Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Kevin Knapp

Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists from January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s bill includes the infamously secretive Claptone, West Coast house originator Doc Martin, as well as Kenny GlasgowCarlo LioHECTORDirtybird’s Sacha RobottiHuxley, the Desert Hearts crew, and many, many more. Ahead of Ocaso, Dancing Astronaut’s teamed up with the festival for an ongoing interview series spotlighting the cultural hotbed’s alluring, world-class acts.

Kevin Knapp is one of tech house’s greatest chameleons. Between his coveted work with Jamie Jones’ renowned Hot Creations imprint, to Dirtybird, DFTD, Truesoul, and more; Knapp’s solidified an effervescently amorphous standing as a commanding force in the subgenre, dominating club floors across the world in the interim.

Knapp’s flourishing career dates back to his success in 2012 when his music was a fixture in the Bay Area underground. His beginnings behind the booth were at infamous parties like Satellite, Werd, As You Like It, and more. Quite similar to many artists before and after him, Knapp’s incubation period in the underground allowed him to get his footing. His eventual debut, “Like This,” on Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label was a powerful turning point for the artist, but it was his classic tech house tune “Stay Glued,” with Audiojack, that really kicked things off for the artist a year earlier.

From there, Knapp moved to Berlin and went on to debut a multitude of records, including his Hot Creations’  record “Heft” that became the catalyst for Knapp’s more global success. Relocating to ...

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