MGMT was formed by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden in 2001 while at Wesleyan University. Since their first release, the EP Time To Pretend in 2005, MGMT have released three highly critically acclaimed albums: Oracular Spectacular (2008), Congratulations (2010) and MGMT (2013). Oracular Spectacular was named album of the year by NME and was one of Rolling Stone's top 20 albums of the decade, while selling over 2 million copies worldwide and producing the hits "Time To Pretend," "Electric Feel," and "Kids."
MGMT have received multiple Grammy Award nominations and have performed at festivals around the world from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza to Fuji Rock. In 201 1, MGMT performed an original piece of music at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to accompany a retrospective of the artist Maurizio Catalan and in 2012 performed with the legendary Joshua Light Show.
MGMT will be releasing new music from their fourth album throughout 2017. MGMT’s live show is a unique auditory experience, which will be accompanied with a visual display like never seen before at Dillo Day. Northwestern students will get to experience it all before major festivals worldwide, as Dillo Day will be one of the band’s first live performances since 2014.
Gramatik is the stage name of Denis Jašarević, who has risen to international acclaim for his style of beatmaking that blends an intricate array of sounds, including hip-hop, funk, jazz, soul, dubstep, and blues.
His prolific output over the last five years through the Pretty Lights Music Label includes 9 albums and 3 EPs - including the #digitalfreedom EP, in which he championed a movement against online censorship - and has culminated in his most recent critically acclaimed albums Epigram and the Age of Reason.
Well-known for his electrifying live shows, Gramatik has performed on the world's biggest festival stages, including recent stops at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Ultra, Electric Forest, Glastonbury and Bonnaroo. He's been at the forefront of innovation in enhancing the electronic music live experience and has earned a dedicated worldwide audience.
About Little Simz
Hailing from London, Little Simz has quickly become one of the most exciting young names in hip-hop. With cosigns from Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and J. Cole, she has received critical acclaim for her mixtapes, EPs, albums, and most recently her high concept album Stillness in Wonderland, which was released late last year with an accompanying comic book, art exhibition, and festival.
Her collaborations with Kehlani, BadBadNotGood, Mick Jenkins, Bibi Bourelly, and Syd have gained her widespread recognition, and her self-reflective lyricism has drawn comparisons to Lauryn Hill. Kendrick said Simz “might be the illest doing it now,” and we’d have to agree.
D.R.A.M. feat Daf
About D.R.A.M. feat Daf
D.R.A.M. is just like the guy next door— if the guy next door could rap, sing, and make smash records. “I always had a boisterous personality,” says the 28-year-old singer/songwriter. “Even when I was dead ass broke, I still found ways to have fun.”
With each track, D.R.A.M. remains a relatable superstar that will captivate fans for years to come. “Through conversation if I can relate with other people why not portray that in my music as well,” he says. “I just gotta be true to me.”
Mayfest is extremely excited to now bring this Virginia-based rapper to the Main Stage as our Daytime Headliner. D.R.A.M. brings a fresh joyful side to the rap scene and is sure to add to the youthful energy of Dillo Day. The rhythms of "Broccoli" and "Cha Cha" are sure to get the campus dancing on the Lakefill and we can't wait to be a part of that.
Porches is a performance alias of style-shifting (and name-shifting) indie singer/songwriter Aaron Maine, though at times Porches has functioned as a band. Porches began in 2010 in the musician's hometown of Pleasantville, New York when, after Maine started making four-track recordings of experiments with a Casio CA-110. The project released three EPs in 2011: Summer of Ten, Je T'aime, and Scrap & Love Songs Revisited.
Maine relocated to Manhattan the following year. In the summer of 2013, Porches issued its first full-length album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos. A year later, he released a humming, atmospheric EP as alter ego Ronald Paris (pronounced the French way). After gathering a sizable fan base, Porches signed with Domino in 2015. They released his sophomore LP, Pool, in early 2016. While retaining his characteristically downcast tone and incorporating a variety of style influences, it represented a move to full-on indie electronic. Pool received high praise from music critics and was seen on many “Best of 2016” album lists.
Mayfest is stoked to bring Porches to Dillo Day 2017 – their music translates well to festival settings and it’ll be great to hear them on the lakefill.