Rolling Stone Declares 50 Most Important People in EDM

Rolling Stone continues to establish their presence in the realm of electronic dance music, releasing their list of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. These pioneers have played an integral role in facilitating the growth and popularity of the genre throughout the last decade, and beyond. These innovative, forward thinkers are responsible for the explosive growth of festivals, hottest record labels, most popular producers, nightclubs, and everything in between.

Ultra Music Festival Founder Russell Faibisch as well as Insomniac Founder/CEO Pasquale Rotella earned a nod along with innovators Daft Punk, the man behind Avicii’s explosive growth – Ash Pournouri – and DJ Mag Top 100 staple Armin van Buuren. BBC Radio 1 staples Annie Mac and Pete Tong found their way in to the list in addition to OWSLA Founder and Grammy winning artist Skrillex.

From marketing gurus and businessmen to lead singers, DJs, and producers, the Rolling Stone Top 50 travels to every corner of the industry to capture those key players in the game.

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Check Out the Entire Top 50 Below

50. Tristan Richards & Blaise Bellville – Boiler Room

49. Paul Clement & Nick Sabine – Resident Advisor – Founders

48. Annie Mac – BBC Radio 1 – DJ

47. James Murphy – Former LCD Soundsystem Lead Singer

46. Tony Andrews – Funktion-One – Founder

45. Steve Aoki – DJ, Founder of Dim Mak Records

44. Jason Huvaere & Sam Fotias – Movement

43. Sean Horton – Decibel Festival – Founder

42. Dave Rene – Interscope, A&R

41. Disclosure – DJ, Producer

40. Afrojack – DJ, Producer

39. Glenn Mendlinger – Astralwerks – General Manager

38. Carl Cox – DJ, Producer

37. Kathryn Frazier – Biz3 Publicity, OWSLA

36. A-Trak – DJ, Producer, Fools Gold Records – Co-FounderA

35. Vello Virkhaus – V Squared Labs & Martin Phillips – Bionic League

34. Richie Hawtin – DJ, Producer

33. Eelko van Kooten & Roger de Graaf – Spinnin’ Records

32. Many Ameri & Torsten Schmidt – Red Bull Music Academy – Founders

31. Diplo – DJ, Producer, Founder of Mad Decent Records

30. Liz Miller – Big Beat Records – General Manager

29. Nile Rodgers – Producer

28. Ash Pournouri – At Night Management – Founder

27. Mark Gillespie & Dean Wilson – Three Six Zero Group – Founders

26. Disco Biscuits – Band, Founders of Camp Bisco Music Festival

25. Gary Richards – Hard – Founder

24. Deadmau5 – DJ, Producer

23. Paul Tollett – Goldenvoice – President

22. Alexander Ljung – SoundCloud – Founder/CEO

21. Maria May – Creative Artists Agency – Senior Agent

20. Matt Adell – Beatport – CEO

19. Daft Punk – DJs, Producers

18. Disco Donnie Estopinal – Disco Donnie Presents – Founder

17. Neil Moffitt – Angel Management Group – CEO

16. Patrick Moxey – Ultra Music – President, Sony Dance/Electronic Music – President

15. Jason Strauss & Noah Tepperberg – Strategic Marketing Group – Founders

14. Craig Kallman – Atlantic Records – Chairman/CEO

13. Armin van Buuren – DJ, Producer, Armada Records – Founder

12. Tom Windish & Steve Goodgold – The Windish Agency

11. Dave Grutman – Miami Marketing Group – Founder

10. Amy Thomson – ATM Management – Founder

9. Steve Wynn – Wynn Resorts – Chairman/CEO

8. Skrillex – DJ, Producer, OWSLA Records – Founder

7. Pete Tong – DJ, Producer, BBC Radio 1 DJ

6. Russell Faibisch – Ultra Music Festival – Founder

5. Paul Morris – AM Only – Founder/President

4. Joel Zimmerman – William Morris Endeavor – Head of Global Electronic Music

3. Robert F. X. Sillerman – SFX Entertainment – Founder

2. Pasquale Rotella – Insomniac Events – Founder/CEO

1. James Barton – LiveNation – President of Electronic Music