Rolling Stone's recent love affair with dance music continued today, as the media outlet released their list of the "50 Most Important People In EDM."
The Top 10 is littered with businessmen. #1 on the list is James Barton, the President of Electronic Music at Live Nation. Barton started Cream in the UK in 1992, which served as a springboard for numerous superstar DJs, including Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, and Sasha. Barton's Cream Holdings was purchased by Live Nation in 2012, and his influence within his new company helped convince Pasquale Rotella and Gary Richards that partnering with Live Nation was the right decision for their brands.
Speaking of Rotella, the CEO of Insomniac comes in at #2. Unsurprisingly, Robert Sillerman of SFX slots in right behind Rotella at #3. Both of these decision makers will shape the music festival landscape of the world for many years to come.
The only artists in the Top 10 are Pete Tong and Skrillex. Tong is #7, and Skrillex is on his heels at #8. Tong has long been the biggest tastemaker in all of dance music, so his inclusion in the Top 10 is expected. Many people argue about Skrillex's music, but one thing that cannot be denied is his importance within the industry. OWSLA is one of the most forward-thinking labels, and Skrillex is open to collaborating with almost anyone. His willingness to break down genre barriers has done wonders for music fans.
If you're interested in seeing the rest of Rolling Stone's list, click here. They've done a solid job of putting together a list that includes producers, businessmen, managers, promoters, and publicists. Of course, you can argue that some influential people have been omitted. However, that's always bound to happen when a subjective list is compiled. For an outlet that doesn't solely focus on dance music, Rolling Stone did a decent job.
[H/T: Rolling Stone]