Who's playing at X Games Aspen 2016?
Music returns to X Games Aspen
X Games returns to Aspen in 2016, and the music festival element is back, including live performances from a wide range of artists, including deadmau5, DJ Snake, Kygo, Nas, Run The Jewels and Twenty One Pilots. Here's an inside look at the artists slated to perform. Tickets are still available for purchase at XGames.com.
Run The Jewels
El-P (left) and Killer Mike (right), the distinctive American rap duo, continue to exceed expectations with their critically lauded live performances and recordings, the latest of which, "RTJ2," topped year-end lists at Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and more. Well known for their energetic live sets, they are currently on their Jewel Runner Tour in North America.
In the studio
Run The Jewels is currently hard at work in the studio on their third full-length album, "Run The Jewels 3." In the past year, the duo, joined by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, played at an assortment of festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. The duo is slated to appear at X Games Aspen 2016 on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. MT.
The son of famed jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas (left) created what's widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time with 1994's "Illmatic" at just 20 years old. Just two years later, Nas released "It Was Written," with singles 'Street Dreams' and 'If I Ruled the World' vaulting him into mainstream success. Two decades later, Nas remains an outspoken rapper on the recently released "Life is Good," his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200. The collection also received four Grammy nominations, and most recently, he released a feature-length documentary, "Time is Illmatic," following the span of Nas' career.
Nas performs at X Games Aspen 2016 on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9:30 p.m. MT.
Twenty One Pilots
"Blurryface," Twenty One Pilots' latest album, opens a new chapter in the Ohio-based band's story. The album -- which follows the duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun's Fueled By Ramen debut, "Vessel" -- debuted earlier this year, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at No. 1.
Live on Friday
Twenty One Pilots have spent much of the past year performing mainstage sets at international festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, Belgium's Pukkelpop and Montreal's Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts. Twenty One Pilots' new single "Stressed Out" is rising quickly at alternative radio outlets nationwide; its companion video has scored over 20 million views and counting on Twenty One Pilots' official YouTube channel. The band is slated to appear at X Games Aspen 2016 on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9:30 p.m. MT.
Born in France, but recently relocated to Miami, DJ/producer William Grigahcine, who goes by the name DJ Snake, has taken not just the festival/electronic music scene by storm, but has become a true cultural phenom. His worldwide No. 1 hit, "Turn Down For What," a collaboration with Lil Jon, was the best-selling electronic music single of 2014, with 9 million sold/streamed worldwide and over 188 million video views. Rolling Stone raved about his genre-bending classic: "DJ Snake is perfecting his own venomous, unforgiving, primordially grooving version of bass music you can headbang to."
Turn down for what?
DJ Snake shows no signs of slowing down in 2016. Currently climbing the charts is the hit single, "You Know You Like It," his collaboration with AlunaGeorge. Another hit currently topping the charts is the first single from Major Lazer's new album, "Lean On," a collaboration with DJ Snake and Diplo. DJ Snake is slated to appear at X Games Aspen 2016 on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. MT.
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is one of the world's most respected electronic music producers. Enjoying international chart success with his singles, he has also released five critically acclaimed albums. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards as part of its first-ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. He appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2012, making him the first electronic artist featured on the magazine's cover.
Coming to Aspen
In between birthday vacations and new studio setups, deadmau5 intends to wind down the month of January with an appearance at X Games Aspen 2016. deadmau5 is slated to appear at X Games Aspen 2016 on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 p.m. MT.
Hailed by Billboard magazine as the "the next EDM superstar," Kyrre Grvell-Dahll, also known as Kygo, has gone from bedroom producer to one of the most hyped electronic artists in quick order. Having established himself as a household name thanks to his widely popular remixes, sell-out shows in North America and Europe, as well as headline performances at festivals including TomorrowWorld and Findings, Kygo recently signed a worldwide recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
Closing out X Games
A natural-born musician, Kygo's innate ability to construct catchy melodies and uplifting chord sequences, which together forms the basis of his signature sound, came from piano lessons that he started taking when he was just six years old. After discovering Avicii some years later, Kygo began to develop a unique passion for dance music, remixing the likes of Rihanna and James Blake and experimenting with different sounds and exciting new textures. Kygo will close out X Games Aspen 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. MT.