Last year saw a massive surge of electronic dance music (EDM) to the front lines of mainstream popularity and 2013 has already proven the trend is not going anywhere. There has been an abundance of new releases and a massive collection of up-and-coming talent flooding the industry with impressive potential. The year is not even half over and we can’t even count how many young DJs and producers are headed for superstardom – but some have definitely stood out above the rest. Here are five EDM artists to keep an eye on this year.
Genre: Progressive house
To get a residency in Ibiza is usually a career highlight for a DJ, but at the ripe old age of 17, Danny Avila has already scored a spot on the magical island, which caught the attention of everyone, including Fedde Le Grand and Tiesto – who calls him the “Spanish SUPER Talent.” The October release of his single “Breaking Your Fall,” and a new prime time spot for his radio show has given him a nice introduction to the US market. But it is the recent announcement that Avila’s upcoming residency at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan, which ranks him as the youngest resident DJ in Vegas history, that is sure to catapult him to stateside stardom.
When Armin Van Buuren, arguably one of the world’s most influential artists in dance music, says to pay attention to someone, its in your best interest to pay attention. So when Andrew Rayel’s track “How Do I Know” was named one of Van Buuren’s top 20 tracks of this past year, the trance producer cemented his name on the map.
Hot off the heels of another big hit “Aeon of Revenge,” several successful remixes and a few stops on the A State of Trance 600 tour circuit, Rayel has proved he is a rising star in Armada’s arsenal of young talent and definitely one to watch closely in 2013.
He’s the first EDM artist to perform live on Letterman, one of MTV’s “artists to watch” for 2013, and he’s newly signed to Interscope records. Zedd may only have one full length album and a couple of EPs under his belt, but his resume is also not short – having remixed The Black Eyed Peas, Skrillex and Justin Bieber, where he co-produced his hit “Beauty and a Beat.” To top it off, Zedd produced his buddy Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album in its entirety. Not bad for a guy who is only 23.
Stardom seems inevitable for young talent and it is respectfully well deserved. Singles like “Spectrum” and “Clarity” show he not only is a rare talent but also knows how to work a room with a bonafide dance floor hit.
They must be putting something in the water over there because the amount of Dutch DJs and Producers dominating the EDM genre is overwhelming (4 of the top 10 and 7 of the top 20 in DJ Mag’s infamous top 100 list are Dutch). Now newcomer Julian Jordan, under the guidance of his mentor Sander van Doorn, is showing the EDM world there is another Dutch star in the making.
His track, “Rock Steady” climbed to the top 10 on Beatport charts with ease and his collaboration with Sander “Kangaroo” was a dancefloor favorite worldwide. Both have earned Jordan the support and attention of industry heavyweights. We can expect some massive synths and pumping basslines from Jordan in 2013.
Genre: Experimental Dance
One of 2013’s fastest rising electronic artists is Los Angeles based Robert DeLong, who’s experimental dance/ alternative electronic style has gained massive amounts of buzz. Utilizing MIDI interfaces and mixing live while he performs, DeLong plays keyboards, drum pads, drum set, laptops, and even gaming controllers, which showcases his truly innovative style of electronic music. With the release of his debut EP “Global Concepts,” and a spot to perform at Coachella this year – 2013 is looking like a sure bet for Robert DeLong to become a star.