Dancing Astronaut’s 7 breakthrough artists for summer 2014Breakthrough Artists

Dancing Astronaut’s 7 breakthrough artists for summer 2014

Dancing Astronaut’s 7 breakthrough artists for summer 2014

Some call it summer, others call it festival season, but regardless of which way you cut it, the best time of the year for dance music has arrived. For dance music communities, summer means outdoor parties, more nightclub shows per week than days, and anchoring emotions of experience to 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 2014, Dancing Astronaut presents seven artists that are bound to make their breakthrough this summer.


Formerly known as NO_ID, now aptly NEW_ID, the Dutch house duo have been in the long haul beneath the wing of Axtone Records. “Leave A Light On” had Ralph and Devi in the public eye, but they’re now equipped with a studio spree full of work after legal battles resulted in a hiatus from releasing music. Rebranded and with sounds refreshing, a celebrated remix alongside Axwell is only the tip of the iceberg on NEW_ID’s summer.

Brennan Heart

Becoming the first hardstyle artist with a stateside radio show in Sirius XM’s We R Hardstyle, Brennan Heart is only beginning his tear through the US market. Brennan will spend most of the summer overseas, but his We R Music label continues to gain worldwide traction, and his return to North America will commence at TomorrowWorld’s Q-Dance showcasing.


Gradtheft latched onto the trap train with a one way ticket early into genre’s contagion, remixing Calvin Harris’s “Sweet Nothing” alongside Diplo in 2012 and uniting almost two years later for a collaborative rendition of Calvin’s “Summer.” Heavyweight name association aside, the Toronto native is making his impact strongest felt amongst the live circuit, currently sweeping the states on his Keep It 100 tour.


Among the ranks of Team Pryda for some time already and equipped with more than a handful of tested and proven releases, the best has yet to come from Fehrplay. Consistently outing material and maintaining relevancy since 2012, he is slated to up the ante in the months to come. Perhaps the messiah of progressive house, or at least its bright future, the time is now for its revival.


Attracting eyes and ears with a refreshing style, Lido has hardly taken off from the ground but is already one of the most promising talents in electronic music production. His smooth, sexy, and masterfully crafted sound has thus far been showcased on remix duties. Flaunting his abilities on Bastille’s “Bad Blood” and most recently with a rendition of Zhu’s “Faded,” Lido will be setting the bar high when the opportunity presents itself this summer.


Tchami is making his imprint upon dance music slowly, but surely — captivating underground admirers with a unique approach to deep house. Flaunting his production ability on “Untrue” and remaining quiet on that front ever since, his queue is expectedly growing as he takes his talent to the live front and allowing his sound to evolve in step with the bubbling anticipation that surrounds it.

Oliver Heldens

Big wheels are turning in the world of dance music and its even greater presence in popular culture. Mass attention was grabbed with certain sounds, now its up to the artists to maintain that attention while adapting and changing sounds. Best accommodating the shift in electronic preferences is Oliver Heldens, the man arguably responsible for bringing deep house to commercial acceptance. What would’ve been referred to as an oxymoron — mainstream-underground — as recent as six months ago, is now a reality. Heldens began paving this path with an instrumental, in the form of “Gecko,” and quickly becoming a trailblazer as its “Overdrive” vocal rework is opening floodgates in such a way that will be looked back on as one of electronic musics most notable strides.

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