Knife Party at Ultra Music Festival 2013

Seizure music, death electro, and derpstep.

Those are the extreme EDM genres Knife Party's Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen use to describe their music, which reveals a couple of things about these Australian dudes: (1) they don't take themselves too seriously, and (2) they dig dangerous fun.

After bum-rushing the scene in late 2011, this duo seized the dubstep world by the throat with a pair of EPs titled 100% No Modern Talking and Rage Valley. Initially, no one knew the true makeup of Knife Party's membership. It was soon revealed, though, that Swire and McGrillen, two members of popular drum 'n' bass group Pendulum, were behind the buzz.


Knife Party at Ultra Music Festival 2013

Knife Party: As part of Ultra Music Festival 2013. Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17, and Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Visit

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Only two years deep into this particular project, the Knife Party dudes have already collaborated with EDM megastars such as Swedish House Mafia on club killer "Antidote" — not to mention unreleased tracks with Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Kill the Noise. So rabid fans are eagerly awaiting an untitled third EP. But in the meantime, they're flocking to get slashed at Ultra Music Festival 2013.

During the fest, you'll actually have two chances to become more than "Internet Friends" with the men of Knife Party. On Saturday evening during weekend one, Swire and McGrillen will beat up the subs on Ultra's main stage. But even if you only have a ticket for the second weekend, it's no sweat. Just join the dub-drunk mob at the Ultra Worldwide stage Sunday, March 24, and watch as they "Destroy Them With Lazers."

If Knife Party's official Twitter feed is to be believed, that untitled third EP has already been mastered and it's almost ready to hit shelves. So maybe Swire and McGrillen are planning to draw first blood on those tracks for UMF fans. But whatever the plan, Miami is guaranteed some seriously dangerous fun.


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