With 2020 gearing up to be another impressive year in Electronic Dance Music, here are 20 artists to keep an eye on.
Los Angeles based DJ and Producer ALRT is making his presence known with his commanding Hardstyle that leaves a lasting impression. In concert, I was blown away by his artistry and delivery of complexly arranged original songs, and general raw talent. His movie score like arrangements means he is able to create emotional responses from all on the dance floor. Setting a new standard for perfection, ALRT doesn’t compromise his Bass delivery and keeps his fans satisfied with texture and substance that is rare in the genre. Making his presence known at festivals, on tour dates and with multiple releases in 2019, he has proven himself to be a contender. With support from the likes of Joyryde, Kayzo, Ghastly, DJ Snake, and Gammer, ALRT is going far in 2020 with his forthcoming debut EP lined up for release this year and I hope he takes us with him. I can guarantee that you haven’t seen, nor heard originality like this. ALRT’s 2019 releases include “Fangs” with Ghastly, “Dark Skies” with Kayzo, “Love Is Gone” (ALRT Remix), “Fire”, “Front To Back”, and “Pushin On“. Listen to ALRT’s single “Spaceman 5000” below.
Completing a Master’s Degree at Cambridge University in London and performing as CODEKO by night, 22-year-old Ed Clark is a classically trained musician, producer, and composer. Making his mark on the music world with his regular performances at Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo and Mysteryland, CODEKO has been busy providing us a curation of music celebrating the joys of life. With number one hits on Sirius XM’s BPM countdown and SoundCloud, CODEKO has also conquered YouTube with over 10 million views. Supported by artists such as The Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Cash Cash, and Tritonal to name a few, CODEKO has made it look easy balancing school and work. Truth be told, CODEKO is one of the hardest working composers out there with no stops in sight anytime soon. CODEKO’s musical versatility can best be described as a combination of compositions infusing Trance, Trap, and House pulsing with energy, fun, and creativity. His arrangements in concert were so breathtaking that it made me want to sing. After listening to CODEKO’s tracks you will see how much they will become part of your life. CODEKO’s 2019 releases include Charlie Puth Remix, Daydreaming, Oliver Heldens Remix, and Sweater. Check out more of CODEKO below.
From the second you listen to a song by Crystal Skies, you realize you’re witnessing pure magic. Crystal Skies is a duo made up of Brian Holcomb from Louisiana and Philly’s Aaron Dawson. The two have teamed up together to make music that is nothing short of melancholic Dubstep masterpieces. Thrilling in its delivery and humble in its expression, Crystal Skies’ music is a pleasure to your ears and comfort to your heart. With over 3 million plays on SoundCloud, 14.7 million plays on Spotify, and 17.0 million views on YouTube, Crystal Skies has come out with beautiful tracks that capture love, loss, and everything in between. Recently collaborating with Au5 on their track “Cataclysm” and with Seven Lions with “Sojourn”, it’s easy to see how this group that has a passion for Trap and bass-driven melodies tells the story of us all. If you like Seven Lions, Au5, and KOAN Sound, then you will love Crystal Skies. With a winning formula like this, it’s no wonder that 2020 will be a big year for this talented duo. If you aren’t a fan of Crystal Skies, you will be one when you listen to their stellar productions. Check out Crystal Skies below.
Get ready to groove the night away with Biicla. His soulful approach to music gets you out of your seat and on the dance floor. This multi-talented singer-songwriter, music producer, and visual designer has so many attributes that it’s not a surprise to see how dynamic his music creations are. Borrowing from the best in the world of Techno, House, and Soul and staying a purest in his interpretation of the electronic music platform, Biicla provides endless possibilities in tracks that were once thought unimaginable. If his releases of “No Place“, which was premiered by This Song Is Sick last summer, and “Girl” are any indication of what we should expect from the Russian born artist, then it’s no wonder he’s destined for great things in the music industry.
Take a fairy-tale ride in Dance Electronica with Different Heaven. Effortlessly producing dance floor bangers with fun and grace, Different Heaven is one of the most talented artists out there. The pure formality and compositional qualities in his creations are the stuff that dreams are made of. With hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, Different Heaven has figured out what we all want to listen to and so much more. He has worked with names like Alan Walker, The Chainsmokers, Krewella, Slushii, and K391 to name a few. A collaborator and champion in the video gaming community, specifically with the game Fortnite, Different Heaven is a dynamo and one of the most successful professional gamers managing to build a bridge between the Electronic Dance Music and gaming communities. We all want to live in this world that Different Heaven has created. Listen to Different Heaven’s tracks and go into that perfect world of dance. Check out Different Heaven’s “My Heart” below which has over 200 million views on YouTube.
