While genres like bigroom and deep house dominate the charts, EDM staples like progressive house continue to thrive as well as ever. In the case of progressive, many of the best producers working today actually fall under 25. Some of these young stars have already accrued committed fanbases and toured the world, all while maintaining the key traditions of the progressive genre.
This style of progressive house differs from the traditional definition, but it is now what the EDM community considers to be progressive house. To celebrate the youngsters of progressive, we have named five producers currently climbing the ranks of the very best of the genre. This list only scratches the surface of the current up-and-comers in progressive house, but it serves as a nice introduction to the genre's latest talent.
Pierce Fulton, age 22 and hailing from Brooklyn, has made waves over the past few years. While he initially rode the undercurrent of progressive, Fulton lately emerges as a bit of an underdog. His past accomplishments include official remixes for Above & Beyond, Martin Solveig and Dada Life, as well as supporting Dada Life at their compound shows and Tommy Trash & Wolfgang Gartner on their Hounds Of Hell tour last year. Pierce also recently hitting the #1 spot on Billboard's Trending Twitter 140 chart. His latest release, the Kuaga/Noon Gun EP, features the meticuously produced track "Kuaga," which has been supported by heavyweights Hardwell, Afrojack, Sander van Doorn, and W&W. Equipped with tribal vocals and pristine synths, "Kuaga" marks a career apex for Fulton. "Kuaga" can now be purchased on iTunes.
Perhaps better known as Ansel Elgort, Ansolo has recently emerged for not only his adept producing but also his acting career. Starring alongside Shailene Woodley in both Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars, Elgort also helped propel fellow rising star Pierce Fulton to Twitter fame when he released his remix of Fulton's track "Runaway" for free. With a release alongside Tom Staar on Steve Angello's imprint Size Records and a recent performance at Electric Zoo, Ansolo's cross over from acting to producing has helped expand progressive house to new audiences.
This 21-year-old Haitian producer already boasts an impressive resume. He put a medical career on hold in order to concentrate on music, and so far, his decision has definitely paid off. In 2014, he closed out the Sahara tent at Coachella and launched his own record label, Kid Coconut. A classicaly trained musician, Brun's productions are teeming with the tenets of modern progressive house. In the case of his track "Zenith," Brun expertly employs constantly building synths without ever compromising for an out-of-place drop. Expect more from this young talent.
This LA-based producer has lit up the Beatport charts lately, and for good reason. Layering slight electro elements and vocal splices onto his progressive synths, Elephante has also become known for his terrific remixes of tracks like "Gecko" and "Gold Skies." A classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, and a Harvard graduate, Elephante's talent is evident in his distinct production style. Even though he's only produced progressive house for a few years, Elephante's songs cement an identity usually only forged after many years of producing. Keep your eyes peeled for this innovative producer.
The last entry on our list also comes in as the youngest producer among our five selections. Just a freshman in high school, 16-year-old Steve James already enjoys a number of impressive remixes to his name. This Pittsburgh native remixed the likes of ZHU, John Legend, and Cazzette over the past year and shows no signs on slowing down. His emphasis on uplifting progressive builds and strong drums helps hammer out a unique style not often seen in progressive house. With such knowledgeable production chops at 16, it will be interesting to see how this young producer continues to craft his sound.