Whether they’re mounting festivals in Australia and China -- or sending artists like Diplo and Steve Aoki to Kazakhstan and Uganda and into the studio with K-poppers -- the principals at these five companies are, as one says, “making the world smaller by making the party bigger."
“We’re always trying to bypass as much of the bullshit surrounding the industry as possible,” says Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who, with The National’s Aaron Dessner, presides over the season’s most original offering.
The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep.