When the DJ Mag Top 100 poll comes out around this time every year, the dance music community goes into a collective frenzy trying to attribute value to each artists’ music and ranking them arbitrarily based upon votes that rarely reflect real talent. We decided to take our own stab at a top list, this time rounding up some of the top producer/DJs that are making their ascent to the top of the industry and are guaranteed to get you dancing. Artists are in no particular order and be sure to sound off in the comments if you think we forgot some!
When it comes to straight up booming 808’s in your face and the most #HURT music you could ever hear, LOUDPVCK is in a league of their own. These trap titans have played the biggest festivals in the country but would still love to come turn all the way up at your frat house. These guys love their vegetables and are proud of it.
Norwegian producer/DJ Cashmere Cat has one of the most unique sounds out right now, combining elements of dance music and hip-hop production. His self-described “cute” sounds have earned him production credits on major label collaborations with Ludacris & Wiz Khalifa and considered to be one of music’s most important tastemakers moving forward.
Trippy Turtle has taken the dance music scene by storm over the last couple months by producing some of the most unbelievable Jersey Club tunes and breaking ground in the new genre. Combining rapid fire, pitched up soul samples, bed squeaks, and mid-2000’s R&B songs, his music will leave you no choice but to get moving. Listen to his first official release with Jeffree’s below called Trippy’s Theme.
I’m not sure what you were doing at the age of 19 but if you’re Oliver Heldens, you would be crafting a #1 UK single, get signed by Tiesto, tour around the world playing your signature brand of deep house and graduating high school. His single Gecko has turned into a funky summer anthem and his next track Koala is going to be an absolute monster as well.
French producer/DJ Stwo is a producer with an incredible ear for where R&B music and dance music should intersect, garnering the attention of the likes of Diplo for his remixes of artists such as Jeremih and Trey Songz.
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The deadly combination of Australian producer/DJs Flume and Emoh Instead, these two craft some of the biggest tracks making the festival rounds such as their collaboration Tell Me with RL Grime and their single Jaguar (https://soundcloud.com/whatsonot/jaguar-original-mix) which was released on Skrillex’s label OWSLA.
Milo & Otis
When these two buds met in college at UCF planning events, I don’t think that they could’ve possibly imagined they would be playing the biggest festivals in the country and touring with Skrillex a few short years later. The multi-talented producers can make any genre of music you can imagine and often choose to bend them entirely like for this incredible remix of the new Skrillex single Recess.
Australian producer/singer/DJ Anna Lunoe is carving a path all her own, whether she’s doing her own vocals on her own tracks like her latest single All Out, or crafting straight up club-mashing tracks like B.D.D (Bass Drum Dealer)…and she always delivers. She’s played festivals this year like Electric Forest and there’s no way that there you won’t be hearing more from her in the next year.
Just A Gent
While there seems to be some sort of saturation with all the cookie-cutter clowns that are reusing and recycling the same dance music formula, Just A Gent is here on a mission, and that’s to make funky music. His track selection for his remixes are absolutely on point, often choosing to make funky remixes of 80’s classes full of swing than lookign to make the next “festival banger”.
Louis The Child
The Chicago based production duo of Louis The Child are on their own level when it comes to songwriting ability, often crafting some of the catchiest songs to come across my SoundCloud feed. Besides their remix of Moxie Raia below, they have
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