15 Artists To Look Out For In 2015
To put it plainly, G Jones makes dope bass music. Though he’s mentioned Eprom, Doshy and Mr. Carmack as people who inspire him, it's safe to say that he is becoming one of the leaders of the industry's future bass scene. This year alone he toured with Minnesota, teamed up with The Widdler for the self released DIAMONDS EP, as well as played this past Burning Man at Camp Question Mark. The Cali-based artist continues to impress with his high quality productions and has even mentioned he doesn’t use VST’s, leaving him to create music through analog synths and other hardware. However he does it, the formula works, so we can expect even bigger things to come in 2015.
One of Louisville’s best producers Amtrac has been evolving his sound since 2011. With remixes of diverse artists like Kaskade, Two Door Cinema Club, Azari & III, Chromatics, Alex Metric, Chromeo and Kill the Noise, Amtrac shows his truly diverse range in productions on each release. The samples he uses are gold and speak to the soul, and pushes forward a new and unique theme to the deep house and bass-heavy productions we've come to recognize in the growing house scene. Check out his latest remix for Alesso’s "Heroes" below and expect even more genre-blending remixes and originals from this talented producer.
Written by Harvit Gill
Each year, EDM comes to recognize the rise and fall of countless producers and djs from every genre imaginable. In 2014, we saw the meteoric resurfacing of deep house into the mainstream, and the diminishment of genres such as progressive house and moombahton. The mega-stars of the industry continued to excel in their respective genres, and the up-and-comers of the underground pushed trends and styles to new boundaries. As we prepare for the new year, we have selected 15 artists that will undoubtedly have monumental influences on the EDM scene in 2015, and we cannot wait to see how the industry changes.
The mysterious Stephen Zhu has made a lot of noise this year, and has managed to go unseen the entire time. From mysteriously releasing singles to making game-changing publicity stunts, ZHU has continuously sent the internet into a frenzy. His Stereosonic publicity stunt caused even more attention for the faceless act, and he recently had his first in-studio interview with Triple J. As we look ahead, ZHU has a full album coming out on Columbia Records, and with his Grammy-nominated single track “Faded” exploding with popularity, it's safe to say that everyone is excited to see some more tracks in 2015.
The Montreal native is doing big things abroad, getting tracks signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label and creating his own “vomit step” style of music. The young bass-heavy producer is already collaborating with the likes of Jack U, Antiserum, and many more. It goes without say that he brings a unique sound, as you may remember hearing from the brain melting tracks "Wild" and "Pump This," and we are excited to hear what tunes Snails has in store for the new year.
We've been hearing everyone from Borgore to Tiesto to Jack U dropping Jauz tracks/remixes, and it's safe to say that he is on a hot route to the top after dropping his first BBC Radio One mix earlier this month. The man truly has no boundaries releasing a wide range of sounds on multiple labels like Mad Decent, Buygore, Redbull, Casablanca and more. Proudly representing the artist collective Echelon with his deep house-meets-bassline style, JAUZ is truly just getting started, we are really excited to see what he brings to the table in 2015.
It’s all about the rhythm for Djemba Djemba, and he’s been blowing our minds on his productions day in and day out. The tracks he releases can range from trap to ambient, and he has yet to slow down his pace on releasing floor-rocking singles or EPs. He already has releases under his own label Rabbit Records, and on top of this he is fully supported by the Mad Decent family and more including Diplo, The Gaslamp Killer, Rusko, Baauer, Obey City, Major Lazer, Paul Devro, and BBC Radio 1.
After taking a break from the stressful environment that Princeton had to offer, Moon Boots found his calling with Disco and House. The road led him to become a member of French Express camp, creating not only nu-disco but working with other genre combinations such as R&B, Pop and Tropical house. Moon Boots creates the feel good music that really lifts the spirits, and if you haven't joined the interstellar journey he is leading into 2015 already, we suggest you start now before he blasts off into the galaxy and beyond.
Mija's grand journey into stardom began with her back to back sunrise set with Skrillex at Bonaroo. She’s been killing it ever since, playing a massive Halloween event, TomorrowWorld, and releasing a number of singles and mixes on labels such as OWSLA and more. We’re excited to hear the full version of her latest genre-bending tune “Crank It”, which features Lil Jon and Ghastly. With a featured release OWSLA’s holiday compilation called “Eggnog”, take a listen to the preview below and be on the lookout for this incredibly talented new act.
Seemingly rising out of nowhere, the young producer Eekkoo impressed fans and artists like no other, eventually pushing deadmau5 enough to be signed to his mau5trap label. Eekkoo has demonstrated his amazing skills reworking tracks by deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, and The Presets, and his album is on iTunes' Top Dance Albums of the Year with his Hell Is Other People EP. We can expect a powerful year for the progressive-meets-trance producer and DJ, both in the studio and out on stage.
The 16-year-old mysterioso Saturn has developed quite a stir in the dance music community this past year. The Cashmere Cat-prodigy child has garnered millions of plays thanks to his unique and ingenius blend of trap, jersey club, house, and downtempo. Being such a young age clearly has nothing to do with his expertise, seeing as he is already receiving support from the likes of Skrillex on his "Skrillex Selects" playlist and a handful of popular mixes and radio stations. A vital member of the powerful Hegemon collective, Saturn is truly in his beginning stages, and next year will undoubtedly take his productions to a whole new level.
Since Gorgon City released their single “Ready for Your Love” featuring MNEK on January 26, 2014, the song has been their highest-charting single thus far. Their album Sirens is one of iTunes' Top Dance Albums of the Year, and their track “Imagination” got a killer unreleased remix by Skrillex that also went viral. A lot of attention has come the duo's way in the past 12 months, but with a fresh take on deep house and garage music along with epic collaborative tracks, we’re looking forward to a productive year for the talented pair.
For those who might be unaware, Andrew Rayel is a trance producer from the small town of Chisinau, Moldova. The producer's individuality and unique style has driven him to provide remixes for Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Tiësto, W&W, Bobina, Tenishia, and many more. Andrew has the support of ASOT, Armin’s labels and Armin van Buuren himself, being personally chosen by the trance superstar to be featured in his “Ones to Watch” segment on CNN later this year.
This “Tropical Bass” producer has demonstrated his heavy hip-hop influence in his bootlegs and remixes, welcoming nostalgia for hip-hop and bass heads like myself. His tracks have gotten support by Bassnectar, Diplo, Just Blaze, GTA, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, Kid Cedek, Valentino Khan, Phat Deuce, David Heartbreak, Dave Nada, and DJ Craze, and with the support of mega-label Mad Decent, he’s definitely an artist to watch in 2015. Check out his Diplo and Friends mix below!
Although Kygo might be the face of the new "tropical house" movement, the other half of the tropical frontier is Thomas Jack. His remixes of Gabriel Rios, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Of Monsters of Men and others has gotten the attention of thousands, and his deep house influences play really well with the vocals Thomas utilizes in his remixes or his originals. For many people, it was the Thomas Jack Presents: Tropical House mix that first put him on the map, but since then he as released a slew of mixes on his Soundcloud. Check out the latest Tropical house mix below!
Trollphace is changing the future of Dubstep music. His unique bass tunes and multi-genre'd sounds have not only fostered releases on some notable labels such as OWSLA & Smog, but also caught the attention of Skrillex, Diplo, and many more. Skrillex has loved his work so much that he and Trollphace tackled an official remix together for Yogi’s track “Burial” featuring Pusha T. Now with over 80 tracks under his belt, including an official remix Dillon Francis & DJ Snake’s "Get Low,” we’re excited to see his progression next year.