Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has quickly become one of the most popular forms of musical entertainment. With its roots in disco music from the late 80s, EDM has been around for almost three decades and has seen a resurgence in popular culture with Gen Y Millennials. It is a $6 billion industry that continues to grow. These DJs are some of the best that the genre has to offer.
From his beginnings in the post hardcore band From First To Last, to becoming the biggest dubstep DJ of the decade, Skrillex is an accomplished artist. Since his 2012 breakout, he has won eight Grammy Awards and collaborated with artists from all genres. He has opened for Guns N' Roses on their Not In This Lifetime tour, worked with surviving members of The Doors, designed sound bites for Atreyu, and was featured on a Korn single for their song Get Up! It is only a matter of time before Skrillex truly conquers the world. You can find Skillrex songs and music on Amazon.
Calvin Harris is a DJ that knows how to get the most out of his collaborations. He produced one of 2011's biggest songs, We Found Love by Rihanna. In an interview with MTV, Harris discussed how the song changed the path of his career. ""It was the best thing that could have happened... Feel So Close came out three months before. But when We Found Love came out, the radio started playing [it] like it was the single after." Harris has recently been in the spotlight after a relationship with Pop star Taylor Swift, which made him more popular to a much younger demographic. Other notable collaborations include Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, and Ne-Yo. He's also on Forbes' 2015 list of the highest paid DJs, making more than $66 million in 12 months. Find Calvin Harris music on iTunes.
Avicii is the youngest artist featured on this list. At 26, he announced he is officially retiring from touring because of health problems. He is well known for using samples from other popular songs as a way to incorporate tunes from artists all over the world. He has collaborated with Matisyahu, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Zac Brown, Wyclef Jean, and Brandon Flowers of the Killers. What makes him impressive? At such a young age, he is one of the only EDM artists to sell out Radio City Music Hall, he went immediately from playing small rooms to headlining EDM's biggest festival, Ultra Music in Miami, and he has performed with Madonna. He has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards and will continue to tour throughout 2016 for a group of farewell shows. Google Play has music fro Avicii to download and enjoy.
Deadmau5 (pronounced Dead Mouse) is a popular EDM producer and performer from Toronto, Canada. Of all the DJs featured here, he is the most vocal about not wanting to collaborate with others, especially bigger artists. He has been nominated for five Grammy awards. His logo, a huge mouse head, has become iconic in the EDM circuit, with fans creating their own versions to wear to shows. He was working on a computer and found a "dead mouse" and changed the spelling to an alpha-numeric phrase to create the name. All of this combines to show how Deadmau5 knows how to brand himself to be successful. Beatport is a great source for Deadmau5 tracks.
David Guetta is an anomaly when it comes to electronic music. Hailing from Paris, France, he is one of the few DJs who not only produces EDM, but has managed to find tremendous success on the Top 40 charts. He has collaborated with Akon, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, and the Black Eyed Peas among others and has won two Grammy awards. His biggest selling collaboration was 2011's Titanium with Sia. Since then, he has performed all over the world including several TV appearances with Nicki Minaj. Download and play David Guetta tracks on SabSongs.
Steve Aoki is currently one of the highest grossing EDM touring musicians of this decade. He started holding shows when he was in college in California, and they became wildly popular. He has toured the world over and has collaborated with diverse, big name artists, such as Linkin Park, Lil Jon, Kid Cudi, Tiesto, and Waka Flocka Flame. In 2013, he was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronica Album category for his album Wonderland. Currently, he is working on music with Blink 182 and Lady Antebellum in addition to working on his own stuff. At his live shows, he is known for throwing a whole cake into his audience, because he can. Source Steve Aoki's tracks on iTunes.
Ryan Lewis is a producer best known for his work with Macklemore. Aside from that, he is also multi-faceted as a videographer, photographer, and a hip-hop musician on his own. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rose to fame with the release of their song Thrift Shop, which won several Grammy awards. Lewis has collaborated with Ray Dalton, Mary Lambert, Schoolboy Q, and Ed Sheeran, which is a wonderful assortment. He has also performed at some of the America's biggest festivals including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Rock the Bells, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, and Bonnaroo. Amazon has The Hesit and other Ryan Lewis tracks available.
Overall, these are only a few of the numerous talented DJs in EDM. All of these musicians combined are the start to a growing culture for younger demographics across the globe. They are all known for their individual work, as well as their collaborations with other popular, talented musicians. EDM and its producers are here to stay and will continue to dominate the world with their unique sounds.