Making a name for himself with multiple festival appearances and tour dates with Kai Wachi, Sam Lamar’s impressive Dubstep repertoire is a joy to listen to. The Canadian artist’s skills include producing Bass music that is groundbreaking, entertaining and inspirational. Having seen Lamar on tour and listened to his releases “SIT BAK” with CRaymak, “The Magician“, and his EP “Major Arcana“, it’s pretty clear that Lamar shows no signs of slowing down. His ability to grow, expand his song list and improve the genre with his impactful tunes will make him an even brighter star in 2020.
Standing out in the world of Bass isn’t easy, but Wooli seems to know how to do this. The New York Native has led his crusade of Riddim and Dubstep through New York and at major festivals locally and internationally. Not afraid to take chances, Wooli has always explored all that music has to offer without limiting his utilization to genres or species, often placing animal sounds in his tracks. Ever the innovator, Wooli makes music fun with his track “Briddim Bomb“, which inspires you to jump out of your seat. Wooli is supported by artists Excision, Bear Grillz, Flux Pavilion. Coming off his new EP “Evolution” with Excision, Wooli’s ability to balance heavy Bass and Melodic Dubstep has paid off. Keep your eyes out for this mammoth artist.
Stepping onto the Trance scene in 2016, Jorza has made steady progress over the years, establishing himself as a producer who will make you float away on a Trance cloud. Jorza’s lovely melodic songs, often with spectacular vocals, rub all the right places. Never one to settle for cookie-cutter music formulas, Jorza sets a standard of integrity in his music, which stems from his deep respect for the music industry and an even greater appreciation of his fans. With his most recent release “Kuama” with Gregor Potter, along with his latest collaboration “Long Way Home” with SCHALA, Tritonal, and HALIENE on Enhanced Music, Jorza continues to produce perfect Trance songs that you’ll be replaying again and again. Take a ride on his fantasy-filled melodies. Wherever you go Jorza, we will be there waiting for your next track to heaven.
An experienced producer for artists Flume, What So Not, and Alison Wonderland, Naderi has a lot to be proud of. Aside from engineering tracks on “Skin”, Flume’s 2017 Grammy Award-Winning album, Naderi has released successful remixes of some of the most famous artists with great success. Clearly Naderi knows what works in producing lucrative Future Bass hits along with other categories of Electronic Dance Music with ease. A true charmer from the land down under, Naderi’s production skills are evident in the quality of his perfectly balanced tracks.
DJ and producer Blossom is a classically trained musician who discovered her love of House music in 2015. Her production style and her tireless work ethic have made many take notice. Supported by Dr. Fresch, AC Slater and Sonny Fodera, Blossom has had multiple collaborations including one with reigning G-House champ, BIJOU. With her mixing skills second to none, in 2019 Blossom performed at festivals and released her EP “Big Shot” with Night Bass. Having seen her at Decadence AZ NYE in 2019, Blossom shows no signs of slowing down. In 2016, Blossom was rated as one of “The10 Best Female DJs in Phoenix.” In 2020 she’s destined to be one of the ten best female DJs in the country. As Blossom spreads her wings, no one will be able to ignore her profound sound.
It’s hard not to be affected by LSDREAM‘s music. HE always seems to strike upon a feeling that you were hiding or somehow holding back. His intention is to bring that low down groove out of your soul. LSDREAM’s mastery of sound and in particular Bass is extraordinary. Making his rounds on tour and multiple festivals nationwide, LSDREAM continues to provide unforgettable tracks with a psychedelic flair. If you crave the unexpected in Electronic Dance Music production then take a ride with LSDREAM. Check out his newest release “Universal Wub“.
Garnering support from Yheti, Liquid Stranger, Conrank, The Widdler, and Clozee, Lucii provides intense and enduring Bass sets that are fierce and unapologetic. A curator of Space Bass and a Dubstep queen, Lucii gives energetic sets with throbbing beats while incorporating melodic elements. A pioneer who puts beauty into her music, Lucii does her own vocals and is also the first woman to sign at WAKAAN. Truly an inspiration, Lucii sets a higher standard for music production and 2020 will be her year to shine.
The emotional tones in Dabin‘s work are understated, but perhaps that is what makes it so real. Dabin seems to be able to touch upon the heart of human nature with his music. As we listen, we can feel his emotions and understand the message in his work. A journey of self-reflection and peace, Dabin taps into our most profound emotions and shows us what we are ultimately yearning for. This sense of positivity that Dabin creates in his music is infectious, and you won’t be able to tear yourself away from his mesmerizing and soothing tunes. With Dabin’s music playing in the background, you’ll never feel alone. Check out Dabin’s debut album “Two Hearts” below.
