By Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER – With both Squamish and Pemberton six feet under, Fvded in the Park has become one of the only major music festivals for anyone stuck in the city this summer. Currently celebrating it’s third year in existence, Fvded transforms the tranquil landscape of Holland Park at the end of the Expo Line into top tier festival grounds with an international calibre lineup to match.
Boasting a solid mix of EDM, house, rap, hip hop, and modern R&B, Fvded in the Park has it all. Throw you gear into a fanny pack and check out our selection of six artists to check out at this year’s festival.
Currently one of the biggest EDM-pop producers in the world right now, every song The Chainsmokers seem to touch, turns to gold. Comprised of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the Grammy award winning duo first started to gain global traction with their hit single “#Selfie” released on Dim Mak in 2014. Since then, it’s just mainstream hit after hit with their latest being “Closer” featuring Halsey and “Something Just Like This” featuring Chris Martin from Coldplay.
OVO signee PartyNextDoor is a rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from Mississauga, Ontario. Born as Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, the young artist often layers his lyrics over stripped down trap instrumentals to create a modern R&B vibe and can often be found collaborating with fellow artists Drake, Big Sean and Jeremih.
Incorporating elements of hardstyle, hip hop, trap, dubstep and moombahton into their music, Yellow Claw is a DJ and production duo that really knows how to get the party started. Made up of Jim Taihuttu and Nils Rondhuis, Yellow Claw initially started out a club night hosted at Amsterdam’s Jimmy Woo and has since evolved into the international EDM powerhouse that it is today.
Soulful rapper and singer Russ Vitale is a self taught artist who’s known for writing, producing, mixing, mastering and engineering all of his work on his own. In May of this year, Russ released his debut album There’s Really a Wolf with Columbia and is most often recognized by his emotive hit single “Losin Control.”
Based in Toronto, Canada, Badbadnotgood is an instrumental hip hop and jazz band consisting of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Leland Whitty on saxophone and Alexander Sowinski on drums. Connecting on their mutual love of hip hop, the band first started gaining attention on the world stage after Tyler, The Creator heard their cover of some of his music back in 2011. Since then, the band has gone on to release five studio albums and collaborations with artists like Ghostface Killah, Kaytranada and Charlotte Day Wilson.
What So Not
Formerly a production team partnered with Flume, What So Not is now comprised of just Emoh Instead based in Sydney, Australia. Popularized by his hits “Gemini,” “Jaguar” and “High You Are,” Instead is known for his experimental take on hip hop, trap and bass music. Currently signed to OWSLA and Sweat It Out, Instead can commonly be seen collaborating with fellow industry leaders RL Grime and Skillex.
Fvded in the Park takes place July 7-8 at Holland Park in Surrey.BADBADNOTGOOD, FVDED in the Park, PartyNextDoor, Russ, The Chainsmokers, What So Not, Yellow Claw