Top 10 EDM of DJ's 2016
EDM is one of the more polarizing genres in the world today. It’s the Kanye West of music--you either love it or you hate it. While it’s roots began long before, the genre itself has gone full interstellar in its rise to fame, mostly within the last 10-15 years. While many artists have spent that time debating its merit as ‘real music,' its disc jockeys have been busy carrying it to the top as one of the most popular and profitable businesses in the world. With that, today we compile a list of the best and most relevant DJ’s of 2016. With each, we’ll give you a taste of their live sets as well, so here it is, our Top DJ’s of this year.
10. Marshmellow: To start our list, we go to a DJ that has made his name almost entirely in 2016. He is primarily known for his signature ‘marshmellow’ helmet that he wears during sets, which is an ode to fellow EDM artists Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. He debuted on Soundcloud in 2015, had become a steadfast on the festival circuit as of late. Look for him to be one of the big names going forward for the EDM community.
9. Steve Aoki: Who doesn’t love cake? Aoki certainly has an affinity for it, as is has become a staple of his live shows to ‘cake’ the crowd, throwing a full size cake at some lucky partygoer. Since the mid-2000’s, Aoki has been one of the main attractions in night clubs around the world. With relentless touring, he relies mostly on his live performances for popularity rather than chart output
8. Tiesto: Coming in at the ripe age of 47, Tiesto is the senior of the list. Beginning in 1997, Tiesto helped pioneer the genre out of his home country, Holland. Since then he has been one of the more common headlining acts at electronic music festivals around the world. While he is very popular in the United States, its unrivaled to his fame in Europe. While he hasn’t had the same strong output in 2016, his presence at festivals still charts him on our list.
7. Diplo: By himself, Diplo could have made it on this list, let alone the fact that he is part of 2 other most collaboration projects in Jack U and Major Lazer. The singles ‘Where Are U Now?’ and ‘Lean On’ have been two of the most popular songs in all of music over the last 2 years. He has most often been spotted on the festival track being billed with Skrillex in Jack U.
6. Martin Garrix: We have a trio from Holland in our top 10. Martin Garrix emerged in the scene in 2009, and has been more low-key than some of our other DJ’s in the Top 10. He’s made a career out of the single ‘Animals’ which he released in 2013, but in the last year has made a strong case to push himself back into relevancy.
5. Skrillex: Skrillex is without a doubt one of the biggest, if not the biggest, name in EDM music. He played a large role in bringing EDM mainstream, mostly behind his Platinum-certified album ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ in 2010. Since then he has been a regular on the charts, also putting in work with collab duo Jack U with Diplo
4. Hardwell: Hardwell is another DJ who has really banked in on his live performance reputation. Also Dutch, Hardwell emerged on the scene in 2009, and he hasn’t let up since. He is another main stay of the festival circuit and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
3. Calvin Harris: Calvin Harris is about as sure a bet in the music industry as Leo is in Hollywood. Calvin Harris has made a career out of creating chart-topping singles, again following that trend this summer with his hit single ‘This Is What You Came For’ feat. Rihanna. His success had allowed him to cash in as well, as he routinely ranks among the of Forbe’s Highest Paid DJ’s.
2. Chainsmokers: If it were going by names, this duo might find themselves at the other end of the spectrum for this list. They themselves admitted to picking the name at a whim, not expecting to blow up this much. Well that’s exactly what they have done, especially in the summer of 2016. Behind singles ‘Closer’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down,’ they have become perhaps the biggest name in the genre
1. Flume: Flume soars to #1 on our list due to his hot year, which saw the release of the album Skin. Not only did this debut some of the best Electronic songs of the year, but it showed the artistic maturity that is almost unparalleled in today's electronic scene. Skin showed Flume’s ability as a concept album artist and showed the gap in these type of artists and club DJ’s who just try to craft an album with weak tracks to package one hot single. While Flume is just now starting to get the recognition he deserves, he still has a long way to go in the hierarchy of the genre. Flume promises to be one of the biggest names in music going forward.