EDM is a fickle muse. Artists come and go faster than a 24-hour DJ set – yeah, that’s a shout out to you Skrillex and Diplo. While those rave-happy icons are an integral part of the EDM scene, what about the underground upstarts who are digging through stacks of vinyl and remixing new sonic frequencies? Here are 5 dubstep mavericks to watch for in 2015.
Even if you don’t know Martin Garrix by name, you’ve heard his instrumental track: “Animals.” It was a massive breakthrough hit in 2014, not only defying logic by crossing from the dance chart to the Billboard Hot 100, but staying there a whopping 25 weeks. Garrix is only 17, so he’s just learning how to make some noise. Stay tuned!
Axwell and Ingrosso
Swedish House Mafia called it quits in 2013, but 2/3 of the trio has returned to drop beats and shake the rafters. Axwell and Ingrosso recently released three new songs and played to 80,000 fans at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. A record is in the works. Who says EDM can’t reinvent itself?
Hailing from Madrid, this 16-year old has already secured three residencies in Ibiza. Tiesto is a fan, and it’s always good to have Tiesto in your booth. So far, Avila has been all about EDM mashups. Will some original tracks help boost his profile? What do you think?
The South American duo has released two mega-tracks, “Here We Go Again (with Blink)” and “One Million Views.” Goldfish has gotten serious buzz for their fusion of Electronica, Jazz, and African music. They’ve opened for Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, and Paul van Dyk. But soon, these guys should have acts opening for them.
Andrew Rayel has had a meteoric rise to stardom, but he still isn’t a household EDM name. Armin van Buuren took Rayel under his wing, and his endorsements helped Rayel’s debut EP, “Find Your Harmony,” become a massive hit in Europe.
There’s one more trend to look out for in 2015. With the emergence of artists like Oliver Heldens, Gorgon City, and Tchami, some music critics say that dubstep has peaked and that deep house is where EDM is headed.
Is deep house the evolution of EDM? Take a listen and decide for yourself.