Electronic music, much like Mardi Gras, has not always been embraced in New Orleans.
It has come up against some opposition over the years, but the love of this music and the passions of the ones producing and listening to it have persevered. It took time for the city’s changing rulers in the 1700-1800’s to accept the existence of the Mardi Gras festival. It is easy to see that modern day New Orleans has come to accept, appreciate, and celebrate the emergence of electronic music into the culture. At Republic NOLA on February 24th and 25th, we celebrate it in a new and unique way with Fleur De Lit: The First Annual Mardi Gras Mayhem– a two-day electronic celebration that perfectly fuses traditional New Orleans culture with the rapidly growing dance music scene, blending them seamlessly together.
DAY ONE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24
As one of the biggest break out stars of 2015, the Mad Decent artist’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down, as this fresh and stunning talent continues on his musical journey. The LA-based producer–real name is Tyler Marenyi–has brought a wide range of musical influences to redefine what a multi-genre electronic artist can be.
While maintaining his own unique, eclectic sound, NGHTMRE manages to tie in some of the brightest elements of future bass with some of the heaviest elements of trap music. With every live performance, NGHTMRE brings his signature, insatiable energy, and Fleur De Lit will be no exception.
Full of energy, this rising future bass star is sure to continue to do great things in 2017. Hailing from Chicago, but now calling New Orleans home, CRWNS derives his inspiration from a variety of cultures and influences, effortlessly woven into a sound design that is all his own.
The up-and-coming trio of New Orleans natives–Chase LaBure, Brendan Pechon, and Matthew Zuppardo–has a clear goal for their sound: to create storytelling music that invites listeners to abandon all rules and join them on a musical journey. Together, these three make up half of the creative team behind Dohm Collective, who will be featured this May at the first-ever Middlelands Festival
DAY TWO: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25
His explicit lyrics and live shows make him the perfect fit for Mardi Gras Mayhem. With remixes going all the way back to 2007, you know Borgore has been around the block. He happily boasts as the man who “ruined dubstep” but, nonetheless, has amassed a cult-like following. He certainly has come a long way, now featuring artists like Bare Noize and Dirtyphonics on his label, Buygore.
Borgore’s early beginnings as a saxophone prodigy of Tel Aviv’s Thelma Yellin music academy are clearly illustrated by his understanding of composition and his range as a producer. His genre-bending sound has caught and kept the attention of its fans and he responds with equal vigor, selling out shows and festivals around the world. Combining elements of big room, electro house, trap, and dubstep, with original vocals, and an ever-growing arsenal of on-stage antics, a Borgore show is one not to be missed.
The driving force behind the weekly SPACE YACHT parties in Los Angeles as well as their resident DJ, LondonBridge–also known as Rami Pearlman–made his first festival appearance at Snow Globe in 2016, spinning alongside Big Wild, Galantis, What So Not and many more. His upbeat house music has been relentlessly spreading vibes ever since.
Having already shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, the duo behind RedBarrington have shown that they are now a local force to reckoned with. Started in 2014, the combined forces of Lucas Wieland and Terry McCabe, originally from Western Massachusetts. They are sure to bring a unique energy to the stage during Fleur De Lit with their production’s dynamic atmosphere and huge sounds.
Rooted here in New Orleans, KTRL is another talented artist who refuses to be limited by any one genre–loosely described as Bass House. Beginning in 2013, KTRL has continued to build momentum on the local club and festival circuit, garnering support from huge names like Party Thieves, Oliver Heldens and more. As collaborators of other local favorites like sfam and BOARCROK, KTRL will definitely be on your radar for 2017.
Fleur De Lit is shaping up to be two days of hard hitting bass and some of the greatest vibes you’ll find this side of the Mississippi River. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night (Feb. 24-25) are available here.