At the pace that electronic music continues to evolve, each month seems to unveil new genres, production methods, and events along with the artists behind it all.
What is popular one day can be swiftly turned on its head. The digital age has leveled the playing field, allowing bedroom producers to capture worldwide attention and talented artists to become noticed. Amid the saturation of music being created are a few artists who have been sharpening their craft and are ready to take their careers to the next level.
Below are 10 EDM artists poised for a fruitful 2016.
Psymbionic has been rattling the Texas plains like a tornado for years, but when Bassnectar remixes one of your tracks it elevates your career to another level. It’s no mistake that King ‘Nectar has put this guy on his radar.
When it comes to taking listeners on an auditory journey, Psymbionic has refined his craft. Dynamic is an understatement when it comes to his bass-heavy productions. Utilizing nontraditional sounds, the Gravitas Recordings front man churns out masterful concoctions that are a breath of fresh air for bassheads. Look for Psymbionic to ramp up his tour dates and output in 2016, wasting no time as he opens for Bassnectar’s NYE 360 experience along with The Glitch Mob. Not bad company, right?
It is said that the definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity; Couple that with the profound production skills of this Brooklyn-based juggernaut and the future looks very, very bright. Heavily rooted in deep house, this multi-instrumentalist has applied his years of traditional training to the decks and it is paying dividends.
Whispers of N2N began spreading like wildfire after a blistering 4-hour sunrise set at Burning Man and you can expect these turn into bellowing chants in no time at all. Just in the past year his remixes of Jay Z, The Police, SAINT WKND, and first original Flöte have amassed over 1 million spins on SoundCloud and word in the underground is that some big names in the industry are finally taking notice.
The Golden Pony
Another deep house duo coming out of Brooklyn, this eccentric tag team has taken their fate into their own hands. Their savviness in throwing events has allowed them transform the East Coast warehouse scene while creating a platform to showcase their music with the masses.
Having already racked up over 10 million online streams in just two years, expect to hear a lot more from The Golden Pony as their events continue to grow.
Sound, style, and soul are three words that capture everything this South Florida beatsmith is about. Foster has been sweeping through the Sunshine State like a hurricane with his melodic productions that have earned him opening slots for EDX along with residencies at major local nightclubs.
With 10 episodes of his bi-weekly radio show Dialect Radio on the airwaves, Foster has continued to gain attention from industry figureheads, with his remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Roses” even being featured on Tiesto’s ClubLife podcast. Having accomplished so much in just on year, look for 2016 to be the campaign that takes Adam Foster to the next level.
Few labels elevate their artists as efficiently as Dirtybird Records. Once you are a member of the family, it doesn’t take long before the masses begin to take notice, and that is precisely the scenario Justin Jay.
Having just graduated college, this tech house prodigy is well beyond his years when it comes to crafting filthy beats. His music industry prowess earned him guest lectures at universities including Harvard after snagging his diploma from USC. The synthesis of his skills, ambition, industry knowledge, and Dirtybird backing have set the stage for the upcoming year to be the year of Justin Jay.
This pop-centric trio have recently come off a series of dates opening for The Chainsmokers on their West Coast Friendzone tour stops and fans definitely took notice. With their first festival appearance scheduled for Delaware’s FireFly and Creative Artist Agency backing them, its only a matter of time before these guys are popping up on main stages around the country.
Over 3 million spins on their recent collaboration with MOGUAI through Spinnin’ Deep suggests that the time may already be upon us.
There seems to be a correlation between the South Florida sun and melodic/tropical inspiration.
The definition of hustle, Thero has turned out enough tracks to narrate a coast to coast road trip in just the past year and has had no problem eclipsing 1 million plays on many of them. People are definitely digging the vibes that he’s putting out and there doesn’t seem to be a slowdown in sight.
The anonymity of LVNDSCAPE make they/her/him intriguing way beyond the music. How can someone create music so melodically captivating that it invokes emotion with every progression? It is, indeed, a skill that LVNDSCAPE perfected with every release dating back to his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Bloodstream”.
If you’re seeking house music with a consistent summer infusion, LVNDSCAPE is who you’re after.
Vijay & Sofia
Partners on both sides of the decks, this deep house duo is no secret in their home country of Belgium and the rest of Europe. Having made waves through the Ibiza and the underground scene, it wasn’t long until Vijay & Sofia began reaching more than one million clicks per month on SoundCloud.
A testament to their production skills, Daft Punk’s label reached out seeking a remix of “Get Lucky” that was released through Columbia Records and the stage was set. With a recent release through Armada Music and much more in the pipeline, it’s only a matter of time before the Belgian tag team is performing in clubs and festivals throughout the United States.
Though you won’t find this San Francisco-based producer headlining main stages, he is certainly working his way into the everyday downtempo vocabulary. The release of his 2015 LP Convex delivered one of the best chillout records ever released, which should be no surprise coming from Emancipator’s Loci Records label. Emulating the styles of Bonobo, Emancipator, and Tycho while adding an ethereal layer of complexity, Nym has earned his seat at the table.
Expect to see him pop up on festival bills around the West Coast and keep him on your radar as his career continues to blossom.
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