Supported by Matroda, Kayzo, Marshmello, ShockOne, and Black Tiger Sex Machine, Lucille Croft is a Bass House innovator utilizing multiple music genres to provide intense and satisfying remixes that are meant to enlighten and spoil the senses. Influenced by Hans Zimmer and Marilyn Manson, it’s no wonder this Melbourne-based artist has so much to offer. Touring internationally, Lucille Croft has made her presence known giving many something to smile about. With her fearless approach to music, Croft is not afraid to throw down and you’ll find yourself reaching for more of her tunes over and over again.
Based in L.A., LP Giobbi is an Electronic Dance Music entrepreneur with numerous successful ventures in apparel (GIOBBI), publishing, touring and an impressive non-profit created to build equity in Electronic Music called FEMMEHOUSE. Making even more of a wave with her attention-grabbing sets at some of the biggest festivals internationally, she’s one of the most important figures in the industry as she provides mixes to Diplo’s Revolution on SiriusXM and continues to create partnerships with various music brands. The sky’ss the limit for Giobbi in 2020 and beyond. Check out her track “Amber Rose” which lit up festivals in 2019.
When was the last time you listened to an album that you had no idea what was going to happen from beat to beat, and all you knew for sure was that after every beat was an even more exciting and impressive musical selection that hits all the marks? It’s quite an accomplishment to boast, right? Well, If you’re looking for a band that knows how to balance Riddim beats with insanely appealing dramatic arrangements, look no further then Subtronics. He manages to provide the perfect mix with his “Now that’s What I Call Riddim 5” and so much more. Looking for original sounding Riddim? Check. Looking for hardcore Riddim? Check. Looking for relatable Riddim that you can sing and dance to? Check. And if this wasn’t enough, the entire foray into this volume will make you a Riddim fan because it’s so unbelievably good and that’s impossible to ignore. As far as the presentation of Subtronics to the genre, he is innovative and fun and his creativity is fresh and relevant. You need to listen to this if you want to know what Riddim is, what an excellent Riddim remix album should sound like, and what some of the top artists in the music industry are like. It’s a masterful play in the Riddim world that you won’t want to leave. You will be a believer after this. Hop on board the supersonic rocket that Subtronics will ride all the way to 2020!
A well-seasoned DJ and producer, VNSSA has released multiple EP’s and singles while traveling and performing at stages around the world. Covering House, Techno, and Disco, VNSSA’s sets reflect her calling to music and music production. With “Word” a #1 single on Beatport along with multiple collaborations, VNSSA has produced music that has Deep House tracks speaking to your soul. VNSSA’s groove effect in her sets and music productions will have you jamming the night away in 2020. Check out her album “The Magic” below.
Post-Modern Electronica artist Running Touch sees the importance of incorporating live instruments to give his shows a Rock feel. This is not surprising because he was a member of the Australian band Ocean Grove. Guitar riffs and the excitement of live music take the stage during his performances. Focusing on the whole music experience, Running Touch has his own spin on performance art and Dance Electronica. His single “Make Your Move” is a banger with emotion and an underground feel. Ever the innovator, Running Touch does not use a formula to create a track but rather gets inspiration from learning how to use instruments and perfecting the ones he already knows. You’ll be a fan of Running Touch once you listen to his tracks that exhibit his amazing musicianship.
If you like underground House with that Modular Synth sound, then look no further than i_o. You will be greeted with some of the best throbbing beats meant to make you lose your mind to the rhythm. Signed under mau5trap, i_o creates Industrial House heaven with throbbing beats that fill you up with deep, grinding and pulsating vibrations putting a smile on your face. As a producer, i_o easily switches from House to Techno. He mixed Eric Prydz‘s “Generate” and deadmau5′s “Monophobia” with ease. Check out i_o’s “Alchemy” remix that made it onto Anjunabeats Volume 14. With credentials like this, be on the lookout for i_o in 2020.
Garnering the support of Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Tommie Sunshine, and Morgan Page, Fahjah is an innovator in Electronic Music, who is absolutely fascinating! As his high energy tracks keep you going well into the next song, the carefree nature of the music makes you cut loose on the dance floor. With this much class and style, it’s impossible to be bored during Fahjah’s sets. Always striking a chord in even the purest of Hardcore Dance enthusiasts, Fajah’s knack for knowing exactly what you want when you want it is a winning combination. Bringing in ethnic influences for an exotic flair, Fahjah is inspiring. Check out his album “Psyberpunk” below.
*Featured Image of Kai Wachi and Sam Lamar Via Artist’s Facebook*