rock Hotel is back, with the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club taking this one off.
Here are six can’t-miss acts at the August Splash House.
Matoma (right) is a big name in the tropical-house genre. Hailing from Norway (where there isn’t anything tropical), this DJ and producer started out as a pianist when he was a child. He grew tired of the classical-piano world and started to spend time remixing on his computer. One of his works, a remix of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Old Thing Back,” became a huge hit in Europe. Matoma’s tropical house style will be perfect poolside in the summer heat.
Goldroom is a former member of the popsynth band NightWaves; he’s also the co-founder of the record label Binary Entertainment. As a producer, he’s worked with acts including Bag Raiders, Futurecop!, Miami Horror and many others. This house DJ has a few different styles under his belt, including nu-disco and deep house. He’s been featured on MTV and BBC Radio, and has received rave write-ups from publications such as Pitchfork.
Yolanda Be Cool
With a name referencing Pulp Fiction, you figure this group has to be cool, right? These two guys have shared the stage with Pitbull, Justin Martin, Flo Rida and Jesse Rose. One of their remixes, “We No Speak Americano,” an Italian folk song with a funky beat, was an international hit. These guys do great remixes, and it’s sure that their live set will impress.
No Regular Play
No Regular Play is made up of Greg Paulus and Nick DeBruyn; they have known each other since the age of 8 and bonded over their love of hip-hop music. Paulus is a jazz-trumpet player, and DeBruyn is a master mixer who knows how to complement Paulus’ trumpet-playing. Yes, it’s a half-jazz/half-electronic-music act—and they occasionally throw in some Afro-Cuban rhythms to create some truly unique music.
Another tropical house outfit, Autograf has done attention-grabbing remixes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and others. On top of making music, the group also makes sculptures, combining a love of music and the world of traditional art. “Future Soup” is a 500-pound piece of art that makes people think about the future, and unlimited potential. The members have talked about how they’d like to include sculptures in their live act. A Splash House must-see.
Hailing from Washington, D.C., Eau Claire (below) is a producer and DJ who combines nu-disco and indie-dance into her repertoire. She currently has more than a million plays on her Soundcloud page, and she’s been the talk of the industry on various music blogs and in dance-music publications. She stays consistently busy and is always releasing remixes that impress.