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Sunset Music Festival: Five acts to watch, including Pretty Lights, Krafty Kuts and Datsik


To help newbies understand electronic music, John Santoro likens it to wine. The subtle differences in style and variation make it difficult to know what you like until after you’ve sampled a little bit of everything.

Santoro runs the Ybor Amphitheatre and is co-organizing Saturday's Sunset Music Festival, which will bring dozens of top-notch DJs to Raymond James Stadium (click here for details and set times). He said Sunset will offer a chance for listeners to sample plenty of acts on three different stages. But if you’re still not sure where to start, he offers five suggestions.

Pretty Lights: Expect a dazzling stage show from this Colorado DJ, born Derek Vincent Smith. “Google it, and just see one of his shows, and you’ll see,” Santoro said. “We don’t want to let it out of the bag, but it’s going to be impressive. There’s not going to be one person looking away from the stage when he goes on.”

Paul van Dyk: The iconic trance DJ reaches deep for large crowds. “The music that he lays down for festivals is on another level.”

Krafty Kuts (above): Taking the wine analogy a bit further, Santoro likens this U.K. breaks DJ to a refreshing riesling that’s unlike anything else on the menu. “You would definitely hear the difference when Krafty Kuts goes on.”

Datsik: Fans of heavy bass and dubstep will pile in for this aggro DJ. “If you’re here at the Amphitheatre on a Friday night with dubstep, you have to see Datsik,” Santoro said.

Nerd Rage: Santoro is high on Tampa’s Devin Spears, a.k.a. dubstep DJ Nerd Rage, a resident at the Amphitheatre’s # (Pound) Fridays. Spears has inked a deal with the same talent agency that reps Datsik, Excision and Flux Pavilion. “He’s probably going to headline festivals starting next year,” Santoro said. “The kid is phenomenal. … I’d say he’s on par with everybody in this lineup.”

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:20am]


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