Yes, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia maintained their EDM command and helped swell the popular mass, but MTV was particularly pleased to see our 2012 EDM Rookies thrive. Alesso had a hit with Usher, and no one can forget Zedd performing on Letterman with Foxes and Alvin Risk.
2012 saw an explosion in electro house, bass and trap music, a trend that it is sure to continue in 2013. And so with great pride, MTV’s electronic music brain trust — Todd Rose, Akshay Bhansali, Rawley Bornstein and Cena Zarin — brings you a collection of fire-starters who are set to shape EDM in the coming year.
The Brooklyn-based producer set 2012 ablaze with anthems like, “Harlem Shake” and “Dum Dum” on super labels Lucky Me and Mad Decent. After tours in support of artists like Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash and Knife Party, Baauer is set hit the road with hip-hop heavyweight and house-music savant Just Blaze in the coming weeks, with a collabo between the two on the way. This EDM/hip-hop hybrid producer is sure to be a name you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2013.
This Swedish self-proclaimed “dub-house” duo reached EDM fame in 2012 with stellar hits “Beam Me Up” and “Weapon.” With stellar remixes and main-stage performances, Cazzette even released their debut album Eject in two parts on Spotify. Managed by the man who helped catapult Avicii to fame, it’s clear Cazzette’s adventures are only just beginning.
In 2012 Avila seemingly popped up everywhere, including a jaunt alongside Tiësto and residencies in Ibiza. The Spanish upstart and early Fedde Le Grand mentee shows no signs of slowing down. His resident “Ready To Jump” SiruisXM show couldn’t be more popular, and in 2013 he’ll embark on a U.S. bus tour in February, and drop the follow-up to his Big Beat Records debut, “Breaking Your Fall.” Oh, and he’ll turn 18.
This part-time Tiësto impersonator was eclectic bass personified in 2012 with impressive deliveries in moombahton, dubstep and trap for Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold and Owsla. Augmenting the success of bangers like “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth), Francis toured alongside Nero and Flux Pavilion, in addition to his own solo jaunts. And after collaborating with the likes of Calvin Harris and A-Trak this year, Dillon Francis promises to be one of EDM’s bigger names in 2013.
This 17-year-old Dutch DJ/producer revels in his builds, but his handful of releases last year contain some of the hardest drops in progressive and electro house music. Julian Jordan had a hit in “Rock Steady” and an anthem in “Kangaroo,” with mentor Sander van Doorn. But in his hit with Martin Garrix, “BFAM,” Jordan seemed to defy the limits of how whopping a drop can be. SVD promised us there will be plenty more Julian to go around in 2013 — more tours, more collabos and slew of solo productions.
Championed by Above & Beyond and part of the Anjunabeats family, the 22-year-old DJ/producer soared to success this year with bangers like “Bipolar” and “The Sky.” The Brit earned support by Afrojack, A-Trak and Skrillex, and hit home with his collabo “Easy” with Porter Robinson. Currently wrapping up his largest tour to date, Zo will settle back into the lab to deliver his full-length debut album, which is tentatively set for release this spring.
Kill the Noise
Born in the school of hard knocks, Kill the Noise now thrives even beyond bass music. Yes, Jake Stanczak shot for “Saturn” last year, which also ended up becoming one of his most virtuous, successful singles (off his Black Magic EP). KTN killed collabos with Skrillex, Dillon Francis and Datsik, becoming a big-festival baller. His Mike Diva-directed Zombie-hunter vid for “Kill The Noise (Part 1),” instantly became a fan favorite, becoming MTV Clubland’s “Pick of the Year” late last year.
His chant-heavy progressive house hit “Million Voices” brought flourish to fellow Swede Sebastian Ingrosso’s label this year, and Otto followed that up with impressive remixes of Dada Life’s “Kick Out The Epic Motherf—–” and BURNS’ “Lies.” Albeit one location of All Mixed Up, his ambitious two-venue simul-concert alongside labelmates Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso, was shut down, NY’s Pier 94 show remained a stellar display of Halloween cinema. 2013 will see Otto build on his momentum, and the rumor is a vocal version of “Million Voices” may too present itself.
Ballistic electro-housey-trance attempts to describe the union of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed onstage. 2012 saw their fans, the Tritonians, multiply en mass, through a touring onslaught and exquisite releases including “Arc” with Super8 & Tab. They’re currently locked away in their Austin, Texas studio, so there is plenty of new music to come in 2013, along with the launch of their “Tritonia” radio show.
Hip-hop’s influence in EDM was never more pronounced than in 2012, and leading the charge was TNGHT. With Kanye West and Diplo in their corners, SXSW 2012 saw Glaswegian Hudson Mohawke and Montrealer Lunice debut TNGHT. Their genre-fused hip-hop electronic came personified in first offering, “Bugg’n,” followed by an EP many critics would cite as one of the best records of 2012. Separately these two are going to have big a 2013, but together it’s going to be mega.