The New Zeleand duo change the dubstep rulebook and shine in this live clip.
What began as an unassuming home recording project by Mt. Eden, two New Zealanders, has become a rising star in the global EDM scene. That’s thanks largely to their breakthrough single, “Sierra Leone.” The song has spearheaded their rise to become one of their home country’s musical artists most viewed on YouTube and caught the attention of Ultra Records, which signed them earlier this year. Footage from their Webster Hall show in New York earlier this year explains why they’re so watchable.
Filmed for MTV Iggy as part of their Artist to Watch series, Mt. Eden’s Harley Rayner and Jesse Cooper have created a live stage show that transcends expected notions of “dubstep” and brings something both theatrical and nightclubbish to their shows. While their sound maintains elements of dubstep (heavy bass, big drops), Mt. Eden is a more bedroom-headphone friendly than other festival-only artists, replete with soft vocals and dramatic strings. They bring their unique take on dubstep back to New York City and to the festival stage at Electric Zoo later this month.