The Presets are no strangers to San Diego. Julian Hamilton of the electro-pop duo remembers when he played at the defunct Beauty Bar (now Til Two Club) years ago and thinks our beaches and weather are strikingly similar to his native Sydney, Australia. Things have been looking up for the EDM outifit, who will return to San Diego as part of the stacked lineup for the My Life Everyday USA festival at the Valley View Casino Center from May 25-27.
"Ten years later, we are a lot more confident -- I think we know what we're doing," Hamilton said on a call, discussing last year’s Pacifica and breaking into the American music scene.
The inaugural My Life Every Day USA festival, which is being presented by LED, is part of San Diego’s push to bring EDM to the masses.
Considering that the Presets have played shows to ever-large crowds each time they’ve stepped back into the U.S., it seems apparent that the Presets' confidence has translated effectively to their neighbors across the Pacific. Hamilton partially attributes their good fortune to the emergence of the EDM culture that has made waves around the global electronic music community. It’s quite difficult to disagree when he shares the sentiment, "The Americans have taken it and done it big. It’s exploded there!"
Hamilton also remembers the the late-'80s era when Detroit and Chicago producers were churning out the first strains of house and techno, "back when it was underground, but the underground has become the mainstream."
The star-studded roster My Life Every Day roster includes many names that have become mainstream, including Diplo of Major Lazer fame, Digitalism, Martin Solveig, meme-master Baauer and many others. Tickets are still available for the two-day My Life Every Day event, which is an 18+ show.