Electronic dance music (EDM) is now casting its cheerful magic all over the hot summer, producing many hit songs of the season. But who are the masters of this multi-billion dollar universe? Not the singers, not the record executives, but the DJs.
More and more DJs are making their way to the stage from behind the scenes. These tastemakers are dazzling the music industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show, even stealing the spotlight from the pop stars themselves. The following is a roundup of the most high-profile DJs in the world.
Location: Los Angeles
Star collaborators: Ellie Goulding
At this point, Skrillex isn’t just an EDM power player, he’s “the genre’s patron saint”, said Billboard magazine.
Despite winning six Grammy Awards in two years, the 26-year-old DJ, producer and label chief only released his first full-length album Recess in March. It debuted at No 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. As the founder of OWSLA, he has signed some of the biggest names in EDM, such as Zedd, Porter Robinson and Jack Beats.
这位26岁的DJ兼制作人兼乐队主唱，虽然两年间获得了6项格兰美大奖，但是直至今年三月才发行了自己的首张完整专辑《Recess》。这张专辑一经发行，就登上了公告牌舞曲/电子音乐专辑榜首位。史奇雷克斯还是OWSLA公司的创始人， EDM界的几位大咖Zedd, Porter Robinson 和 Jack Beats都是他的签约艺人。
Plus, his mainstream credibility couldn’t be higher. He landed the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March, and The New York Times called him “the savior of dance music” in the US. Both his solo concerts and record label crew tour are hot tickets this year.