Wolfgang Gartner to headline Fall W.I.L.D.
Wolfgang Gartner will headline this fall’s Walk in Lay Down Concert on Oct. 12, Team 31 confirmed Wednesday night.
Gartner, whose actual name is Joey Youngman, is a critically acclaimed house music producer and DJ from San Luis Obispo, Calif. If you don’t know him by name, you might know his pulsing, frenetic song “Illmerica.”
News of his performance leaked Wednesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. when Wolfgang Gartner posted a screenshot of his tour schedule poster on Facebook, revealing a concert scheduled for Oct. 12, the date of W.I.L.D., at “Washington U.” The picture was also posted on Gartner’s website, but it had been removed as of Wednesday night.
Team 31, the organizers of W.I.L.D., had planned to announce what band would be coming to campus on Sept. 20 at a Thursday happy hour. While contracts have not yet been finalized, the group said they are confident Gartner will be coming to campus.
Gartner was the second act to announce a potential appearance at this year’s fall W.I.L.D. via Facebook. In August, Dale and the ZDubs hinted on its Facebook page that it was among the bands being considered for the concert, but Team 31 said it is not working with the band.
Dale and the ZDubs has since removed its post alluding to a Washington University appearance.
Originally a deep house DJ, Youngman’s Dance DJ/Producer alter ego, Wolfgang Gartner, was established in 2008, and he began self-releasing his music through his label, Kindergarten. He quickly became famed for his slick electronic dance music (EDM) and built his name remixing popular house and pop songs as well as producing his own electro house tracks with elements of dubstep, a style some dubbed “complextro.”
In 2010, Gartner was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical) category for his remixing of Andy Caldwell’s “Funk Nasty”.
After signing on to Ultra Records in 2010, Gartner released his first full-length album, “Weekend in America,” in 2011, introducing a new hip-hop influence into his musical style, collaborating with artists and rappers like Eve, Omarian, will.i.am and Cam’ron. The album made a big impact on the electronic music world and managed to reach No. 2 on the iTunes Dance Chart.
Naturally, as an EDM producer, Gartner is no stranger to showcasing his music. He has been quoted as saying that everything he makes is designed for a live show, a skill which he has perfected not only on the festival circuit (Sasquatch, Electronic Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and more) but also in many of the world’s legendary dance clubs, such as Ibiza’s Pacha or London’s Ministry of Sound.
Many students said they are looking forward to him bringing his music to Brookings Quadrangle.
“He’s very energetic, very into it…you’ll be dancing the entire time; everyone should be enjoying themselves. He certainly controls the crowd very well,” said senior Matt Bisgyer, who saw Gartner perform two years ago at Europe Night Club before summer break.
“Everyone I’ve talked to is extremely excited,” Bisgyer added. “I think he’ll be the best [headliner] since Passion Pit.”
“Although I didn’t initially recognize his name, his music sounded pretty familiar after looking it up, and although he may not be as well known as Mike Posner, I think his style will be pretty good and fun for a fall W.I.L.D.,” senior Mamatha Challa said.
Not all students though were quite as enthusiastic.
“Honestly, I have no idea who he is, what kind of music he plays, or anything really,” junior Kyle Martin-Patterson said. “I’d like to have people I’ve heard of.”
With additional reporting by Sahil Patel and Michael Tabb.