Hard Dance Matsuri [HDM]
The Hard Dance Matsuri is our brand new Friday night dance event! Our talented DJs, well-versed in the harder styles, will be bringing you earth-shattering kicks and hard-hitting anthems from all corners of the world. The energy will stay high to keep you moving all night. Come get crazy with us.
Duo Dai·Gu·Ren - ダイ・グ・レン・デュエット
The dynamic Duo Dai·Gu·Ren is back for their second year at Matsuricon! Hailing from Detroit, MI, the official tag team project of skell_EXP (aka 'Skellie') DJ E*Tank formed only one year ago- at Matsuricon, no less!- and quickly became notorious for their high-octane blend of UK and Japanese Hardcore alongside a heavy heaping of anime and gaming anthems. Although fairly accomplished as individuals, since its formation Duo Dai·Gu·Ren has taken the main stage at Youmacon, Katsucon, and have appeared at Midwestern hardcore mainstays like Dead World and Barnyard Boogie among others. But no matter where they are, these two are always ready to go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb- so let's see ya grit those teeth!
From band to student radio, dance crews to club gigs BetaMonkey has been a music and dance lover since childhood. But one day this hyperactive simian was introduced to anime and worse yet, anime con raves, and thus his descent into madness began. Beta began his DJing career at anime cons back in 2015, breaking into the Ohio anime DJ scene with raw candy gushing Happy Hardcore. Since then, he has expanded through the EDM scene roots delving into the myriad of genres throughout. From House to Trance, Moombahton to Trap, Psychedelic to Industrial, he’ll play it all. So come party with the monkey…(because jungle is massive)
EverettG (A Cleveland native) has been DJ’ing all over the Midwest since 2009, after falling in love with raves and DJ’ing in general. He plays a blend of Hard Dance and Hardstyle; but isn't afraid to throw in some Dubstep or Trap to keep the crowd dancing. He enjoys blowing his audience away with epic sounds, and rather than focus on mere moments, creating an amazing set that will keep the room packed and full of energy. Playing everything from the smallest house party to overstuffed raves, he enjoys the thrill of DJ’ing to a crowd and has played alongside DJ's from all over the world. His name is EverettG…and he likes to party.
Electronic Dance Matsuri [EDM]
The Saturday night dance you love is back with a vengeance. All night long, we'll be dropping the bass-heavy beats you've come to love. It'll be huge, it'll be loud, and with your help, it'll be beautiful. Come lose yourself in the music at the Electronic Dance Matsuri!
Mitomoro is a prolific 20 year old multi-genre producer & Co-captain of Rave Toolz from the US, changing the way we see genres & keeping the oldschool vibes alive. Featured multiple times on the OWLSA imprint "NEST HQ" & representing Attack the Music, Mitomoro has been included in many of your favorite rhythm games & radio shows. Expect a unique blend of Heavy Bass, Intricate Melodies & a truly unforgettable vibe.
Hard Trance / HDM - Montreal, Canada Synergy Trax, Metamorph, Audio Hedz, Stamina Records, Kikwear
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Tamerax is a rising star on the international hard dance scene. With over 15 years of DJ experience under his belt playing raves, festivals, clubs and conventions all across Canada and the US, Tamerax has built a reputation for being one of the most energetic Hard Dance DJs in the scene. Tamerax is known for bringing his unique high energy sound, smooth mixing skills and intense stage presence to shows all across Canada and the United States. His chart topping Hard Trance and Freeform singles are known for being modern and powerfully uplifting and but at the same time playful and fun. Tamerax has been signed to several of the world’s most respected hard dance label (including Synergy Trax, Metamorph,Audio Hedz, Stamina Records), has been featured on numerous international cd compilations and mixes and has support from some of the biggest names in the industry. Get ready for a massive set of original tracks, classic bangers and exclusive promos that will leave you begging for more!
Since 2010, Descent has proven to be one of the most dedicated DJs to emerge from the convention dance scene. Having found a home in Trance and Progressive, his sets aim to make you feel, love, and most importantly dance. He aims to bring a worldwide sound that goes beyond typical electronic music. Over the past 7 years, he has performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast, as well as hosting various club nights dedicated to fandom, and hosting a radio show for Krafty Radio one of the largest online broadcasters of Hard Dance music.
Adinga wants you to immerse yourself in the beautiful experience of being surrounded by awesome lights, people, and the music he loves. He wants you to feel things. He will be playing a variety of genres spanning from melodic trance and electrohouse to loud, nasty trap and bassy house and stuff. Probably. Maybe he'll just beep boop some buttons and surprise you. Just enjoy yourself, OK?
Maya began studying dance when she was three. Most of her 13 years of training were through Cleveland City Dance and Shaker Dance Academy. She studied theatre arts through Cain Park School for the Arts, and took part in summer dance intensives through Inlet Dance. After graduating with a degree in creative communications, she joined The Amazing Giants, a Columbus based circus company, and have been stilt walking, fire eating, and hooping professionally for 3 years. Performing is one source she uses to give back to her community and inspire young people to follow their dreams.
Angelina started her journey into the arts at the age of 3 with ballet classes. She was educated at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, where she studied dance, theater, music and stage training. Then she found hoop dance and a new passion was born. This has now led her to a professional career as a choreographer, teacher, and performer.
A jack of all trades for your entertainment experience, Samantha began her journey in theatrical performance in 2006 as a member of the Niles McKinley speech and debate team, acting competitively across Ohio. After being awarded a scholarship to Bowling Green State University, her drive for performance arts expanded to improvisational theatre, hula hoop performance and dance. With over 10 years experience in the performance arts, Samantha has worked for events like Electric Forest, Katsucon, Ohayocon, and The Theatre Bizarre.
Julia will be making her on-stage debut at Matsuricon! Specializing in hip-hop choreography, she is trained in a multitude of dance styles including Latin, ballroom, and swing. Blending these together, she is guaranteed to get you hyped whether she's onstage or in the crowd with you.