Park City Live and Billboard have teamed up to bring the permier music lineup to Park City, Utah for Sundance 2015
Billboard “Winter FEST” features a host of A-list artists, DJ’s and performers over ten consecutive days of Sundance Film Festival. The exclusive lineup only at Park City Live includes Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Skrillex, Diplo, Knife Party and much more. Below is your cheat sheet with everything you need to know about each of the start on this massive roster (in order of appearance).
Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. (born November 15, 1988), better known by his stage name B.o.B, is an American hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who then brought him to TJ Chapman, who then brought him to American record producer Jim Jonsin. After hearing his music, Jonsin subsequently signed B.o.B to his Rebel Rock Entertainment imprint. A couple of years later, Jonsin and B.o.B signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic and American rapper T.I.‘s Grand Hustle Records.
Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman for post-hardcore band From First to Last and created the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) and Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the same type of over-the-top samples and the giant noise of electronica acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim.
3. Iggy Azalea
In one of the more unlikely crossover success stories, blonde Australian beauty Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst Amelia Kelly) segued from a high-profile modeling career to become a Southern hip-hop star. Influenced in her childhood by Missy Elliott, TLC, and Tupac Shakur, she moved to the States in 2006 at age 16, stating that she was drawn to the birthplace of rap. Moving from Miami to Houston to Atlanta, she absorbed the Southern-style drawl of her surroundings and released a trap-inspired mixtape titled Ignorant Art in 2011, shortly after relocating to Los Angeles. A video for her song “Pu$$y” was uploaded to the Internet and became a YouTube favorite due to its explicit nature. Later in 2012, her musical stock skyrocketed when XXL Magazine put her on the cover of their annual Top Ten Freshman issue alongside Danny Brown, Roscoe Dash, and French Montana. As the first female, non-American rapper to make the list, serious hip-hop fans took notice, including Diplo, who hooked up with Azalea for her follow-up mixtape, TrapGold, before she signed to Mercury Records.
Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is unquestionably one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand (tastemaker, spokesman, curator) as he is a musician/DJ/producer. Year after year he’s proven himself to be an ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.
With a steadfast residency in Vegas at XS and Surrender, as well as a strong tour schedule with Skrillex and Grmimes, Diplo’s touring remains extensive – requiring Pents to travel nearly 300 days of the year, playing hard ticket venues all around the world.
5. Lil Jon
Lil Jon made a name for himself with the music group he fronted, East Side Boyz, and began as a club DJ before the time came for him to establish his solo career in the industry. Jermaine Dupri invited him to come work for So So Def Records in 1993 and named him the Executive Vice President of A&R from ’93 – ’00. While working on his label duties, he added radio host to his resume, hosted a reggae show on the Atlanta radio sation V103, and also remixed and produced tracks for such acclaimed artists as Too Short, Xscape, Total, Usher, 112 and Whitney Houston just to name a few.
6. Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over half a billion views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.
Lindsey’s self-titled debut album featured twelve original tracks; including the viral smash “Crystallize,” which has racked up over 90 million YouTube views. The album has sold over 360,000 copies in the US without the backing of a major label, and has gone platinum in Germany and gold in Poland and Switzerland. The album reached number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart and the Billboard Classical Album Chart and also peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top 200.
7. Portugal The Man
It was last spring 2012, and John Gourley—frontman of Portugal. The Man—found himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouse’s apartment–a long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—up until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range.
8. Knife Party
By now, Knife Party is a name with which anyone with even a passing interest in electronic music will be familiar. In the years since the mysterious duo Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen emerged, their singular approach and ferocious productions have driven their rapid ascent through dance music’s ranks from unknown entity to dance floor conquering scene leaders, and festival headliners. Their debut EP ‘100% No Modern Talking’ was released as a free download in December 2011, and racked up over 50,000 downloads in less than 12 hours on the first day of its release. The EP has now received over 1 million downloads worldwide in both the UK, US and Australia, as well as reached No. 1 in the Beatport releases chart and has received unprecedented support from tastemakers and club DJs around the world.
With over 3.5million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, ‘Tear The Roof Up, and forthcoming debut album, are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name.
10. Michael Franti
Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of “The Sound Of Sunshine”, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as a fun dance party! “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti has a brand new single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” hitting radio now leading into his brand new album this summer.
About Park City Live:
Park City Live is located in the heart of Park City in the Summit County War Veterans Memorial Building. The historical building is located at 427 Main Street and was completed in 1940 following a devastating fire in 1927. The structure at one time had 50 rooms, a large basement, rifle range, gymnasium, Boy Scout room, showers and lockers, an auditorium and an American Legion room.
Park City Live provides the perfect amount of ambience and excitement to Main Street’s live music and nightlife scene. Patrons of Park City Live can enjoy various accessible and well-stocked bars, exceptional audio and visual effects and the option of exclusivity in the VIP mezzanine section.
Along with year round shows, Park City Live also hosts a number of Film Festival events that always exceed expectations. Known as the epicenter of the Film Festival entertainment and the largest venue of its kind on Main Street, visitors and locals alike flock to Park City Live to catch highly anticipated performances through out the festival.
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