III Points began as a sanctuary for the strange, the different, the avant-garde and the bohemian. Eight years later, the festival still holds water. Despite his growth, he still manages to reserve the best names in electro, indie rock and hip-hop, often sharing the headliners with Coachella.
Catching the performers who have decided to take the festival’s road less traveled, however, is imperative for the III Points experience.
With that in mind, below, in alphabetical order, ten left-field acts perpetuating the festival spirit of pushing the boundaries of sound.
With a name like Acid Pauli, the goal is twofold: to make them dance and stay strange. But the ethic that drives Pauli is not to experiment with long-named compounds. Pauli (real name Martin Gretschmann) has a mo that is more about the strangeness of sound. From a production standpoint, less is often more in Gretschmann’s work. The sounds bark, mystify and vaporize in seconds. The tapered melodies sting your third eye, and the beat is friendly enough to start dancing. With an affinity for live elements in his DJ sets, Gretschmann avoids the limits of what is allowed in a DJ set. It’ll have you dancing with weird tributes to electronic music and haunting techno, but don’t be surprised if it offers you Johnny Cash or old-fashioned Mexican ballads. From 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, October 22, at the Isotrope stadium.
Fresh out of a Boiler Room set that featured hypersonic techno, breaks and acid, Miami’s Ashley Venom (AKA Ashley Solage) is a certified city favorite. In addition to DJing, the Haitian-American artist aims to change the cultural dimensions of Miami, whether through his relentless activism or his fast-paced music. No one can predict how Solage will perform, but his artistic license allows him to throw some of the most memorable sets to date. So bring a comfortable pair of shoes and expect frantic sound and stoic style as Venom steps behind the decks. 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday 23 October on the S3quenc3 stage.
Talk with New times Late last year, Bitter Babe (real name Laura Solarte) said, âI’m a mix of different styles, but I wasn’t comfortable releasing something that would give me that label. . ” Born and raised in Colombia with stays in Berlin and Miami, Solarte has been a DJ since 2013. Her style infuses the weird sounds of techno and exalts the music she grew up with: dembow, reggaeton, cumbia and guaracha. Solarte’s sonic boost, Sol, will tire you out as your head nods uncontrollably. There may be times when you cannot dance and have to put up with the build-ups and spiraling sounds. It’s real warehouse music that blends well with Miami’s suffocating humidity. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday 23 October on the S3quenc3 stage.
Miami-based artist and producer The Poodle (real name Natalie Foucauld) captures’ 90s indie music without copying and pasting. Foucauld stacks up contemporary layers of indie-electronic and dark psych-pop, creating a sound that isn’t totally awkward to dance to. His songs are about the great escape from our egos and the rebirth that follows. The performance of The Poodle III Points follows just days after his last single, âOK For Now,â a song about mental gymnastics leaving behind his old self. His prose confronts the unconscious head-on: “Rejection is like gunshot wounds in my chest / Take it all. “The stoic music of Le Caniche contrasts with the hedonism of a music festival and leaves room for introspection. 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 22 on the Toyota Music Den stage.
The futuristic sounds of Moses Sumney combined with his moving crescendos create something new. Sumney’s voice pierces and bleeds with emotion. However, to simply call Sumney an R&B singer is a grave injustice. Sumney’s production is faster than your typical R&B. The music borders on electronics and mingles with jazzy trumpets and rhythms that we cannot grasp. There are even shattering piano melodies and stage rock guitar riffs. The Ghanaian-American singer’s 2020 album, aptly titled GrÃ¦, is all about the grayness. In an interview with NPR, Sumney said that the album is a “vision of multiplicity”, some may listen to Sumney for his teary eyed falsettos or powerful songs, while others are there for instrumental abstraction. . Either way, Sumney will guide you. 6:50 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. on Friday, October 22 on the Mind Melt stage.
Park hye jin
Fresh out of his first album, Before i die, songwriter and DJ made a total of 180. His original style focused on upbeat, fun and haunting house – house. Fast forward to today, and his album transcends the house label while showcasing Park’s artistry. Rapping and singing between English and Korean, each track brings Park to the fore. âNever Dieâ is a club-ready track with punchy bass and triggered sound effects that contrast âWatch Doin ‘Later,â a track with an atheist rap flow and liquid cruising the highway. The fusion of hip-hop and underground electronic music is a suspect movement in the contemporary electronic age, but Park aims to question that. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday, October 22 on the S3quenc3 stage.
Born in Tokyo to Anglo-American and Filipino parents, Berlin-based DJ / producer Objekt (real name TJ Hertz) can diversify his sets from otherwise antiseptic DJ mixes. Going from house to tech-house probably won’t win you the DJ of the year, but going from ambient to breaks to techno, IDM and acid throughout a single. set is another story. Objekt’s mission is to attract the unsuspecting listener who is in the right place at the right time and influence them with a smÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord of deep sounds. In an interview with the Guardian, Hertz said, “I wanted to give people who don’t usually find themselves on a dance floor a route to listen to electronic music that they might otherwise find quite outside.” 7:15 to 8:35 p.m. on Friday, October 22, at the Main Frame stage.
Stephen Bruner (AKA Thundercat) was the bassist for thrash-metal band Suicidal Tendencies and was instrumental in founding Kendrick Lamar To pimp a butterfly – one of the most revolutionary albums in the history of hip-hop. He was born to a revered flautist and percussionist mother and a father who played drums for Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and the Temptations, so it makes perfect sense that Thundercat is one of those career-changing ones. . It combines elements of acid-jazz, funk and soul with dark and sinister lyrics that produce music in spooky and humorous worlds. Obsessive romance, police brutality, depression, death, Dragonball z – Thundercat’s music knows no bounds. 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Saturday 23 October at the Mind Melt stage.
Soft and deep, blitzed and cathartic – the producer and label owner Vegyn regularly changes his musical path. In an interview with Fader, Vegyn (AKA Joe Thornalley) said: âElectronic music has opened all of these doors for possible iterations, and all everyone seems to want to do is stick with the ‘classics.’ Kick , snare, kick, snare. It’s just boring. ” Thornalley’s musical career began after handing singer James Blake an original music USB stick, which Blake then used during his time on BBC Radio 1. There are also these credits on Frank Ocean’s album. Blond and co-host of Ocean’s Apple Music 1 radio show Blond. Inspired by the late J. Dilla, Thornalley creates a breathing space with his music. The production flirts with spacious drum patterns, with euphoric melodies combed with manipulated vocal samples. 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Friday, October 22, at the Main Frame Stage.
Yves Tumeur and his gang
Warp Records is proud of the free and the dark, and Yves Tumor is a shining example. Their latest single, “Jackie”, released on the aforementioned legendary label, is a melancholy song peppered with distorted guitar chords and emotional torment, akin to ’90s Nine Inch Nails mixed with Prince’s flair and distorted works of art. ‘Aphex Twin. The haunted sounds of Yves Tumor – real name Sean Bowie (maybe) and Miami-born (maybe) – range from rock star cadence to alluring, alluring electronics. Yves Tumor’s production is as powerful as it is enigmatic. There’s no point in trying to figure out the artist – and that’s one of the keys to their enlightenment. Delayed by the pandemic, Yves Tumor and his band are finally back on the road, leaving behind the dystopia and the legacy of Warp Records wherever they go. From 11:15 p.m. to midnight on Friday, October 22 on the stage of sector 3.
III Points. Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23 at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost from $ 89 to $ 319 through iiipoints.com.