The term “DJ” is a bit of a misnomer in the world of electronic music. It’s not that they can’t play the guitar or sing, but that they don’t have to. EDM has increasingly become a genre built on the studio skillset of producers, rather than the performance abilities of artists. The DJ-producer is king and the best in the industry are busy perfecting their craft.
So who are these gods? With so many greats out there it’s hard to narrow down a list, but we did it anyway. From veterans like Eric Prydz to upstarts like Louis Futon, these are our picks for the top ten electronic music DJs of 2016.
9. Porter Robinson
8. Martin Garrix
6. Dillon Francis
4. Zeds Dead
2. Eric Prydz
The Electronic Dance Music scene is constantly changing. New DJs are rising up the ranks and new sounds are always emerging. 2016 has been a fantastic year for Electronic Music, with so many great new artists emerging and taking the spotlight. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite DJs from 2016!
10. Axwell Ingrosso
Axwell Ingrosso have gone from being one of the biggest DJ duos in EDM to becoming one of the biggest names in all of Dance Music. Their single “I Love You” was one of the biggest tracks at Ultra 2016 and we can’t wait to see what else they produce this year!
Kygo is one of the most exciting new artists in Dance Music right now. His remixes of classic songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” have been huge hits and his own singles like “Stay” are some of the best songs released in 2016 so far!
Alesso is one of my personal favorite producers, with so many amazing tracks under his belt it’s hard to choose just one! His latest collab with Dillon Francis “Take Me” is definitely worth checking out!
7. Mat Zo
Mat Zo has been around for awhile but he never ceases to am
For the past few years, electronic music has been the most popular and trendy genre of dance music. With the rise of EDM, DJs have become global stars who perform at sold out shows and festivals in front of thousands of cheering fans. As a DJ, you need to know how to adapt to trends and be able to read the crowd so that you can play the right songs at the right time. If you don’t have these skills, then you won’t be able to play a great set that your fans will love.
Here are some tips that will help you become a better DJ:
1) Know Your Genre
2) Pay Attention To The Crowd
3) Always Be Prepared
4) Don’t Play Every Song From Start To Finish
In the year 2016, electronic dance music is one of the most popular forms of music in the whole world. With famous DJs such as David Guetta, Diplo and Skrillex, it’s no wonder that this genre has exploded into what is now known as EDM.
Kaskade is a fixture in the electronic dance music community, and for good reason! His hits are always catchy and energetic, and his shows are always filled with life. His new album “Automatic” was released this year, and it contained many hit songs like “We Don’t Stop”, “A Little More”, and “Never Sleep Alone”.
2. David Guetta
3. Daft Punk
7. Calvin Harris
9. Armin Van Buuren
As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best music of 2016. But before we unveil our top albums and tracks of the year, we wanted to ask our favorite artists and DJs one simple question: What is your favorite electronic album or track of 2016?
We received responses from more than 100 musicians, including many of the DJs featured on our Top 100 DJs Poll. Among them are some surprising picks from artists who infrequently release electronic music; some picks from artists who rarely speak to the press; and some picks from artists who play out almost every weekend. There’s also a healthy dose of self-promotion as many producers name their own releases, while others drop names that they know will get people talking.
The responses are in no particular order, and we’ll be releasing them throughout the week. You can check out responses from DJ Snake and Adam Beyer below, and keep checking back to see what other artists have to say.