Sounds Like: The logical conclusion in the quest to make heavy festival trap even heavier
For Fans of: Carnage, Flosstradamus, those times Korn flirted with American dubstep
Why You Should Pay Attention Miami-based producer Lookas makes unrelentingly heavy, big-field-ready electronic trap that burbles and churns, designed to make eardrums bleed. As a teen, he convinced his parents to let him postpone college for a year to focus solely on music: Things took off with a spin on DVBB and Borgeous' track "Tsunami," which he remixed with fellow Miamian HLTR$KLTR. The rework notched some 100,000 plays in two days, despite Lookas' mere 500 follower count at the time. Now, at age 21 and after a few months' break to retool — and write most of an upcoming concept album(!) — Lookas is back with "Game Over," a collab track with fellow producer CrankDat. Just when festival folks thought their faces couldn't melt off any faster, Lookas created what might be a new breed of heavy metal trap. Propelled by pal Louis Martinee's crunching, death-influenced guitars and CrankDat's massive drops, the track has racked up more than 730,000 plays on SoundCloud in about three weeks. You can hear how it translates soon: Lookas has just announced his forthcoming Zero Gravity tour, spanning some 20 dates across two months nationally.
He Says: Lookas credits Miami's sketchy all-ages party circuit for pushing him into producing his own material. "There was [one club] where they would throw events and I would go there and get ripped off by the promoters. I would go there and DJ for like 1,000 kids and not get paid," he says. "So I told myself I would stop playing these gigs and getting ripped off, and spending some time writing music."
Hear for Yourself: "Game Over" is like the EDM version of Metallica's "Master of Puppets." Arielle Castillo