TheBeatMill’s Top 10 Artists to Watch for in 2013:
As we get set for another massive year in dance music. We wanted to put together a list of who we felt were the top artists to watch in 2013. These artists we feel are set for a breakout year in 2013 and need to be on your music radars. Within the top 10 list, we chose a few artists from each of the major dance music genres so we could compile the best rounded list for you. Let us know if there’s any artist you think should of made the list.
Panda Nation stand up! Reigning out of California is a young producer by the name of Deorro (formely Ton!c), who is no stranger to heavy bass and electro riffs. With recent massive releases of Hands Up, Deorro for President, Phony, and Big Fat, this upcoming superstar knows how to make the bass hit and make the crowd jump. Recently signing to AM Only, Deorro is also known for his illusive mixes, covering the basis of almost every corner of the Electro-House atmosphere, with no end in sight. Be sure to join the ‘Panda Fam’ and check out Deorro at a show coming soon to you!
16 year old Swedish phenom is no longer one of the best kept secrets in dance music. Having a breakthrough year in 2012 which included his hit remix of Hungry Hearts; which Pete Tong played on his storied BBC Radio 1 show. Last year also included his biggest original production to date, Swede Love. Every production from this youngster was solid and featured some of the most popular progressive sounds around. This year has already been exciting for him with the release of his free new original, Lights with Tim Norell. Big time collabs coming this year, says Jakob on Facebook, one of which with rising talent Henrix. We can’t wait to see what music this kid has in store for us this year.
He really came onto the scene in 2012 with his single, Lets Rave on Mixmash Records, as well collaborating with GTA & Digital Lab on Hit It. That track is getting played by almost every big name DJ in the game and even got signed to Steve Angello’s Size Records. His follow up to Hit It, Rock This Dream, was featured on DMC’s ADE Buzz Chart at #9. With recently releasing single, Rock & Rave, along with Rock This Dream and FINALLY having Hit It set to release in 2013, we feel strongly that Henrix is one to watch this year.
Electro and tech-house, with an explosive trance flare. What more could you ask for out of a young producer? This is just the norm for Audien, the 20-year old from Connecticut who has seen many of his productions skyrocket on Anjunabeats, Enhanced Music, and Zouk (to name a few). Opening for the likes of Tiesto, Porter Robinson, and BT- as well as collaborating with names such as Jaytech and Norin & Rad, this emerging superstar can dabble with it all- all at a high level. Not convinced? Check out Audien at Santos Party House in New York City on January 12 as he celebrates his 21st birthday in grand fashion with Pierce Fulton! Also be sure to pick up his latest work, Wayfarer, coming out on Anjunabeats on January 14.
Kill Paris (Cory Baker) has done a tremendous job on making a name for himself thus far. His talent, passion and obvious knowledge shine brilliantly through the music he produces. I think its worthy to mention that he is an Ableton Certified Trainer which means he has a vast knowledge of the software and knows his potentials. It’s Dubby. It’s funky. It’s groovy. It’s electro-house-y and a little bit filthy. He does not limit himself to one genre but rather jumps around and plays with sounds. His tracks sound different and interesting due to this variety. There’s already notable rises in the popularity of this funk trend (look to Gramatik for example…his name is completely blowing up in the past few months!) and I think this is going to be a key element of his music to preserve and incorporate. He’s already receiving attention from the likes of Dillon Francis, A-trak, and Flux Pavilion, then playing shows with big names from Pretty Lights to Figure and many in between. There is no doubt more exciting, well-devised music headed our way. His sound is extremely enjoyable and leaves us craving more.
Disclosure burst on to the scene last year with their The Face EP, which absolutely changed the game in the UK Garage scene. If you haven’t heard of Disclosure, they are the brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence and they reign from the UK. This sibling duo were recently named best breakthrough artist at DJ Mag’s Best of British awards, and Jamie Jones called their track Latch, which featured vocals from Sam Smith, “Perfect.” While they are getting high praises from some of the big names in both mainstream and underground dance music, Disclosure has been churning out both original productions and great remixes over the last year, most recently with their remix to Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On, which was given away for free. It was recently reported that the duo would be releasing their first full length album at the end of the first quarter of this year, and will be staying true to the sound that made them famous. Keep an eye out for these guys in 2013, and check them out during the first weekend of Ultra Music Festival if you are there.
If you haven’t heard of the Dubstep artist known as Seven Lions, I’m thinking it’s about time you listen in. He is an artist on the rise and ready to takeover the year 2013. His sound is far different than bass pounding Dubstep, he focuses on the melodic aspect and the beauty of each song. That is the reason why Seven Lions is on the rise, and frankly I haven’t heard a song I didn’t like. His most recent EP, Days To Come was amazing. His newest release he remixed (as he often does) Delerium’s track Days Turn Into Nights. He put his deep melodic twist on it, focusing on the lyrics but ultimately building you towards the drop. I suggest listening and looking out for more releases in 2013 by him.
These two Miami based DJs/Producers really showed the world what they were about in the ladder part of 2012. They took over Diplo’s BBC Radio 1 show in November and showcased that they have some serious firepower set to come out in 2013. Just releasing their Ai Novinha EP on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records as well as the soon to be released, Hit It with Henrix & Digital Lab, makes JWLS & Van Toth serious artists to watch in 2013.
Fehrplay, also known as Eric Prydz’s “favorite new producer” has been releasing tracks on Prydz’s Pryda Friends imprint for the better half of 2012. Fehrplay was also chosen to open for Mr. Prydz’s two night stint at Roseland Ballroom in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend. Fehrplay has an amazing track set for release next week titled, I Can’t Stop It, and has seen success on a slew of releases including Nightride, Incognito, Runaway, and his own remix to Eric Prydz’s huge 2012 track, Every Day. Getting the nod from Eric Prydz to open for him, as well as getting multiple releases on his label shows the faith that Mr. Prydz has in Fehrplay’s productions, and are just further evidence that this guy is one to watch for in 2013.
Vaughn Oliver & Oliver Goldstein make up the disco house duo of Oliver. Their music just screams funk and they’ve really been a nice addition to the Fool’s Gold label. Their production is just so solid and original, there’s not one track of theirs that will disappoint. Their recent remix of Black Van’s Inside reached HypeMachine’s #1 spot and they’ve got more for you in 2013. Set to release their EP on Fool’s Gold in January, this duo is going take over the nu disco world this year.