L.A.-based producer, APEK, closes out an eventful year of chart success, streaming achievements, high-profile collabs, and a Tritonal tour with his new song, “Traces.” A richly melodic new track, “Traces” pairs broken-beat innovation with soaring synths and ethereal vocals, courtesy of the incredible Karra. It offers a seamless dance-floor experience that reinforces APEK’s name as one to keep an ear out for.
As co-founder of the Soda Island collective, 18-year-old Canadian producer/DJ Ramzoid established himself as a fresh new force in electronic dance music with a distinctive sound that has garnered the support from acts such as Jauz, Jack U, and Baauer. Breaking away from the DJ standard, his live show is augmented with launch pads, midi-controllers, and a drum kit, so make sure to check the dates for his upcoming tour with Jai Wolf. Blazing ahead with an EP of his own, Universe, Ramzoid is continuing to put his own spin on Future bass.
Unlike Pluto is an Atlanta-born/L.A.-based DJ/producer who infuses his obsession with electronic dance music with influences and instrumentation from well beyond the conventional realm of the dancefloor. Rightly celebrated as one of Billboard’s Dance Artists to Watch, this multifaceted music creator has only started to reveal his capabilities. “Show Me Love” arrives with vocalist Michelle Buzz’s silky cooing before the track bursts open with spiraling synths, a soulful chorus and a big, expansive drop.
Initially meeting as students at music school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mexico-born artists Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina recognized the potential of their collective chemistry and pooled their musical resources as Boombox Cartel to swiftly drive their informed, innovative sound to the height of the Minneapolis DJ scene. A quick succession of self-releases proved them a force to be reckoned with.
Abandoning chilly Minnesota for the sun and scene of Southern California, the duo has continued to crank out influential singles, catching the ears and accolades of names like Diplo, Skrillex, DJ Snake and Martin Garrix. Their most recent effort, “Supernatural,” finds Boombox Cartel merging with the bass power of QUIX and the sinewy voice of Canadian singer/songwriter Anjulie for a cinematic dancefloor epic.
DJ/producer No Way Back (a.k.a. Anthony Pisano) has earned a reputation for a style that deftly fuses house, hip-hop and soul, as evidenced on his acclaimed debut single “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” which stormed the Top 10 of the UK Music Week Club Chart. This latest track, meanwhile, finds him putting a cutting-edge spin on the sound of the hedonistic 90’s via a collaboration with fellow Los Angeleno DJ/producer Le Youth (a.k.a. Wes James), himself renowned for filling dance floors with a cool blend of house and R&B. Keep your eyes and ears out for more of this blissful brand of dance music from both Now Way Back and Le Youth.
Having already established himself as a globally recognized force on the turntables, L.A.-based producer Jayceeoh has earned the respect from celebrated fellow DJ/producers like A-trak, Bassnectar, Boregore and Flosstradamus, and released original trap and bass-driven remixes on influential labels like Dim Mak, Fool’s Gold, Ultra Records, Buygore and more. His latest track, “Elevate,” is poised to only push him further forward, featuring a head-turning vocal performance by Nevve over Jayceeoh’s lush, synth-laden production and propulsive beats.
Not just an accomplished DJ and producer, Goldroom (a.k.a. Josh Legg) makes sparklingly lush electronic dance music, but the soul of a bona fide songwriter lurks just beneath the beats. Layered under the sweeping synths, soaring vocals and “nostalgic production tones” of his new single “Silhouette,” Goldroom dreamily hearkens to another age. Straying from the DJ norm, Goldroom’s been known to bring his music to festivals around the world with a full live band. Could crossover success be far behind? Stay tuned.
A strong contender for song of the summer, “Wheels in Motion” pairs New York City’s TWRK with Amsterdam’s Lady Bee. Initially an anonymous duo, TWRK were already cranking out dance floor hits for Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint when the influential DJ/producer revealed their true identities on his BBC Radio program as Benzi and Esentrik. “Wheels in Motion” is a haunting, mid-tempo jam that will only further their growing reputation.
This New Jersey-native-turned-LA-transplant may be a new face in the DJ world, but he’s no stranger to the stage. As a former member of pop/rock-gone-EDM trio, Cash Cash, Zookёper spent more time touring the globe before his 21st birthday than some acts do in a lifetime. Released by Hysteria Records, “Gunz” has already received support from some of the top DJs around the world, including Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Morgan Page.
Buffalo natives and self-proclaimed “taco aficionados,” Solidisco have been lighting up dancefloors and festivals around the globe with an arsenal of originals and remixes out via big player labels, Universal Music & Big Beat/Atlantic, Ultra Records and taste-makers A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold & Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records. Playing homage to the roots of house music, Solidisco reps the culture, while keeping the dancefloor rocking in the current landscape of dance music.
Specializing in Jersey Club, a bass-heavy hybrid of hip-hop and electronic dance music originally born out of the Garden State’s DIY party underground in Newark, DJ Sliink has swiftly become a titan of the subgenre. After collaborating with Flosstradamus, playing festivals around the globe, scoring high-profile fashion events for designers like Alexander Wang and Rick Owens and joining Skrillex’s OWLSA Records roster, Sliink’s star-power is ascending. BMI caught up with the DJ to get his take on where he came from and where he’s going.
How and when did you start producing?
I first started producing in 2006. I got a few tips from my younger brother, DJ Sliim. He would always be on the computer all day, and I used to wonder what he was up to. One day we sat down after I came from basketball practice, and went over some basics. I’ve found myself on the computer every day for 10 years now. I started off using Fruity Loops Studio then Sony Acid Pro. I still use those programs these days.
What is one of your favorite songs that you produced, and why?
One of my favorite songs I produced has to be this Missy Elliot flip of “Get Ur Freak On.” I felt like when I came out on the scene, I shook it up a lot. A lot of people weren’t doing the kind of stuff I was doing, and it was pretty different. For example, the vocal chop on the track. I really wasn’t hearing that in EDM. I feel like I hear it all the time, so I feel like tracks like that Influenced a lot. I call it “the stutter,” even on the R4 “Work It” remix.
Who is someone you would love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate on a bunch of things with Skrillex. He’s such an inspiration to me and the crew. I love how hard he works, and the gems he drops on you. I also wouldn’t mind working with Kid Cudi. Man, he’s such an inspiration to a lot of people. I feel he doesn’t get that right credit. It’s cool because he’s an influencer and he knows it.
What are you currently listening to?
Currently listening to a lot of rap stuff like Lil Uzi, A-Boogie, Kid Cudi, Cartel Nation, TunJi Ige … a few people.
What can we expect from you in the next year?
Everyone can expect all that I worked on in the past few years. I have a lot of new music finally coming out on OWLSA. Big rap features, switching it up and working with the big boys. You can also expect some music from my crew, Cartel Nation. I’m also gonna work on non-music related things, merch, organizations … just different things.