The EDM genre has been rapidly gaining fans from all over and has shown no sign of slowing down. In the US the east and west coasts both have their respective followings, but it seems like the Midwest has always been considered somewhat “neutral ground”. There are a lot of talented artists popping up from all types of obscure cities and really bringing a new level of intensity and intrigue to the EDM community.

In Cincinnati, Ohio there is a four man crew named Dance Hard Die Hard (DHDH) who have been hard at work being the trend setters in the Cincinnati EDM scene. Though DHDH is still getting all their ducks in a row, they are generating a good amount of discussion as well as loyal following. DHDH is comprised of four members who have a unique style and sound that gives listeners (both new and old) a nice wide variety of music. The talent behind each member of DHDH is something that cannot be ignored. So here is a list of the members and why you should be listening to them.

 


SMiRK: This guy is one half of the founding party of DHDH and has been in the EDM scene for a long time. Having a vast knowledge of the music that he plays (and even the music he doesn‘t), he is someone who gives his music that “tender love and care“ which is sorely missed in a lot of music today. A Cincinnati native who has a soft spot for Electro, Drum and Bass and Dubstep (among other genres) has been laying waste to any set he plays, and has been dubbed as playing “high energy, feel good music”. SMiRK has been staying consistent with dropping well produced podcasts each with a specific theme (his Summertime Vibes 2k12 podcast has certified banger status written all over it) and dedicating his time to sharing the music that he loves to anyone willing to listen. There is no question that listening to any of SMiRK’s material will get you hype, happy and ready to rage.

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KevinSync: The other half of DHDH’s founding fathers, KevinSync is the guy who brings a more “ravey” sound to the table. Being well versed with the 2-Step and Bassline genre, KevinSync is the one to take you back to the rave culture of the 90’s (but only have you experience the good things about that era). Not really limiting himself to just rave music, Kev has an affinity to litter his mixes with an eclectic selection as well as more technical style found in any mix he drops. For anyone wanting to have a serious case of nostalgia, then be sure to bump KevinSync in the whip or anywhere in between.

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WebsiteBit Flip: This is someone who is taking the “Breaks” genre and breathing new life into it. Having a signature sound and style all his own, Bit Flip could be considered “Mr. Consistency”. He is a DJ who has already garnered a loyal fan base before joining DHDH. Besides from Breaks, Bit Flip enjoys playing some hard hitting Electro along with some good ol’ fashioned Funk and everything else in between. Bit Flip has been in the EDM scene for a while, and has a solid understanding to playing to the crowd without sacrificing his artistic integrity. He is who you want to listen to when you feel the need to have an all around good time.

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Hyper Kid: Last but not least is the “Mr. Underdog” himself, Hyper Kid. Truly being unique to Cincinnati in regards to his style, Hyper Kid is one of those DJ’s that you wish you would have seen his set. He brings a more “grimy” style to DHDH, with the type of music he plays along with his play style. Starting off as a “Turntablist” DJ, Hyper Kid has slowly evolved into a sort of jack of all trades DJ. Being able to add elements of Hip-Hop to a House set, he is someone who is all about making people go dumb off of his music. House, Trap and French Disco House tend to be at the top of his genres of choice, but he also loves playing Chicago Juke along with Bmore club music. Hyper Kid is the guy you want to listen to when you are wanting more “rowdy” listening experience.

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Though DHDH is still working its way up the ranks, there is no doubt that they will become a household name in the years to come. Dedicated to bringing a musical experience not lacking quality and imagination, Dance Hard Die Hard is most definitely a name you want to keep an eye on.

Be sure to check out the DHDH website for free, new music.

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