Rezz is lost in the moment, grooving to the dark, slow-burning beats she’s unloading over a sea of neon-lit ravers. It’s 2:00 AM on night two of EDC Las Vegas 2019 in May, and thousands of festivalgoers are losing their minds to her seismic bass drops.
About 20 minutes into her set, Rezz, the breakout Canadian electronic producer and Billboard 2019 Dance Issue cover star, jumps on the mic. “Vegas, I’m gonna play something brand-new for you guys. I’ve actually never played this before,” she announces from the festival’s massive Circuitgrounds stage.
As the crowd erupts in cheers, Aaron Gillespie, drummer and vocalist of metalcore band Underoath, emerges from behind the stage and begins to sing-scream the vocals to “Falling,” the newly debuted track, as he stands atop the towering DJ deck stand. The scene looks like a headbangers ball ripped straight out of Blade Runner: trippy lights, flailing bodies, flashing totems and a wild bunch of neck-breaking rail riders at the front of the stage.