The Sound of Q-dance returns to Los Angeles Shrine Expo Hall November 15, with an earth-shaking line-up of names from across the harder styles of dance music.
Giving LA debuts to Zatox and Evil Activities, TSOQ also welcomes back favorites Technoboy, Coone, Psyko Punkz, Audiofreq and Villain as well as newcomers Skylapse.
The third installment of TSOQ in Los Angeles promises to continue to build on the rebellious, antagonistic, authentic counter-culture that underpins the spirit of Q-dance, and has united thousands of hardstyle devotees in Southern California.
In its two previous events, TSOQ has shown that the hardstyle army is alive and well in California, with Q-dance breaking records by bringing the largest and loudest stage-show the Shrine Expo Hall has ever seen. November’s TSOQ will continue to break new musical ground in LA, hosting some of the biggest names in hardstyle like Zatox, Coone and Technoboy. It’s a line-up that is sure to have LA’s hardstyle contingent shuffling all night long.
With Q-dance debuting in Canada this Fall, and harder styles of dance music springing up at dedicated events across the country — not to mention main stage festival sets — it’s clear that America’s hardstyle movement is quickly gaining momentum.
With a career spanning over ten years, Zatox is one of the preeminent names in hardstyle. The Italian producer made a name for himself in 2009 by pioneering a high-intensity variation of the genre known as ‘rawstyle,’ and has since gone on to build a successful international brand for himself. Now, emboldened by the launch of his own label Unite Records, Zatox continues to be one of hardstyle’s most sought after talents.
Trained like a true DJ on on all vinyl, Cristiano Giusberti, or Technoboy as he is known, began his career in the ‘90s and has since amassed a sizeable following through a rigorous work ethic. The Italian artist has produced under more than 30 different aliases and was a prominent figure in the meteoric rise of hardstyle circa 2002. Nowadays, Technoboy is a revered member of the community and a regular at the world’s biggest hardstyle events.
Since the early 2000s, Evil Activities has been known as one of the biggest names in hard dance. His three studio albums released on Neophyte Records: ‘Dedicated,’ ‘Evilution’ and ‘Extreme Audio,’ produced hits like ‘Nobody Said It Was Easy,’ ‘Evil Inside’ and ‘Broken’ to name a few. E-Life joined him in 2010, and now as a duo, Evil Activities and E-Life perform across the globe at festivals like Qlimax, EDC, Dominator, Defqon.1 Festival, Mysteryland, Masters of Hardcore, Decibel and many more. A performance by Evil Activities should never be overlooked.
Coone is one of hardstyle’s fastest rising artists, selling out 10,000 capacity events in Europe at only 25, and becoming the second highest ranked hardstyle artist in the DJ Mag top 100 at #37. His recent partnership with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, which saw him release his new single and album, has been causing waves throughout the hardstyle and EDM communities, and with major collabs with some of EDM’s biggest names forthcoming Coone looks set to elevate hardstyle to brand new levels.
Another act central to the new generation of hardstyle artists is Psyko Punkz, the latest act to crash the DJ Mag top 100 poll. Their army of followers, known as the Psyko Soldiers, has been growing and growing over the last three years, as the duo’s live sets have captured the imagination, while tracks such as ‘Bass Boom’ and ‘Psyko Foundation’ have propelled them to the forefront of the hardstyle movement.
Audiofreq heralds from the burgeoning hardstyle scene of Australia, and has become the country’s most prominent hardstyle export. He fulfils an almost ambassadorial role in the hardstyle community, pioneering the movement in Australia and interviewing leading artists in the scene to showcase their music and talent. He’s collaborated with the likes of Headhunterz, and is an integral part of the seminal Belgium label Dirty Workz.
Skylapse may be a newer name in the hard dance world, but don’t let that deter you. In the last year, the Qult-backed production group has garnered a steady following through consistent remixes and originals, not to mention support from Geck-o. Combining familiar big room tropes with the aggressive aesthetic of hardstyle, Skylapse have patented their ‘hard room’ sound and new fans are quickly taking notice.