Dancing Astronaut’s five breakthrough artists for summer 2013
Some call it summer, others call its festival season, but regardless of which way you cut it, the best time of the year for dance music has arrived. For EDM, summer means outdoor parties, more nightclub shows per week than days, and an indescribable feeling that becomes anchored to each emotion while experiencing the music and its artists. The year’s hottest season comes with its anthems and its superstars, allowing artists to jump tiers — either onto the scene from near obscurity, or to complete superstardom from any level of popularity. For summer 2013, Dancing Astronaut presents five artists that are bound to make their breakthrough.
Until recently, Cash Cash has been just another name thrown into the large talent pool of electronic artists. Their remix of Nervo and Hook N Sling’s “Reason” gained recognition, but it was another remix that shot this trio through the roof — their take of Krewella’s “Alive,” the version which you most likely have heard at nearly every show you’ve attended in 2013. Consisting of Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf, and Samuel Frisch, Cash Cash has hit the ground running to become one of the most relevant names in EDM moving into the summer.
Reigning atop The Hype Machine several times this year and earning support from the likes of Tiësto, Nicky Romero, and Hardwell, the three-piece have only oiled their gears for what they have in store for dance music this season. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, their “Alive” remix will continue to ring through festivals, but their take on Nicky Romero’s “Symphonica” will undoubtedly follow suit.
Summer 2013 Breakthrough: Nicky Romero – Symphonica (Cash Cash Remix)
Also listen to: Cash Cash – Overtime (Original Mix)
Not so much a new kid on the block, the protege of Eric Prydz has done his fair share of damage — both on the production front and the live DJ arena. Becoming the biggest player for Pryda and Friends — beneath Pryda himself — Olander’s “Let Me Feel” has established his presence and has shined light on a meteoric rise to house popularity. “Riots” and “Fairfax,” two of his earlier hits, helped set the tone for his career — even dating back to 2011 — but Jeremy’s explosion is one summer away from ignition. His Axis debut was one of the most impressive to date and his original productions continue to establish the sort of high art electronic persona Pryda and Friends is known for.
With Beatport out of the equation, Jeremy Olander has quickly become one of the most demanded acts in the tech world, often playing sets under his even deeper Dhillon moniker. This summer, Olander will see his latest original, “Factures,” become a fixture in DJ sets while his brand new radio show, “Vivrant,” will gain listeners with each episode. Whether its Jeremy or Dhillon, this once-upon-a-time Eric Prydz apprentice will take his swing at stardom this summer.
Summer 2013 Breakthrough: Jeremy Olander – Factures (Original Mix)
Also listen to: Jeremy Olander – Riots (Original Mix)
Where were you on your 17th birthday? Spending your afternoon in High School? Heading to the DMV after the final bell to finally receive your driver’s license? If you’re a fan of electronic music, 365 days remain on your countdown to attending your first 18+ event. Not if you’re Martin Garrix. By the age of 16, Martin had already released productions for Tiesto (“Torrent“) and Sander van Doorn (“Error 404“), and his memories of Florida consist playing of Miami Music Week parties with veterans nearly twice his age, not hanging out at his grandparent’s condominium in Boca Raton.
On his 17th birthday, Martin Garrix was in the midst of becoming one of EDM’s next big thing. Surpassing fellow underaged talent, the Dutch teen has a handful of Spinnin Records releases, but has most recently fired a warning shot that he will be taking over festivals, clubs, and dance parties worldwide. That warning has come in the form of his preview for “Animals,” his forthcoming self-made production that has caused an earthquake of commotion ahead of its release and has even been mistaken as work from Hardwell. When “Animals” is finally released, the summer will belong to Garrix, and one of the year’s biggest tracks will belong to a 17 year old — and, by the looks of things, his future Dillon Francis collaboration will be just as big.
Summer 2013 Breakthrough: Martin Garrix – Animals (Original Mix)
Also listen to: Martin Garrix – Keygen (Original Mix)
To say that GTA have caused commotion thus-far in 2013 would be an understatement. The Miami-based duo consisting of Matt Toth and Julio Mejia stole the spotlight with their Henrix and Digital Lab collaboration “Hit It” in February, and proved their knack for quality big room music to be no fluke with the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike assisted “Turn It Up.” With a collective twenty fingers on the pulse of forward-thinking festival sound, GTA’s expertise extends beyond one sub-genre.
The boys have already boasted flavorful, frenetic electro alongside the likes of Diplo and A-Trak, and have more recently displayed a talent for a love-step, “mellow-trap,” sound on their “Move For Me” remix. Matt and Julio have not limited themselves to one sound, have not contained themselves to expectations, and will not produce to satisfy critics. Work to come from GTA is sure to be next level. Their future productions will be avant-garde and their “Death To Genres” movement will shock electronic fans this summer — even while they join Rihanna on her world tour.
Summer 2013 Breakthrough: Deadmau5 & Kaskade – Move For Me (GTA Remix)
Also listen to: Bajofano – Pide Piso (GTA Remix)
At this year’s Ultra Music Festival, Hardwell announced to his audience — both festival-attendees and live-stream viewers — that Dyro is the “world’s biggest up and coming DJ.” This declaration, however, was no exaggeration, as the dance music community is currently witnessing the “world’s biggest up and coming DJ” explode in front of their very eyes.
“Leprechauns & Unicorns” was released on the brink of summer and although arguably Dyro’s greatest solo production to date, was only the catalyst to his path to superstardom. His Hardwell collaboration, “Never Say Goodbye,” came next — the aural evidence of Hardwell’s bold UMF statement. And while solidifying himself in the league of the globe’s sixth-ranked DJ, the record that will truly skyrocket Dyro’s career remains on the horizon — a collaboration with Tiësto, “Paradise,” that is slated to serve as Club Life Volume 3’s opening sound.
Summer 2013 Breakthrough: Tiesto & Dyro – Paradise (Original Mix) (Radio Rip)
Also listen to: Dyro & Ansol – Top of the World (Original Mix)