17 EDM Artists That Produced Mainstream Hits Through Crazy Collabs
The lines between pop, rock, hip-hop and EDM are as blurred as ever, and there are a handful of producers that continue to push these boundaries as pioneers and tastemakers in the global music scene. Dance music moguls like Calvin Harris and Avicii have been praised for their work with non-EDM acts, but there are plenty more who have been equally successful without their name in lights.
We've collected 17 producers that have made tracks "under the radar" for some of the world's most iconic artists, and you can check out their sometimes exhaustive discographies below:
There are few artists in EDM today that have had such a diverse and expansive discography as Diplo. He has seemingly worked with every rapper and pop artist under the sun, and the exhaustive list of collaborations can be seen in his full discography here. Just a few of his productions include "Paper Planes" by M.I.A., "Slight Work" by Wale, "Evil Boy" by Die Antwoord, "Unstoppable" and "Two Shots" by Lil Wayne, "Too Close" by Alex Clare, "Climax" by Usher, "Elastic Heart" by Sia, and "Look At Me Now" by Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne.
2. David Guetta
Although Diplo might take the lead in this field, if there was anyone to compete with the famed Jack Ü-member above, it would be David Guetta. The Grammy-winning producer has worked alongside pop and hip-hop artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida, Kelis, Kelly Rowland, Pitbull, Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland, Britney Spears, Ariana Granda, Ne-Yo, and Jeremih. With a roster of such renowned collaborators under his belt, it's clear to see why he is one of the world's most recognizable (and wealthy) DJs.
3. Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris is yet another artist that has become a mainstay in the pop culture world. He has worked with Kylie Minogue, Dizzee Rascal, The Ting Tings, Example, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Scissor Sisters, Cheryl Cole, Pitbull, and Rita Ora, proving that his expertise in creating chart-topping hits isn't limited by the boundaries of EDM.
At the young age of 25, Zedd has made major breakthroughs into pop culture both in his personal life and his music career. He has been credited for the production of tracks such as "Beauty & A Beat" by Justin Bieber, "G.U.Y.", "Aura", and "Donatella" by Lady Gaga, "I Don't Like You" by Eva Simons, and most notably "Break Free" with Ariana Grande. With such a lengthy career ahead of him, only time will tell how much further he delves into pop culture.
5. Cashmere Cat
The Norwegian producer, songwriter, DJ, and turntablist has received his fair share of mainstream success thanks to collaborations with some of the biggest names in music today. He is credited working on tracks like "Break The Rules" by Charlie XCX, "Octohate" by Ryn Weaver, "Body Language" by Kid Ink, Usher, and Tinashe, "All Hands On Deck" by Tinashe, "Wolves" by Kanye West, "Drop That Kitty" by Ty Dolla Sign, Tinashe, and Charlie XCX, and most recently "...goingtohell" by Miguel.
6. Hudson Mohawke
Scottish producer and 1/2 of beat-centric duo TNGHT is quite an iconic producer in the hip-hop realm. He has worked with Kanye West, Azealia banks, Pusha T, Drake, Lil Wayne, and even John Legend. Even though his work on Yeezy's "Mercy" might be his biggest success to date, it's safe to say that he'll have even more successful hits under his belt before it's all said and done.
Probably the youngest producer to have found a way into pop culture's heart, Madeon is a wunderkind with renowned singers and bands. He worked with Lady Gaga on "Mary Jane Holland", "Gypsy", and "Venus", Coldplay on "Always In My Head" and "O", Ellie Goulding on "Stay Awake" and Two Door Cinema Club on "Changing of the Seasons".
You might not know him from his public work individually, but there is no doubt that you'll recognize some of his "under the radar" productions for other major artists. He's credited with production on four tracks on Kanye West's album Yeezus, on Bjork's album Vulnicura, as well as on FKA Twig's releases EP2 and LP1.
Tim Berg has made a career for himself under the alias Avicii, and he has even further extended potential by producing tracks for artists such as Coldplay and Madonna. He is credited for producing "A Sky Full of Stars" by the British rock band, as well as "Devil Play" by the iconic pop superstar.
French producer and DJ Mike Levy is one of the more unlikely artists to have collaborated on a mainstream son considering his ominous nature under the alias Gesaffelstein. Despite these misconceptions, he is noted for producing two tracks on Kanye West's album Yeezus, "Black Skinhead" and "Send It Up", which also featured production help from Daft Punk and fellow Bromance member Brodinski
11. DJ Snake
Along with producing "Turn Down For What," one of the biggest hits in EDM to date, the French producer is also credited for producing "Government Hooker" on Lady Gaga's album Born This Way. He received a Grammy nomination for his work on the album.
12. Swedish House Mafia
The iconic trio is credited for creating two tracks for hip-hop and R&B icon Usher before their separation - "Euphoria" and "Numb."
Before donning the alias KSHMR, Niles Hollowell-Dhar produced music in a duo called The Cataracs. While working in this project, he came to produce "Like a G6" with hip-hop group Far East Movement and Dev.
14. Rob Swire (Pendulum)
Rihanna's "Rude Boy" might not sound like a track produced by a member of a drum & bass group, however Pendulum's Rob Swire is credited alongside StarGate as the brains behind the beat, as well as a lyricist for the track.
Remember *NSYNC's iconic hit "Pop"? The chart-topping lullaby is credited as being produced by trance legend BT. How this connection happened is a mystery to us, but it's clear that the EDM producer struck a chord with the dynamic group.
Dubstep, drum & bass and electro might be their forte in the world of EDM, but Nero's production talents go far beyond these genres thanks to their work with Muse and Example. The now-trio produced "Follow Me" by Muse and "Stay Awake" by British rapper Example.
17. Christian Karlsson (Galantis)
Before he was part of Galantis and before he toured as Miike Snow, Christian Karlsson produced one of the most iconic tracks in the history of pop culture - "Toxic" by Britney Spears. For better and for worse, this track changed the landscape of radio, and even a decade later, only a few tracks have reached a similar level of success.